MV Ortelius


Cruise line
Oceanwide Expeditions (Small Cruise Lines)

Current cruise:
31 nights / 32 days, one-way from Bluff to Ushuaia
15 Feb, 2017 - 19 Mar, 2017

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MV Ortelius Review and Specifications

Specifications of MV Ortelius

Flag state Cyprus
Builder Stocznia Gdynia SA (Gdynia, Poland)
Year built 1989
Owner Oceanwide Expeditions
Speed 14 kn / 26 kph / 16 mph
Length (LOA) 91 m / 299 ft
Beam (width) 17 m / 56 ft
Gross Tonnage 4575 gt
Passengers 100 - 116
Crew 52
Passengers-to-space ratio 46
Decks 4
Cabins 53
Decks with cabins 4
Last Refurbishment 2014
Former names Marina Svetaeva

Review of MV Ortelius

MV Ortelius is an innovative, ice-strengthened cruise ship designed for active polar expeditions. The vessel was launched in 1989 under the name "Marina Svetaeva". Initially, it served as a special purpose ship for the Russian Academy of Sciences.

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. Additionally, Ortelius has a helipad and can carry 2 helicopters onboard.MV Ortelius cruise ship

The Ortelius ship operated in the Russian Far East as a cargo supply and passenger vessel, as well as a supply and accommodation ship to oil fields located in the Russian Arctic (northern Pacific Ocean) territories. As of December 2007, the ship was chartered by the Sydney-based company Aurora Expeditions and operated as "cruise ship" in the Antarctica and Arctic regions. In 2011, the ship was acquired by the based in Vlissingen (Netherlands) Dutch company Oceanwide Expeditions. It was then renamed Ortelius.

On January 16, 2014, mv Ortelius had a scheduled 9-night Antarctic Peninsula cruise. All passengers were onboard, but the ship's anchor system broke down and the itinerary was cancelled. After the technical issue was solved, Ortelius continued resumed its Antarctic cruise program. A highlight of the 2014 season was the successful Snow Hill Island expedition where passengers were transported by helicopter to the island's emperor penguins colony.

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MV Ortelius Itineraries 2017

The below listed MV Ortelius cruise prices on 2017 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Small Cruise Lines fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Itinerary ports
03 January 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Antarctic Peninsula
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04 Jan        Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina
05 Jan - 06 Jan        At Sea
07 Jan        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
08 Jan        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
09 Jan        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
10 Jan        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
11 Jan        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
12 Jan - 13 Jan        At Sea
14 Jan        Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina
13 January 31 nights / 32 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Bluff
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14 Jan        Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina
15 Jan - 16 Jan        At Sea
17 Jan        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
18 Jan        Detaille Island, Antarctica
19 Jan - 20 Jan        At Sea
21 Jan        Peter I Island, Norway Antarctica
22 Jan - 27 Jan        At Sea
28 Jan        Ross Sea
29 Jan        Ross Sea (Ice Shelf)
30 Jan        Ross Island, Antarctica
31 Jan        Ross Island, Antarctica
01 Feb        Ross Island, Antarctica
02 Feb        Ross Island, Antarctica
03 Feb        Ross Island, Antarctica
04 Feb - 05 Feb        At Sea
06 Feb        Cape Adare, Antarctica
07 Feb - 11 Feb        At Sea
12 Feb        Campbell Island, New Zealand
13 Feb        At Sea
14 Feb        Arriving in Bluff, New Zealand
15 February 31 nights / 32 days, one-way from Bluff to Ushuaia
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16 Feb        Departing from Bluff, New Zealand
17 Feb        At Sea
18 Feb        Campbell Island, New Zealand
19 Feb - 23 Feb        At Sea
24 Feb        Cape Adare, Antarctica
25 Feb - 26 Feb        At Sea
27 Feb        Ross Island, Antarctica
28 Feb        Ross Island, Antarctica
01 Mar        Ross Island, Antarctica
02 Mar        Ross Island, Antarctica
03 Mar        Ross Island, Antarctica
04 Mar        Ross Sea (Ice Shelf)
05 Mar        Ross Sea
06 Mar - 11 Mar        At Sea
12 Mar        Peter I Island, Norway Antarctica
13 Mar - 14 Mar        At Sea
15 Mar        Detaille Island, Antarctica
16 Mar        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
17 Mar        Drake Passage, Antarctica
18 Mar        Drake Passage, Antarctica
19 Mar        Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina
17 March 11 nights / 12 days, round-trip Polar Circle - Antarctic Peninsula
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18 Mar        Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina
19 Mar        Drake Passage, Antarctica
20 Mar        Drake Passage, Antarctica
21 Mar        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
22 Mar        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
23 Mar        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
24 Mar        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
25 Mar        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
26 Mar        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
27 Mar 01:00 - 01:00        At Sea
29 Mar        Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina