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, and 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 and having introductory and safety briefings prior to cruising down the Beagle Channel.

Days 2-3

Crossing the Drake Passage

Ease into shipboard life as the ship crosses the Drake Passage. The ship naturalist and paleontologist expands 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. The ship threads its 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 dictates the schedule. Perhaps visit the vast Adélie and gentoo penguin colonies of Brown Bluff or Paulet Island and fossil-rich Seymour Island. Or hike to spectacular vantage points on Beak and Devil Islands. The ship 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

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. 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. Gather for a celebratory dinner as the ship enters the Beagle Channel.

Day 12

  • Breakfast

Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina

A pre-dawn sail along the Beagle Channel and an early breakfast prepare for docking in Ushuaia. There’s time for final photos and to say farewells before disembarking.
 Triple SharedTwin SharedTwin PrivateMini SuiteSuite
2016-Feb-09$8,310$9,825$11,025$12,325$13,650
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