Polar Pioneer is one of the most popular style of vessels currently used in Antarctica and the Arctic. Originally built as an ice-strengthened research vessel in Finland in 1982, she was refurbished in 2000 and converted into a passenger ship for expeditions to the polar regions. Polar Pioneer’s excellent reputation for polar expedition cruising is due to her strength, maneuverability and size. She is small and nimble, which means she can sail up close to landing sites and venture where other, larger ships can’t. Carrying just 54 passengers, she allows us to offer you a far more personal and intimate experience of the destination we are visiting.
It is time to say goodbye… Sadly we must bid farewell to our beloved Polar Pioneer… She has been our home away from home for more than 17 years, and heart and soul of every polar expedition since then. Warm, homely, safe… she has provided the best environment for many expeditioners like you, and has been the place where lifelong friendships have been forged, and even the occasional proposal! It is now with great sadness we must say “пока” (poka)
*Offer is available on new bookings only and is available until sold out. Antarctica offer: US$3,000 per person savings applies to ASG77. US$2,000 per person saving applies to ANP126. US$1,000 per person saving applies to ANP125, ASG75, ASG76. All offers are subject to availability until sold out. Promotion is available on Twin Share Private and Twin Share Public. Savings are available on request, subject to availability. The promotion is not available in conjunction with any other offer and is not redeemable for cash. Normal booking terms and conditions apply. A signed booking form and $2,500 deposit per person, in the currency of your invoice must be made within 7 days of reserved berth/s to confirm the booking.
Other terms and conditions apply.
- Ice-strengthened hull
- Triple, twin & suite cabins
- Spacious viewing platforms & decks
- Fleet of inflatable Zodiacs
- Lounge bar & two dining rooms
- Dedicated presentation room
- Basic medical clinic
- English-speaking doctor
- Daily cabin cleaning service
- Satellite phone & email access
- Gumboots provided for landings
- Laundry service available
- Passengers: 54
- Staff: 10-12
- Crew: 23
- Cabins: 26
- Decks: 6
- Refurbished: 2000
- Length: 71.6m
- Beam: 12.8 metres
- Draft: 4.5m
- Cruising Speed: 10 knots
- Gross tonnage: 1753
- Registry: Russian
- Voltage: 220v. European round, two pin plug
- 18 DAYS • WEDDELL SEA, SOUTH GEORGIA & FALKLANDS
- 11 DAYS - ANTARCTIC EXPLORER
- 18 DAYS - SOUTH GEORGIA & ANTARTIC ODYSSEY
Inspired by Shackleton’s 1914–1917 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, experience autumnal sunsets, sociable whales, a continental landing and nearly fully-fledged penguins on the Antarctic Peninsula, before attempting to enter the Weddell Sea. We retrace Shackleton’s epic voyage across the majestic Scotia Sea. Our mountaineers attempt to cross rugged South Georgia as we delight in twice-daily landings.
- EXPEDITION EXPERIENCES
Search for whales and leopard seals along the Peninsula.
Attempt to sail into the Weddell Sea, home of vast tabular icebergs and resting place of Shackleton’s Endurance Zodiac cruise close to Point Wild, Elephant Island, where Shackleton’s men spent 137 grim days (conditions permitting)
Walk the last leg of Shackleton’s South Georgia crossing from Fortuna Bay to Stromness (conditions permitting)
Raise a glass with our historian at a graveside toast to ‘The Boss’ and Frank Wild, before touring the whaling station and museum
Wander through the world’s largest king penguin colonies; macaroni, chinstrap and gentoo penguins as well Experienced hikers attempt the South Georgia Alpine Crossing and follow in the footsteps of Shackleton, Worsley, and Crean.*
DEPARTURE PORTS & DATES
From: Ushuaia To: Santiago or Punta Arenas
20 Mar ‘19 06 Apr ‘19 ASG77
Day 1 Embark Ushuaia
Days 2-3 Drake Passage, South Shetland Islands
Days 4-6 Antarctic Peninsula East Coast & Weddell Sea. Possible landings: Penguin Is., Brown Bluff, Paulet Is.
Days 7-9 Scotia Sea & Elephant Island
Day 10 South Georgia: King Haakon Bay
Days 11-14 South Georgia. Possible landings: Gold Harbour, Fortuna Bay, Stromness, Grytviken, Prion Is.
Days 15-17 Scotia Sea, Falkland Islands
Day 18 Fly Stanley, Falkland Islands to Santiago (or Punta Arenas).
Itinerary is a guide only and subject to ice and weather conditions. *Surcharges apply
11 DAYS – ANTARCTIC EXPLORER
These Fly/Sail itineraries feature the best of Antarctica and allow for more exploration, with only one crossing of the Drake Passage. Get up close with iridescent icebergs, vast colonies of Adelie and gentoo penguins, as well as islands that are alive with leopard seals busy with courtship, bustling penguins and maybe feeding whales!
- Skip one or both Drake Passage crossings
- Gorgeous long summer days on the peninsula
- Zodiac cruise in search of feeding whales
- Experience polar diving and polar snorkelling with expert guides* Surcharges apply
- Tour scientific research stations and historic huts.
DEPARTURE PORTS & DATES
Start: Punta Arenas (flight to King George Island)
10 Mar ‘19 20 Mar‘19 ANP 126
18 DAYS – SOUTH GEORGIA & ANTARTIC ODYSSEY
Summer comes to South Georgia’s remote, untamed landscape like a freight train. Famed for its abandoned whaling stations and Shackleton’s heroic journey, South Georgia is home to millions of fur seals and penguins, wallows of elephant seals, and nesting albatross. We arrive at the breeding cycle peak, as chicks become juveniles, parents shuttle fish and seal pups thrill with mock charges. Retracing Shackleton’s boat voyage, we visit Elephant Island before continuing south along the Antarctic Peninsula. Days remain long and filled with humpback and minke whales, penguins and leopard seals, historic sites and scientific stations.
- Step ashore on the Antarctic Peninsula
- Visit Point Wild on Elephant Island (weather/conditions permitting)
- South Georgia’s king penguins, seals and seabirds
- Follow Shackleton’s footsteps in South Georgia
- Whale-sighting while crossing the Scotia Sea
- Wondrous wildlife breeding cycles at their peak
DEPARTURE PORTS & DATES
Start: Ushuaia Finish: Punta Arenas
16 Jan‘19 2Feb‘19 ASG75
16 Feb‘19 19Feb‘19 ASG76
SAMPLE ITINERARY ONLY. You’ll embark your voyage in Ushuaia in the late afternoon to a warm welcome, before we set sail along the Beagle Channel. Additional Information: We recommend you arrive into Ushuaia at least one day prior to your expedition start date. A luggage transfer from your Ushuaia hotel to the ship is included today. Ushuaia port is a short walking distance from town; you are required to make your own way to port for boarding this afternoon. All Greg Mortimer voyages include one night accommodation in Ushuaia prior to embarkation.
- Days 2 to 3 – Drake Passage
The Drake Passage offers excellent bird watching from the outer decks or the warm bridge. Our expedition team presents safety and environmental briefings, and enlightening talks on Antarctica. Keen eyes watch for icebergs, penguins, seals and cormorants as we approach our first landing in the South Shetland Islands.
- Days 4 to 7 – Antarctic Peninsula
Awaken to the thrill of Antarctica, where we plan to visit busy penguin rookeries, historic sites and make a continental landing. The Antarctic Peninsula’s west coast is ours to explore. We rely on our experienced expedition team, many who’ve been here over dozens of summers, to create the best daily itinerary that prevailing weather and ice conditions allow. A sense of excitement abounds as we use every moment of daylight to enjoy the best that Antarctica has to offer. This could mean two to three excursions in a day, whether it be to penguin colonies, historic huts, a working scientific station or a Zodiac cruise through a sculpture garden of grounded icebergs. Note – Weather and ice conditions permitting, Greg Mortimer voyages will attempt to explore the ice-choked Weddell Sea region before moving onto the western side of the Peninsula.
- Day 8 – Elephant Island
Elephant Island, where Shackleton’s 22 men wintered over beneath their upturned boats. If weather and seas permit, Zodiacs will carry us close to Point Wild to pay tribute to these hardy souls.
- Days 9 to 10 – Scotia Sea
We follow in Shackleton’s wake across the Scotia Sea, watching for great whales and big icebergs riding up from the Weddell Sea. It’s a great time to relax and reflect on what we’ve accomplished so far, and our naturalist and historian start their talks on South Georgia’s wildlife and history.
- Days 11 to 14 – South Georgia
With ample time to explore South Georgia’s spectacular north coast, we visit the world’s largest king penguin rookeries, the nesting grounds of majestic wandering albatross and if weather allows, follow Shackleton’s route from Fortuna Bay to Stromness. Kayakers revel in paddling waters alive with king penguins and playful seals. Against a backdrop of 3000-metre peaks, photograph basking elephant seals, feisty fur seals and penguins cluttering kelp-strewn beaches.
- Days 15 to 17 – Scotia Sea
Keeping watch for the kelp-skirted Shag Rocks, we cross the Scotia Sea, entertained by our expert naturalist and historian.
- Day 18 – Falkland Islands to Santiago (or Punta Arenas)
Dawn greets us in the Falkland Islands capital, Stanley; where you can either enjoy more time exploring the Falkland Islands, or continue on to Punta Arenas or Santiago, Chile on your included flight (Polar Pioneer voyages only). Additional Information: Please note that flights departing Stanley to Santiago only depart once a week, on a Saturday. Please advise if you wish to end your stay in the Falkland Islands. Refunds are not available for unused flight sectors for passengers wishing to disembark flight in Punta Arenas. Please note: ASG72 & ASG76 operates in reverse to the above itinerary, starting with a flight from Santiago to Falkland Islands and finishing in Ushuaia.
*Prices can change on more than one factor such as accomodation, availability, etc.
|Polar Pioneer Farewell - 11 Days Antarctic Explorer-||Single||Twin|
|Twin Public Cabin (single rate is based on share cabins)||$15,833.00||$15,833.00 / person|