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Zodiac tour through the icebergs.
$9,100
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Across the Antarctic Circle

12 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • Explore the pristine Antarctica
  • Observe fledgling penguin chicks
  • Zodiac cruise amongst icebergs
  • Dive and snorkel in icy waterways
Activities: Adventure Options, Fly Cruise, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Cross the geographical milestone of the Antarctic Circle with a champagne toast on this 12-day expedition cruise aboard the Polar Pioneer. Observe the extraordinary beauty of this frozen area and the bustling wildlife which call this frozen continent home. Board your ship in Ushuaia and begin a …
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Fur seal paradise in Antarctica
$9,500
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Across the Antarctic Circle Sail/Fly

11 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • Discover Antarctica┬┤s wildlife
  • Zodiac cruise amongst ice floes
  • Cross the Antarctic Circle
  • Explore Fildes Bay & Trinity Church
Activities: Adventure Options, Fly Cruise, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Celebrate crossing latitude 66° 33’ South in the wake of hallowed explorers including the first to do so, Captain James Cook, on this unique 11-day Antarctic cruise. In this frozen area of extraordinary beauty, powerful orcas and leopard seals patrol the waters, while ethereal snow …
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Puffins hang out on the rocks.
$5,270
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Across the Arctic Circle: Scotland, Norway & Spitsbergen

14 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • Follow along the Vikings' route
  • Explore World Heritage Sites
  • Delight in majestic scenery
  • Search for Arctic wildlife
  • Enjoy magnificent bird watching
Activities: Adventure Options, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Follow the Vikings’ way from northeast Scotland to the land of the midnight sun on this 14-day Arctic voyage. Enthusiastic historians and expert naturalists reveal the Orkney and Shetland islands, from Stone Age villages and Viking relics, to world class distilleries and spectacular birdlife, …
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Mirrored reflection on our kayak excursion
$9,500
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Antarctic Explorer - Fly/Sail

11 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • Meet penguin colonies in Brow Bluff
  • Zodiac through straits and icebergs
  • Explore Fildes Bay & Trinity Church
  • Witness the endless midnight sun
Activities: Adventure Options, Fly Cruise, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
This Fly/Sail expedition features the best of Antarctica across 11 days and allows for more exploration, with only one crossing of the Drake Passage. Get up close with tabular icebergs, vast colonies of Adelie and gentoo penguins, and dramatic volcanic landscapes in the ice-filled Weddell Sea. …
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Visit remote outposts on an Antarctic voyage
$9,500
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Antarctic Explorer - Fly/Sail

Punta Arenas to Ushuaia - 11 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • Observe large penguin colonies
  • Get up close with tabular icebergs
  • Enjoy exciting shore excursions
  • Enjoy long summer days
Activities: Adventure Options, Fly Cruise, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Experience the best of Antarctica on this 11-day fly and sail cruise adventure from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia. Enjoy land visits to historic research huts and working scientific stations, as well asdaily shore visits and Zodiac cruises surrounded by massive icebergs, ancient glaciers, pristine beauty …
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Travelers walking across the beaches of Spitsbergen.
$11,295
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Arctic Complete: Spitsbergen, Greenland & Iceland

24 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • Discover Spitsbergen's diversity
  • Venture to the Arctic kingdom
  • Revel in millions of birds
  • Visit historic sites
  • Explore the varied landscapes
Activities: Adventure Options, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
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 24-day Arctic trip is an exploration by sea on the Polar Pioneer. High above the Arctic Circle, explore deep …
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Penguins at Christmas
$9,100
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Christmas in Antarctica

12 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • Celebrate a White Christmas
  • Experience a wonderland of wildlife
  • Explore historic & scientific sites
  • Enjoy camping and kayaking options
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Kayaking, Skiing, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Embark on this 12-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 extended kayaking trips. Penguin highways are busy with traffic as parents …
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Glacier trekking in Antarctica
$14,300
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In Shackleton's Footsteps

18 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • Commemorate Shackleton's crossing
  • Sail into ice-filled Weddell Sea
  • Visit Shackleton's grave site
  • Cross the Scotia Sea
Activities: Adventure Options, Fly Cruise, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
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, where Shackleton’s ship Endurance was …
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Unforgettable wildlife encounters
$14,600
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In-Depth South Georgia & Antarctica

18 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • Follow Shackleton's footsteps
  • Witness the mating of penguins
  • Kayak along playful seal pups
  • Zodiac cruise amongst icebergs
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Enjoy long, glorious Antarctic days bathed in springtime, retrace Shackleton’s small boat voyage across the Scotia Seaand photograph in exquisite dawn light on the wildlife-packedbeaches of South Georgia. During your 18-day Antarctic adventure experience close encounters wirh curious elephant …
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A Musk Ox stares at the camera from the tundra.
$7,015
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Jewels of the Arctic

14 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • Observe amazing wildlife and plants
  • Explore Arctic waters and icebergs
  • Learn about the region's history
  • Enjoy the welcoming locals
Activities: Adventure Options, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
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 waters of the Greenland Sea, onboard experts …
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Penguin and landscape
$9,700
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New Year in Antarctica - Sail/Fly

11 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • Camp out under the midnight sun
  • Kayak along seals & whales
  • Visit historic and scientific sites
  • Attend lectures and presentations
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Kayaking, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Antarctica surrounded by penguins, elephant seals and icebergs. With summer in full swing, walk amidts busy penguin rookeries and observe feeding and breaching whales. Cruise along Gerlache Strait and reach the stunning Antarctic Peninsula, an ethereal wonderland …
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Photographing a penguin up close
$14,300
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Photographer's Antarctica & South Georgia

20 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • Film the courting & mating penguins
  • Photograph Antarctica's birdlife
  • Attend photography masterclasses
  • Explore South Georgia's harbors
  • Capture early season images
Activities: Adventure Options, Fly Cruise, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Join the former Australian Geographic's Adventurer of the Year, Chris Bray, in this 20-day photographer's expedition. Hone your photography skills in a series of masterclasses and workshops. Capture the best of Antarctica and South Georgia as you experience close encounters with curious …
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Rockhopper penguins hanging out on the rocky coast.
$15,300
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South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey

18 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • Experience peak breeding cycles
  • Enjoy continental landings
  • Kayak South Georgia's coastline
  • Cross the Scotia Sea
Activities: Adventure Options, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
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, learn about whaling history, visit research …
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Kayaking through arctic waters.
$8,900
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Spirit of Antarctica

12 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • View active wildlife at night
  • Explore historic sites & stations
  • Visit busy penguin highways
  • Sail waterways alive with whales
  • Enjoy camping, climbing & kayaking
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
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 …
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Adelie penguins wandering through the ice.
$9,700
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Spirit of Antarctica - Fly/Sail

11 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • Enjoy camping, skiing & kayaking
  • Fly over the Drake Passage
  • Zodiac cruise amongst icebergs
  • Observe penguin colonies
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Kayaking, Skiing, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Explore one of the most isolated and remote destinations on the planet during this 11-day cruise expedition aboard the Polar Pioneer. Take advantage of Antarctic´s midsummer, when near-midnight sun powers an explosion of life along the shore and brightens the thought of camping out, early …
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Reindeer feeding in the arctic.
$5,515
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Spitsbergen Odyssey

11 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • Sail along Spitsbergen's glaciers
  • Enjoy almost 24h of sunlight
  • Spot Arctic wildlife
  • Visit historic sites
  • Photograph Arctic tundra flowers
Activities: Adventure Options, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Revel in the diversity of Svalbard Island and sail into the kingdom of the polar bear. Explore the coastline, with no open sea crossings, against a backdrop of spectacular glacier-covered peaks. Discover deep fjords in the west; mysterious, fossil-rich desert plains in the east; and best of all, …
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Kayaking the Arctic
$10,900
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Sub-Antarctic Safari

15 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • Explore the West Falklands
  • Visit Saunders Island's sheep farm
  • Bird watch in Carcass Island
  • Discover South Georgia's beaches
Activities: Adventure Options, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
This Sub-Antarctic adventure takes you to the wildlife sanctuaries of the Falkland Islands/Malvinas and South Georgia. Join on-board photography workshops and capture the region'suntouched beautywhile seeing the fascinating fauna that inhabits these unique islands. Get up-close with one of the …
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The Ring of Brodgar on the Orkney Islands.
$5,855
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Wild Scotland

11 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • Explore Scotland's wild islands
  • Uncover stories of Scotland's past
  • Discover Neolithic sites and ruins
  • Kayak through sea caves and lochs
  • Observe magnificent marine wildlife
Activities: Archaeological Sites, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
From the Hebrides in the west, to inhospitable windswept specks of land like St Kilda and Foula, and to the Orkney and Shetland islands in the north, explore the intriguing diversity of these wild islands on this unique 11-day cruise aboard the Polar Pioneer. Plan to take in Neolithic sites …
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2017
EmbarksDays 
Jun 1311Wild Scotland
Jun 2314Across the Arctic Circle: Scotland, Norway & Spitsbergen
Jul 0611Spitsbergen Odyssey
Jul 1611Spitsbergen Odyssey
Jul 2624Arctic Complete: Spitsbergen, Greenland & Iceland
Jul 2611Spitsbergen Odyssey
Aug 0514Jewels of the Arctic
Aug 1814Jewels of the Arctic
Nov 2720Photographer's Antarctica & South Georgia
Dec 1612Spirit of Antarctica
Dec 2718South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey
2018
EmbarksDays 
Jan 1318South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey
Jan 3011Across the Antarctic Circle Sail/Fly
Feb 0711Across the Antarctic Circle Sail/Fly
Feb 1711Antarctic Explorer - Fly/Sail
Feb 2511Antarctic Explorer - Fly/Sail
Mar 0718In Shackleton's Footsteps
Mar 2415Sub-Antarctic Safari
Jun 2111Wild Scotland
Jul 0711Spitsbergen Odyssey
Jul 1711Spitsbergen Odyssey
Jul 2724Arctic Complete: Spitsbergen, Greenland & Iceland
Jul 2711Spitsbergen Odyssey
Aug 0614Jewels of the Arctic
Nov 1715Sub-Antarctic Safari
Dec 0118In-Depth South Georgia & Antarctica
Dec 1812Christmas in Antarctica
Dec 2911New Year in Antarctica - Sail/Fly
2019
EmbarksDays 
Jan 0611Spirit of Antarctica - Fly/Sail
Jan 1618South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey
Feb 0218South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey
Feb 1912Across the Antarctic Circle
Mar 0211Across the Antarctic Circle Sail/Fly
Mar 1011Antarctic Explorer - Fly/Sail
Mar 2018In Shackleton's Footsteps
Passengers: 54
Ship Type: Research Ship

The Polar Pioneer first broke ice in the polar waters in 1982 as an ice-strengthened research vessel. In 2000, a complete refurbishment transformed this nimble 54-passenger boat into a world-class expedition ship. The intimate environment onboard makes for a personal experience with the friendly crew and your fellow shipmates. The smaller size of the boat also grants it access to landing sites that are inaccessible to other larger boats. 

Facilities & Services
- Ice-strengthened hull
- Triple, twin & suite cabins
- Spacious viewing platforms and decks
- Fleet of inflatable Zodiacs
- Lounge bar & two dining rooms
- Dedicated presentation room
- Sauna
- Basic medical clinic
- English-speaking doctor
- Daily cabin cleaning service
- Satellite phone & email access
- Gumboots provided for landings
- Laundry service available

Accommodations
There are several classes of cabins to choose from, including triple and twin cabins, as well as larger suites, all featuring outside facing portholes or windows and ample storage space for your gear. While the suites and some of the cabins have private facilities, there are a number of cabins that have shared bathrooms as well. 

Dining
Each of the three daily meals are prepared using only the freshest produce and ingredients and served hot, guaranteeing that your appetite is always satisfied. There is also a full service bar available with delicious cocktails to help you relax at the end of a busy day of exploring. 

Ship Specifications
- Passengers: 54
- Staff: 10-12
- Crew: 23
- Cabins: 26
- Decks: 3
- Built: 1982
- Refurbished: 2000
- Length: 71.6m
- Beam: 12.8 metres
- Draft: 4.5m
- Cruising Speed: 10 knots
- Gross tonnage: 1753
- Registry: Russian
- Voltage: 220v. European round, two pin plug
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.
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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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