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This expedition style ship has the highest ice-class rating (UL1, equivalent to 1A) and is therefore capable of comfortably navigating through solid one-year ice as well as multi-year pack ice. It is at home in the polar environments of the Arctic and the Antarctic and travels between the two to make the most of voyages in this opposite seasons.
Originally built in Poland in 1989 and named the Marina Sveteava it served as a vessel for the Russian Academy of Science, since then it has undergone numerous refurbishments most recently in May 2016. In 2011, the ship was acquired by the current owner and was re-flagged and renamed the ‘Ortelius’, after Abraham Ortelius a Dutch/Flemish cartographer who published he first atlas of the modern world.
Ortelius retains a sense of its original working class, industrial routes, although this broad, heavy vessel has the feel of something more like a 3* hotel inside, given the significant refurbishments.
As well as the ample open-deck space which allows for constant wildlife viewing numerous activities are on offer to explore the polar environments. Depending on the voyage this might include Zodiac trips, hikes, kayaking, diving, it even has a helicopter pad for us on select voyages. Do discuss with us your interests and we can suggest the best voyage for you.