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Polar Pioneer – Farewell Offer – SAVE up to $3,000 per person on Antarctica 2019 itineraries*

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.

Ship Features

  • Ice-strengthened hull
  • Triple, twin & suite cabins
  • Spacious viewing platforms & decks
  • Fleet of inflatable Zodiacs
  • Lounge bar & two dining rooms
  • Dedicated presentation room
  • Sauna
  • Basic medical clinic
  • English-speaking doctor
  • Daily cabin cleaning service
  • Satellite phone & email access
  • Gumboots provided for landings
  • Laundry service available

Ship Specifications

  • 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

 

 

    Itinerary Summary

  • 18 DAYS • WEDDELL SEA, SOUTH GEORGIA & FALKLANDS
  • 11 DAYS - ANTARCTIC EXPLORER
  • 18 DAYS - SOUTH GEORGIA & ANTARTIC ODYSSEY
18 DAYS • WEDDELL SEA, SOUTH GEORGIA & FALKLANDS

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
ITINERARY OVERVIEW
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

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!

Expedition Highlights

  • 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)

Finish:  Ushuaia
10 Mar ‘19 20 Mar‘19 ANP 126

Days 1-2 – Punta Arenas to King George Island

Arrive in Punta Arenas and transfer to your downtown hotel to check in. The rest of the day is at your leisure before a group briefing about tomorrow’s flight. The next day we transfer to Punta Arenas airport for our charter flight to King George Island. Please remember that we are flying to in very remote areas and flight schedules are dependent on weather, both in Punta Arenas & King George Island. Please note – ANP131G operates in reverse
Days 3-8 – Antarctic Peninsula

The Antarctic Peninsula’s western flanks offer long days and relatively ice-free waters. We visit historic huts and Zodiac cruise through narrow straits and majestic icebergs, and if we’re lucky, whale watch from the bow of the ship. A few landing points we hope to visit include Half Moon Bay, Lemaire Channel, Hydrurga Rocks and more. Expeditions onboard the Polar Pioneer will also venture into Weddell Sea if weather and ice conditions permit. We hope to visit the large Adelie and gentoo penguin colonies of Brown Bluff or Paulet Island, and fossil-rich Seymour Island. We may hike to spectacular vantage points on Beak or Devil Islands; large tabular icebergs and volcanic scenery create long lasting memories. Wherever we go, wildlife, Heroic Age relics and haunting landscapes await.
Days 9-10 – Drake Passage

Relax and reminisce as we cross the Drake Passage, bound for South America. Our expedition team recap all the incredible things we’ve witnessed, or perhaps you’ll find a quiet moment place to review the hundreds of photos taken.
Day 11/12 – Ushuaia

We slip up the Beagle Channel and pull into Ushuaia, where you’ll say goodbye to new friends and begin any onward travel. Note – ANP133G is a FLY/FLY voyage and finishes with a flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas and one night’s accommodation post-voyage.

 

18 DAYS - SOUTH GEORGIA & ANTARTIC ODYSSEY

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.

Expedition Highlights

  • 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

 Start: Punta Arenas Finish: Ushuaia
16 Feb‘19 19Feb‘19 ASG76
Day 1 – Ushuaia
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.

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Includes

 

18 DAYS • WEDDELL SEA, SOUTH GEORGIA & FALKLANDS

20 Mar ’19 6 Apr ’19 – 18 DAYS

Voyage Inclusions

  • Luggage transfer from Ushuaia hotel to ship on Day 1
  • Stanley town tour (time permitting) on Day 18
  • Transfer from ship to Falkland Island’s airport on Day 18
  • Flight from Stanley, Falkland Islands/Malvinas to Santiago, Chile (or Punta Arenas*) on Day 18
  • 17 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

 

 

11 Days -Antarctic Explorer

Trip code: ANP126

10 Mar ’19 20 Mar ’19 – 11/12 DAYS

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

 

 18 Days – South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey

Trip code: ASG75

16 Jan ’19 2 Feb ’19 – 18/20/21 DAYS

Voyage Inclusions

  • Luggage transfer from Ushuaia hotel to ship on Day 1
  • Stanley town tour (time permitting) on Day 18
  • Transfer from ship to Falkland Island’s airport on Day 18
  • Flight from Stanley, Falkland Islands/Malvinas to Santiago, Chile (or Punta Arenas*) on Day 18
  • 17 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

 

18 Days – South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey

Trip code: ASG76

2 Feb ’19 19 Feb ’19 – 18 DAYS

Voyage Inclusions

  • Flight from Santiago, Chile (or Punta Arenas) to Stanley, Falkland Islands/Malvinas on Day 1
  • Transfer from Falkland Island’s airport to ship on Day 1
  • Stanley town tour (time permitting) on Day 1
  • 17 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

 

Excludes

18 DAYS • WEDDELL SEA, SOUTH GEORGIA & FALKLANDS

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11 Days -Antarctic Explorer

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

18 Days – South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey

Voyage Exclusions

  • International or domestic flights to and from the 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
  • 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, and email or phone charges

 

18 Days – South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey

Voyage Exclusions

  • International or domestic flights to/from the ship, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival and departure taxes
  • Visa, passport or vaccination 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 an optional activity
  • 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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