Young Pioneer Tours

A Review of the MV Hondius

During the recent Young Pioneer Tours trip to Greenland we were lucky enough to be part of the MV Hondius and its maiden voyage to Greenland. Spoiler alert: We liked it so much we’ll be using it again to go to Antarctica in 2021.

So, what is the lowdown on the MV Hondius?

Here’s the Young Pioneer Tours review!

How new is the MV Hondius?

The Hondius was launched in May 2019, so we were not on its maiden voyage, but on the last of the season to Greenland, and its first trip to the world’s biggest island.

How big is the Hondius?

The cruise ship MV Hondius sits in the water behind a group of tourist making landfall in a zodiac (a sturdy rubber dinghy).
Pretty big.

It has a capacity for 174 people split into 70 cabins, with about 50-60 crew. Most rooms are quads, but it has triples and doubles as well.

The layout and size is actually what makes the Hondius really cool. There’s essentially 7 decks, but in reality, your lives exist from deck 3 to deck 5. Deck 3 is where most cabins are – and where you exit to the zodiacs – with deck 4 having the restaurant and reception, whilst deck 5 has the lecture room and, much more importantly, the bar.

What are the facilities like?

A great restaurant, lecture room, observation lounge (read bar), and lot of outdoor viewing areas to look at icebergs!

And the activities?

The Hondius has a fleet of zodiacs to take people out cruising, as well as kayaks, and even diving equipment. There are lots of opportunities to be doing stuff when aboard this ship.

There’s a bar you say?

The bartender on the Hondius was actually the same one as when Young Pioneer Tours visited Antarctica. Beers and cocktails cost between $3-4 – much cheaper than the prices in Iceland!

What are the cabins like?

Much more like a classic cruise liner in that they have TVs, AC, phones and even safe drinking water from the tap. Fairly impressive rooms overall.

Can you get online?

We think it is a great chance to not be online, but if you do need internet data is extremely expensive, although you can “rent” a mailbox for about $15 for the week. Best to blog as you go, and then upload them after!

Overall on the MV Hondius?

A great ship, which made our trip to Greenland frankly amazing. We are looking forward to our future cruises with Oceanwide Expeditions, but would happily use this ship again.

Try the Hondius for yourself on our trip to Antarctica!