Punta Arenas, Chile / Fly to Stanley, Falklands / EmbarkFly from Santiago or Punta Arenas, Chile, and explore the historic Falkland Islands’ capital, Stanley before embarking Polar Pioneer in the late afternoon.
Crossing the Drake PassageAt sea, albatrosses, giant petrels and tiny Wilson’s storm petrels escort the ship, bound for South Georgia. On-board naturalists and historians enliven the crossing with informative talks. Meanwhile, keep a watchful eye out for seabird-peppered Shag rocks.
South GeorgiaSpring brings an explosion of life to South Georgia and you have ample time to explore the island’s spectacular northern coast. Visit wildlife havens that include the world’s largest king penguin rookeries, majestic albatross nests and beaches cluttered with basking elephant seals, feisty fur seals and penguins. Inspired by Shackleton’s epic, hope to retrace the expedition’s final steps from Fortuna Bay to Stromness.
Crossing the Scotia SeaCrossing the Scotia Sea, watch for seabirds, icebergs, and great whales, including blues, fin and sei. Take some time to reflect on South Georgia and prepare for Antarctica, the next leg of your adventure.
Elephant IslandConditions permitting, approach Cape Wild - a bleak, rocky spit along Elephant Island's dramatic north coast. Join a Zodiac cruise and possibly even step ashore to pay tribute to Shackleton's 22 men who survived 4 months on the island.
South Shetland Islands / Antarctic PeninsulaHope to land in the South Shetland Islands before sailing down Gerlache Strait, and awaken to the drama of Antarctica. Encounter pack ice and penguin rookeries which are alive with courtship, mating and nest-building. Visit historic sites and land on the continent proper.
Crossing the Drake PassageReturn to the realm of the albatross. Enjoy some time to celebrate and reflect as your head north across the Drake Passage.
Disembark in Puerto Williams / Fly to Punta Arenas, ChileDawn greets you in the Beagle Channel. Dock in Puerto Williams before a tour of the town. Board your flight to Punta Arenas to continue your independent homeward journey