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Polar Pioneer Arctic & Antarctic Cruises

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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
  • Fly over the Drake Passage
  • Zodiac cruise amongst ice floes
  • Cross the Antarctic Circle
  • Explore Fildes Bay & Trinity Church
  • Discover Antarctica´s wildlife
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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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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Sleeping in the snow!
$8,725
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Christmas in Antarctica

11 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • Fly over the Drake Passage
  • Experience a wonderland of wildlife
  • Explore historic & scientific sites
  • Enjoy camping and kayaking options
  • Celebrate a White Christmas
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Fly Cruise, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
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 …
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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
  • 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, Small Ship Cruise, 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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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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Unforgettable wildlife encounters
$8,725
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New Year in Antarctica

11 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • Enjoy a New Year's Eve polar party
  • Fly the Drake Passage
  • Explore Antarctica's highlights
  • Zodiac amongst glaciers & icebergs
  • Kayak along wildlife-rich bays
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Fly Cruise, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
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 …
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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.
$14,300
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South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey

18 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • Experience peak breeding cycles
  • Zodiac the South Shetland Islands
  • 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.
$8,500
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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 & 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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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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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
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
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 you with a strange, ice-free landscape hiding renowned fossil beds and vast penguin colonies. Explore Prince …
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The Ring of Brodgar on the Orkney Islands.
$5,910
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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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2016
EmbarksDays 
Dec 0612Spirit of Antarctica
Dec 1711Christmas in Antarctica
Dec 2511New Year in Antarctica
2017
EmbarksDays 
Jan 0418South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey
Jan 2118South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey
Feb 0712Weddell Sea & Antarctic Peninsula
Feb 1811Across the Antarctic Circle Sail/Fly
Feb 2611Across the Antarctic Circle Sail/Fly
Mar 0818In Shackleton's Footsteps
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 0211Wild Scotland
Jul 0711Spitsbergen Odyssey
Jul 1711Spitsbergen Odyssey
Jul 2724Arctic Complete: Spitsbergen, Greenland & Iceland
Jul 2711Spitsbergen Odyssey
Aug 0614Jewels of the Arctic
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. 

Therer are several classes of cabins to choose from, including three suites and a mix of double and triple cabins. While the suites and some of the cabins have private facilities, there are a number of cabins that have shared bathrooms as well. 

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. 

Public facilities include the lounge and bar, the sauna, and the stunning observation deck, from which you can take in the magnificent sights and sites of the Antarctic and Arctic ice-scapes. There is also an open bridge for guests to be in company with the captain and crew. The lecture hall is a great place to learn more about these fascinating parts of our world from the expert team of guides and expedition leaders. 
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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