Why we like the Ortelius

  • The Ortelius has the highest ice-class rating (equivalent to 1A) and a broad, heavy design making it one of the safest and most stable polar ships
  • Her solid, former research vessel exterior contrasts with a modern, comfortable 3* hotel on the inside following an extensive upgrade programme
  • Choice of recently refurbished and spacious cabins, all with en-suite bathrooms. The generous Twin Window cabins measure 190 square feet
  • Traveling with around 100 passengers ensures slick zodiac logistics and the ability to normally land everyone at the same time
  • Extensive open-deck space maximises wildlife viewing, while the spacious bridge is a great place to hang out
  • Offers a wide range of adventure activities, particularly on the active Basecamp voyages, including diving
  • Uniquely this ship has a helicopter pad which is used on select voyages only, specifically in the Weddell & Ross Seas

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Cabin Categories


*Note that the above measurements are approximate averages and exact cabin size can vary

All cabins are outside-facing, are en-suite and contain a writing desk and chair.


  • All 6 cabins are on the top deck (5)
  • Double bed with at least 2 windows (cabin 520 has 4 windows facing the bow)
  • Cabins 509 & 529 have an interconnecting door and are ideal for families
  • Sitting area with flat screen TV, sofa-bed, mini-fridge, tea- and coffee-maker
  • Both 518 & 520 cabins have a partially obstructed view
  • Cabin 521 has the bonus of dual aspect windows (facing bows and port side) and unobstructed views


  • Both cabins are on Deck 5
  • Twin beds
  • Windows to the side and stern
  • Both 510 & 528 cabins have a partially obstructed view to the stern
  • Small sofa, flat screen TV, mini-fridge and tea- and coffee-maker

Twin Window

  • All 12 cabins are on Deck 5
  • Twin beds and 2 small windows
  • Small sofa

Twin Porthole

  • 22 cabins on Deck 4 and 3 on Deck 3
  • 2 lower berths
  • Twin portholes

Triple / Quadruple Porthole

  • All cabins on Deck 3
  • Bunk-beds
  • Twin portholes

Deck Plan

Onboard Communications & Facilities

If you wish to stay in touch, even in Antarctica, you can choose from the options below:

  • WiFi: you can connect your personal device from anywhere on the ship
  • Full Internet access: EUR7.50 /20mb; EUR 18 /50mb; EUR35 /100mb; EUR150 /500mb
  • Telephone card: EUR25/ approx. 25 mins depending on destination you are calling.
  • Ship-based email: EUR5 set up fee + EUR15 for a 7-10 day trip; EUR20 for a 11-12 day trip; EUR25 for an 18 day trip; EUR50 for a 30 day trip.

Please note that this is only for light data traffic and that the above prices are only approximate. You can check your personal emails using the onboard computers to connect to the Internet and also by connecting to WiFi to use your own device.

Other facilities include:

  • Plugs: European 220V two-round-pinned sockets
  • Towels, toiletries and hair dryers
  • Laundry service (additional cost)

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