MV Hondius Review and Specifications
Specifications of MV Hondius
|Builder||Brodosplit Shipyard (Split, Croatia)|
|Speed||15 kn / 28 kph / 17 mph|
|Length (LOA)||107 m / 351 ft|
|Beam (width)||18 m / 59 ft|
|Passengers||180 - 196|
|Decks with cabins||4|
Review of MV Hondius
MV Hondius is the newest vessel in the Oceanwide Expeditions fleet. Due to the increasing demand for polar cruises, Oceanwide Expeditions announced a brand new expedition ship. The newbuild is of "Polar Class 6" (ice-strengthened vessel), with two engines, and able to accommodate up to 180 passengers in 85 staterooms.
Like all the other fleetmates, Hondius is equipped with rigid-hulled zodiacs (inflatable boats) used for landings (ship-to-shore passenger transportation) in remote areas.
Oceanwide Expeditions with MV Hondius have the opportunity to grow as a cruise company and carry more passengers on their ships. The name "Hondius" refers to one of the famous Dutch-Flemish cartographers Jodocus Hondius (1563-1612).
This expedition ship is specially designed for travel cruising in the Earth's polar regions (Antarctica and Arctic). The vessel boasts fast zodiac boats, sea kayaks and a covered marina platform for water-based outdoor activities. There is a deck with observation lounge and separate room for readings. Passengers may benefit from different categories of cabins for 2-4 persons, ranging from a suite (sized 33 m2 / 355 ft2), 6 balcony staterooms, 8 French balcony staterooms, 19 outsides, 14 doubles with panoramic window, 31 doubles with porthole window, 2 triple rooms (with a porthole) and 4 quadruple-occupancy rooms (also with a porthole).