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Punta Arenas to Ushuaia - Example 11 Day Cruise aboard Polar Pioneer
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Experience the best of Antarctica on this 11-day fly and sail cruise adventure from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia. Enjoy land visits to historic research huts and working scientific stations, as well as daily shore visits and Zodiac cruises surrounded by massive icebergs, ancient glaciers, pristine beauty and vast landscapes. This itinerary features the best of Antarctica across ten days and allows you more exploration time, with only one crossing of the Drake Passage.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Punta Arenas, Chile
Day 2 : Fly to King George Island | Embark
Days 3-5 : Antarctic Peninsula's East Coast, Weddell Sea
Days 6-8 : Antarctic Peninsula's West Coast
Days 9-10 : Drake Passage
Day 11 : Ushuaia, Argentina | Disembark

Highlights

  • Observe some of the Antarctic Peninsula's largest penguin colonies
  • Get up close with tabular icebergs in the ice-filled Weddell Sea
  • Enjoy exciting shore excursions for dramatic views of volcanic landscapes
  • Take advantage of the long summer days for more exploration time

Ship

Polar Pioneer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Visit remote outposts on an Antarctic voyage Zodiac tour through the icebergs. Seals and penguins hanging together on the beach. Photographing in the snow. Whale sighting in Polar waters!

Day 1 Punta Arenas, Chile

Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile for an overnight. Catch up with your fellow expeditioners and find out more about your charter flight to King George Island where you must board your ship.

Day 2 Fly to King George Island | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning transfer to the airport to board your charter flight to King George Island. Upon arrival meet your expedition team and board Polar Pioneer for the start of your Antarctic adventure!

Day 3-5 Antarctic Peninsula's East Coast, Weddell Sea

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Spend the next few days exploring the ice-filled Weddell Sea where weather systems and shifting pack ice dictate your schedule. Visit Paulet Island or Brown Bluff, witness some of the largest colonies of Adele and Gentoo penguins, and spend time looking for fossils on Seymour Island with an expert geologist. Have the chance to experience some exciting shore excursions for dramatic panoramas of volcanic landscapes and tabular icebergs.

Day 6-8 Antarctic Peninsula's West Coast

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Arrive to the west side of the peninsula and spend time exploring some of Antarctica’s history, with visits to some historic huts and research stations. Hope to step foot in Half Moon Bay, cruise the spectacular Lemaire Channel and more. Keep watch for more mesmerising icebergs and whales!

Day 9-10 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
As your ship makes its way back north across the Drake Passage, enjoy some free time to relax and reflect on your adventure. If time and weather permit, round Cape horn and enjoy a celebratory dinner.

Day 11 Ushuaia, Argentina | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After sailing up the Beagle Channel this morning, enjoy your last breakfast with your fellow expeditioners, before disembarking in Ushuaia, Argentina.

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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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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.

Notes

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