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
*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|