MV Hondius Review and Specifications
Specifications of MV Hondius
|Builder||Brodosplit Shipyard (Split, Croatia)|
|Class||ice-strengthened expedition ship|
|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 "LR PC6" (Polar Class 6, ice-strengthened vessel), with two main engines (total power output 4200 kW), 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).