Hondius is a new expedition ship being built by Brodosplit Shipyard in Croatia for Oceanwide Expeditions. It is the first polar expedition ship to be constructed to the Lloyd’s Register for Polar Class 6, which is the highest notation for ice-strengthened ships.

The polar cruise vessel construction started in November 2016 and delivery is expected in May 2019.

The vessel will sail on her expedition voyages in the Arctic and Antarctic Regions.

Hondius polar expedition vessel design

The polar cruise vessel will be 107.6m-long and will have a breadth of 17.6m, a draft of 5.30m and displacement of 5,590t.

The cruise ship will meet the standards of Polar Class 6, which is equivalent to the earlier Finnish-Swedish ice-class notation 1A-Super. It will be registered in the Netherlands.

Hondius accommodation details

The Hondius expedition ship will be manned by a crew of 72 and can accommodate up to 176 passengers. It will offer deluxe accommodation with Oceanwide’s signature comfortable and informal atmosphere.

The vessel will feature 83 cabins and suites in different categories, including a 35m² suite, six grand cabins with balconies, eight junior suites ranging in size from 19m² to 20m², 29 twin porthole cabins, two triple porthole cabins, and four quadruple porthole rooms.

Deck 3 will house double, triple and quadruple porthole cabins as well as an infirmary and a doctor’s cabin. Deck 6 will feature twin deluxe and superior staterooms, as well as a large Hondius suite, along with the lifeboats.

“The Hondius expedition ship will be manned by a crew of 72 offering deluxe accommodation with Oceanwide’s signature comfortable and informal atmosphere.”

The private balcony grand suites and junior suites along with the ship office and safety centre will be located on Deck 7.

Dining and entertainment facilities

Deck 4 will feature a dining room, lobby area, gallery and a staircase leading to the twin window cabins. The Zodiac deck will be used for outdoor activities such as kayaking.

The ship will also feature a sheltered zodiac boarding zone, where passengers can board boats to take them to the shore. Other activities and experiences on the ship will further engage and entertain the guests.

A large observation lounge and a dedicated lecture room on Deck 5 will be completely reserved for lectures and presentations. The deck will also feature a library, bar, pantry, safety lockers and an expedition office.

Propulsion and power

The propulsion system will integrate two ABC diesel engines and an adjustable pitch propeller. The engines will develop a total power output of 4,200kW, enabling a service speed of 15k.

There will be an electricity supply of 220V/60Hz, with standard European electrical outlets on-board.

Sustainable features of Hondius

The Polar Class 6 vessel will comply with the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) latest standards. It will adopt the IMO mandatory requirements of the polar code for the ship’s safety and protection of the polar environment.

The polar expedition ship will use LED lighting, flexible power management systems, and steam heat in order to reduce fuel consumption and minimise CO2 emissions.