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M/V Hondius - Arctic Cruise
Best for: Cruise, Highlights, Off the beaten track
M/V Hondius is the world's first registered Polar Class 6 civilian vessel, setting the standard in advanced polar expedition. With its ice-strengthened hull & comfortable interiors, this innovative & luxurious ship offers a polar experience like no other.
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In a class of its own, the new M/V Hondius has been designed as the ultimate polar expedition vessel. Rigorously constructed to meet the unpredictable challenges posed by the polar regions, this exceptional ship meets the latest requirements set by the Lloyds Register for ice-strengthened civilian cruise vessels. Strong, technologically advanced and cutting edge, M/V Hondius has been designed to leave a minimal impact on the pristine wilderness regions of the polar landscape, exceeding the requirements set by the International Maritime Organisation for ecological impact. From bio-degradable paint, LED lighting and controlled fuel and CO² emissions, you can rest assured that your expedition in to the polar landscape is leaving as minimal impact as possible.
Accommodating up to 174 passengers, the M/V Hondius is home to a variety of cabins, ranging from the Quadruple Porthole Cabins, perfect for groups or families travelling together, to the opulent Hondius Suite with its four windows maximising views of the icy world around you. Cabins are spacious and comfortable, with mid-century modern décor, each featuring an en-suite bathroom equipped with a shower and toilet. Flat screen televisions, desk space, comfortable sofas and coffee and tea making facilities come as standard, whilst the larger cabins and suites offer additional living space and larger windows from which to soak up the awe-inspiring views.
On board, M/V Hondius is comfortable and luxurious, offering a wealth of opportunities to relax, learn and enjoy your icy surroundings. The observation lounge and bar is the perfect place to soak up the wild landscapes, whilst the lecture room plays host to a variety of interactive workshops and presentations lead by on-board naturalists and polar specialists. After a day exploring the icy seas and rugged landscapes, retire to the dining room for a hearty feast, prepared by the executive chef team who pride themselves on creating a diverse and delicious menu, even amongst some of the harshest environments on earth.
Whilst the onboard experience is luxurious and comfortable, an expedition to the polar regions is all about immersive experiences amongst the unique landscapes and wildlife. Time spent at sea is kept to a minimum, with the vessel’s design enabling near-shore activities and proximity to the ice to remain at the forefront of any expedition. A fleet of rigid-hull inflatable zodiacs, launched from a sheltered indoor embarkation platform, provide maximum contact with the nature and wildlife that has drawn you to the most remote corners of the earth. Other activities include kayaking, snow-shoeing, hiking and polar diving, should you be feeling particularly adventurous.
When to go
Cruises depart for Svalbard, Greenland and the Russian High Arctic during the northern hemisphere's summer, when explorers enjoy 24 hour days and favourable conditions. Travel in June and July and you'll admire spectacular frozen sculptures and seas of pack ice. From late July to August, the wildlife is most active and whale watching trips to the west coast of Greenland and voyages to the Russian High Arctic begin. In late August and September, sail through magnificent fjord scenery and catch the aurora borealis as the nights descend. Whether you travel early on in mid June or in September as the season draws to a close, you have good chances of spotting the iconic polar bear.
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