Scientific Antarctica Cruise

Day 1

    Embark in Ushuaia

    A friendly welcome aboard the Polar Pioneer precedes your sail down the Beagle Channel. Scientists from Ukraine and Poland, who will summer in Antarctica at Vernadsky and Arctowski Stations, will join you and the rest of your fellow travelers.

    Days 2-3

      Drake Passage

      Cape petrels mesmerize and majestic wandering albatross will take your breath away as your ship crosses the Drake Passage. Naturalists reveal Antarctica’s natural history while environmental and safety briefings will prepare you for the upcoming days. Your photography education program commences, as prepare yourselves for the adventure ahead.

      Days 4-6

        Arctowski Station

        As you drop anchor in front of Poland’s Arctowski Station, be greeted by fur and elephant seals lounging on the shoreline, inquisitive Adélie, gentoo and chinstrap penguins welcome you to their playground.

        Days 7-8

          Across the Peninsula

          With the rugged coastline from Gerlache Strait to the beautiful Lemaire Channel, make your way South across the Peninsula.

          Days 9-10

            Antarctic Peninsula

            Drop anchor at Vernadsky Station; your southernmost point on this expedition. Here your scientist shipmates disembark and prepare for a summer in Antarctica. Board Zodiacs and explore this historic and wildlife rich area. Your will make full use of daylight hours, taking every opportunity to explore the Peninsula’s wonders.

            Days 11-12

              At Sea

              Bidding farewell to Antarctica, sail north towards the Falkland Islands, it’s a time of reflection, entertaining talks and a party or two.

              Days 13-14

                Falkland Islands

                Your days in the Falklands will be spent exploring the outer most islands rarely visited; the spectacular cliffs of the islands are home to an abundance breeding birds; endemic Cobb’s Wren, dark faced ground tyrants and tussac birds, striated cara-caras, southern giant petrels, ruddy headed geese, speckled teal and crested ducks abound.

                Making the most of your Zodiacs explore by sea and land the rich natural history of this remote archipelago.

                Day 15

                  Disembark in Stanley, Falkland Islands

                  Today disembark in Stanley, the Falklands, which features an excellent war museum, welcoming shops and pubs.
                  Please note that all of Polar Pioneer itineraries are at the mercy of weather conditions and not all landings are guaranteed. These itineraries are flexible and will change voyage to voyage, allowing the best chance to make the most of surprising wildlife displays and unexpected opportunities.

                  - Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double or triple occupancy. Request the Twin or Triple Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.

                  - Single costs are 1.7 times the twin rate

                  Please note that the itineraries are at the mercy of weather conditions and not all landings are guaranteed. Itineraries are flexible and will change voyage to voyage, allowing the best chance to make the most of surprising wildlife displays and unexpected opportunities.

                  Cruise fare includes:
                  - Comprehensive pre-departure information
                  - All meals, snacks, tea & coffee
                  - All shore excursions and zodiac cruises
                  - Educational lectures and guiding services by polar experts
                  - Use of gumboots
                  - Daily cabin service
                  - Polar Pioneer travel mug
                  - Professionally produced voyage log

                  Flights:
                  A group flight from the Falkland Islands to Punta Arenas at the conclusion of the voyage are an additional charge, please add $660 per person.