Ortelius, Arctic

from US$ 460 / day
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    Originally a special purpose vessel for the Russian Academy of Science, the 91m Ortelius now offers exciting expeditions in the Arctic from May - September each year. The Ortelius is an ice-strengthened vessel, and actually has the highest ice-class notation available, making her more than adequate for these exciting voyages. A highly experienced crew of 22, including 8 expedition staff, are on-hand to look after guests needs. The Ortelius caters to 116 guests in 48 simple, yet comfortable en-suite cabins. Cabins are available in a range of configurations, including twin, triple and quadruple. Social areas include two restaurants, bar/lecture room and observation lounge.

    Voyages aboard the Ortelius have been designed to offer guests as much time ashore as possible with a quality wildlife program on offer. Itineraries range from 8-15 days, and include looking for Reindeer around Spitsbergen, humpback whale watching, seeing Arctic fox & Polar bears, as well as special Polar bear trips dedicated to finding these amazing animals. Activities include hiking, kayaking and snowshoeing.

    Ortelius explores the Arctic region between May to September. Arctic dive trips visit North Spitsbergen, and dives vary from shore diving, zodiac diving and wreck dives. Diving is quite shallow (30 - 60 feet), but divers will have the fantastic opportunity to dive next to or under ice floes. Not only will divers marvel at the ever changing colours underwater due to the combination of sunlight, seawater and amazing ice formations, but will also see kelp walls, lobster, crab and sea hedgehogs. In Spitsbergen there is also the chance to dive with sealions. The aim is for 1 - 2 dives per day (1 morning & 1 afternoon), but this depends on local ice and weather conditions. The Ortelius liveaboard takes 116 passengers, but dive groups are kept to a maximum of 24.

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    Included: VAT, Accommodation, Tanks, Weights, Dive master services, All meals, Towels Provided, National Park Fees

    Excluded: Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre- and post- land arrangements; transfers to / from the vessel outside Spitsbergen; transfers to the vessel in Ushuaia and Ascension and from the vessel in Ascension and Praia; passport and visa expenses; Government arrival and departure taxes; meals ashore; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory); excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges; and the customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided), dive gear

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    Boat features

    • Laundry Service
    • Daily housekeeping
    • Audio & video entertainment
    • Library
    • TV in cabins
    • Air Conditioned saloon
    • Aircon Cabins
    • Sun Deck
    • Paid Internet
    • En-Suite bathrooms
    • Observation deck

    Food & Drinks

    • Western Food
    • Vegetarian Options
    • Buffet style
    • Beer available
    • Selection of wines
    • Vegan Options

    If you have specific diet requests you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies. The liveaboard serves great food and you will be hungry after a full day of diving!


    • Tenders for diving

    The crew speaks English.


    Boat Specifications

    • Year built:1989
    • Length:9125 meters
    • Cruising speed:105 knots
    • Max guests:116
    • Number of cabins:53
    • Number of bathrooms:53

    Boat navigation, communication and safety features

    • Radar
    • Depth Sounder
    • GPS
    • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
    • Emergency Rafts
    • Life Vests
    • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
    • First Aid Kits
    • Satellite & mobile phones
    • Search light
    • Crew trained in first aid
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