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Oceanwide Expeditions

4.7 | Excellent
  • 97% Recommend
Service Level
  • Standard
Type
  • Local Specialist
Established
  • 1996
Headquarters
  • Vlissingen, The Netherlands
Trips
  • 23

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Oceanwide Expeditions Reviews & Ratings 97% Recommend

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Enjoyable trip April 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I had a most enjoyable trip to Antarctica with Oceanwide Expeditions through a Linking Tourism & Conservation Study Tour. The crew, cuisine and itinerary was second to none and trips by zodiac and onshore were simply spectacular. I would seriously recommend anyone contemplating a trip to Antarctica to consider Oceanwide first.
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Fantastic April 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My second voyage in the Antarctic and in the Artic with Plancius which remain a small expedition vessels with friendly and intimate atmosphere. it attracts the right people on board coupled with fantastic staff and knowledgeable professional guides on board. Quality excursion on shore and great Learning. The experiencing of the nature and wildlife in small groups with flexible itineraries make it each time a life time experience. I will definitely be looking to be back on the Placius next year and the Antarctica, especially South Georgia remains the best place for me to be. Oceanwide expéditions operate in responsibe vessel with a responsible approach to tourism in remote and sensible places. I love the Plancius and the philosophy in respecting Nature and Conservation.
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Antartic Holiday of a Lifetime April 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I planned for my holiday of a lifetime and it certainly was! My compliments to Oceanwide for providing an excellent trip which was organised to the highest degree. All members of the ship's staff and expedition staff were superb, nothing was too much trouble. The care and assistance provided both on and off ship were of the highest standard I can recommend Oceanwide and look forward to a time when I can travel with them again, Thanks for an amazing holiday.
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An AMAZING trip! April 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Excellent guides, amazing scenery and wildlife, comfortable cabins and ship, very good food, a nice family feel. Expedition leader did an amazing job reorganizing our itinerary as the wind and sea ice blocked our original itinerary into the Weddell Sea. She kept careful watch with weather and sea ice updates and was able to get us into the Weddell Sea for a couple glorious days. She also did a great job maximizing our time on land and enjoying the gorgeous evening/sunset light and scenery after we arrived on the ship, changing our daily schedule (of meetings or meals) somewhat to give us more time to enjoy it. The orcas were amazing. All of the guides are experts who have conducted research in a particular polar field of science and shared their expertise with us regularly in our meetings in the lounge.
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Amazing, wonderful voyage! April 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The expedition leaders and ship staff made this an exceptional experience to an extraordinary place. Each day the staff gave us informative talks about what we were seeing as we sailed around the Antarctic peninsula -- the birds, seals, whales, penguins, geology and climate. They were friendly and eager to share their expertise with the travelers. The zodiac cruises and shore landings on the pristine continent were awe-inspiring. The food was delicious-- the soups were my favorite-- and I really enjoyed that the expedition leaders joined us at meals and in the lounge. I made fabulous memories and I would highly recommend this trip on the Plancius.
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Utterly superb April 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The team and the trip was magnificent. The expedition leader and guides were experts in their fields while also being good communicators. The programme for each day was carefully thought out, with excellent outings interspersed with fascinating lectures. The viewings of whales, seals, birds and penguins was spectacular. The crew were relaxed and professional while the food was entirely scrumptious. In all, a magnificent experience.
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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
Physical :
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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