Arrive in Punta Arenas / Fly to Puerto Williams / EmbarkFly 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.
Crossing the Drake PassageEase into shipboard life as the ship crosses the Drake Passage. The ship naturalist and paleontologist expands our Antarctic knowledge and prepare us for landings. The outer decks and flying bridge provide excellent space to see and photograph wildlife.
Into the Weddell SeaAccess 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.
Eastern Antarctic PeninsulaWeather systems and shifting pack ice dictates 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 we go, wildlife, Heroic Age relics, and haunting landscapes await.
Western Antarctic PeninsulaHead 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.
Crossing the Drake PassagePetrels, prions and albatross accompany us across the Drake Passage. Final talks help polish our 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.
Disembark in Ushuaia, ArgentinaA pre-dawn sail along the Beagle Channel and an early breakfast prepare for docking in Ushuaia. There’s time for final photos and to say farewells before disembarking.