Cruises

Why we made a sixteenth-century cartographer our new ship’s namesake We at Oceanwide Expeditions are pretty fond of exploration, explorers, maps, and mapmakers. Maybe you’ve noticed. Combine this penchant with the fact that we’re a Netherlands-based company, and it’s not...
Silversea Cruises today opens general sales on a new 59-day grand voyage in the Mediterranean. The Grand Voyage Mediterranean 2021 will link unique, immersive experiences across the region, showcasing historic cultures, old-world charm and spectacular landscapes. Between September...
Why traveling alone in the Arctic or Antarctica might provide the purest polar experience Traveling to the polar regions, and indeed traveling in general, is often seen as something you do in the company of family, friends, and romantic...
FIRST of all, I have to admit, I'm a cruise ship novice. Never before had I set foot on a cruise ship until invited by Royal Caribbean to experience the newly refurbished Voyager of the Seas on...
On September 16th, I flew to Iceland and spent an evening in Reykjavik, then crossed to the town of Akureyri the next day. From Akureyri, I boarded Oceanwide Expeditions’ new Polar Class 6 expedition cruise ship, m/v Hondius,...
If you prefer to travel in style, a luxury travel credit card, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express, offers cardholders a host of high-end perks — but at a high cost.Cardholders can benefit from top-notch benefits,...
A chat with a polar expedition cruise doctor When you’re taking a polar expedition cruise, you are usually far from a hospital. In fact, you’re often days away from even the most remote small-town medical facility. This is almost never...
Photo: Courtesy of Aqua ExpeditionsRaja Ampat, IndonesiaThe remote Indonesian archipelago of Raja Ampat has remained virtually untouched and has “one of the most pristine and biodiverse marine areas on Earth,” says Melissa Biggs Bradley, CEO and founder of...
How a Catholic saint becomes an Arctic elf  Christmas is celebrated in numerous ways all over the world, and nearly all of these ways involve the historic figure of St. Nicholas. Who originally had nothing to do with Christmas. In the Netherlands,...
Cruise ships boast all kinds of amenities for holidaymakers to enjoy these days. Along with the traditional luxury spa, five-star restaurants, and on-deck swimming pool options, modern ships also boast an array of exciting amenities you won’t find...