• M/V Ortelius, Polar Expedition Ship

about the M/V Ortelius

about the M/V Ortelius

Now accommodating up to about 100 guests, M/V Ortelius was originally built in Gdyma, Poland in 1989 to be used as a special purpose vessel for the Russian Academy of Science. The ship was rebuilt and re-named after Abraham Ortelius, who published the first modern world Atlas,Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (or Theatre of the World to you and me) and is now to a comfortable hotel standard. Although cabins provide all your essentials, tours on this vessel are mainly about outdoor exploration and you won’t spend too much time on-board. However, if you do have some spare time there is a nice sauna to keep you entertained…

M/V ORTELIUS details


Comfortable, yet basic, the vessel is of a hotel standard and easily accommodating of its guests needs.


Usually navigating the Arctic or Antarctic, depending on your chosen itinerary.

Accommodation & Facilities

There are 5 quadruples and 14 twin cabins with shared facilities if you are looking for a more attractive price range. Then there are 9 twins with portholes and 10 with windows, each with private shower and toilet facilities. The 6 superior cabins have added day rooms and there is 1 suite, all with private en-suite facilities. 
There is a large observation deck so you can make the most of and absorb your surroundings whilst onboard. You will also find 2 restaurants, a bar/lecture room and a sauna to warm your cockles after a day out in the Arctic wilderness.

M/V Ortelius is equipped with 11 zodiacs, 2 of these are saved as reserves, and the excursions are smoothly operated. The highly experience crew are comprised of 15 international catering staff, 34 Russian nautical crew, 6 expedition staff and a doctor.


M/V Ortelius is strong enough to navigate to the toughest parts of the north in search of polar bears and other Arctic wildlife and the south for some of the most pristine landscapes and abundant Antarctic wildlife. Most of your time will be spent on foot exploring the Arctic wilderness and transfers from vessels to shore are done in Zodiacs.

Child Policy

There is no minimum age for guests; however there are no facilities onboard to entertain young people, so parents will need to bring these. Parents are responsible for children at all times.

Want to stay aboard this ship?

Contact one of our Destination Specialists to start planning your journey to include a stay here. Please note we recommend a budget of from £7,000 / $10,000 USD per person for our style of trip to this destination.

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