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Cruise Overview

Ortelius offers passengers the comforts of a standard hotel while providing opportune time ashore as much as possible. Having the highest ice-class notation allows this vessel to navigate in sold one-year sea ice and loose multi-year pack ice. On board, the spacious cabins are simple yet comfortable with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin. Public areas on board this excellent vessel includes two restaurants, a bar and lecture room.

Optional activities include, kayaking, photography workshops, snowshoeing, hiking, mountaineering, camping, trekking, helicopter tours, diving, and shore based walking. Some activities are only available to specific itineraries.

Optional Activities available on selected voyages include: Camping $195, Kayaking $470, Polar Diving $535. Some offer free Snow Shoeing and Camping. Check with us for updated pricing and availability.

 

Highlights
Quad Porthole
Triple Porthole
Twin Window
Superior

Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp

Ushuaia
Day 1

Begin your journey in the southernmost city, Ushuaia embarking the Ortelius in the afternoon.

Dinner
Crossing the Drake Passage: Path of the Polar Explorers
Day 2-3

As you cross the Drake Passage familiarise yourself with the layout of the ship. You will cross the Antarctic Convergence – when the Antarctic waters mix with the warmer waters of the the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Enjoy the variety of  albatrosses, petrels, Cape pigeons and southern fulmars.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Enter the Antarctic
Day 4-9

Stand in awe of the striking landscape as no two glaciers will be alike throughout your time here. Basecamp will be in prime position for multiple activities dependant on weather of course. At sea enjoy zodiac trips or go kayaking along side humpback or minke whales. Further inland offers opportunities to go mountaineering or go on snowshoe hikes. Possible site visits may include but not limited to are Port Lockroy, Neko Harbour, Paradise Bay, Danco Island, Cuverville Island.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Crossing the Drake Passage: Familiar Seas, Familiar Friends
Day 10-11

Your return journey home begins today crossing the Drake Passage towards Ushuaia. Take this time to reflect on the highlights of the trip and head to the deck to continue spotting seabirds and final chances to see whales.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ushuaia: There and Back Again
Day 12

Say your final farewells to new found friends and the expedition crew as you disembark the Ortelius upon arrival in Ushuaia. Take a group transfer from the dock to the airport for your forward flight.

Breakfast

Weddell Sea - In search of the Emperor Penguin inc. helicopters

Ushuaia
Day 1

Begin your journey in the southernmost city, Ushuaia embarking the Ortelius in the afternoon.

Dinner
Crossing the Drake Passage: Path of the Polar Explorers
Day 2-3

As you cross the Drake Passage familiarise yourself with the layout of the ship. You will cross the Antarctic Convergence – when the Antarctic waters mix with the warmer waters of the the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Enjoy the variety of  albatrosses, petrels, Cape pigeons and southern fulmars.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Entering Antarctica
Day 4-7

If conditions permit you may sail into the Weddell Sea through the wild yet majestic Antarctic Sound. Colloquially known as, ”Iceberg Alley” thanks to enormous tabular icebergs. Once through the Weddell Sea you make your way to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. During your time here you will explore the landscape from the vessel and the unique vantage point via helicopter.

Helicopter flights may include the following areas:

The west slopes of the Antarctic Sound – see the contrasting landscapes consisting of layered sandstone, lava flows, glaciers, icebergs and packed ice. If you’re lucky, you will spot the elusive emperor penguin and may also see Adelie penguins and seabirds such as, petrels, kelp gulls and skuas.

Duse Bay – land on a rocky hillock close to see a nearby refuge hut overlooking this bay.

Seymour Island – this is the island where the Swedish Antarctic Expedition of 1901 – 1904 took place. Here there are sedimentary rocks, fossils and spectacular views of the island itself.

If conditions permit, deeper adventures into the Weddell Sea may include:

Devil Island – home of large colonies of Adelie penguins ideal for hikers offering breathtaking views on top of the hill.

Brown Bluff – an iced-capped volcanic island with sheer canyon walls and fallen boulders unique it its structure of a flat-topped and steep-sided volcano that has erupted from within a glacier. Adelie and Gentoo penguins as wells nesting snow petrels live here.

Gourdin Island – great landing to observe chinstrap, Gentoo and Adelie penguins up close.

Esperanza Base – one of only two civilian settlements in Antarctica is the Argentine research base operating all year round.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Deception Island
Day 8

Today you sail to Deception Island for the last landing of your voyage landing either at Pendulum Cove or Whalers Bay. After this you will begin your journey home by crossing the Drake Passage.

Deception Island is known for its striking beauty and distinct horseshoe shape, its a great landing spot with a unique blend of steaming beaches, volcanic slopes and ash.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Continue crossing the DrakePassage
Day 9 - 10

As you continue your journey home take this time to reflect on the highlights of your trip taking advantage of your final chances to spot whales and seabirds viewed from the decks.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ushuaia: There and back again
Day 11

Say your final farewells to new found friends and the expedition crew as you disembark the Ortelius upon arrival in Ushuaia. Take a group transfer from the dock to the airport for your forward flight.

Breakfast

Falklands Islands, South Georgia, Antarctica Peninsula

Ushuaia
Day 1

Begin your journey in the southernmost city, Ushuaia embarking the Ortelius in the afternoon.

Dinner
At sea
Day 2

While at sea spot the species of albatrosses that follow the vessel as well as storm petrels, shearwaters and diving petrels that fly about the sky. Take this time to familiarise yourself with the layout of the ship and get to know your fellow travellers or take in the views from the decks.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Finding the Falklands
Day 3

An abundance of wildlife can be observed in the rugged and raw land of the Falkland Islands. Native wildlife include kelp geese, rockhopper penguins, and Magellanic penguins. If conditions permit you may visit the following areas:

Carcass Island – a picturesque island located on West Falkland named after a Royal Navy ship, HMS Carcass, which arrived 1766. A birders paradise with many Magellanic penguins, Gentoos, Cobb’s wrens and tussock birds live on the island.

Saunders Island – known for the black-browed albatross that inhabit the island alongside imperial shags, rockhopper penguins, the elusive king penguin, Magellanic penguins and Gentoos.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The seat of Falklands culture
Day 4

Visit the Falklands capital, Stanley recognised by its brightly coloured buildings and English- style architecture. Explore this quaint and charming town to see local attractions such as the museum, Jetty Visitor Centre and the Christ Church Cathedral – some attractions may have admission fees which are not included in the voyage.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
At sea
Day 5-6

You make your way towards South Georgia crossing the Antarctic Convergence – where the Antarctic waters mix with the warmer waters of the the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. You may see a variety of seabirds including  albatrosses, petrels, Cape pigeons and southern fulmars.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
South Georgia Journey
Day 7-10

Today you arrive in South Georgia, also known as an Antarctic oasis due to the sheer number of penguins and seals that breed here. Rich in biodiversity and abundant in wildlife – there are many opportunities to visit various sites, if weather and conditions permit, these may include:

Prion Island –  observe the gentle nature of albatross that sit and nurse their chicks during breeding season. This location is closed during the early part of breeding season (November 20 – January 7).

Fortuna Bay – a surreal site surrounded by a panorama of rugged mountains. You can walk the footsteps of the famous explorer, Ernest Shackleton or visit the relics of an abandoned whaling village of Stromness.

Salisbury Plain – a broad coastal plain with snow-capped mountains that line the horizon in almost all directions. This landscape is home to large colonies of king penguins.

St. Andrews Bay – a picturesque site of vast glaciers bordered by snow-capped mountains home to an abundant number elephant seals and fur seals.

Gold Harbour – a great site to see elephant seals, fur seals and light-mantled albatross. Its scenery includes black-sand beaches, blue sheen glaciers splashed with sunset coloured waterfalls.

Grytviken – an abandoned settlement and formerly a whaling station. Stroll through the Grytviken to see king penguins walking the streets and roaming elephants seals throughout.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Southward bound
Day 11

Today you head south towards South Orkney. Views from the decks may reveal sea ice during this time as well as seabirds such as skuas and snow petrels that trail the vessel.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The scenic vistas of South Orkney
Day 12

You may visit Orcadas Base, an Argentine scientific research station located on Laurie Island. Alternatively you may visit Shingle Cove in Signy Island.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Last push to the Antarctic
Day 13

Be awestruck by the enormous icebergs in this part of journey. You may also spot whales here.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Awe-inspiring Antarctica
Day 14-16

If conditions are met, you will sail into the Weddell Sea known for its enormous tabular icebergs. You may stop Paulet Island to see the huge population of Adelie penguins and visit the volcanic island of Brown Bluff.

Alternatively, you will go en route for Elephant Island and head into Bransfield Strait then  continuing to Gerlache Strait known for its blue spiked icebergs as well as spotting humpback whales.

If ice conditions allow, you may sail through the Lemaire Channel – a  natural corridor of calm water reflecting the cliff and glaciers that go along it.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Crossing the Drake Passage
Day 17-18

Be greeted by an array of familiar seabirds. Take this time to reflect on the highlights of your trip and take advantage of your final chances to spot whales while you cross the Drake Passage.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ushuaia: There and back again
Day 19

Say your final farewells to new found friends and the expedition crew as you disembark the Ortelius upon arrival in Ushuaia. Take a group transfer from the dock to the airport for your forward flight.

Breakfast

Antarctica - Polar Circle, Deep South Discovery voyage

Ushuaia
Day 1

Begin your journey in the southernmost city, Ushuaia embarking the Ortelius in the afternoon.

Dinner
Crossing the Drake Passage: Path of the Polar Explorers
Day 2-3

As you cross the Drake Passage familiarise yourself with the layout of the ship. You will cross the Antarctic Convergence – when the Antarctic waters mix with the warmer waters of the the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Enjoy the variety of  albatrosses, petrels, Cape pigeons and southern fulmars.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Entering Antarctica
Day 4 - 5

Stand in awe of the striking landscape as no two glaciers will be alike throughout your time here. If conditions permit you may visit the following areas:

Cuverville Island – A small island and is home to the largest Gentoo penguin colony on the Antarctic Peninsula. Watch these comical creatures go about their daily life.

Neko Harbour – Mountains, glaciers and abundant wild is what you can expect from Neko Harbour. Take a zodiac cruise to get close to penguins and close views of the stunning alpine peaks.

Paradise Bay – this spectacular bay is surrounded by glaciated mountains and home to a variety of flourishing fauna, cormorants, seals and Gentoo penguins.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Through the Gullet
Day 6 - 8

When you wake in the morning you may be nearing the Antarctic Circle as you sail south of the Lemaire Channel. If conditions allow, you mail sail through the narrow Gullet Channel.

Explore this area from the ship or take a Zodiac cruise to get even closer to the polar terrain.

You may visit the following sites:

Pourquoi Pas Island – a mountainous island known for its fjords and glacier mountains.

Horseshoe Island – the site of the former British Base Y, a research station.

Stonington Island and Hanusse Bay

 

An alternative program

If the route to the south of Crystal Sound/Hanusse Bay is blocked by ice may include going around the western side of Adelaide Island. If this is not possible, the program may continue to explore the Antarctica Peninsula and areas around the Penola and Gerlache Straits.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The whales of Crystal Sound
Day 9 -11

Nearing the Antarctic Circle you may see humpback whales as well as more Adelie penguins among the icebergs nearby. Landings on Petermann and Pleneau Islands offer a great variety of birdlife to observe while Zodiac cruising among icebergs are a great way to see leopard and crabeater seals. Keep your eyes peeled for minkewhales, humpback whales and Gentoo penguins that are known to the area.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Crossing the Drake Passage
Day 12 - 13

Be greeted by an array of familiar seabirds. Take this time to reflect on the highlights of your trip and take advantage of your final chances to spot whales while you cross the Drake Passage.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ushuaia: There and back again
Day 14

Say your final farewells to new found friends and the expedition crew as you disembark the Ortelius upon arrival in Ushuaia. Take a group transfer from the dock to the airport for your forward flight.

Breakfast

Tour Inclusions

  • Voyage aboard the Ortelius as indicated in the itinerary
  • All meals throughout the voyage including snacks, coffee and tea
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
  • Free use rubber boots and snowshoes
  • Ship-to-shore helicopter transfers (with no specific amount of helicopter time guaranteed)
  • Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation in Ushuaia
  • Pre-scheduled group transfer from vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation)
  • All mischellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material

Tour Exclusions

  • Any airfare whether scheduled or charter flights
  • Pre and post-land arrangements
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Meals ashore
  • Baggage cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory)
  • Excess baggage charges
  • All items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverages charges and telecommunication charges
  • Customary gratuity at the end of voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard

Tour Pricing

19/20 Itinerary (USD)
Code
Departure Date
Voyage Type
Days
Start - End
Quad Porthole
Triple Porthole
Twin Porthole
Twin Window
Twin Deluxe
Surperior
Antarctica - Basecamp
OTL21C K M P S
Nov 03 2019
Cruise
11
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$7,950
$8,950
$9,850
$10,250
$10,900
$11,800
Weddell Sea - In serach of the Emperor Penguin incl. helicopters
OTL22
Nov 14 2019
Cruise
10
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$11,350
$12,150
$12,950
$13,550
$14,100
$14,900
Antarctica - Basecamp
OTL24C K M P S
Dec 05 2019
Cruise
11
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$7,950
$8,950
$9,850
$10,250
$10,900
$11,800
Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula
OTL25
Dec 16 2019
Cruise
18
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$13,350
$14,600
$16,200
$16,950
$18,100
$19,450
Antarctica
OTL26C K
Jan 03 2019
Cruise
10
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$7,950
$8,950
$9,850
$10,250
$10,900
$11,800
Antarctica - Polar Circle Deep South Discovery Voyage
OTL29D
Mar 18 2019
Cruise
13
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$8,500
$9,550
$10,450
$10,950
$11,700
$12,500
20/21 Itinerary (USD)
Departure Date
Voyage Type
Days
Start - End
Quad Porthole
Triple Porthole
Twin Porthole
Twin Window
Twin Deluxe
Surperior
Antarctica - Basecamp
Nov 08 2020
Cruise
11
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$8,050
N/A
$9,950
$10,350
$11,000
$11,900
Weddell Sea - In serach of the Emperor Penguin incl. helicopters
Nov 19 2020
Cruise
10
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$11,500
N/A
$13,100
$13,700
$14,250
$15,100
Antarctica - Basecamp
Nov 29 2020
Cruise
11
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$8,050
N/A
$9,950
$10,350
$11,000
$11,900
Antarctica - Basecamp
Dec 10 2020
Cruise
12
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$8,450
N/A
$10,400
$10,900
$11,600
$12,450
Antarctica - Basecamp
Dec 22 2020
Cruise
12
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$8,950
N/A
$10,950
$11,500
$12,200
$12,950
Antarctica
Jan 03 2021
Cruise
10
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$8,050
N/A
$9,950
$10,350
$11,000
$11,900
Ross Sea - incl. helicopters
Jan 13 2021
Cruise
34
Ushuaia - Bluff, New Zealand
$27,700
N/A
$34,900
$35,900
$37,900
$39,900
Ross Sea - incl. helicopters
Feb 16 2021
Cruise
32
Bluff, New Zealand - Ushuaia
$27,700
N/A
$34,900
$35,900
$37,900
$39,900
Antarctica - Polar Circle Deep South Discovery Voyage
Mar 19 2021
Cruise
13
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$8,550
N/A
$10,550
$10,950
$11,700
$12,500

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