Embark in UshuaiaBoard the ship Polar Pioneer in the afternoon. Set sail along the Beagle Channel then turn south towards Antarctica.
Drake PassageAs you cross the Drake Passage, the temperature begins to fall. Your naturalist and geologists will expand your Antarctic knowledge, while safety and environmental briefings prepare you for landings. The outer decks and flying bridge provide excellent space to see and photograph wildlife.
Enroute to South Shetland IslandsBy mid-afternoon the ship should be in iceberg waters. If all goes well you may encounter your first penguin on one of the South Shetland Islands.
Antarctic SoundAccess to the Weddell Sea is totally ice-dependent. Calved from Weddell Sea’s massive ice shelves, the giant icebergs of Antarctic Sound on the Peninsula’s northeast coast create a memorable sight. Thread your way through waters alive with penguins against a backdrop of breathtaking scenery, forged by volcanic activity.
Weddell SeaFor the next three days, the whim of weather systems and shifting pack ice will dictate your schedule. You may visit the vast penguin colonies of Brown Bluff, or Paulet Island, fossil-rich Seymour Island and historic Snow Hill Island. Hike to spectacular vantage points on Beak and Devil islands. You may even reach the islands of Prince Gustav Channel. Wherever you go, wildlife, Heroic Age relics and haunting landscapes await.
Antarctic PeninsulaReturning through Antarctic Sound, head for the Peninsula’s beautiful western flanks. Make full use of daylight hours and relatively ice-free waters to experience as much as possible. Wildlife stops on offshore islands, visiting historic huts and Zodiac cruising amidst bergs and whales are all possibilities.
Drake PassageCross the Drake Passage with magnificent albatrosses in our wake. The last shipboard lectures give you time to polish your Antarctic education before making a ceremonial rounding of Cape Horn, time and weather permitting.
Disembark in UshuaiaA pre-dawn sail along the Beagle Channel and an early breakfast prepare you to dock in Ushuaia. There’s time for final photos and to say your farewells before disembarking.