Setting new standards in polar cruising, the M/V Hondius offers a flexible itinerary to maximise wildlife contact; fast ship-to-shore transfers; the highest standards of fortification for ice-strengthened vessels and a stylish and informal ambience.
World’s first registered Polar Class 6 cruise ship meeting the highest demands of fortification for ice-strengthened vessels
Exceeds all the latest environmental requirements of the Polar Code
Flexible itineraries and fast ship-to-shore Zodiac operations to maximise contact with wildlife and nature
Stylish and modern accommodation
The most advanced new addition to the fleet at Oceanwide Expeditions, the M/V Hondius has been designed using the best of modern marine science to build a ship that is flexible, fast, fortified and environmentally friendly. Not only is Hondius the world’s first registered Polar Class 6 cruise ship meeting the highest demands for ice-strengthening required by Lloyd’s Register, but it also exceeds all the environmental requirements of the Polar Code. This means guests can relax in the knowledge that they are on-board one of the world’s safest polar cruising vessels and that their visit will have as little impact as possible on the environment.
Itineraries are flexible to take advantage of nature and wildlife contact time and there is a fleet of rigid-hull inflatable Zodiac boats, along with a sheltered Zodiac boarding area to ensure swift and safe landing operations. On-board, the accommodation offers an elegant and stylish mid-century décor and there are a range of cabins and suites to suit all requirements, from spacious suites with balconies to quadruple porthole cabins. With a maximum number of 174 guests and 82 cabins, the atmosphere throughout the ship is both cosy and informal and the camaraderie is an important element of this type of small-scale cruising. The dining room is a great venue to chat to fellow passengers about your experiences over the well-balanced and nourishing meals, full of flavour and ideal for hearty appetites.
One deck of Hondius is a large observation lounge with a separate lecture room for interactive workshops and exhibitions, where you can learn more about the polar region and wildlife from the wonderful guides accompanying you on your trip. The most flexible and advanced ice-strengthened vessel cruising the polar regions, Hondius offers guests the chance for an exploratory voyage with first-hand experience of the magnificent wildlife and polar scenery.
When to visit
“This ship is one of the newest vessels operating in the polar waters. It offers great value to guests who want good levels of comfort and service, but with a comfortable and informal atmosphere.”
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