Antarctica cruises & Arctic cruises
Full Spitsbergen Circumnavigation
HDS08-19. Take a cruise around Spitsbergen and explore the icy waters of the North Atlantic. This special expedition offers you the chance to catch site of whales, reindeer, Arctic foxes, walruses, seals, and the star attraction, the polar bear.
14 Jul - 23 Jul, 2019
7300 USD 5450 USD 1850 USD discount
Full Spitsbergen Circumnavigation with a visit to Kvitøya
HDS11-19. This cruise around Spitsbergen gives you a great chance to see whales, foxes, reindeer, seals, and polar bears. The expedition will make a landing on the island of Kvitøya, a site of historical significance, and home of a large walrus population.
10 Aug - 21 Aug, 2019
9350 USD 7550 USD 1800 USD discount
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.
14 Nov - 24 Nov, 2019
12950 USD 11350 USD 1600 USD discount
The best opportunity to spot the King of the Arctic
PLA06-19. 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.
10 Jun - 17 Jun, 2019
The best opportunity to spot the King of the Arctic
PLA07-19. 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.
17 Jun - 24 Jun, 2019
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Antarctica & Arctic cruise reviews
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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...Read more >>
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...Read more >>
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...Read more >>
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...Read more >>
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....Read more >>
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...Read more >>
About Oceanwide Expeditions
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.
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.
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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