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Hiking through through the snow.
$8,725
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Across the Antarctic Circle Sail/Fly

11 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
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, while ethereal snow petrels grace the skies against a background of bristling mountains and …
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Fly Cruise, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, Chile, Patagonia, South America, Antarctic Polar Circle, Drake Passage, King George Island, Port of Ushuaia, Punta Arenas
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Sleeping in the snow!
$8,725
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Christmas in Antarctica

11 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
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. Penguin highways are busy with traffic as parents hurry to fatten chicks, and waterways are alive …
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Expedition Cruises, Fly Cruise, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, Chile, Patagonia, South America, Drake Passage, Gerlache Strait, King George Island, Port of Ushuaia, Punta Arenas
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A Base camp on Antarctica.
$14,300
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In Shackleton's Footsteps

18 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
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 trapped and crushed. Explore fossil-rich islands, …
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, Falkland Islands, South America, South Georgia, Antarctic Sound, Drake Passage, Elephant Island, Grytviken, King Haakon Bay, Port of Ushuaia, Scotia Sea, Stanley, Weddell Sea
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A Musk Ox stares at the camera from the tundra.
$6,275
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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
The Jewels of the Arctic 14-day expedition cruise combines the best of Spitsbergen and Greenland, with a taste of Iceland. Discover the unique Inuit cultures of the region and explore the rugged landscapes and icy waters of the Arctic. Aboard the cruise, listen as experts share their knowledge of the region's plants, animals, and history.
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Arctic, Asia, Canada, Europe, Greenland, Iceland, North America, Norway, Scandinavia, Svalbard, Western Europe, Blossevill Coast, Isafjordur, Longyearbyen, Reykjavik, Scoresbysund
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Unforgettable wildlife encounters
$8,725
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New Year in Antarctica

11 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
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 parents hurry to fatten up chicks. Glaciers shed ice with an echoing roar and waterways are alive …
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Expedition Cruises, Fly Cruise, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, Chile, Patagonia, South America, Drake Passage, King George Island, Port of Ushuaia, Punta Arenas
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Zodiac tour through the icebergs.
$14,300
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Scotia Sea Springtime

18 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
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 concentrations on the planet. Join this 18-day voyage to immerse yourself in whaling history, …
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, Chile, Falkland Islands, Patagonia, South America, South Georgia, Drake Passage, Elephant Island, Puerto Williams, Punta Arenas, Scotia Sea, South Shetland Islands, Stanley
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Unforgettable wildlife encounters
$14,300
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South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey

18 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
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 stations, and land on the Antarctic continent. …
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, Chile, Falkland Islands, Patagonia, South America, South Georgia, Drake Passage, Elephant Island, Port of Ushuaia, Punta Arenas, Stanley
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Kayaking through arctic waters.
$8,500
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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
Board the Polar Pioneer for a 12 day exploration of Antarctica. Enjoy opportunities to explore the antarctic landscape by land and sea! Since, no two voyages to Antarctica are ever the same, the possibilities are endless!
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, Chile, Patagonia, South America, Drake Passage, Gerlache Strait, Port of Ushuaia, Puerto Williams, Punta Arenas
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Reindeer feeding in the arctic.
$4,950
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Spitsbergen Odyssey

11 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • Explore the Spitsbergen archipelago
  • Observe the Arctic's rare wildlife
  • Marvel at the vast bird colonies
  • Visit whaling settlements
  • Discover the dynamic landscapes
Explore the Arctic on an exciting 11-day expedition cruise around the Spitsbergen Island archipelago. The voyage showcases the region's dynamic landscapes, including deep fjords, glacier covered peaks, polar deserts and wildflower rich tundra. Visit whaling camps and search for rare wildlife such as reindeer, polar bear, walrus, whales & much more.
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Arctic, Asia, Canada, Europe, Greenland, Iceland, North America, Norway, Scandinavia, Svalbard, Western Europe, Bellsund, Hinlopen Strait (Hinlopenstretet), Hornsund, Longyearbyen, Woodfjorden
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Stunning landscapes
$8,725
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Weddell Sea & Antarctic Peninsula

12 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • View vast tabular icebergs
  • Visit historic huts with relics
  • Explore islands with fossils
  • Encounter Adélie & gentoo colonies
Cruise across the Drake Passage and down the Antarctic Peninsula for the trip of a lifetime. Board the Polar Pioneer in Puerto Williams, as you sail watch for whales and a myriad of seabirds. Enjoy the otherworldly landscape, history, and wildlife of your Antarctic exploration.
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, Chile, Patagonia, South America, Drake Passage, Paulet Island, Port of Ushuaia, Puerto Williams, Punta Arenas, Weddell Sea
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Passengers: 54
Ship Type: Research Ship

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.
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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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