A Compass Rose departure

One Ocean Expeditions and The Royal Canadian Geographical Society are exclusive marine travel partners.

Born of a joint commitment to continue sharing Canada with the world, this historic partnership was established with the goal to expand our capacity to experience and share geography, culture, and education across Canada. As part of this unique partnership, we offer ‘Compass Rose Portfolio’ speciality departures with dedicated The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) programming featured on board. Compass Rose expeditions offer the opportunity to travel alongside RCGS Fellows and special guests, Explorers-in-Residence, geography specialists, and notable speakers.

We are honoured to host key Fellows of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society on these departures who, as experts in their field, share their unparalleled knowledge and achievements in geography and exploration. Speciality programming includes presentations, fireside chats, and trivia nights hosted by RCGS Fellows. Enjoy one-on-one discussions with specialists in their field, supporting your individual interests and experiences amongst new friends and family. Other perks from travelling on a Compass Rose voyage includes a welcome basket, a cocktail and canape reception, and a 1-year subscription to Canadian Geographic magazine.

Travel Alongside RCGS Fellows

When booking a Compass Rose voyage, you will travel with Fellows of The RCGS, Explorers-in-Residence and world-renowned photographers. Each partnered voyage is unique, but the role of the Fellows-on-Board follows along a similar vein. We invite Fellows on board to enhance the guest experience through lectures, readings and workshops at which they can introduce more people to The RCGS, create a better understanding of the Society’s purpose and to create relationships with key trip participants whose interests align with the Society. Here are some of the activities you can expect from the Fellows-on-Board:

  • Opening remarks on the first morning
  • Full presentation during the voyage
  • Material provided for the end of voyage silent auction if possible
  • Additional presentations throughout the voyage

Some of the Fellows we have hosted on board in the recent past include Michael Cooke, Neil Steinburg, Jill Heinerth, George Kourounis and Jacqueline Windh.

John Geiger RCGSJohn Geiger, Chief Executive Officer of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and Canadian Geographic Enterprises has also joined us on board to enhance the guest experience. As CEO, John leads the organization, overseeing all operations, and in conjunction with the Board provides strategic direction. He is the international bestselling author of seven books, including Frozen In Time: The Fate of the Franklin Expedition, The Third Man Factor: Surviving the Impossible, and most recently Franklin’s Lost Ship: The Historic Discovery of HMS Erebus. His work has been translated into fourteen languages. John has lectured widely, including at the Bristol Festival of Ideas, Edinburgh Book Festival, IdeaCity, Canada Club, London, Sonic Acts, Amsterdam, Explorers Club, N.Y. and Wellcome Centre for the History of Medicine, University College, London. In 2014, he presented the Roald Amundsen Memorial Lecture, Fram Museum, Oslo. He has been featured in major documentary films including ‘Arctic Ghost Ship’ on PBS Nova, ‘The Angel Effect’ on National Geographic Channel’s Explorer, and ‘Flicker’ on Bravo. In 2015 John received the Polar Medal.


“The RCGS and One Ocean Expeditions are organizations that independently make a positive difference with respect to exploration, research, adventure and education, all in the context of conservation. Working together, we are achieving even more. I am very proud of the partnership The RCGS has with One Ocean Expeditions, a global leader in expeditionary travel, and a company dedicated to advancing knowledge about our geography and environment in the Arctic and Antarctic regions, as well as new destinations including Chile, Central America and Scotland. I am also particularly proud of RCGS Resolute, a ship with exploration in her DNA, and a magnificent base from which to embark on your own explorations of the world.”
– John Geiger, CEO of The RCGS


The beginning

In 2014, One Ocean Expeditions joined The Royal Canadian Geographical Society as a partner in the Parks Canada led Victoria Strait Expedition, contributing our vessel to an undertaking that resulted in the discovery of Franklin’s long-missing HMS Erebus. It had been resting on the ocean floor in near perfect condition for over 160 years. Subsequently, the HMS Terror was found two years later..

Travel with purpose

When choosing to travel on a Compass Rose voyage, a percentage of your voyage fare goes directly to The RCGS to support their vital programs, including Canadian Geographic Education, the Can Geo Talks series, and grants for exploration and field research – furthering geographic literacy across Canada.

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