Expedition Experience | One Ocean Expeditions
about usTrue expedition specialists
From the Beginning
Effusive in its passion about polar travel, and unwavering in its commitment to safety and environmental protection, we have recruited a team that is committed to excel at everything we do. Whether its innovation, service, organization, or safety and environmental protection - we will always aim to set the bar higher. That's our commitment to each other as a team.
Experts in the Field
Expedition leaders, marine biologists, naturalists, adventurers, historians, photographers, hospitality team
Expedition Leader and Naturalist
Boris is a passionate wilderness guide and an accomplished photographer. He worked as a hiking and rafting guide in South East Alaska for 10 years. As an Expedition Leader, Boris has numerous trips to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands under his belt.
David is the co-author of the definitive 608-page "Antarctica - the Complete Story. His photographs have been exhibited worldwide including Australia's prestigious Wilderness Gallery. He has visited Antarctica every year since 1995 and has participated in more than 100 polar voyages.
Daniel has been part of the expedition team since 2015. Daniel is an outstanding leader who draws on his extensive background in guiding to consistently deliver incredible experiences for our guests.
Eva Molin Westerholm
Program Coordinator and Assistant Expedition Leader
Travelling, studying and working in different countries has resulted in various language skills and lots of time for the outdoors. Working in hotels and running a restaurant has given her plenty of experience in the hospitality business.
Historian and Guide
John joined the British Antarctic Survey in 1966 and lived in Faraday (now Vernadsky Station) for several winters. He then worked in a variety of roles: research scientist in the field of ionosphere/magnetosphere physics, research leader, science manager and Deputy Director of BAS.
Steve Bailey was the Director for the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History in California for twelve years. During his career Steve taught about fifty courses in bird identification and field ornithology. Steve is currently being ranked as the number 41 birder in World Life List, having seen 6823 bird species out of 10,157 total.
Mark has spent many years instructing and guiding canoe, kayak and hiking trips in the Arctic, Greenland and Antarctica. He has a passion for whitewater paddling and led the Canadian whitewater freestyle team for several years in the 1990's.
Sea Kayak Guide
Liz is a skilled and experienced sea kayak guide as well as history enthusiast and educator. She has been guiding expeditions as well as overnight sea kayaking with One Ocean Expeditions since 2011. She creates confidence in paddlers of all abilities in the icy waters!
Karen shares her expertise on all things polar including her specialized studies of icebergs and volcanos. Karen is a journalist, museum contributor, and author of several books which include stories of her three months stay at Scott Base, McMurdo Sound, Antarctica in 1978/79.
Ira is a brilliant artist and talented resident photographer whose photographs have been published worldwide. He received a runner-up award in 2008 for BBC’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
Artist in residence
Canadian artist David McEown has used the medium of watercolour for the past 25 years to explore and express many of this earth's disappearing wilderness areas, including the polar regions.
Joao has travelled most of Europe and South America and speaks 5 languages. Previous experience in hospitality as well as being a beer and wine sales rep back home in Portugal have brought him directly to shipboard life.
Growing up in the mountains she was raised to garden, hunt, forage, and explore. In the past six years she has traveled solo through 27 countries on all 7 continents.
Simon is a lead ornithologist with One Ocean Expeditions since 2011. With a lifelong interest in observing birds and a background in Environmental Conservation, he is a thriving force helping passengers finding and identifying Antarctic bird-life.
Having worked for the last 17 years behind a bar in Toronto and Vancouver as a champion oyster shucker, Ian has found a home with One Ocean living on the ship.
Naturalist and Guide
A lifelong biologist and guide, Derek is a core team member of One Ocean Expeditions team since the beginning. He passionately shares his knowledge he gained in the field and through his bachelor of science degree in biology.
Katie’s interests led her to South Georgia, where she operated and managed a small museum. Her presentations on the ship are always well received and she delights in sharing her knowledge of polar history.
Dick’s lifelong passion for wildlife and especially birds, has brought him onboard to Antarctica every season since 1989. Dick is known internationally for his expertise as an ornithologist as well as a wildlife and landscape photographer.
Naturalist & Guide
Denise is a member of the Board of Governors for the American Polar Society. As well Denise holds positions on a variety boards who’s missions are to educate about and to protect Antarctica.
Expedition Guide / Assistant Expedition Leader
A native son of the North, Ted is a true ambassador of the Canadian Arctic. Ted draws on his experiences of growing up in Ranklin Inlet as he guides passengers through this beautiful and special place.
Having spent his whole life living in and exploring Nunavut, Atuat is a dedicated campaigner and advocate for the Arctic.His passion for the wildlife, history and changing climate conditions is infectious.
Renowned specialists, global leaders in their field - science, research, climate change, conservation
The Polar regions of Antarctica and the Arctic teem with life. It's no secret, these places are the barometers of the health of our entire planet. Scientists and researchers are drawn to these places and we have been fortunate enough to welcome some of the world' s most renowned experts aboard our ships. Many use the vessels to conduct valuable scientific work, such as collecting data on whale migrations. Others examine the overall health and wellbeing of the polar bear populations we encounter in the north. Others offer insight into their rich culture, stories and ancient traditions, or uncover the many layers of early Polar exploration and history. All share with us their decades of experience, research findings through onboard presentations, discussions and field excursions on shore and in the zodiacs. Our special guests add a fascinating dimension to our voyages.
Ari Friedlaender is an Associate Professor at Oregon State University's Marine Mammal Institute. Ari's research focuses on understanding the underwater behavior and ecological links in Marine mammals, taking him on over 20 research trips in this unique habitat.
Photographer in residence
Daisy is a Nikon Ambassador nature and wildlife photographer specialized in Polar Regions. Her images have been published internationally by leading magazines and organizations, and awarded at the most prestigious international photo contests.
Naturalist and Guide
He is presently an Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the University of Calgary. Brain has ventured on about a dozen multi-week expeditions into the Canadian High Arctic, exploring by kayak, foot, lodge-based, and ship.
Naturalist and Guide
Ian is a marine mammal scientist who has studied polar seals in Antarctica for over 45 years in the field. He has participated in several trips to study ice-breeding seals in the Antarctic Peninsula regions.
Dave is on a continual journey to seek out and capture the beauty of the most extreme and pristine environments in the world. He has taught photography around Canada and the globe.
Professional Athlete & Special Guest
Kelly is a former Olympic Downhill Racer and World Cup Medalist. She joins OOE in the Arctic to share with passengers her incredible life story beginning with rope tows and culminating in podiums.
Professional Athlete & Guest Speaker
David has been a member of the Canadian National Whitewater Slalom Kayak Team since 1984. He is a World Champion and five time Olympian.
Artist in Residence
Chris Cran is a Canadian artist and Fellow of the RCGS, gaining an international reputation through his unique art compositions. With Chris’ mentorship, guests are able to observe the natural world through an artist’s perspective.
Artist in Residence / Guest Speaker
Canadian artist Cory is an oil painter, filmmaker and explorer with a passion for capturing Canada’s incredible wilderness on canvas. Guests will enjoy Cory’s in-depth knowledge of the north and his expertise at capturing the stunning landscape in his paintings.
Logistics and Planning
The dedicated team that make it all possible - behind the scenes
One Ocean Expeditions is in beautiful Squamish, British Columbia, Canada. Here, where the snow-capped mountains meet the sea, our team of planning and logistics experts work their magic to ensure a smooth operation, and that you are prepared for the life changing journey a head. Our Marketing and Communications team are based here, along with our skilled Sales team, who manage all enquiries from North America.
Taking care of the Australia and New Zealand region, three experienced team members answer all your questions and help you plan your trip. All have worked aboard the ships and have first-hand knowledge of the operations and logistics and the exciting activities you will experience. They are based in Sydney.
Covering UK, Europe and all other regions - two of the most experienced professionals in the polar industry are on hand to look after your enquiries. With decades of experience between the team, you will be in skilled and experienced hands, every step of the way.
Meet the innovative team that leads the company, while developing the world’s most outstanding polar expedition cruises.
Andrew Prossin, Managing Director
Andrew, a native of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia is the Managing Director of One Ocean Expeditions Inc. and brings his passion for Polar Regions and their conservation into any discussion he can. With a reputation for innovation and attention to detail, Andrew has become well known in the expedition cruise industry and is a proven leader with 25 years of experience managing successful expedition cruise companies. He is also noted for his attention to vital areas of safety and his commitment to environmental protection.
Catherine Lawton, General Manager
Catherine Lawton is the General Manager of One Ocean Expeditions and brings 17 years of experience in the cruising industry, her attention to detail and striving for excellence across the company and its brand. Known for her committed and enthusiastic approach in forging relationships and product development Catherine plays a leading role in One Ocean Expeditions and its role as an industry leader.
Aaron Lawton, Operations Director
Aaron Lawton is the Operations Director of One Ocean Expeditions and brings his logistical expertise and commitment to the environment and safety, wherever he goes. Having worked successfully in the industry for 18 years, Aaron has built and developed One Ocean Expeditions onboard operation to be of the highest passenger service and safety standard available in expedition cruising.
Our expedition style is unique in the world of polar travel. Many have tried to copy "the One Ocean formula" seeking to re-create the magic. We are not sure any have ever succeeded. Innovation is in the DNA of our company. We were the first in the industry to create a host of ship board experiences and unique on shore activities. We are constantly developing new expedition itineraries and enhancing our much loved "classics". You will never find us sitting still or resting on our laurels.
What we stand for
At One Ocean Expeditions we have always had a strong philosophical commitment to quality. From our booking staff to our onboard guides, the experienced One Ocean Expeditions team works closely together to ensure that every detail is taken care of. We aim to provide the world's best Polar marine experiences. We are steadfastly committed to ensuring the safety of our guests and sharing with them our eco-conscious outlook. Our guests never tire of One Ocean Expeditions personalized service. For all these reasons, One Ocean Expeditions is special. Only on our expeditions will you come to see the world in a whole new way.
People really matter on our expeditions and we show this at every opportunity, particularly by allowing every individual to have a say in how their own unique experiences unfold. We create small special interest groups, so you can choose the activity best suits your own interests. Options and choices are provided throughout the voyage and we strive to take care of every detail. We call this concept, "choose your own adventure".
Choose your own adventure
With our focus on wildlife, photography and activity, we lead the way through a range of innovative experiences. You enjoy numerous daily options that range from activities off the ship; hiking, walking, zodiac cruising, photography, sea kayaking, wildlife viewing, camping and even bicycling and stand up paddle boarding on some voyages. Onboard the ship we include educational presentations and workshops, lead lively discussions, relax through yoga, fitness and massage therapy. Our interactive night cap held in the bar each evening is always a popular occasion. Daily expedition updates are provided, sharing our planned route on nautical charts and any ice updates. Outfitted with great quality expedition gear, which includes gumboots, foul weather gear, trekking poles, waterproof backpacks and binoculars, the stage is set. For those participating in the sea kayaking program an extensive package of high quality gear is provided, that makes paddling safe, comfortable and enjoyable.
The One Ocean Expeditions team have many years of expedition cruising expertise coupled with specialty knowledge in their chosen field. In addition to our expedition and hospitality professionals, One Ocean Expeditions carries specialty staff on every voyage. This includes an English speaking emergency physician, resident professional photographer, registered massage therapist, fitness trainer and our unique multi-skilled adventure concierges.
Creative & innovative planning
Our creative itineraries are built on years of experience exploring the remote corners of the regions in which we operate. Trips of various durations are offered, along with some truly specialist voyages are comprised of varied lengths and a diverse focus to offer the best of the Arctic. No matter your interest, our small group activity options allow you to choose how your adventure unfolds, every step of the way. We have a unique team of people on every voyage - our Adventure Concierges. Their primary role is to ensure your enjoyment while travelling with us - be it on shore, or around the ship.
Travelling to the Polar regions is a privilege and we want you to experience something special when you choose One Ocean Expeditions. That is why we offer the best value. Our well-priced expeditions boast a high level of customer service, and exceptional menu created by our team of international chefs, the widest possible range of activities and a host of pleasant onboard distractions. The polar gear package which is included for use while on board the ship saves you purchasing around $US1000 of specialist gear - and carrying it all the way to the ship.
We take commitment very seriously. We are committed to many important values. None is more important than respect - for you our valued guest on board, to the unique communities that we touch, to our staff and to our valued partners across the global travel industry. Our deepest respect is for the very special environments in which we are privileged to operate. We treat everyone as if we would our own friends and family. These are just some of our important values.
Our commitment to safety
There are no compromises here. Our expedition staff and crew have the deepest respect for harsh Polar weather and the varying sea and ice conditions in these regions. That respect is apparent in every decision we make. We carry the most extensive inventory of safety equipment on all excursions and require our leaders to undergo vigorous and effective safety training programs. We are well prepared, so you can relax and enjoy your voyage.
Our commitment to people
Ours is people-oriented company. In everything we do we focus on the people that matter the most - you, our guests, our energetic shipboard crew and staff, and our tireless "back office" team that make the magic happen behind the scenes. We will always orient our decision making towards the well being, enjoyment and comfort of our guests. We have reduced the passenger capacity on the ships by 10% compared to other ship operators in order to achieve a higher comfort and improved ambience on board. We have focused continuously on improving the amenities in our cabins, the inclusions on board and the quality of our pre-voyage information. We are dedicated to our worldclass team on board the ships. We do this by ensuring we have the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the polar industry. They receive thorough training and are provided the world's best gear and equipment in order to undertake their role on the ship. This shows in their enthusiasm, competence, knowledge and passion.
Our commitment to quality
Quality is a commitment. Put simply, you cannot present and operate a high quality program without a strong philosophical commitment to quality. It's about doing what is right for your valued guests and the precious Polar environment. This is a commitment we made the first day we started the company and it lives on. We aim to deliver every single time. We find a way to never say "No". We make all decisions in the best interests of our guests. We aim to have the best equipped, best prepared, best trained expedition team in the industry. We aim to have the happiest, safest and most satisfied guests. We always aim to make the least impact on the environments in which we operate. We are also committed to using the world's best equipment and provisions on our ships. Put simply - we won't cut corners when it comes to delivering a quality experience.
Our commitment to cuisine and your health and well-being
We design and offer our own fantastic menus. Our team of internationally experienced and highly qualified chefs supervise all aspects of food preparation and service. We do not employ "sub contractors" who worked to a fixed pre-planned menu (and budget) as most ships do. Many people mistakenly believe that food in the polar regions equals "expedition-style rations" - with limited "take it or leave it options". Nothing could be further from the truth on our voyages. We use the highest quality ingredients and provisions sourced from around the world, selected not only for their taste and suitability, but also for their sustainability. We always ensure choices at every meal time, including healthy options. If you have special dietary requirements, let us know - we'll do our best to take care of those. Food and provisions are always responsibly purchased, responsibly prepared and responsibly presented.
Our commitment to the environment
Our responsibility as visitors, custodians and protectors of the fragile polar environment is possibly our biggest commitment of all. Take some time to read the "Our Responsibility" page - to find out more.
We view the world as one large ocean containing a series of large islands. So it stands to reason that our actions in one part of the ocean will trickle down and have an effect in another part. This is the best way to think about the polar ecosystems of Antarctica and the Arctic. We are committed to run an operation that is a model to the world in terms of ecological sensitivity.
We have renowned wildlife experts on our team who have been instrumental in mobilizing some of the world's most notable organizations to better protect Polar regions. We are dedicated to minimizing our impact on the areas we visit as well as the areas in which we operate our ships. This shows in our purchasing policies which cover provisioning, supply and waste management.
This eco-conscious approach means we travel to remote and pristine destinations in a different way compared to others in the industry. We are proud to operate using world class standards and procedures that are a model to other expedition companies. The goal is to allow guests to experience these fragile regions while minimizing any potentially harmful impact on wildlife and natural habitats. The aim always, is to leave the place as we found it.
Our on-going scientific contribution
We fund and assist ongoing scientific research aboard our vessels. What better platform to do this, than on purpose-built expedition ships. This important work ranges from collection of data for critical meteorological and oceanographic studies used at an international level, to the tagging and tracking of migrant whale populations for universities and science institutions.
We host onboard auctions to support a variety of conservation initiatives on a global scale. Over the past eight years our passengers have donated and collectively raised almost half a million USD towards varied projects including Oceanities, Royal Canadian Geographical Society, South Georgia Heritage Trust, Scott Polar Research Institute and others.
At the same time, One Ocean Expeditions has donated funds equivalent to one million USD to numerous charitable organizations committed to assist in underfunded health and social programs, ecological awareness and preservation plans, as well as projects committed to historical preservation. We are key partners with Oceanities, "the people who count penguins so you don't have to", as well as Ari Friedlaender, our resident cetacean "tagger". By carrying active members of the scientific community to specific survey areas within Antarctica, live data is collated and contributed to the wider scientific community.
Our commitment to community
We contribute donations on a regular basis to a number of organizations (health, wildlife, youth sport, exploration and preservation) raising funds for the betterment of their programs. Funds raised exceed 250K USD annually, which accounts for close to two million USD going back to communities and their organizations from the start of One Ocean Expeditions.
Our in-house Arctic Outreach was developed as a way to actively give back and support Northern communities across the Canadian Arctic. We have enabled large donations to be distributed in northern communities for youth and children to participate in sports and recreation, as well as contributions to the local food banks.
In addition to donations, we also choose to supply our operations with locally sourced products that are made with minimal impact on the environment. Our commitment to limit our impact and to support small local operators and businesses, is a proud decision we honour, season upon season.
We actively support our partners and their mandates with National Historic Sites, Provincial and National Parks, as well as museum exhibits and the hosting of both historical and archeological artefacts. Following our involvement in the successful partnership of the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition - resulting in the find of Sir John Franklin's Erebus in the Northwest Passage, we endeavour to continue the evolution of social, education and historical outreach programs committed to share the historical value of Canada's history.
Keen to find out more about our initiatives and operational processes?
Great, we have plenty to share. Ask us for a copy of our full Responsible Travel Philosophy.
Exceptional Hospitality & Comfort
Our Guests are Top Priority
Your experience is enhanced by our commitment. Our proprietary team of Adventure Concierges provide an exceptionally unique level of personalized customer service to ensure your voyage with us is, unforgettable. Upon entrance to your cabin each guest is met with a hand signed card by your personal adventure concierge. Have questions? Just ask. Need something we haven't thought of? Let them know. Have a request? Come talk with us. Our guests are our priority
Our culinary program is given the same attention to detail that defines our expedition program. With a commitment to deliver great and varied meals onboard our vessels our guests enjoy a comprehensive and carefully crafted menu. Our sourcing of sustainable (especially seafood) and local products further enhances both the social connection as well as the product quality of our menus. This commitment requires continual research and outreach to provisioners around the world, keeping our team on the leading edge of both ethical and sustainable procurement. Working alongside our team of chefs, is our hospitality team who excel in the realm of food and wine pairing. Looking for a craft wine? Try one of our select labels available by special request.
Our Wellness Program incorporates spa services with a registered massage therapist (offering deep tissue, Swedish, hot rock and therapeutic massage), sauna, hot water spa, refreshing salt-water plunge pool, fitness/yoga program and a full offering of whole foods prepared in a healthy way by our leading culinary team of experienced chefs. Having the option to start and end each day with healthy and whole food options, provide the base for your system to be running optimally.
Daily yoga, fitness sessions, onshore hikes to stretch your legs, breaking trail onshore with snowshoes and optional participation in our sea kayak and SUP program all provide exceptional opportunities to allow our guests to keep their current or intended fitness goals as part of their onboard experience. A body in motion stays in motion and we believe our Active Movement approach will revitalize any fitness regime.
In all cabin categories One Ocean Expeditions offers memory foam mattress toppers, cozy bathrobes, upgraded linen, hypo allergenic full size high loft pillows, black out curtains, cabin climate controls, ecologically sensitive and locally sourced natural amenities, in room musical entertainment (MP3 capable), personal tea/coffee station, complimentary water bottles, colour coordinated cabin palette & complimentary turn down service each evening. For additional luxury all suites have premium bedding on both a double bed and lower berth, as well as a relaxation kit for pre-bedtime preparation.
Our extensive cabin inclusion offerings range from the details provided in our dream sleep program up to personalized early morning coffee service from your adventure concierge. Each cabin category is fitted with additional details of comfort and service, resulting in a preferred cabin inventory of items that matter to our guests. For a complete overview of specific cabin category offerings, please refer to our cabin inclusion chart.