Ortelius

The MV Ortelius was purpose-built for the Russian Academy of Science before being converted into a polar explorer ship. The ship’s design makes her ideal for exploring and with just 116 passengers, there is plenty of opportunity to get onto the ice during your voyage.

The large observation room acts as the hub of the ship, complete with a bar in the evenings where you can share stories with your fellow passengers. There is a separate lecture room for daily briefings and lectures as well as a restaurant offering a range of dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

There are 53 cabins on board and each is equipped with private facilities and external views. For great value cruising the ship offers quadruple and triple cabins as well as a range of twin accommodation too.

On selected cruises the ship offers a range of additional activities including kayaking, camping on ice, light mountaineering, hiking and snow shoeing as well as photographic workshops.

Specialist ‘Basecamp’ departures spend longer in locations and include all activities, and some departures have 2 helicopters on board with flights included. 

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Quadruple Cabin

Capacity
4

Quadruple cabin with private bathroom and porthole

Triple Cabin

Capacity
3

Triple cabin with private bathroom and porthole

Twin Porthole

Capacity
2

Twin cabin with private bathroom and porthole

Twin Window

Capacity
2

Twin cabin with private bathroom and 2 windows

Twin Deluxe

Capacity
2

Twin cabin with private bathroom and 3 windows

Superior

Capacity
2

Double cabin with private bathroom, 2 windows and a sofa-bed

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  • We can compare a huge selection of expedition ships, cruises and operators to find your perfect cruise.

  • Our prices are amongst the best in the business, with full package protection as standard.

  • We are the expedition cruise specialists and know the destinations, ships and operators inside out

  • As supporters of the Marine Conservation Society, booking with us helps support the protection of our oceans.

  • Our holidays are protected by ATOL and ABTOT, for your complete peace of mind.

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Why book with Polar Routes?

CHOICE
  • We can compare a huge selection of expedition ships, cruises and operators.
  • From former Russian research vessels to larger and luxurious ships - there is an expedition cruise to suit you. 
  • Our Travel Specialists will help you choose the perfect expedition cruise for your requirements.
SPECIALISTS
  • We are the expedition cruise specialists and know all the polar destinations inside out.
  • Our expert team of Travel Specialists have extensive knowledge of all the expedition ships & operators.
  • All of our Travel Specialists have first-hand experience of expedition cruising to the polar regions.
VALUE
  • Our prices are the amongst the best in the business, with full package protection as standard.
  • Our holidays are protected by ATOL and ABTOT, for your complete peace of mind.
  • As supporters of the Marine Conservation Society, booking with us helps support the protection of our oceans.