Across the Antarctic Circle Sail/Fly Cruise

Andrew Halsall
Hiking through through the snow.
Diving the arctic waters
Andrew Halsall
Sleeping in the snow!
Jennifer Prerau
Kayaking through arctic waters.
Getting ready for the dive
Polar Pioneer's dining room.
Polar Pioneer's bar and lounge.
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 surreal icebergs. Threading your way through an intricate system of icy waterways, aim for the glorious Crystal Sound at the mouth of The Gullet. It’s midsummer, moulting time for penguins and flight school for cormorant chicks.

Day 1

Arrive Punta Arenas / Fly Puerto Williams

Fly from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams (included in cruise fare), and enjoy a tour of the scenic port before being warmly welcomed aboard Polar Pioneer. Have introductory and safety briefings before your evening’s cruise down the Beagle Channel.

Day 2

Drake Passage

Cross the Drake Passage, accompanied by albatross, petrels, fulmars and prions. Polar experts speak about Antarctica’s unique wildlife and history and prepare you for landings with environmental and Zodiac briefings.

Day 3

Antarctic Convergence

Spirits soar as air and water temperatures fall, marking your crossing of the Antarctic Convergence. All eyes are peeled for the first iceberg, the first penguin and the first glimpse of land, the mercurial sea stacks outlying the South Shetland Islands. If conditions allow, go ashore this afternoon.

Days 4-9

Antarctica

Explore the Peninsula’s west coast, with time to watch the frenzied activities of penguin parents and chicks as the summer days begin to shorten. Watch for imperial cormorant chicks bravely making their first flights from sea cliffs. Zodiac cruise amongst icebergs and floes replete with basking Weddell and leopard seals and revel in the unparalleled beauty of vast, Antarctic landscapes. Besides landing on wildlife-rich offshore islands, make a continental landing, possibly hiking up for spectacular views.

As you continue south, ice conditions govern your movements. Whether you cross the Circle via the ‘inner route’ or the Bellingshausen Sea, you will celebrate in style.

With luck reach magnificent Crystal Sound, pass through the Gullet and steam on to Marguerite Bay, where relatively few have gone before. Orcas, humpbacks and minkes feed in the channels. We may visit historical Stonington, Pourquoi Pas and Detaille islands before turning north to warmer climes.

Day 10

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

King George Island / Fly Punta Arenas

Arrive at mountainous King George Island. If time and weather permit explore penguin and seal-rich waters of Fildes Bay and visit the surprising Trinity Church at Bellingshausen Station, before catching your included charter flight back to Punta Arenas in Chile. Upon arrival in Punta Arenas transfer to your hotel, where tonight’s accommodation is included.

Day 11

  • Breakfast

Return Home

Enjoy breakfast with your fellow expeditioners in the hotel before saying your farewells and continuing with your own arrangements.
 Triple SharedTwin SharedTwin PrivateMini SuiteSuite
2016-Feb-20$7,800$9,600$11,220$12,430$13,860
2016 Itineraries depart from Ushuaia, Argentina

Kayaking Option: $995
Scuba Diving Option: $975
Polar Snorkeling Option: $975
2016-Feb-28*$7,800$9,600$11,220$12,430$13,860
2016 Itineraries depart from Ushuaia, Argentina

Kayaking Option: $995
Scuba Diving Option: $975
Polar Snorkeling Option: $975
* Itinerary operates in reverse.
Please note that all of Polar Pioneer itineraries are at the mercy of weather conditions and not all landings are guaranteed. These itineraries are flexible and will change voyage to voyage, allowing the best chance to make the most of surprising wildlife displays and unexpected opportunities.

- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double or triple occupancy. Request the Twin or Triple Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.

- Single costs are 1.7 times the twin rate

Voyage Inclusions:
· Flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams
· Transfer from Puerto Williams airport to Polar Pioneer, including Puerto Williams town and surrounds tour
· Luggage transfer from Polar Pioneer to King George Island airstrip
· Flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas
· Transfer from Punta Arenas airport to hotel
· One night accommodation at Cabo de Hornos hotel in Punta Arenas post voyage
· Accommodation during the voyage
· All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage
· All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
· Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
· Access to on board doctor and basic medical services
· Loan of gumboots during the voyage
· Daily cabin service
· Comprehensive pre-departure information
· Professionally produced electronic voyage journal
· Port taxes and charges