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Oceanwide rings in 30 years of expedition cruising

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Oceanwide Expeditions' Polar Class 6 vessel Hondius, acquired in 2019
Today marks the 30th anniversary of Oceanwide Expeditions – a source of pride for its CEO Michel van Gessel. 

‘I take immense pride in Oceanwide’s rich history and evolution,’ he said, ‘and I eagerly anticipate the future with utmost confidence. Our commitment to remain innovative, to continue evolving and improving, is an integral part of our identity.’ 

Humble beginnings 

Starting with a humble three-masted herring lugger, Oceanwide Expeditions has expanded into a four-vessel fleet offering voyages in multiple destinations across the Arctic, Antarctica, and the sub-Antarctic islands.

Formed in December 1993, Oceanwide operated chiefly in Belize and the Galapagos before moving its focus to polar destinations like Svalbard and Greenland, amassing a fleet that enabled it to expand operations to Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falklands.

It was not until 2009 that Oceanwide began to resemble its current configuration, acquiring its longest-standing vessel, Plancius, followed by Ortelius in 2011, and Polar Class 6 vessel, Hondius, in 2019.

Holding true to its roots, Oceanwide remains a family-run company operating out of the small Dutch port town of Vlissingen.