Penguins in the icy Antarctic from Oceanwide Expeditions tour
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Oceanwide Expeditions

4.2 | Great
  • 90% Recommend
Service Level
  • Standard
Type
  • Local Specialist
Established
  • 1996
Headquarters
  • Vlissingen, The Netherlands
Trips
  • 24

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Oceanwide Expeditions Reviews & Ratings 90% Recommend

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A very memorable trip! January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just came back from an expedition to South Georgia on the Ortelius. Good and very stable ship in rough seas, friendly staff and great food. This is no luxury vessel but she is perfect for what we came for: to spend as much time as possible on shore watching wildlife and for that they got brand new and safe zodiacs to bring us there.
South Georgia is a unique place on earth with stunning scenery and abundant wildlife you can approach from very nearby. Highlights were definitely St.Andrews Bay and Salisbury Plain with its colonies of hundreds of thousand of king penguins plus hundreds of elephant seals on the beach, a zodiac cruise along Larsen Harbour seeing quite a few Weddell seals and let's not forget the wonderful wandering albatrosses on Prion Island.
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Antarctic Peninsula m/v Ortelius ship June 2016

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
Very good trip. Very good crew, friendly and professional. Very good food. Landscape is wondeful. Bedroom are clean. But....
We didn't go to ukrainian base of Vernadsky while it was written that we go.
Some people had paid 2000 euros less than me because they booked last minute.
We didn't see Horn Cape while we wasn't far.
The bedroom is too much small for three people.
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SUPERB June 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
All about the trip was fantastic, including my travel-mates.
Yes the crew/staff/guides/Doctor were first class, but the real bonus was the way people mixed and joined in.

All in all, SUPERB.

PS a big shout for my two restaurant buddies!!!
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Jaw Dropping June 2016

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
It really is not hard to write a positive review about such a well run operation in what has to be one of the most stunning parts of the world, observing the abundant wildlife that calls this remote area home.

The expedition team and the ship's captain and officers spent countless hours making sure that this voyage lived up to its title. As a result, we enjoyed numerous memorable sightings of polar bears, walrus haul outs, whales around the ship, arctic foxes, reindeer, seals and, of course, many species of birds.

The onboard lectures from experts in their various fields were most informative and the zodiac shore excursions most enjoyable.

Finally, one has to mention the jaw dropping scenery of the Svalbard Archipelago. High peaked mountains with glaciers reaching to the sea in every direction, huge bird cliffs reaching for the sky and sea ice from horizon to horizon. All very aptly summed up as "Magnificence at its Utmost Best". Thank you to all involved.
The memories will last a lifetime!

Frank B and Carol D. - Ohakune, New Zealand.
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Wonderful landscapes and animals in Svalbard June 2016

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
Very good weather, wonderful landscapes, a lot of animals, a small but nice ship, a good crew with excellent captain and expedition leader, good food, interesting conferences, what do you want more ?
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Greenland June 2016

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
From the first minute to the last, it was a very great adventure.
For me the different icehills were the best!

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Based in the Netherlands, Oceanwide Expeditions specializes in polar expedition-style cruises to both the Arctic and Antarctic. Operating since 1996, they’re one of the pioneers in the field. 

What Makes Them Stand Out? 

They offer an excellent series of educational lectures onboard and a wide variety of potential activities on shore, which may include camping, snowshoeing, kayaking, and mountaineering for the truly adventurous. 

Who Travels With Them?

Oceanwide Expeditions passengers are curious about the world, its cultures, and its wildlife, and are willing to pay for a top-notch experience. 

Where Do They Operate?

Throughout the Arctic and Antarctic regions and a bit beyond. “Arctic” itineraries include remote Scottish islands – the Hebrides, Orkneys and Shetlands – as well as the Faroes, Iceland, Greenland, Spitsbergen (Svalbard), and the Lofoten islands of Norway. Antarctic itineraries include the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, the South Orkney Islands and the Ross Sea. One spring cruise includes remote, seldom visited South Atlantic islands such as Tristan da Cunha, St. Helena, and Ascension Island. 

How Does It Work?

The company owns a fleet of four vessels capable of breaking through pack ice and small enough to navigate their way through narrow passages. Weather permitting, the ships make two landings per day, with passengers ferried ashore via zodiacs. 

Why Travel With Them? 

These are truly memorable expeditions to some of the most remote spots on the planet.

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From Oceanwide Expeditions

Oceanwide Expeditions offers since 1996 unique, small-group polar expedition cruises to the Arctic and Antarctica. We own, manage and operate the vessels: m/v Plancius (116 pax), m/v Ortelius (116 pax), s/v Rembrandt van Rijn (33 pax) and s/v Noorderlicht (20 pax). The Dutch ”Plancius Foundation“ (1981-1996) was the predecessor of Oceanwide Expeditions, the first cruise operator ever to organize since 1983 on a yearly basis expedition cruise voyages to and around Spitsbergen.

"Experience true emotions in the polar regions, with Oceanwide Expeditions”

Keeping days at sea short and implementing fast gangway operations allow us to give our guests maximum time ashore to explore. We offer two landings per day, morning and afternoon (weather permitting). Sailing schedules and land programs are flexible, and will always be adapted to local sea ice and weather conditions and wildlife opportunities. Our fleet of inflatable zodiacs are ready in no time for taxi shuttles to shore , and cruises among ice-floes and the local wildlife. While cruising and actively exploring the polar regions, we are sure that you will become increasingly fascinated by these unique wildernesses, places of drama, wildlife, history and true emotion. Welcome aboard!

“Join us for a quality discovery cruise in the Arctic and Antarctica”

Discover the pristine and mysterious polar planet with us! We are pioneers of ship-based exploratory tourism in the Arctic and Antarctica and awarded as ‘World’s Leading Polar Expedition Operator’. We are organising unique expedition cruise programs to the polar regions for guests who want to actively enjoy the spectacular scenery, explore nature and wildlife of some of the world’s most stunning and pristine shorelines, above and below the oceans, at sea and on land.

“Oceanwide Expeditions brings your polar experience to a higher level”

The regions we visit during our wildlife expeditions contain hardly any infrastructure and are almost only reachable by boat. Oceanwide Expeditions operates, so to speak, on the borderline of land and water, where daily guided excursions guarantee intensive and individual nature and wildlife experience in small groups. Our carefully prepared and unique voyages are primarily defined by an exploratory and environmentally friendly travel program, which is flexible and guarantees much time for adventure packed activities, combined with educational lectures on board. For special activities we provide industry leading equipment: tents, sleeping bags, snowshoes, kayaks, diving compressors, scuba tanks and weights, rubber boots with grip sole, polar jackets, sledges (pulkas), mountaineering hard wear.

“What makes us different”

Oceanwide Expeditions own and operate a modern fleet of small ice-strengthened expedition vessels which comply with highest international safety standards and allow our professional crew to navigate safely through pack-ice and remote narrow waterways. The size, capacity and capability of our small ships have proven to be a successful formula for exploring the remote regions for many years. Our expedition vessels offer a comfortable, friendly, intimate and informal atmosphere. Oceanwide Expeditions is known for exceptional standard of service offered to all passengers on board the ships. Our ships provide cosy and comfortable accommodation and on-board life. Our chefs prepare excellent international and well balanced international cuisine. Our friendly international crew, expedition and hotel staff, most of whom have been with the company for many years, will be anxious to share their enthusiasm and knowledge with their guests. Qualified and experienced expedition guides share their knowledge in lectures on board during sea days and during field excursions; our guides come from all over the world and speak several languages.

Associations:

International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators, Adventure Travel Trade Association

Awards:

World’s Leading Polar Expedition Operator

Why us?

Expertise in designing and managing wildlife voyages

Oceanwide Expeditions operates, so to speak, on the borderline of land and water, where daily guided excursions in small groups are organized. Our expertise in designing and managing the wildlife voyages allows us to offer quality tours in areas that will fascinate and amaze you time after time. We would very much like to share our enthusiasm and our experiences with you.Oceanwide Expeditions operates with private and chartered expedition vessels and is responsible for the management and operations on board. All voyages have been carefully prepared and developed (routing, regulations, provisioning, crewing, excursions etc.) and are empathic to the natural conditions of the areas concerned and therefore unique in their design.

Experience in expedition cruising

Oceanwide Expeditions looks back at 32+ years of experience in expedition cruising, having built up a thorough knowledge of the areas visited. Our tours are constantly modified to guarantee the intended quality of our voyages.During Oceanwide Expedition cruises, daily excursions in small groups are offered. Experienced tour leaders show you the most interesting aspects of the areas, often illustrated by lectures on board the vessel. Most lecturers come from a scientific background.Sailing schedules are always adapted to local sea ice conditions and Oceanwide is known for good and basic standards for the service and comfort offered to all passengers on board the ships.

Travelling with Oceanwide Expeditions

Oceanwide Expeditions offers unique, small-group expedition cruises that allow passengers to enjoy the natural wildlife and scenery of some of the world’s most spectacular and pristine shorelines, above and below the oceans. The size, capacity and capability of our ice-strengthened vessels have proven to be a successful formula for many years.As the number of participants is limited from 20 to 116 passengers, our small-expedition vessels offer a friendly, intimate atmosphere. Accommodation and on-board-life is cozy and comfortable. Our voyages are primarily defined by an exploratory travel program, spending as much time ashore as possible, combined with educational lectures on board. Moreover, we can be flexible, easily changing the course of the vessel and have our inflatable Zodiacs ready in no time for cruises among ice-floes or even the local wildlife. A friendly and experienced international crew, expedition and hotel staff, most of whom have been with the company for many years, will be anxious to share their enthusiasm and knowledge with their guests. Reliable vessels, completely rebuilt and operated under the supervision of Oceanwide Expeditions, allow Oceanwide to navigate safely through pack-ice and occasional remote narrow waterways.

The North Atlantic & Arctic season

The North Atlantic & Arctic season between May and September enables exploration of the spectacular scenery with its fascinating flora and fauna including Polar Bears, Walruses and myriads of seabirds. The itineraries include rarely visited Scottish islands - Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland’s, the Faroes, Iceland, Jan Mayen, Bear Island, Spitsbergen, Greenland and Lofoten.

South Atlantic Islands and Antarctica

During the Southern summer months November to March Oceanwide’s vessels explore the islands of the South Atlantic, and Antarctica where towering snow-capped mountains and enormous numbers of penguins, whales, seals and seabirds offer unparalleled photographic opportunities. The voyages include the Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands, Falklands (Malvinas), South Georgia & the South Orkney Islands. The Atlantic Odyssey leaving Ushuaia in mid March includes seldom visited jewels such as Tristan da Cunha, St. Helena, Ascension Island and Cape Verde Islands.

27 days
Small Ship Cruise
Value - 3 star
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From: $ 7,250

Highlights

  • Visit some of the major King penguin rookeries in the World.
  • See the King penguins on eggs and with small chicks
  • See the huge King penguin colony along with Elephant seals and endless numbers of fur seal pups playing in the surf
  • Visit the old whaling settlement in Grytviken, where now the penguins walk through the streets.
  • See breeding Wandering Albatrosses
  • See the Northern Rockhopper Penguins, and Sub-Antarctic Fur Seals.
  • Enjoy local culture, pleasant climate, and endemic plants and birds.
  • Visit Longwood House, the place where Napoleon lived and died in exile.
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7 days
Small Ship Cruise
Premium - 4 star
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Highlights

  • Enjoy the ski climbs on mountain tops which are in average 700-850 m high and downhill skiing
  • Visit the greater region Kongsfjorden, Isfjord and Prins Karls Forland. 
  • Enjoy the availability of landing sites, encounters with wild animals (polar bears) on land, and the avalanche situation.
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7 days
Small Ship Cruise
Value - 3 star
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From: $ 2,650

Highlights

  • Visit the Svalbard Museum
  • See Arctic Fox and reindeer.
  • See remains of their huts - for example, at Ahlstrandhalvøya
  • Visit to Barentsburg, the only inhabited Russian settlement in Spitsbergen
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14 days
Small Ship Cruise
Premium - 4 star
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From: $ 8,650

Highlights

  • See Wandering Albatrosses, Grey Headed Albatrosses, Black- browed Albatrosses, Light- mantled Albatrosses, Cape Petrels, Southern Fulmars
  • See Humpback whales here as we approach Fish Islands for a Zodiac cruise and possible landing.
  • See more Adélie penguins among the myriads of icebergs large and small. 
  • Enjoy even more Humpback whales.
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