ARCTIC & ANTARCTIC

expedition cruises

Antarctica cruises & Arctic cruises

Antarctica
Up to 1450 USD discount

Antarctica

Classic Antarctica including Deception Island

PLA22-19. This Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands cruise delivers you into a landscape of dark rugged rock, pure white snow, and a fantastic variety of wildlife. Come say hello to whales, seals, and thousands of penguins.

m/v Plancius

m/v Plancius

Cruise date:

10 Nov - 20 Nov, 2019

Price:

7250 USD 5800 USD 1450 USD discount

North Norway, Aurora Borealis & Whales
Up to 500 USD discount

North Norway, Aurora Borealis & Whales

Explore the beauty of northern winter

RVR43-19. The North Norway cruise follows the path of more than one kind of whale as it travels amongst the fjords of Troms. The long Norway nights offer travellers on this expedition an excellent chance to take in the beauty and wonder of the Northern Lights.

s/v Rembrandt Van Rijn

s/v Rembrandt Van Rijn

Cruise date:

14 Dec - 21 Dec, 2019

Price:

2500 USD 2000 USD 500 USD discount

Weddell Sea - In search of the Emperor Penguin incl. helicopters
Up to 2000 USD discount

Weddell Sea - In search of the Emperor Penguin incl. helicopters

Searching for the Elusive Emperor Penguins

OTL22-19. A true expedition, our Weddell Sea cruise sets out to explore the range of the Emperor Penguins near Snow Hill Island. We will visit the area via helicopter and see a variety of other birds and penguins including Adélies and Gentoos.

m/v Ortelius

m/v Ortelius

Cruise date:

14 Nov - 24 Nov, 2019

Price:

11350 USD 9350 USD 2000 USD discount

North Spitsbergen - 82 Degrees North

Sailing Farthest North

PLA15-19. Start your North Spitsbergen cruise with a trek around historic Longyearben, then join our expedition to the north of the island to take in the fantastically beautiful landscapes, the thousands of seabirds, and of course the star of the show, the polar bear.

m/v Plancius

m/v Plancius

Cruise date:

26 Aug - 2 Sep, 2019

Price:

4050 USD

Chevron

Spitsbergen - Northeast Greenland

A classic three island voyage : Ice , Inuit and Remoteness

PLA16-19. The Spitsbergen and Northeast Greenland cruise sails waters filled with breath-taking scenery. The expedition passes through areas that are home to seals, seabirds, whales, and polar bears, topped off with nighttime viewing of the Northern Lights.

m/v Plancius

m/v Plancius

Cruise date:

2 Sep - 15 Sep, 2019

Price:

6550 USD

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Hondius Around Spitsbergen

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Antarctica & Arctic cruise reviews

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Overall rating based on 409 votes

Chia-Fong Liang
Meals are salty
by Chia-Fong Liang on Arctic

All meals, esp soup, are too salty to Taiwanese people. Old people always have hypertension or poor renal function, low salt diet option wonld be more considerate.

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Maria Scarano
Around the Archipelago
by Maria Scarano on Arctic

Everything was wonderful: places, ship, staff, crew and, above all, polar bear! Thanks to all

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marleen waerzeggers
What a journey !
by marleen waerzeggers on Arctic

We hardly had left the harbour of Longyearbyen as we met a group of 100 Belugas in the fjord, what a start of our journey! And we had more luck: a polar fox in Ny Alesund, reindeer, 2 groups of walrus lazy on...

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Alexander Wiessner

Unvergessliche Expeditionsreise , hier hat alles gestimmt, sehr kompetentes Expeditionsteam, sehr zu empfehlen.

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Sacha Groendijk

Our ten day trip around Svalbard with the Hondius was excellent. There was absolutely nothing to complain about, it was perfect. The boat was beautiful, we had a lovely cabin and the food was delicious. The guids...

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Isabella Maria GIOIA
My trip among the bears!
by Isabella Maria GIOIA on Arctic

I have visited 92 countries, so I thought that I had seen most of our Earth! Not true, the Arctic trip brought me to a new marvelous place that I did not think that existed. The beauty of the scenery, the amazement...

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I prepare for my expedition trips?

Our voyages are “expedition” style cruise. Our emphasis is on wildlife encounters, personal contact with the environs, visiting sites of historical interest and to a lesser extent scientific stations. Our actual program will vary to take best...

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How much time do we spend ashore during our polar cruise?

That is hard to say. It depends on the weather and constraints of time and distance. Depending on the voyage, you may spend several days aboard the ship, followed by a series of landings, each several hours long. On some cruises you land two or three...

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Do I have to be really ‘fit’ and in good health to join an expedition to the Arctic or Antarctica?

To join an expedition cruise to the Arctic or Antarctica, you must be in good general health and you should be able to walk several hours per day. The expedition is ship-based and physically not very demanding. Although we spend as much time as possible...

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What kind of clothing should I take with me during the expedition cruise?

The choice of clothing for cold temperatures during your Arctic or Antarctica expedition cruise is a very special matter. It depends on your individual experience whether to take warm clothes with you. Our advice is to take warm, wind and waterproof...

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Are the Arctic and Antarctica cruise programs final?

All promoted Arctic and Antarctica cruise itineraries are for general guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions and ad hoc decisions by the Expedition Leader onboard to take advantage of opportunities to see wildlife....

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Are lifejackets provided on your cruises to the Arctic and Antarctica?

For the safety of all passengers during our cruises to the Arctic and Antarctica we provide everyone with a lightweight inflatable life jacket, which inflates automatically on contact with water. It is mandatory to wear these life jackets all times...

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About Oceanwide Expeditions

Passionate

Taking you closer to the heart of the polar regions has been our driving passion at Oceanwide Expeditions for over twenty years. Our knowledgeable cruise leaders, committed staff, and thoroughly outfitted vessels are our way of expressing what we care about most: making your cruise to the Arctic and Antarctic truly unforgettable. When you sail with us, you experience a part of the world that is unlike any other. Mountainous glaciers, snow-swept shores, whales and polar bears and vast colonies of penguins make up this world, and they are all part of the surreal ecosystem you can watch unfold before you on your future Oceanwide expedition.

Adventurous

Providing you a travel experience that inspires (and is inspired by) you, that’s what taking you closer to the heart of the polar regions means to us. We get you away from the vessel and into the action as fast as possible: up to two landings per day in the morning and afternoon, with a fleet of inflatable Zodiacs ready to shuttle you past the ice floes and onto the shore. We keep our programs flexible so that you get the most out of whatever surprises nature has in mind. When you sail with us, the cruise is just the tip of the iceberg. 

Pioneering

So what exactly is beneath the tip of that iceberg? The pioneering spirit, which all travelers to the polar regions (regardless of age and background) have in common. Guiding our expeditions with passion, tapping into the desire for inspiration and beauty, and always taking you closer to the heart of the Arctic and Antarctic – at Oceanwide Expeditions, that is our promise to you. 

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