Krill-rich waters beckon whales and bathe the Scotia Arc, feeding the planet’s greatest wildlife concentration -- swathes of king penguins and fluffy brown chicks a hundred thousand strong, beaches thick with fur and elephant seals. Colonies of macaroni, chinstrap and magellenic penguins abound. Entertaining historians enlighten you on Shackleton, your naturalists on the creatures you will see. A premier voyage, this combines the best of the subantarctic islands with Antarctica's glory.
Day 1 : Santiago, Chile / Fly Port Stanley, Falkland Island Day 2 : Tour Port Stanley, Falkland Island Day 3 : Falkland Islands Day 4 : At Sea Days 5-8 : South Georgia Day 9 : At Sea Days 10-11 : South Orkney Islands / Elephant Island Days 12-14 : South Shetland Islands Days 15-16 : Drake Passage Day 17 : Ushuaia
Day 1 Santiago, Chile / Fly Port Stanley, Falkland Island
Today board your flight in Santiago. On arrival to Port Stanley passengers will be transferred to the group hotel.
Day 2 Tour Port Stanley, Falkland Island
Today be taken on a tour of Port Stanley. The Falklands undeniably British capital, features an excellent war museum, welcoming shops and pubs. After your tour be transferred to the port in the late afternoon and board your ship, the Polar Pioneer.
Day 3 Falkland Islands
Today aim to visit some of the southern, most isolated islands in the Falklands. Between the penguins' nests are gentle black-browed albatross sitting serenely upon beautifully molded mud nests. The air is filled with soaring albatross, turkey vultures, skuas and many species of sea birds.
Day 4 At Sea
Cruising towards the South Georgia commence your lecture program. During the voyage’s various sea passages, learn about the wildlife, geology, history and geography of the Falklands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula.
Day 5-8 South Georgia
Your South Georgia landings are mostly along the northeast coast. You’ll see: the world’s largest king penguin rookeries, wandering albatross on nests, beaches of elephant and fur seals, macaroni and rockhopper penguin colonies, walking Shackleton’s route from Fortuna Bay to Stromness and visiting Grytviken’s whaling museum.
Day 9 At Sea
Sailing south, look out for great whales and possibly your first icebergs!
Day 10-11 South Orkney Islands / Elephant Island
If pack ice allows, go ashore in the dramatic South Orkney Islands, then across whale-rich waters to Elephant Island, hoping to take Zodiacs near Point Wild, where Shackleton’s men wintered over.
Day 12-14 South Shetland Islands
After visiting the South Shetlands, we sail overnight down Gerlache Strait, awakening to the thrill of Antarctica! Weather and ice permitting, visit busy penguin rookeries, historic sites and make a continental landing.
Day 15-16 Drake Passage
North across Drake Passage, you'll be treated to graceful displays by prions, petrels and majestic albatross. Once you've rounded Cape Horn, recap your many experiences with shipboard friends.
Day 17 Ushuaia
In the wee hours sail up the Beagle Channel to Ushuaia where your next adventure begins.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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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.
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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 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
Included in your cruise:
- Flight from Santiago, Chile to Port Stanley, Falkland Islands.
- All meals on board ship.
- All shore excursions from the ship including the use of Zodiacs.
- Lectures, videos, slide and film shows and guide services.
- Medical services. There is a resident medical officer and infirmary on board.
- Port taxes and port charges imposed by government authorities.
- Pre-departure information and briefing.
Not included in your cruise:
- Air transport and airport transfers before and after the cruises.
- Visa, passport and vaccination charges and airport departure taxes.
- Hotels and meals not included in ship cruise itinerary.
- Laundry, postage, personal clothing, medical expenses, personal travel insurance, items of a personal nature such as bar charges, phone calls.
- Emergency evacuation charges.
- Customary end of voyage tips.
The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.