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Oceanwide are one of the pioneers of ship-based expeditions to the polar regions. Their fleet of ice-strengthened vessels are designed to take you in deeper and offer a more adventurous experience in a relaxed environment. With the focus on the expedition, their cruises tend to offer more time on land and the maximum number of possibilities throughout your cruise. They are members of AECO and IAATO, and promote environmentally friendly travel.

Ready to plan your perfect expedition cruise? Simply complete the enquiry form to get in touch, or call our Polar Specialists on 0203 196 1000.

Please find a selection of cruises below. If you want to discuss something in particular that isn't listed here, please speak to our Polar Specialists.




The historic MV Plancius was built in 1976 as an oceanographic research vessel and in 2009 was completely rebuilt as a polar explorer ship. The ship accommodates 108 passengers, across 50 cabins and boasts large open deck spaces, a fleet of Mark V zodiacs and a team of expert expedition staff to accompany each voyage.



The ice-strengthened MV Ortelius is fortified for Arctic and Antarctica exploration. This 108-passenger vessel originally served as a special-purpose vessel for the Russian Academy of Science. Ortelius' design means it is the ideal vessel for exploring the polar regions.

s/v Rembrandt Van Rijn


The vessel was built early last century and was rebuilt as a three-mast passenger sailing schooner and sailed to places like in Spitsbergen (1994 – 1996) and in Galápagos (1998 – 2001). After that, it underwent a complete rebuilding and refurbishment program until 2011 as well the communication and navigation equipment renewed according to the latest SOLAS regulations.

S/V Noorderlicht


The ship is well suited for sailing around Spitsbergen and the Norwegian coast. Built in 1910 and renovated 1991 by its present owners, the S/V Noorderlicht will take you to unforgettable experiences and reveal your inner explorer.



The M/V Hondius is the first Polar Class 6 vessel, making it perfectly optimised for exploration of the polar regions. Accomodating 170 passengers, in a total of 80 cabins, its Oceanwide's newest vessel, exceeding all of the latest green requirements of the Polar Code.

M/V Janssonius


The M/V Janssonius from Oceanwide Expeditions meets the latest and highest standards for ice-strengthened cruise ships. Janssonius represents the most flexible, advanced, innovative touring vessel in the polar regions, thoroughly optimized for exploratory voyages that provide you with the utmost first-hand contact with the Arctic and Antarctica. 

The numerous amenities on-board M/V Janssonius help to make your voyage to the polar regions truly memorable. This ship also gives you the peace of mind that comes with choosing one of the most environmentally friendly vessel on the polar seas. Janssonius uses LED lighting, steam heating, bio-degradable paints and lubricants, and state-of-the-art power management systems that keep fuel consumption and CO2 levels minimal. This means that when you sail aboard Janssonius, you get to enjoy the exotic landscapes and wildlife as much as possible while impacting them as little as possible.

Janssonius offers high-quality accommodation for 176 passengers in six grand suites with balconies, eight junior suites, eight superior cabins, 11 twin deluxe cabins, 14 twin window cabins, as well as 27 twin porthole cabins, two triple porthole cabins, and four quadruple porthole cabins that vary in size. One deck consists of a large observation lounge and separate lecture room. Though elegantly designed in stylish mid-century modern décor, this vessel holds true to Oceanwide’s distinctive cozy and informal atmosphere.

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We'll compare a huge selection of expedition ships, cruises and operators to find your perfect cruise.

Our prices are amongst the best you'll find, plus look out for Polar Routes exclusive offers!

As supporters of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust, booking with us helps support the work of the trust within Antarctica.

All our holidays are ATOL protected (11104), for your complete peace of mind.


Why book with Polar Routes?

  • We can compare a huge selection of expedition ships, cruises and operators.
  • From former Russian research vessels to larger and luxurious ships - there is an expedition cruise to suit you. 
  • Our Polar Specialists will help you choose the perfect expedition cruise for your requirements.
  • We are the expedition cruise specialists and know all the polar destinations inside out.
  • Our expert team of Polar Specialists have extensive knowledge of all the expedition ships & operators.
  • All of our Polar Specialists have first-hand experience of expedition cruising to the polar regions.
  • Our prices are amongst the best you'll find, plus look out for Polar Routes exclusive offers!
  • All our holidays are ATOL protected (11104), for your complete peace of mind.
  • As supporters of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust, booking with us helps support the work of the trust within Antarctica.