Hiking through through the snow.
Across the Antarctic Circle Sail/Fly
Celebrate crossing latitude 66° 33’ South in the wake of hallowed explorers including the first to do so, Captain James Cook, on this unique Antarctic cruise. In this frozen area of extraordinary beauty, powerful orcas and leopard seals patrol, …
  • 11 Days
  • $8,725 - $14,650 USD
Ship:
Polar Pioneer
Passions:
Adventure Options, Fly Cruise, Wildlife Viewing, Whale Watching, Snorkeling, Expedition Cruises, Scuba Diving, Kayaking
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Antarctic Polar Circle, Antarctic Peninsula, Chile, Argentina, Patagonia, Punta Arenas, Port of Ushuaia, King George Island, …
Level:
Relaxed
Sleeping in the snow!
Christmas in Antarctica
Embark on this 11-day voyage and celebrate Christmas in traditional Antarctic style! Take advantage of the near-midnight sun, which powers an explosion of life along the shore and brightens the thought of camping out or or extended kayaking trips. …
  • 11 Days
  • $8,725 - $14,650 USD
Ship:
Polar Pioneer
Passions:
Wildlife Viewing, Whale Watching, Adventure Options, Camping, Expedition Cruises, Fly Cruise, Kayaking
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Antarctic Peninsula, Chile, Argentina, Patagonia, Punta Arenas, Port of Ushuaia, King George Island, Drake Passage, …
Level:
Relaxed
A Base camp on Antarctica.
In Shackleton's Footsteps
On the 100-year anniversary of Shackleton's famous voyage, follow in the explorer's footsteps on this 18-day cruise. Late summer offers the best chance to chart a course through the Weddell Sea’s shifting pack ice and vast tabular bergs, …
  • 18 Days
  • $14,300 - $24,200 USD
Ship:
Polar Pioneer
Passions:
Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Wildlife Viewing, Whale Watching
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Weddell Sea, Antarctic Peninsula, Argentina, Patagonia, Port of Ushuaia, Stanley, …
Level:
Relaxed
A Musk Ox stares at the camera from the tundra.
Jewels of the Arctic
Jewels of the Arctic combines the best of Spitsbergen and Greenland, with a taste of Iceland, on a 14-day expedition cruise on the Polar Pioneer. Spitsbergen’s rugged northwest coast comprises mountains, tundra and fjords. While crossing the icy …
  • 14 Days
  • $6,275 - $11,730 USD
Ship:
Polar Pioneer
Passions:
Kayaking, Expedition Cruises, Wildlife Viewing, Whale Watching, Adventure Options
Places:
Arctic, North America, Europe, Iceland, Norway, Greenland, Svalbard, Canada, Longyearbyen, Scoresbysund, …
Level:
Relaxed
Unforgettable wildlife encounters
New Year in Antarctica
Embark on this 11-day voyage to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Antarctica! Ring in the new year with penguins, elephant seals, and first-landing buzz. With summer in full swing, penguin highways are busy with traffic between rookeries and beach as …
  • 11 Days
  • $8,725 - $14,650 USD
Ship:
Polar Pioneer
Passions:
Adventure Options, Fly Cruise, Wildlife Viewing, Whale Watching, Kayaking, Camping, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Antarctic Peninsula, Chile, Argentina, Patagonia, Punta Arenas, Port of Ushuaia, King George Island, Drake Passage, …
Level:
Relaxed
Zodiac tour through the icebergs.
Scotia Sea Springtime
As the days grow longer, the mountains shed their snowy mantle, king penguins shuffle eggs on their feet, elephant seals pup, and fur seals are rambunctious. Currents of krill sweep up from the Weddell Sea, providing food for one of the greatest wildlife …
  • 18 Days
  • $14,300 - $24,200 USD
Ship:
Polar Pioneer
Passions:
Wildlife Viewing, Whale Watching, Kayaking, Expedition Cruises, Adventure Options
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Antarctic Peninsula, Chile, Patagonia, Punta Arenas, Puerto Williams, South Shetland Islands, …
Level:
Relaxed
Unforgettable wildlife encounters
South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey
Explore the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and the Antarctic Peninsula on this exciting 18-day polar voyage aboard the Polar Pioneer. Embark in Ushuaia, Argentina, and follow in the footsteps of Shackleton as you witness peak summer wildlife activity, …
  • 18 Days
  • $14,300 - $24,800 USD
Ship:
Polar Pioneer
Passions:
Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Wildlife Viewing, Whale Watching
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Antarctic Peninsula, Chile, Argentina, Patagonia, Punta Arenas, Port of Ushuaia, …
Level:
Relaxed
Kayaking through arctic waters.
Spirit of Antarctica
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 …
  • 12 Days
  • $8,500 - $14,330 USD
Ship:
Polar Pioneer
Passions:
Adventure Options, Wildlife Viewing, Whale Watching, Kayaking, Camping, Expedition Cruises
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Antarctic Peninsula, Chile, Argentina, Patagonia, Punta Arenas, Port of Ushuaia, Puerto Williams, Drake Passage, …
Level:
Relaxed
Reindeer feeding in the arctic.
Spitsbergen Odyssey
The High Arctic summer brings a sense of urgency, and the best way to experience its wonders is on an exciting expedition Arctic cruise. Like the Inuits and Vikings who preceded you, this 11-day Arctic trip is an exploration by sea on the Polar Pioneer. …
  • 11 Days
  • $4,950 - $9,620 USD
Ship:
Polar Pioneer
Passions:
Kayaking, Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Adventure Options
Places:
Arctic, North America, Europe, Iceland, Norway, Greenland, Svalbard, Canada, Longyearbyen, Hinlopen Strait (Hinlopenstretet), …
Level:
Relaxed
Stunning landscapes
Weddell Sea & 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 …
  • 12 Days
  • $8,725 - $14,650 USD
Ship:
Polar Pioneer
Passions:
Adventure Options, Camping, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Wildlife Viewing, Whale Watching
Places:
Antarctica, South America, Weddell Sea, Antarctic Peninsula, Chile, Argentina, Patagonia, Punta Arenas, Port of Ushuaia, Puerto Williams, …
Level:
Relaxed
Polar Pioneer was built in Finland in 1985 as an ice-strengthened research ship, and for many years she plied the treacherous waters of the USSR's northern coast. In 2000 she was refurbished in St Petersburg to provide comfortable accommodation for 54 passengers. A combined bar/lounge/library area (stocked with a good collection of polar books) was also created by simple internal restructuring - inviting surroundings for your Antarctica travel.

This class of vessel has a fine reputation for polar expedition cruising, due to its strength, maneuverability and small number of cabins. All cabins have outside portholes plus ample storage space. The Russian captain and crew are among the most experienced ice navigators in the world and their enthusiasm is legendary.

The spacious bridge is always open to us and the decks are ideal for viewing. The chefs are European, and the dining room is attended by Russian stewardesses.

Polar Pioneer is not a luxury vessel as such, but this is a most popular ship for travel to the Polar regions. The accommodation is simple yet comfortable, and the meals are wholesome and uncomplicated. A small fleet of inflatable Zodiacs with outboard motors enable us to travel from ship to shore.
Polar Pioneer's Triple Cabin.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Polar Pioneer's Deck Plan.