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Humpback Whales: the Stars of the Western Antarctic Peninsula

The marine ecosystem of the West Antarctic Peninsula (WAP) extends from the Bellingshausen Sea to the northern tip of the peninsula. The WAP...

A New Flag for a Veteran Vessel, Ortelius

The quiet seaside town of Vlissingen, located in the far southwestern corner of the Netherlands, has been the home port and headquarters of Oceanwide...

How Arctic Wildlife Differs from Antarctic

While there are definite similarities between the north and south poles, at the same time, the two regions are vastly different. Though both...

Antarctica: the Trip of a Lifetime

Edith joined Oceanwide Expeditions for a 21-day polar expedition cruise through the Falklands, South Georgia, and the South Orkneys to Antarctica....

Steel, Sweat, and Fire: the Forging of Hondius at Brodosplit Shipyard

In a mid-sized city on the rocky Croatian coast, not quite midway between the northern border of Montenegro and the southern shoreline of Slovenia,...

Amazing Greenland

If you ever get the chance to take a trip to Greenland, you will be amazed by its coastlines, fjords, ice-covered peaks, and great expanse of...

The Oceanwide Edge: Promoting the World's Leading Polar Cruise Ship at the World's Largest...

Every industry has its iconic, center-of-the-universe events. Film has its Sundance and Cannes, music its Summerfest, Glastonbury, and Austin...

Polar Marine Visitors: the Whales of Antarctica and the Arctic

Whales are the world’s largest mammals, found in the Arctic and Antarctica. This article covers some of the major species you may see on voyages...

Arctic Foxes: the Constant Gardeners of the Arctic

The Arctic fox is a circumpolar species found across the Arctic, extending from Greenland, Iceland, and Svalbard across Eurasia to North America....

The Ancient Fossil Forests of Antarctica

Over a hundred years ago, Robert Falcon Scott’s expedition to Antarctica discovered fossils of plants on the Beardmore Glacier, less than 500...

The Charmed Life of a Polar Cruise Pour Master: Interview with Rolando Garcia

Nobody goes to the polar regions for the drinks alone, at least that wouldn’t be our first recommendation. Still, that doesn’t mean you want...

PLA35-18, trip log, Atlantic Odyssey 2018

As the day wore on, weather conditions deteriorated. The wind piped up to about 35-40 knots, still from the north, and the sea assumed a more...

PLA31-18, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula - Whale Watching Voyage

This morning we woke to our first sunrise over Antarctic waters as we continued our journey across the Drake Passage. Having crossed the Antarctic...

OTL32-18, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula: Polar Circle, Deep South Discovery & Whale Watching

For those of us who made our way outside in the course of the morning, there were Wandering Albatrosses to be spotted soaring around the ship....

PLA30-18, trip log, Polar Circle, Antarctic Peninsula

Today we felt the exquisite new feeling of accomplishment, achievement, and long harboured dream for many of us as we stood upon the Antarctic...

OTL31-18, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp

As we had crossed the Antarctic Convergence, it was no wonder that the first big birds were spotted sailing around the ship. Is it an Albatross?...

PLA29-18, trip log, Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula

We returned to the ship for a quick lunch while Plancius sailed to our next landing site at Grave Cove. Commersons dolphins came alongside...

OTL30-18, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula

We awoke to calm seas under an overcast sky. The Drake and it’s swell borne maladies are a thing of memory as the voyage to Antarctica ends and...

PLA28-18, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula

A day of true expedition cruising, where Plan A becomes Plan B becomes Plan C. And on Plancius, it turns out Plan C is A-OK. We woke up to...

OTL29-18, trip log, Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctica

Almost immediately, we encountered a few curious Cobb´s Wren along with Striated Caracaras, two bird species only found on a handful of islands...

PLA27-18, trip log, Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula

Plancius anchored off the western end of the bay and almost immediately an expeditionary zodiac went ashore to assess the situation; however...

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