Expedition is our passion. The ship becomes our base camp for these voyages. “Base camp” is by definition a temporary storing and starting place, from which an activity starts. We offer “activity modules” which go beyond our normal shore program. The vessel will stay for two or three days at specific locations to serve our active passengers as a comfortable hub to allow more time than usual for wide ranging activities.

During our “Basecamp” departures, all offered activities (including camping, kayaking, snowshoe/hiking, mountaineering, photo workshop) as well as our standard included shore excursions and zodiac cruises) are free of charge.

Highlights


• Activities for everyone - camp near the penguin colonies and observe wildlife from your kayak

• Discover the true emotions of Antarctic wilderness

• Observe the wildlife in its natural habitat

In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.
During these two days we sail across the Drake Passage. When we cross the Antarctic Convergence, we arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. In this area we may see Wandering Albatrosses, Grey Headed Albatrosses, Black- browed Albatrosses, Light- mantled Sooty Albatrosses, Cape Pigeons, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, we spot our first icebergs.
We will sail directly to “High Antarctica”, passing the Melchior islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. We will sail to the Neumayer Channel, where we position our ship for the multi activity base camp. The protected waters around Wiencke Island will become our playground for all activities. In this alpine environment there are great opportunities to scout the region on foot, per zodiac and during kayak trips. Walkers will find opportunities to use snowshoes on hikes near the shore lines and the mountaineers will find their challenge by climbing hills and view points further inland, i.e. Jabet Peak (540 m). All climbs and excursions can only be conducted in good weather conditions. We plan to stay two overnights at anchor in order to implement two camp nights and two full activity days. We will visit the British research station and the post office Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy we may also offer a landing on Jougla Point with Gentoo Penguins and Imperial Shags. We sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Booth Island, Pleneau and Petermann Island where we can find Adelie Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. In this area there are good chances to encounter Humpback Whales, Minke Whales and Fin Whales. Our second Basecamp night will be erected near the Continent; we choose a camp site which is suitable and close to next day’s activity. The mountaineers hope to reach the summit of Mt. Demaria (640 m) at Waddington Bay. A visit to one of the scientific stations in Antarctica will give you an insight about the life of modern Antarcticans working on the White Continent. Further south we may have time to visit the Ukrainian Vernadsky Station, where we will receive a warm welcome from the station crew. In the afternoon at Neko Harbour we will have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of a huge glacier and enjoy the landscape during zodiac cruises, hikes and kayak excursions. A small group of mountaineers may climb up on higher grounds of the glacier. We will spend the night at Neko or near Paradise Bay with a camp erected ashore. We will leave Neko Harbour in the early morning after breaking our last camp. We sail via Melchior Islands towards the open sea of the Drake Passage. We have again a chance of seeing many seabirds.
On our way north, we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.
We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark after breakfast.
A Basecamp itinerary to the Antarctic Peninsula is illustrated above. This itinerary is for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions, the availability of landing sites and opportunities to see wildlife. The final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. During our “Basecamp” departures, all offered activities are free of charge.

Quadruple Porthole

$ 7950 USD pp
Quadruple Porthole
The cabin provides you with; a porthole, 2 upper / lower berths, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, hair dryer and ample storage space.

Triple Porthole

$ 8950 USD pp
Triple Porthole
Same as Quadruple Porthole but with 3 berths. The cabin provides you with; a porthole, 1 upper / lower berth, 1 single lower berth, private shower & toilet, desk

Twin Porthole

$ 9650 USD pp
Twin Porthole
The cabin provides you with; a porthole, 2 lower berths, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, hair dryer and ample storage space.

Twin Window

$ 10250 USD pp
Twin Window
The cabin provides you with; a window, 2 lower berths, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, hair dryer and ample storage space.

Twin Deluxe

$ 10850 USD pp
Twin Deluxe
The cabin provides you with; 3 windows, 2 lower berths, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, small sofa, a hair dryer and ample storage space.

Superior

$ 11850 USD pp
Superior
The cabin provides you with; at least 2 windows, 1 double bed, 1 single (sofa) bed, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, flatscreen TV, refrigerator, hair dryer and ample storage space.

Quadruple Porthole

$ 7950 USD pp
Quadruple Porthole
The cabin provides you with; a porthole, 2 upper / lower berths, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, hair dryer and ample storage space.

Triple Porthole

$ 8950 USD pp
Triple Porthole
Same as Quadruple Porthole but with 3 berths. The cabin provides you with; a porthole, 1 upper / lower berth, 1 single lower berth, private shower & toilet, desk

Twin Porthole

$ 9650 USD pp
Twin Porthole
The cabin provides you with; a porthole, 2 lower berths, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, hair dryer and ample storage space.

Twin Window

$ 10250 USD pp
Twin Window
The cabin provides you with; a window, 2 lower berths, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, hair dryer and ample storage space.

Twin Deluxe

$ 10850 USD pp
Twin Deluxe
The cabin provides you with; 3 windows, 2 lower berths, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, small sofa, a hair dryer and ample storage space.

Superior

$ 11850 USD pp
Superior
The cabin provides you with; at least 2 windows, 1 double bed, 1 single (sofa) bed, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, flatscreen TV, refrigerator, hair dryer and ample storage space.

Quadruple Porthole

$ 7950 USD pp
Quadruple Porthole
The cabin provides you with; a porthole, 2 upper / lower berths, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, hair dryer and ample storage space.

Triple Porthole

$ 8950 USD pp
Triple Porthole
Same as Quadruple Porthole but with 3 berths. The cabin provides you with; a porthole, 1 upper / lower berth, 1 single lower berth, private shower & toilet, desk

Twin Porthole

$ 9650 USD pp
Twin Porthole
The cabin provides you with; a porthole, 2 lower berths, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, hair dryer and ample storage space.

Twin Window

$ 10250 USD pp
Twin Window
The cabin provides you with; a window, 2 lower berths, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, hair dryer and ample storage space.

Twin Deluxe

$ 10850 USD pp
Twin Deluxe
The cabin provides you with; 3 windows, 2 lower berths, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, small sofa, a hair dryer and ample storage space.

Superior

$ 11850 USD pp
Superior
The cabin provides you with; at least 2 windows, 1 double bed, 1 single (sofa) bed, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, flatscreen TV, refrigerator, hair dryer and ample storage space.

Quadruple Porthole

$ 7950 USD pp
Quadruple Porthole
The cabin provides you with; a porthole, 2 upper / lower berths, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, hair dryer and ample storage space.

Triple Porthole

$ 8950 USD pp
Triple Porthole
Same as Quadruple Porthole but with 3 berths. The cabin provides you with; a porthole, 1 upper / lower berth, 1 single lower berth, private shower & toilet, desk

Twin Porthole

$ 9650 USD pp
Twin Porthole
The cabin provides you with; a porthole, 2 lower berths, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, hair dryer and ample storage space.

Twin Window

$ 10100 USD pp
Twin Window
The cabin provides you with; a window, 2 lower berths, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, hair dryer and ample storage space.

Twin Deluxe

$ 10850 USD pp
Twin Deluxe
The cabin provides you with; 3 windows, 2 lower berths, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, small sofa, a hair dryer and ample storage space.

Superior

$ 11700 USD pp
Superior
The cabin provides you with; at least 2 windows, 1 double bed, 1 single (sofa) bed, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, flatscreen TV, refrigerator, hair dryer and ample storage space.

Quadruple Porthole

$ 7950 USD pp
Quadruple Porthole
The cabin provides you with; a porthole, 2 upper / lower berths, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, hair dryer and ample storage space.

Triple Porthole

$ 8950 USD pp
Triple Porthole
Same as Quadruple Porthole but with 3 berths. The cabin provides you with; a porthole, 1 upper / lower berth, 1 single lower berth, private shower & toilet, desk

Twin Porthole

$ 9650 USD pp
Twin Porthole
The cabin provides you with; a porthole, 2 lower berths, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, hair dryer and ample storage space.

Twin Window

$ 10100 USD pp
Twin Window
The cabin provides you with; a window, 2 lower berths, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, hair dryer and ample storage space.

Twin Deluxe

$ 10850 USD pp
Twin Deluxe
The cabin provides you with; 3 windows, 2 lower berths, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, small sofa, a hair dryer and ample storage space.

Superior

$ 11700 USD pp
Superior
The cabin provides you with; at least 2 windows, 1 double bed, 1 single (sofa) bed, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, flatscreen TV, refrigerator, hair dryer and ample storage space.

Quadruple Porthole

$ 8250 USD pp
Quadruple Porthole
The cabin provides you with; a porthole, 2 upper / lower berths, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, hair dryer and ample storage space.

Triple Porthole

$ 9250 USD pp
Triple Porthole
Same as Quadruple Porthole but with 3 berths. The cabin provides you with; a porthole, 1 upper / lower berth, 1 single lower berth, private shower & toilet, desk

Twin Porthole

$ 9950 USD pp
Twin Porthole
The cabin provides you with; a porthole, 2 lower berths, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, hair dryer and ample storage space.

Twin Window

$ 10500 USD pp
Twin Window
The cabin provides you with; a window, 2 lower berths, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, hair dryer and ample storage space.

Twin Deluxe

$ 11250 USD pp
Twin Deluxe
The cabin provides you with; 3 windows, 2 lower berths, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, small sofa, a hair dryer and ample storage space.

Superior

$ 11950 USD pp
Superior
The cabin provides you with; at least 2 windows, 1 double bed, 1 single (sofa) bed, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, flatscreen TV, refrigerator, hair dryer and ample storage space.

Quadruple Porthole

$ 8250 USD pp
Quadruple Porthole
The cabin provides you with; a porthole, 2 upper / lower berths, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, hair dryer and ample storage space.

Triple Porthole

$ 9250 USD pp
Triple Porthole
Same as Quadruple Porthole but with 3 berths. The cabin provides you with; a porthole, 1 upper / lower berth, 1 single lower berth, private shower & toilet, desk

Twin Porthole

$ 9950 USD pp
Twin Porthole
The cabin provides you with; a porthole, 2 lower berths, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, hair dryer and ample storage space.

Twin Window

$ 10500 USD pp
Twin Window
The cabin provides you with; a window, 2 lower berths, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, hair dryer and ample storage space.

Twin Deluxe

$ 11250 USD pp
Twin Deluxe
The cabin provides you with; 3 windows, 2 lower berths, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, small sofa, a hair dryer and ample storage space.

Superior

$ 11950 USD pp
Superior
The cabin provides you with; at least 2 windows, 1 double bed, 1 single (sofa) bed, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, flatscreen TV, refrigerator, hair dryer and ample storage space.

Quadruple Porthole

$ 7950 USD pp
Quadruple Porthole
The cabin provides you with; a porthole, 2 upper / lower berths, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, hair dryer and ample storage space.

Triple Porthole

$ 8950 USD pp
Triple Porthole
Same as Quadruple Porthole but with 3 berths. The cabin provides you with; a porthole, 1 upper / lower berth, 1 single lower berth, private shower & toilet, desk

Twin Porthole

$ 9650 USD pp
Twin Porthole
The cabin provides you with; a porthole, 2 lower berths, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, hair dryer and ample storage space.

Twin Window

$ 10100 USD pp
Twin Window
The cabin provides you with; a window, 2 lower berths, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, hair dryer and ample storage space.

Twin Deluxe

$ 10850 USD pp
Twin Deluxe
The cabin provides you with; 3 windows, 2 lower berths, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, small sofa, a hair dryer and ample storage space.

Superior

$ 11700 USD pp
Superior
The cabin provides you with; at least 2 windows, 1 double bed, 1 single (sofa) bed, private shower & toilet, desk & chair, flatscreen TV, refrigerator, hair dryer and ample storage space.

Ortelius

Vessel Type: Expediton

Length: 91m

Passenger Capacity: 116

Built / Refurbished : 1989 / 2015

The ice-strengthened vessel “Ortelius” is an excellent vessel for Polar expedition cruises in the Arctic and Antarctica, providing us with possibilities to adventure remote locations such as the Ross Sea.


“Ortelius” was built in Gdynia, Poland in 1989, was named “Marina Svetaeva”, and served as a special purpose vessel for the Russian Academy of Science. The vessel is re-flagged and renamed “Ortelius”. Ortelius was a Dutch / Flemish cartographer. Abraham Ortelius (1527 – 1598) published the first modern world atlas, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum or Theatre of the World in 1570. At that time, the atlas was the most expensive book ever printed. 

The vessel has the highest ice-class notation (UL1 equivalent to 1A) and is therefore very suitable to navigate in solid one-year sea ice and loose multi-year pack ice. “Ortelius” is a great expedition vessel for 100 passengers with lots of open-deck spaces and a very large bridge which is accessible to the passengers. The vessel is manned by 34 highly experienced Russian nautical crew, 15 international catering staff, including stewardesses, 6 expedition staff (1 expedition leader and 5 guides/lecturers) and 1 doctor.

”Ortelius” offers a comfortable hotel standard, with two restaurants, a bar/lecture room and a sauna.  Our voyages are primarily developed to offer our passengers a quality exploratory wildlife program, trying to spend as much time ashore as possible. As the number of passengers is limited to approximately 100 on the “Ortelius”, flexibility assures maximum wildlife opportunities.

 

Cabin layout for Ortelius

Up to $1600 Discount on Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Ortelius

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