About the Ship:
Originally built as the Marina Svetaeva in Gydnia, Poland in 1989, the Ortelius originally served as a special-purpose vessel for the Russian Academy of Science. It was later reflagged and renamed after the Dutch/Flemish cartographer, Abraham Ortelius, who published the first modern world atlas in 1570. As a vessel with the highest ice-class notation, Ortelius is capable of navigating in solid one-year sea ice as well as loose multi-year pack ice. It can accommodate up to 116-123 passengers and has an abundance of open-deck spaces. It is manned by 22 highly-experienced nautical crew members, 19 hotel staff, eight expedition specialities (one expedition leader, one assistant, and six lecturer-guides), and one doctor. The ship offers all the comforts of a standard hotel, along with a bar and lecture room. It carries 10 Zodiacs and maximizes wildlife exploration with as much time ashore as possible.
|Passengers:||116-123 in 53 cabins|
|Staff & crew:||52|
|Ice class:||UL1 (Equivalent to 1A)|
|Propulsion:||6 ZL 40/48 SULZER|
|Speed:||10.5 knots average cruising speed|
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