Polar Tracks Expeditions
seasoned & refurbished
About the Ship
This much-beloved little expedition ship began as the Marina Svetaeva, built in Poland in 1989 as a special-purpose vessel for the Russian Academy of Science.
Carrying just 108 passengers, Ortelius is one of the smallest expedition vessels in the fleet. Comfortable and nicely decorated, but not luxurious, it is made for explorers. Full of small ship character and charm, she is a base camp for active, adventure and wildlife-minded modern explorers, not to mention she is one of only a few vessels offering itineraries to see emperor penguins via helicopter.
- Passenger Capacity: 108
- En suites in all cabins
- Lecture/bar area
- Two restaurants
- Low-cost Quad Porthole cabins
- Large open deck spaces
- Adventure activities included in “Base Camp” departures
- No expedition parka
- Rubber boots to borrow
- Helicopter platform for Snow Hill itineraries
- Ice Class: UL1 (equivalent to 1A)
Why We Like Ortelius
Photos of Ortelius
We’re a different kind of agency. We work on the ships, with the teams, and are currently active in the polar regions. Our insider advice is truly that – straight from the field – and it’s updated in real time if things change.