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Oceanwide Expeditions

Arctic & Antarctic expedition cruises

About Oceanwide Expeditions

Oceanwide Expeditions – a passion for polar regions!

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 with the vessel Plancius. A passion was born and Oceanwide Expeditions continued with the activities of the Plancius Foundation in 1996. Oceanwide Expeditions is a Dutch vessel operator, organizing voyages that make it possible for passengers to enjoy the scenery and nature above and underwater in the world’s most unique areas. The regions we visit during these 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 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.

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.

Oceanwide is known for good and basic standards for the service and comfort offered to all passengers on board the ships

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.

Our voyages are primarily defined by an exploratory travel program, spending as much time ashore as possible, combined with educational lectures on board.


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Our Activities

  • Beach & Watersport
  • Bird watching
  • Climbing
  • Cultural
  • Day hiking
  • Eco-focused
  • Educational
  • Expedition Cruising
  • Exploring
  • Geotourism
  • Hiking & Trekking
  • Historical
  • Ice
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain
  • Nature
  • Paddlesport
  • Photography
  • Sailing & Cruise
  • Scientific Expeditions
  • Scuba & Snorkeling
  • Sea-kayaking
  • Ski touring
  • Snowshoeing
  • Snowsport
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife

Our Destinations

  • Antarctica
  • Bouvet Island
  • Greenland
  • Polar
  • South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
Oceanwide Expeditions supports current and future Marine Protected Areas in Antarctica

Vlissingen, the Netherlands, December 2016  -- Oceanwide Expeditions applauds the adoption of the Ross Sea region marine protected...

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Oceanwide Expeditions discounts voyages to celebrate Ross Sea protection news

Vlissingen, the Netherlands, November 2016 -- Oceanwide Expeditions is celebrating the news that the Ross Sea will become the world’s...

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Environmentally-Minded Tourists Cleaning Beaches in Northwest Spitsbergen

Vlissingen, the Netherlands, 7 July 2016 - Tourists of the “Eco Volunteer, North Spitsbergen” trip organized by Oceanwide Expeditions...

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Oceanwide Expeditions announces new departures to the Ross Sea in Antarctica

m/v Ortelius in the Ross SeaAfter successful exploration runs in 2013 and 2015 the Dutch polar cruise company Oceanwide Expeditions...

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Oceanwide Expeditions | Plancius and Ortelius Recover "AWI Seaglider" in the North Atlantic

Captain Alexey Nazarov of MV Plancius masters the seaglider pick up on rough sea © Jerry XuTwo ships, two itineraries, one mission:...

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Special Offers for Prime-Time Antarctica USD

35 % discountVoyage OTL28-14 aboard "Ortelius"Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula,13 February - 04 March 2014,...

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