Hondius meets Lloyd’s Register demands for ice-strengthened cruise vessels and exceeds the requirements of the Polar Code as adopted by the IMO. The ship is designed for exploratory voyages that provide first-hand contact with the Arctic and Antarctica.

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Hondius's passenger capacity certificate for Hondius is 196 persons. One deck has a large observation lounge and separate lecture room, which are reserved for interactive workshops, exhibitions, and performances particular to Hondius. Hondius has advanced stabilizers and two main engines capable of powering the vessel up to 15 knots.

The ship is planned to start operations during the summer of 2019.