Below we have gathered and answered some of the questions we receive most frequently. If you cannot find the answer to your question here, ask us on Facebook and we will try to answer as fast as we can.
When is the Ross Sea Cruise?
It starts on 15 February and ends on 17 March 2017.
Who can apply for the contest?
Any curious person - of at least 18 years old and in good health - who would like to go on the journey of their lives can apply.
How will the Grand Prize winner be selected?
You apply for the cruise by uploading a profile page here on Oceanwide Expeditions website together with an explanation for why you should be chosen for the once in a lifetime journey to Ross Sea, Antarctica. Your entry then competes with all other entries. You have 5 chances to be selected for the final round:
Three (3) persons are selected by the visitors to Oceanwide Expeditions' website, who vote for their favourite entries.
The fourth person will be chosen by Oceanwide Expeditions based on the creativity of the entry submitted.
A fifth person will be drawn from all entries with at least 20 votes.
The Grand Prize winner will be drawn from the five final contestants that each have an equal 20% chance of winning the first prize.
Am I allowed to vote for my own entry?
No, you cannot vote for your own entry.
What photo size is optimal for my photo entries?
There is no optimal photo size (the website is responsive and scales based on the device/screen of a user). We advise 1200*500. Don't use vertical photos.
Can I remove my entry?
No, you cannot remove your entry. Please send us a request to remove your entry on Facebook. If you remove your entry, you are welcome to upload a new one. Please note that if we remove your entry, you will lose all of the votes you received.
Why do I have to have a Facebook account to apply?
We have chosen to use Facebook for two reasons. First, it is easier for you to join the competition since you do not have to fill in a lot of contact information and you can easily encourage your friends to vote for your entry. Second, and perhaps most importantly, it is to ensure that the voting process works properly. Facebook has a complete and well-tested function for just this purpose.
When will I know if I have been chosen?
Winners will be chosen early to mid-March 2016 and will be notified by e-mail and Facebook.
Do I need to bring any equipment with me for the cruise?
A complete pack list will be send to you before the start of the expedition cruise.
Will Oceanwide Expeditions pay for my travel costs to get to the point of embarkation and after the cruise to get home?
No. We will pay for your 30-day cruise aboard Ortelius, including all meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship, all shore excursions and activities and the ship-to-shore helicopter transfers. See what’s included and excluded on the Ross Sea cruise page for full details.