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Come face to face with a baby King penguin chick on South Georgia during your expedition cruise

S Georgia & Antarctica Peninsula Fly/Sail

17 Day Sample Cruise aboard Polar Pioneer
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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-by-Day Summary

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


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Come face to face with a baby King penguin chick on South Georgia during your expedition cruise Visit some of the sub Antarctic islands, remote specs of land renowned for their varied and abundant wildlife Zodiac cruising among the pack ice and icebergs of the peninsula Explore the mysterious insides of Shackleton\s Hut on your Antarctic expedition cruise Be prepared for curious wildlife!  An inquisitive leopard seal inspects a Zodiac-load of expeditioners

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.

Polar Pioneer

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Polar Pioneer's Triple Cabin.
Triple Shared
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.
Polar Pioneer's Public Twin Cabin.
Twin Shared
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.
Polar Pioneer's Private Twin Cabin.
Twin Private
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).
Polar Pioneer's Mini Suite.
Mini Suite
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.
Polar Pioneer's Captain Suite.
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.


This Add-on is available only for our travelers extending or customizing their itinerary.

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.
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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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