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Adding Antarctica to Your Seven-Continents Bucket List

It’s a common pursuit among serious travelers to visit all seven continents. And indeed, the term “bucket list,” which became popular (if not...

Antarctica and My Old Friend, Ortelius: Passenger Story by Ann Lane

I was on the recent Antarctic trip on Ortelius, 16 Feb - 7 March. This has been my third expedition with Oceanwide, and I continue to be very...

Cruise to Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula 3rd – 22nd December 2018

The first day was spent sailing towards the Falkland Islands, and on the second morning I woke to a bright day and was up on deck to see us sail...

An Unforgettable Wreck Diving Adventure in Antarctica

Scuba diving in Antarctica is a unique experience, close encounters with seals and diving around ice bergs. But there is much more. Like the...

Deception Island deceptively active

In Antarctica, the South Shetland archipelago is home to Deception Island, a volcanic-rounded island that is 15 km in diameter with a shield...

A Photo-Tour of our Cruise Ship the m/v Plancius

Welcome aboard the Plancius! She was originally named the Hr. Ms. Tydeman and was built as an oceanographic research vessel for the royal Dutch...

Of Treacherous Rocks & Audacious Fin Whales

The morning dawned beautiful and calm, the Plancius weaving her way through the seas ever nearing Antarctic Sound. The waters were fantastically...

What to Pack on Your Antarctic Cruise

The bag you use to pack all your items, should be appropriate for your travels ahead. Although many want to pack everything they own, this is...

Humpback Whales Sing for Food, Not Entertainment

The normal call of a humpback whale can be heard from miles away, and they often make noises that sound similar to crying, howling and moaning....

Diving with the leopard

I found myself eyeball to huge, black eyeball with this mighty seal - it hung in the water, slowly twisting and gazing at me, that huge crooked...

The last remaining wildernesses on our planet are my passion.

About 15 years ago Oceanwide Expeditions gave me the opportunity to return to the Polar regions on their expedition cruise vessels, to guide...

PLA30-19, trip log, Weddell Sea - Antarctic Discoverer

The first close-up penguin experience of the trip did not disappoint. Many people chose to simply stay close to the beach and enjoy the comings...

OTL25-19, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula with South Shetland Islands

To prepare for the upcoming excursions we went through more briefings about zodiac safety and how to be a good tourist in Antarctica. Then we...

PLA22-18, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula with South Shetland Islands

Wow! Wow! that was the reaction of passengers when they awoke and viewed the incredible panorama in front of them. Sun shining brightly in the...

OTL23-18, trip log, Weddell Sea – in search of the Emperor Penguin incl. helicopters

The first full day onboard Ortelius welcomed passengers and crew with moderate winds – at least in terms of the Drake Passage after a rolling...

OTL24-17, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands

Early morning during windy and overcast conditions Ortelius motored towards the planned landing site at Cuverville. Unfortunately an inspection...

OTL22A-17, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula, Emperor penguins

During the exercise guides led each group of five suitably ear-muffed passengers to their allocated heli-copter and assisted them to correctly...

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