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Spirit of Antarctica

Example 12 Day Cruise aboard Polar Pioneer
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Experience the true Spirit of Antarctica as you explore the 7th continent by land and sea on this 12-day polar cruise. As you sail across the Drake Passage, anticipation builds for the first glimpse of icebergs and snow-capped mountains! Aboard Zodiacs, explore penguin rookeries, historic sites, and scientific stations, and cruise near exquisite icebergs. Kayakers glide into secluded bays, while climbers ascend pristine peaks and snorkelers delight in marine discoveries. The possibilities are endless on this Antarctic voyage.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Fly Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams | Embark
Days 2-3 : Drake Passage
Days 4-9 : Antarctic Peninsula
Days 10-11 : Drake Passage
Day 12 : Ushuaia | Disembark

Highlights

  • Watch wildlife activity under the midnight sun
  • Explore historic sites and scientific stations
  • Visit penguin highways busy with parents and chicks
  • Sail waterways alive with whales and seals
  • Enjoy camping, alpine climbing, and extended kayaking trips

Ship

Polar Pioneer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Kayaking through arctic waters. Hiking through through the snow. Zodiac tour through the icebergs. Sleeping in the snow! A Base camp on Antarctica.

Day 1 Fly Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams | Embark

Fly from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams. Enjoy a guided tour of the rustic port and beautiful surroundings. Embark the Polar Pioneer in the late afternoon for introductory and safety briefings, then set sail along the Beagle Channel.

Day 2-3 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Your Drake Passage crossing offers Cape petrels darting about the ship, black-browed and wandering albatross soaring, and Wilson’s storm petrels flitting above the sea. Learn about Antarctica at informative talks by the ship's expert naturalist, and learn about safety and environmental guidelines from your expedition team as you prepare for adventures ahead.

Day 4-9 Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
An overnight passage along Gerlache Strait delivers you to the stunning Antarctic Peninsula, an ethereal wonderland of vast proportions. Aboard Zodiacs, explore penguin rookeries, historic sites, and scientific stations, and cruise near exquisite icebergs. Kayakers glide into secluded bays, while climbers ascend pristine peaks and snorkelers delight in marine discoveries.

Stepping ashore on the continent itself creates an everlasting memory. Make the most of every day and a fair bit of each night. Bubble-netting humpbacks demand a wake-up call, even at midnight! A curious leopard seal cruising amongst spectacular icebergs may mean postponing lunch, and after dinner you can load into Zodiacs for an orca cruise.

Your expedition team makes the most of every day and a fair bit of each night as well. If the weather allows, join a sleep-out on the ice – a must for any Antarctic explorer!

Day 10-11 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
As the Captain steers the ship north across the Drake Passage, your mind and soul revels in rich Antarctic experiences. There’s time to watch for seabirds, enjoy entertaining talks, discuss what you’ve seen and learned, and exchange photos and stories. With luck, you may make a ceremonial rounding of Cape Horn before sharing a farewell dinner.

Day 12 Ushuaia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy a gentle cruise along the Beagle Channel in the early morning. Disembark after breakfast for onward travel or to savor more time in Ushuaia.

Polar Pioneer

Per person starting at
$8,500
Polar Pioneer's Triple Cabin.
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Triple Shared
Triple Cabins have two lower and one upper berth, a desk, a small washbasin, storage and hanging space and portholes. Showers and toilets are very close by and are shared with other Main Deck cabins.
Polar Pioneer's Public Twin Cabin.
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Twin Shared
Twin Shared Cabins have two lower bunks, a desk, small washbasin, ample storage and hanging space and portholes. Showers and toilets are very close by and are shared with other Main Deck cabins.
Polar Pioneer's Private Twin Cabin.
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Twin Private
Twin Private Cabins have two lower bunks, a desk, windows, and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. Two cabins have upper and lower bunks (cabins 402 and 403).
Polar Pioneer's Mini Suite.
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Mini Suite
Mini Suites have a separate small bedroom with double bed, a sofa bed in the main room, a desk, video player and TV, windows and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin.
Polar Pioneer's Captain Suite.
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Suite
The Suite features a large lounge area, a separate small bedroom with double bed, a sofabed in the main room, a video player and TV, refrigerator, large forward and side facing windows, and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin.

Notes

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 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

Voyage Inclusions
• Polar photography workshops
• Camping out on snow like Antarctic explorers (weather permitting)
• Scenic flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams (December 6, 2016 departures only)
• Puerto Williams town and surroundings tour
• Transfer from Puerto Williams airport to Polar Pioneer
• One-way flight between Punta Arenas, Chile and Puerto Williams, Chile (or vice versa), and a Puerto Williams town tour (December 6, 2016 departures only)
• Shipboard accommodation with daily cabin service
• All shipboard meals and snacks, including tea and coffee
• All shore excursions and Zodiac outings
• Guiding services by your expert team, including lecture program
• Basic medical services, if required
• Port taxes, charges and landing fees
• Luggage transfer to ship
• Loan of expedition boots during voyage
• Comprehensive pre-departure information, including destination primer
• A waterproof polar jacket to keep
• Photo book from images taken during your voyage

Voyage Exclusions
• Flights or transfers to or from expedition starting point
• Arrival or departure taxes
• Visa, passport and vaccination charges
• Any arrangements, tours or optional activities not included in the expedition itinerary
• Travel insurance
• All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages, laundry services, personal clothing, gratuities, medical expenses and email or phone charges

Included

  • 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 11 Dinners
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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