Why we like the Ortelius cruise ship

  • A solid former research vessel with a superior ice strengthened hull and a wide beam means there are few places this ship can’t reach
  • Benefiting from substantial recent investment, this vessel offers modern, functional 3* comfort without losing any of its former character
  • A good choice of functional, well proportioned and airy ensuite cabins
  • Large deck space provides an ideal platform for wildlife watching and means everyone has plenty of space

Watch our inspection of the Ortelius

Trips aboard Ortelius

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What our customers think

Technical Specifications

  • ​Passenger capacity: 120 passengers
  • Ice​ class rating: UL1 (1A equivalent)
  • Size​: 91.25m long x 17.61m wide
  • Refurbished: Poland, 1989
  • Other key feature: Helipad for helicopter excursions

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 2 windows
  • Lounge area with flat screen TV, sofa-bed, mini-fridge, tea- and coffee-maker
  • Superior cabin 606 is the largest cabin on the ship
  • Both 518 & 520 cabins have a partially obstructed view. Cabin 521 has the bonus of 3 windows, all unobstructed


  • 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

Communal Areas

A variety of open-deck spaces create for countless wildlife spotting opportunities as you journey deep into the Arctic wilderness. Guests can also maximise their regional insight through engaging presentations in the lecture room, and spend chilled out evenings in the bar following full days of adventuring.

Deck Plan

Onboard Communications

If whilst in the Arctic you wish to stay in touch, there are a number of options to choose from:

  • Full Internet access*: EUR15/20mb, EUR30/50mb, EUR60/100mb
  • Telephone card: EUR15/20 minutes
  • Ship-based email: EUR15 for a 7-10 day trip; EUR20 for a 10-12 day trip; EUR25 for a 18 day trip; EUR50 for a 30 day trip; 

Due to the remoteness of the location, the options available are only suitable for light data traffic, meaning that internet access or the uploading of images is not possible. Email access, however, is still available. 

Aboard Plancius, you benefit from full Internet access, which is subject to satellite connection signal (expect a much slower connection than at home, some pages can sometimes load for minutes). 

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