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Great Value, Small Expedition Ship

The ice-strengthened MV Ortelius is an excellent vessel for expedition focused cruising to Antarctica. She was originally built to serve the Russian Academy of Science and the vessel has the highest ice-class notation, equivalent to 1A rating.  The ship carries just 116 passengers and has lots of open-deck spaces for viewing the wildlife and scenery. She is manned by a highly experienced international crew of 41 including 7 expedition staff (1 expedition leader and 6 guides/lecturers). On board the MV Ortelius offers a comfortable standard with a restaurant, bar / lounge and a lecture room. With such a small number of passengers the focus of a cruise on the MV Ortelius is about maximising time spent off the ship exploring. The ship has enormous flexibility to maximize the amount of time you spend on land and the fleet of 10 zodiacs will ensure you can get on and off the ship quickly.

There are 6 types of accommodation including quadruple, triple and twin cabins. Each cabin has a private bathroom, desk, chair and storage. Cabins on the upper decks with windows have been recently refurbished and offer a fresher décor. Passengers on a typical voyage range from their 30s to their 80s - with a majority usually around 45 – 65. Expeditions on the MV Ortelius attract independent-minded travellers from around the world sharing a strong interest in exploring remote regions. The camaraderie and spirit that develops aboard is an important part of the expedition experience.

Features Include:

6 categories of accommodation, private bathrooms with hot water, bar / lounge, restaurant, lecture theatre, clinic, fleet of zodiacs, experienced expedition staff

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Facilities & Specs

MV Ortelius Facilities and Amenities

  • Expert expedition staff
  • Access to bridge available
  • Lecture room
  • Restaurant
  • Lounge / Bar
  • Ship-to-shore communication via satellite
  • On-board licensed doctor
  • Zodiac Boats for exploration

MV Ortelius Technical Specifications

  • Passengers: 116  
  • Expedition Staff & Crew: 47
  • Length: 91.25 m  
  • Breadth: 17.61 m  
  • Draft: 5.8 m 
  • Propulsion: 6 ZL 40/48 SULZER
  • Ice Class: UL1 (Equivalent to 1A)
  • Cruising Speed: 14.3 knots maximum

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