Polar expedition cruise vessel

A polar expedition ship is named Hondius and it is built for the Dutch-based Oceanwide Expeditions

A polar expedition ship is named Hondius and it is built for the Dutch-based Oceanwide Expeditions.

It is 107.6 meters long, 17.6 meters wide and the speed of 15 knots is provided by two main engines with a total power of 4200 kW. It can host 196 passengers accommodated in 85 cabins, which is taken care of by 72 crew members. Hondius is the first vessel built to class “LR PC6”, meeting the latest and highest demands of Lloyd’s Register for “Polar Class 6” vessels, the highest Polar Class notation for ice-strengthened vessels. The vessel is also fully comply with the mandatory requirements of the Polar code, adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), for safe ship operation and the protection of the Polar environment.


  • Length: 107.6 meters
  • Breadth: 17.6 meters
  • Draft: 5.30 meters
  • Ice class: Polar Class 6 (equivalent 1A-Super)
  • Displacement: 5,590 tonnes
  • Propulsion: 2 x ABC main engines; total 4,200 kW
  • Speed: 15 knots
  • Passengers: 196 in 85 cabins
  • Staff & crew: 72

Hondius is the strongest icestrengthened vessel in the Polar Regions and is equipped with stabilizers, and very suitable for advanced, innovative exploratory quality voyages in the Arctic and Antarctic Regions.

The ship offers to its passengers a high standard of a hotel as well as various categories of cabins, from spacious apartments to double and four-bed cabins, where they will be provided with multiple secured systems for a safe and comfortable stay. The design and all technical solutions are all the work of Brodosplit's talented designers. As such, this ship will be the best ambassador of Croatian shipbuilding and industrial achievements.

Hondius offers high-quality accommodation for 174 passengers in one spacious suite (35 square meters, 377 square feet), six grand suites with balconies (27 square meters, 291 square feet), eight junior suites (19 to 20 square meters, 205 to 215 square feet), eight superior cabins (20 to 21 square meters, 215 to 226 square feet), 11 twin deluxe cabins, (19 to 21 square meters, 205 to 226 square feet), 14 twin window cabins (12 to 14 square meters, 129 to 151 square feet) as well as 28 twin porthole cabins, two triple porthole cabins, and four quadruple porthole cabins that vary in size from 12 to 18 square meters, or 129 to 194 square feet.

The passenger capacity certificate for Hondius is 196 persons. One deck consists of a large observation lounge and separate lecture room, which are reserved for a wide variety of interactive workshops, exhibitions, and performances particular to Hondius. Though elegantly designed in stylish mid-century modern décor, this vessel holds true to Oceanwide’s distinctive cozy and informal atmosphere. 

While cruising, 72 crew and staff members (including expedition and hotel staff) will be at the passengers’ service. Hondius is equipped with 2 main engines and can reach a maximum speed of 15 knots.

Oceanwide Expeditions is a Dutch company specializing in expedition-style voyages to Antarctica and the Arctic. Deploying its own fleet of ice-strengthened vessels, Oceanwide emphasizes small-scale, flexible tours that provide passengers close contact with polar wildlife, landscapes, and historical sites.

Tours usually take place in regions only accessible by sea, with little to no infrastructure. The locations visited are first reached by ship, after which expedition guides take small groups of passengers to landing sites by way of Zodiac Milpro RIBs (rigid inflatable boats), enabling safe cruising and maximum short time.


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