South Georgia & Weddell Sea« All Polar Pioneer cruise options
- Day 1 Embark in Ushuaia, Argentina
- Day 2 Drake Passage
- Day 3 At Sea
- Days 4-6 Into the Weddell Sea
- Day 7 Elephant Island
- Day 8 South Orkney Islands
- Day 9 Scotia Sea
- Day 10 South Georgia
- Days 11-14 Exploring South Georgia
- Days 15-17 At Sea
- Day 18 Falkland Islands
- Day 19 At Sea
- Day 20 Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina
|Dates||Deck + Cabin Type|
|Triple Shared||Twin Shared||Twin Private||Mini Suite||Suite|
- Single costs are 1.7 times the twin rate
Day 1 Embark in Ushuaia, Argentina
Step aboard in the late afternoon to a cordial welcome, introductory briefing and an evening departure along the Beagle Channel. Settle into your homely cabin, explore the ship and enjoy a drink with your shipmates.
Day 2 Drake Passage
Tune into the Southern Ocean as you cross Drake Passage. Naturalists and historians inform you about Antarctica and the weeks ahead. Safety and environmental briefings prepare you for landings, while the outer decks and flying bridge offer the best vantage points for photography and wildlife viewing.
Day 3 At Sea
The temperature plummets as your ship crosses the biological boundary of the Antarctic Convergence. Cormorants, penguins and seals mark our approach to the South Shetland Islands, where you may well land.
Days 4-6 Into the Weddell Sea
Sail through Antarctic Sound with its spectacular iceberg parade, and into the Weddell Sea. Along the way you may set foot on the Antarctic continent, watch for whales and seals in a sea of abundance, and visit magnificent penguins rookeries at the Antarctic Peninsula’s northern end. In the Weddell Sea you will begin to trace Shackleton’s path.
Day 7 Elephant Island
Approaching the steep slopes of Elephant Island, home to 22 of Shackleton’s men for four months, hope for a clear view of the spot where the men wintered beneath upturned boats. With luck go ashore to pay tribute to these hardy souls.
Day 8 South Orkney Islands
Following in Shackleton’s wake, sail across the Scotia Sea, detouring to the remote, mountainous South Orkney Islands. Zodiac cruise through a maze of icebergs, landing at a beach decorated with autumnal-hued lichen-encrusted boulders.
Day 9 Scotia Sea
Time to reflect on all you’ve seen and learned, to prepare for the next phase of your journey as the Polar Pioneer continues across the Scotia Sea.
Day 10 South Georgia
Enter King Haakon Bay on South Georgia’s southern coast and may make a ceremonial landing at Cave Cove, Shackleton’s first landfall after his epic open boat voyage. Say farewell to your alpine crossing party here as they begin their own adventurous journey through the crevassed terrain of the island’s interior.
Days 11-14 Exploring South Georgia
While the alpine party crosses the mountains and passes of South Georgia, the shipboard party explores the bays and promontories, reveling in the island’s extraordinary diversity of wildlife. You will be spoiled for choice of landings: the world’s largest penguin rookeries, wandering albatross on nests, beaches of elephant and fur seals, and Grytviken’s whaling museum vie for your attention. You may choose to hike from Fortuna to Stromness, whose whaling station marked the ending of Shackleton’s arduous island crossing.
Days 15-17 At Sea
Back to the Scotia Sea for a relaxing interlude. Continue your Antarctic education and wildlife watching en route to the Falkland Islands.
Day 18 Falkland Islands
Sea Lion Island offers a welcome opportunity to stretch our legs. Amongst a treasure trove of birdlife, Falkland Island steamer ducks and Magellanic penguins enliven walks through the tussock. There are clifftops to explore, birds and southern sea lions to watch.
Day 19 At Sea
Prions, petrels and albatross accompany you on the last leg of your voyage as you swap photos and stories and reflect on shared adventures.
Day 20 Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina
In the wee hours sail up the Beagle Channel to dock in Ushuaia. A hearty breakfast and fond farewell prepare you for leave-taking and the next leg of your respective journeys.
Itinerary NotesPlease note that all 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.
INCLUDED IN THE EXPEDITION PRICE
+ Ship's accommodation. All public areas are open to all passengers.
+ All meals on board ship.
+ All shore excursions from the ship including Zodiacs.
+ Lectures, videos, slide and film shows and guide services.
+ Medical services. There is a resident doctor and well-equipped clinic on board.
+ Port taxes and port charges imposed by government authorities.
+ Pre-departure information and briefing.
NOT INCLUDED IN THE EXPEDITION PRICE
+ Air transport or transfers to and from the ship, not included in the above.
+ Visa, passport and vaccination charges and airport departure taxes.
+ Hotels and meals not included in cruise itinerary.
+ Optional excursions not included in the cruise itinerary.
+ Laundry, postage, personal clothing, medical expenses, personal travel insurance and items of a personal nature such as bar charges and phone calls.
+ Emergency evacuation charges.
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.
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|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.