Across the Antarctic Circle - Sail/Fly« All Polar Pioneer cruise options
|Dates||Deck + Cabin Type|
|Triple Shared||Twin Shared||Twin Private||Mini Suite||Suite|
|Feb 10 '14
Feb 19 '14
|Kayaking Option: $995
Mandatory Group Flight Punta Arenas: $1200
- Single costs are 1.7 times the twin rate
Day 1 Embark in Ushuaia
Step aboard your home-away-from home and settle in to your comfortable cabin. There’s time to greet fellow passengers, meet the staff and explore the ship before your evening’s cruise down the Beagle Channel.
Day 2 Drake Passage
Cape petrels mesmerise, but majestic wandering albatross take your breath away as you cross the Drake Passage. Your biologists reveal Antarctica’s natural history, while environmental and safety briefings prepare you for the upcoming adventures.
Day 3 South Shetland Islands
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. With luck go ashore this afternoon.
Days 4-9 Antarctic Peninsula
Explore the Peninsula’s west coast, with time to watch the frenzied activities of penguin parents and chicks, to Zodiac cruise amongst icebergs and revel in the unparalleled beauty of vast, Antarctic land and icescapes. Further south, ice conditions govern your movements. Whether crossing 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. Hope to visit historical Stonington, Pourquoi Pas and Detaille islands.
Day 10 King George Island / Fly to Punta Arenas
Arrive at King George Island, time and weather permitting explore Fildes Bay and the remote Bellinghausen Church before meeting your mandatory charter flight back to Punta Arenas in Chile.
Itinerary NotesPlease note that the itineraries are at the mercy of weather conditions and not all landings are guaranteed. Itineraries are flexible and will change voyage to voyage, allowing the best chance to make the most of surprising wildlife displays and unexpected opportunities.
Cruise fare includes:
- Comprehensive pre-departure information
- All meals, snacks, tea & coffee
- All shore excursions and zodiac cruises
- Educational lectures and guiding services by polar experts
- Use of gumboots
- Daily cabin service
- Polar Pioneer travel mug
- Professionally produced voyage log
A mandatory group flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas at the conclusion of the voyage are an additional charge, please add $1200 per person.
Deposit & Payment
Initial deposit is $1450, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at: https://www.adventure-life.com/forms/fourways.php
Final payment is due 100 days prior to departure.
Final payment by bank transfer, check or Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or Amex. Credit Card payments subject to 3% convenience fee and maximum $15,000 charge.
Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 100 days prior to departure.
Click here to see a copy of our Terms and Conditions.
|Days Prior to departure||Fee|
|90 days or more||Deposit|
|89 days or less||100% trip cost|
- Ship Highlights
- Passengers : 54
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.