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Cruises to Antarctica & the Arctic

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North Spitsbergen, Polar Bear Special

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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.

Cruise date:

1 Jun - 8 Jun, 2016

Price:

$3900 $1950 50% discount

Up to 50% discount

North Spitsbergen - Polar Bear Special

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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.

Cruise date:

15 Jun - 22 Jun, 2016

Price:

$3900 $1950 50% discount

Up to 50% discount

North Spitsbergen - Polar Bear Special

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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.

Cruise date:

16 Jun - 23 Jun, 2016

Price:

$3900 $1950 50% discount

Up to 50% discount

North Spitsbergen - Polar Bear Special

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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.

Cruise date:

23 Jun - 30 Jun, 2016

Price:

$5800 $2900 50% discount

Up to 50% discount

North Spitsbergen - Polar Bear Special, Eco Volunteer

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This special North Spitsbergen cruise gives you the chance to help leave the region cleaner than we found it. On this expedition you’ll spend half of your day cleaning the shores and the other half exploring for seals, whales, and polar bears.

Cruise date:

29 Jun - 8 Jul, 2016

Price:

$4900 $2450 50% discount

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Oceanwide completely refurbished deck 4 aboard Ortelius

In 2011, Oceanwide Expeditions acquired the vessel Ortelius. A great expedition ship with the highest ice-class ranking as well as lots of deck...

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Kayaking the Waters of Antarctica

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Antarctica & Arctic cruise reviews

Overall rating based on 39 votes

Manisha KOTECHA

A dream nurtured for 13 years finally came true and I visited Antarctica. The crew of the Plancius ensured that out expedition surpassed all expectations - from the briefings, information, help and totally commitment...

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Nicole Versteeg
Wonderful and very special
by Nicole Versteeg

What a great trip! Warm people, fantastic ship, beautiful animals, great weather, wonderful nature, very friendly crew/staff .... This was a very special experience. Plenty of time to do whatever you want, take...

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Valmar Kurol
Peter I island
by Valmar Kurol

A fantastic place to be on a clear day. One of the highlights of the Ross Sea trip, if the weather allows.

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Henning Junger
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by Henning Junger

Great Experience, unforgettble expeditions, Excellent Crew, very good meals, Plan to upload photos and review later Thanks to outstanding crew: marine, hotel, expeditions... Greetings Evelyn and Henning Junger...

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Ian Buckley
I agree!
by Ian Buckley

I agree with Daniel, same cabin! 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...

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Li Wang

So excellent,had so many activists,u will enjoy them so much.but the weather that time someday not so good and the food normal compair to my friends' ships,but the prize is good. 很棒的旅程,包含了很多运动项目,但是我们去的时候天气不好有几天,但是还是很棒。船上食物没有其他船的好,但价钱体验性在那就算了。如果你是喜欢体验性而不是舒适性的游客推荐这个行程!

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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

Experience true emotions in the polar regions

Oceanwide Expeditions looks back at 32+ years of experience in expedition cruising to the Arctic and Antarctica, having built up a thorough knowledge of the areas visited. Our tours are constantly modified to guarantee the intended quality of our cruises.

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!

Your polar experience to a higher level

The regions we visit during our Arctic and Antarctica expedition cruises 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.

Join for a quality discovery cruise in the Arctic & Antarctica

Discover the pristine and mysterious polar planet with us! We are pure polar, pioneers of ship-based exploratory tourism in the Arctic and Antarctica and 4 times awarded as: ‘World’s Leading Polar Expedition Operator’.



We are organizing unique polar 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. See all polar cruises