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Spirit of Antarctica - Fly/Sail

Example 11 Day Cruise aboard Polar Pioneer
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Explore one of the most isolated and remote destinations on the planet during this 11-day cruise expedition aboard the Polar Pioneer. Take advantage of Antarctic´s midsummer, when near-midnight sun powers an explosion of life along the shore and brightens the thought of camping out, early alpine climbing starts or extended kayaking trips. Observe busy penguin highways as parents hurry to fatten chicks and waterways are alive with whales and seals, and step onto the most spectacular continent on Earth to visit historic sites and scientific stations. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Punta Arenas, Chile
Day 2 : Fly to King George Island | Embark
Days 3-8 : Antarctic Peninsula
Days 9-10 : Drake Passage
Day 11 : Ushuaia | Disembark


  • Enjoy camping, ski touring and extended sea kayaking trips
  • Fly over the Drake Passage and experience the fastest way to Antarctica
  • Zodiac cruise amongst spectacular water-sculpted icebergs
  • Observe penguin colonies alive with nest building


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  • Small Ship

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Adelie penguins wandering through the ice. Kayaking in Antarctica. Elephant seal on the coast Zodiac excursion during an Antarctica nature tour Paradise Bay, Antarctica

Day 1 Punta Arenas, Chile

Gather in Punta Arenas with time to explore the town. Spend the night in Punta Arenas and prepare yourself for a unique Antarctic expedition. 

Day 2 Fly to King George Island | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Fly from Punta Arenas to King George Island. Embark the Polar Pioneer and attend to an introductory and safety briefings, then set sail south towards the Antarctic Peninsula. 

Day 3-8 Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
Cruise along Gerlache Strait and reach the stunning Antarctic Peninsula, an ethereal wonderland of vast proportions. Aboard Zodiacs, explore penguin rookeries, historic sites, and scientific stations, and cruise near exquisite icebergs. Kayakers paddle through narrow waterways in search of wildlife and serenity. Stepping ashore on the continent itself creates an everlasting memory. Make the most of every day and a fair bit of each night. A curious leopard seal cruising amongst spectacular icebergs may mean postponing lunch, and after dinner you can load into Zodiacs for an orca cruise.

Your expedition team makes the most of every day and a fair bit of each night as well. If the weather allows, join a sleep-out on the ice – a must for any Antarctic explorer!

Day 9-10 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
As the Captain steers the ship north across the Drake Passage, your mind and soul revels in rich Antarctic experiences. There’s time to watch for seabirds, enjoy entertaining talks, discuss what you’ve seen and learned, and exchange photos and stories. With luck, you may make a ceremonial rounding of Cape Horn before sharing a farewell dinner.

Day 11 Ushuaia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy a gentle cruise along the Beagle Channel in the early morning. Disembark after breakfast for onward travel or to savor more time in Ushuaia.

Polar Pioneer

Punta Arenas - Hotels

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Polar Pioneer's Triple Cabin.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.


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

Voyage Inclusions
• 1 nights’ accommodation in Punta Arenas pre-voyage on Day 1
• Transfer from hotel to Punta Arenas airport on Day 2
• Flight from Punta Arenas, Chile to King George Island, Antarctica on Day 2
• 9 nights’ ship accommodation in your chosen cabin category with daily cabin service
• All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during 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
• A custom-designed polar expedition jacket to keep
• Free gumboot hire during the voyage
• Comprehensive pre-departure information
• Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking)
• Port and landing fees and charges

Voyage Exclusions
• International or domestic flights to or from ship, unless specified
• Transfers not mentioned in itinerary
• Airport arrival or departure taxes
• Visa, passport or vaccination fees
• Travel insurance or emergency evacuation fees
• Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
• Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
• Optional activity surcharge. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities
• All items of a personal nature, including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, email or phone charges
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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.
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