Weddell Sea & Antarctic Peninsula Cruise

Stunning landscapes
Doug Bakker
Several kayakers make their way to the snowy shore.
Andrew Halsall
Zodiac tour through the icebergs.
Hannah Conduct
Penguins on a rocky beach in Antarctica.
An ocean of icebergs.
Polar Pioneer's dining room.
Polar Pioneer's bar and lounge.


  • Vast tabular icebergs in the wild Weddell Sea
  • Historic huts and Heroic Age relics
  • Islands abundant with world class fossils
  • Extensive Adélie and gentoo penguin colonies
  • Land on the Antarctic Peninsula

Join this 12-day voyage that sails across Bransfield Strait to an Antarctic Sound dawn, where tabular icebergs ride currents from the Weddell Sea. The Peninsula’s wild side welcomes us with a strange, ice-free landscape hiding renowned fossil beds and vast penguin colonies. Explore Prince Gustav Channel and fossil-rich Seymour Island. In contrast to the Weddell Sea’s wild isolation, the Peninsula’s west coast offers glaciated peaks rising from a maze of islands and waterways alive with seals, penguins, and whales. This itinerary includes a flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams and a town tour of Puerto Williams before the voyage.

Day 1

Arrive in Punta Arenas / Fly to Puerto Williams / Embark

Fly from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams. Enjoy a tour of the scenic port before being warmly welcomed aboard Polar Pioneer and having introductory and safety briefings prior to cruising down the Beagle Channel.

Days 2-3

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Crossing the Drake Passage

Ease into shipboard life as the ship crosses the Drake Passage. The ship naturalist and paleontologist expands your Antarctic knowledge and prepares you for landings. The outer decks and flying bridge provide excellent space to see and photograph wildlife.

Day 4

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Into the Weddell Sea

Access to the Weddell Sea is totally ice-dependent. Calved from massive ice shelves, the tabular icebergs of Antarctic Sound create a memorable sight. The ship threads its way through waters alive with penguins against a backdrop of breathtaking volcanic scenery.

Days 5-6

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Eastern Antarctic Peninsula

Weather systems and shifting pack ice dictate the schedule. Perhaps visit the vast Adélie and gentoo penguin colonies of Brown Bluff or Paulet Island and fossil-rich Seymour Island. Or hike to spectacular vantage points on Beak and Devil Islands. The ship may even reach the islands of Prince Gustav Channel. Wherever you go, wildlife, Heroic Age relics, and haunting landscapes await.

Days 7-9

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Western Antarctic Peninsula

Head for the Peninsula’s beautiful western flanks to make full use of the late summer daylight hours and relatively ice-free waters. Wildlife stops on offshore islands, visiting historic huts, and Zodiac cruising amidst bergs and whales are all possibilities. Listen carefully for the otherworldly courtship song of the leopard seal.

Days 10-11

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Crossing the Drake Passage

Petrels, prions and albatross accompany you across the Drake Passage. Final talks help polish your Antarctic education before making a ceremonial rounding of Cape Horn, time and weather permitting. Gather for a celebratory dinner as the ship enters the Beagle Channel.

Day 12

  • Breakfast

Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina

A pre-dawn sail along the Beagle Channel and an early breakfast prepare you for docking in Ushuaia. There’s time for final photos and to say farewells before disembarking.

 Triple SharedTwin SharedTwin PrivateMini SuiteSuite
Kayaking Option: $1,050
Photography Option: Complimentary
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

• Flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams
• Transfer from Puerto Williams airport to Polar Pioneer, including Puerto Williams town and surrounds tour
• Accommodation during the voyage
• All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage
• All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
• Educational lectures and guiding services from your expert team
• Access to your on board doctor and basic medical services
• Loan of gumboots during the voyage
• Daily cabin service
• Comprehensive pre-departure information
• Aurora Expeditions waterproof jacket
• Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking)
• Port taxes and charges
• All entry fees to historic landings sites

Voyage Exclusions

• International or domestic flights to or from ship, unless specified
• Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
• Airport arrival or departure taxes
• Visa, passport, and vaccination charges
• Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
• Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
• Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
• Optional activity surcharge. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities, such as sea kayaking
• All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges.