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The Ortelius has the highest ice-class notation and is highly suitable for navigating in solid one-year sea ice, and loose multi-year pack ice. It is an excellent choice for expeditions in the Antarctic or Arctic.

The Ortelius accommodates a maximum of 116 passengers in 53 cabins, all with an outside view, ample storage space and private facilities. Cabin types include twin, triple and quad porthole views, twin window and deluxe and superior double with windows. Originally named Marina Svetaeva, she was built in Poland in 1989, and served as a special purpose vessel for the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Ortelius makes a great expedition vessel with lots of open deck space and a large bridge open to passengers. As the number of passengers is limited to 116, flexibility assures maximum wildlife opportunities.

Facilities include eleven Zodiacs, two restaurants and a bar/lounge with large windows and a lecture room where passengers gather to learn more about the adventures they will be embarking on as well as the wildlife, flora and fauna of the region whilst en-route. Zodiacs. Diving equipment includes a Bauer compressor, 12 litre steel tanks (DIN & Yoke), weights and belt (no ankle weights available). You must take all your own equipment as rental is not available. Ask us for further details.

Ortelius offers a comfortable hotel standard and is manned by 20 highly experienced international nautical crew, 19 hotel staff (for your everyday needs), 7 expedition staff (leaders and guides), expert dive crew (on dive trips) and a doctor.

Diving in Antarctica is fascinating. Expect multi-coloured ice caps, glistening glaciers and towering snow-capped mountains, offering unparalleled scenery and photographic opportunities. Enormous numbers of penguins, whales, seals and seabirds congregate in the food-rich waters along the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic shores. Dive sites include shallow ice diving and wall diving from a beach or Zodiac. Marine life includes penguins, sea lions and leopard seals, crabs, various fish, krill and giant isopods.

Maximum depth is 20 metres and up to two dives are offered daily, depending on the local ice and weather.

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Key info

  • Maximum guests: 100
  • Photo facilities available
  • Suitable for:
    • Tech
  • Ideal for:
    • Families
    • Groups
    • Honeymooners
    • Non-divers
    • Singles

Dive trips

This liveaboard is featured in the following itinerary:

Polar Circle & Antarctic Peninsula

The aim of this voyage is to reach as far south as weather and ice conditions will permit, and cross the Antarctic Circle. Enjoy guided shore excursions and opportunities to snorkel or dive with fur seals, leopard seals and penguins.

  • When to go: Mar
  • Duration exc. flights: 12 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £6,145 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip