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Oceanwide Expeditions Cruises

Oceanwide Expeditions

About Oceanwide Expeditions Cruises

Oceanwide Expeditions, which sails primarily in Antarctica and the Arctic, owns its fleet of small ships, all with ice-strengthened hulls; cruises are super active and require a high level of fitness. The line has been offering "basecamp" sailings since 2010; a basecamp voyage includes hiking, snowshoeing, kayaking, mountaineering and camping out overnight.

  • Who goes on Oceanwide Expeditions cruise ships?

  • Do I have to dress up on a Oceanwide Expeditions cruise?


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Who goes on Oceanwide Expeditions cruise ships?

Oceanwide Expeditions draws passengers from the U.S., Europe, Canada, Australia, Japan and China, all of whom share a passion for exploration, nature and wildlife. Expect to meet people in their mid-40s to mid-60s. Younger travelers are more prominent on the most adventurous sailings, and it's not unusual to see fit cruisers in their 70s and 80s on any sailing. (Children must be at least 3 years old to sail.) Solo travelers are welcome, though the line does charge a single supplement for solo cabins, or you can request that the line find a roommate for you.

Do I have to dress up on a Oceanwide Expeditions cruise?

No. The vibe onboard is casual. Plan to dress for comfort and warmth rather than to impress.

Is everything free on Oceanwide Expeditions cruises?

Shore excursions, usually by Zodiac and including helicopter rides on MV Ortelius, are included. On select cruises, the company provides rubber boots in your size with advance notice. For "basecamp" cruises, camping gear and kayaking are included, as well. Transfers, internet service, laundry, wine with meals, drinks at the bar and gratuities are extra. The onboard currency is euro.

What are Oceanwide Expeditions’s most popular activities?

An Oceanwide Expeditions cruise is all about wildlife and nature, and the cruise line programs its itineraries to give you access to as many landings by Zodiac as weather conditions permit. All of the activities offered are popular, including guided Zodiac sailings, hiking, kayaking and snowshoeing. Camping overnight in Antarctica is popular among the hardiest cruisers.

Oceanwide Expeditions also has an onboard helicopter on certain itineraries aboard MV Ortelius. And helicopter excursions on those sailings are in high demand.

Why go with Oceanwide Expeditions?

  • Experienced line with extensive knowledge of the Arctic and Antarctica
  • The chance to camp overnight in Antarctica
  • Free excursions like hiking, kayaking and snowshoeing
  • Rugged expedition vessels with conveniences like internet access and for-fee laundry service

Best for: Hardy, super adventurous types who don't mind pitching in to haul kayaks or pitch a tent

Not for: Anyone with an aversion to hourslong hikes and snowshoeing; anyone who can't navigate a steep gangway

Oceanwide Expeditions Cruises Cruiser Reviews


Even the Drake outdid itself, as we had 84 knot wind gusts on our return voyage!We had an amazing time, even in the midst of the Covid pandemic.Read More
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10+ Cruises

Age 50s

Disappointing (and dangerous) Zodiak/land excursions, blocked view cabin at full price, mediocre food and surly hotel manager

Drivers weren't keeping safety switches on their arms, excessively bouncing the boats on purpose while people in the front were being tossed and claiming they were great drivers (I fell and got a mild concussion from hitting my head on the camera of the man next to me and the woman who'd had back surgery was in severe pain after our last trip ashore), falling in the boats while trying to get us on and off, calling "go" when it wasn't the right time to board the ship (my friend had to reach up 2 feet and hurt her back).On this cruise, we were limited to a maximum of 2 trips/day, assigned one of 4 color groups, had to go when group was called, no choice of driver, and the team put out red poles on the few landings we did have that we had to follow and could not cross, no matter what happened with the conditions and wildlife ashore.Read More
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Patagonia Pals

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

A Superb Antarctic trip

Not only the breathtaking scenery but the historic aspects at South Georgia were wonderful.A highlight was going very far south to 68.Read More
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First Time Cruiser

Age 50s

What a BLAST!

The staff really tried to get us off the ship as much as possible.There were about 160 guests and about 70 staff.Read More
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6-10 Cruises

Age 50s

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