Weddell Sea & Antarctic Peninsula Cruise

Stunning landscapes
Doug Bakker
Several kayakers make their way to the snowy shore.
Andrew Halsall
Zodiac tour through the icebergs.
Hannah Conduct
Penguins on a rocky beach in Antarctica.
An ocean of icebergs.
Polar Pioneer's dining room.
Polar Pioneer's bar and lounge.
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 us with a strange, ice-free landscape hiding renowned fossil beds and vast penguin colonies. We hope to explore Prince Gustav Channel, fossil-rich Seymour Island. In contrast to the Weddell Sea’s wild isolation, the Peninsula’s west coast offers glaciated peaks rising from a maze of islands and waterways alive with seals, penguins and whales.

Day 1

    Arrive in Punta Arenas / Fly to Puerto Williams / Embark

    Fly from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams, enjoy a tour of the scenic port before being warmly welcomed aboard Polar Pioneer. We’ll have introductory and safety briefings before our evening’s cruise down the Beagle Channel.

    Days 2-3

      Crossing the Drake Passage

      Ease into shipboard life as we cross the Drake Passage. Our naturalist and paleontologist expand our Antarctic knowledge and prepare us for landings. The outer decks and flying bridge provide excellent space to see and photograph wildlife.

      Day 4

        Into the Weddell Sea

        Access to the Weddell Sea is totally ice-dependent. Calved from massive ice shelves, the tabular icebergs of Antarctic Sound create a memorable sight. We thread our way through waters alive with penguins against a backdrop of breathtaking volcanic scenery.

        Days 5-6

          Eastern Antarctic Peninsula

          Weather systems and shifting pack ice dictate our schedule. We may visit the vast Adélie and gentoo penguin colonies of Brown Bluff or Paulet Island and fossil-rich Seymour Island. We may hike to spectacular vantage points on Beak and Devil islands. We may even reach the islands of Prince Gustav Channel. Wherever we go, wildlife, Heroic Age relics and haunting landscapes await.

          Days 7-9

            Western Antarctic Peninsula

            We head for the Peninsula’s beautiful western flanks to make full use of the late summer daylight hours and relatively ice-free waters. Wildlife stops on offshore islands, visiting historic huts and Zodiac cruising amidst bergs and whales are all possibilities. We’ll also listen carefully for the otherworldly courtship song of the leopard seal.

            Days 10-11

              Crossing the Drake Passage

              Petrels, prions and albatross accompany us across the Drake Passage. Final talks help polish our Antarctic education before making a ceremonial rounding of Cape Horn, time and weather permitting. We gather for a celebratory dinner as we enter the Beagle Channel.

              Day 12

                Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina

                A pre-dawn sail along the Beagle Channel and an early breakfast prepare us to dock in Ushuaia. There’s time for final photos and to say our farewells before disembarking.
                 Triple SharedTwin SharedTwin PrivateMini SuiteSuite
                Kayaking Option: $1,050
                Camping Option: Complimentary
                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.
                • 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 our on board doctor and basic medical services
                • Loan of gumboots during the voyage
                • Daily cabin service
                • Comprehensive pre-departure information
                • Aurora Expeditions waterproof jacket
                • An Antarctic wildlife guide
                • A printed photo book produced with imagery from your voyage (one per booking)
                • Port taxes and charges
                • All entry fees to historic landings sites