Vessel Type: Expedition
Length: 71 metres
Passenger Capacity: 50
Built / refurbished: 1985 / 2000
Polar Pioneer was built in Finland in 1985 as an ice-strengthened research ship, and for many years she plied the treacherous waters of the USSR's northern coast. In 2000 she was refurbished in St Petersburg to provide comfortable accommodation for 54 passengers.
A combined bar/lounge/library area (stocked with a good collection of polar books) was also created by simple internal restructuring.
This class of vessel has a fine reputation for polar expedition cruising, due to its strength, manoeuvrability and small number of cabins. All cabins have outside portholes plus ample storage space. The Russian captain and crew are among the most experienced ice-navigators in the world and their enthusiasm is legendary.
The spacious bridge is always open to us and the decks are ideal for viewing. The chefs are European, and the dining room is attended by Russian stewardesses.
Polar Pioneer is not a luxury vessel as such, but this is a popular ship for travel to the Polar regions. The accommodation is simple yet comfortable, and the meals are wholesome and uncomplicated. A small fleet of inflatable Zodiacs with outboard motors enable us to travel from ship to shore.
Kayaking. From (995.00 USD)
Kayaking in the far-flung corners of the world is an experience guaranteed to refresh your soul. Led by experienced guides, paddling in small groups allows us the opportunity to paddle between ice floes, brash ice and icebergs of all shapes and sizes in the north and south as well as allowing easy and intimate access to beautiful coastlines in some of the world's most remote destinations.
Polar Snorkelling (975.00 USD)
Our latest adventure activity. This is your chance to don a dry-suit and take the ultimate plunge into the icy waters of Antarctica and the Arctic for an up-close underwater experience. Not for the faint-hearted!
Scuba Diving. From (975.00 USD)
Go beyond the average adventure and delve deep into the waters of Antarctica and the Arctic exploring dive sites where no one has gone before. Available to experienced dry-suit divers only.
Iguazu Falls Extension
A trip to South America is not complete without a visit to Iguazu Falls, the world’s most spectacular waterfalls. Two options offer time on both the Argentinean and Brazil sides.
Extend your adventure with the breathtaking sights and rewarding walks in the magnificent Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares national parks.
Buenos Aires Stopovers
From the Rio Plata to Recoleta, fine art museums to tango bars, a whirlwind of experiences awaits you in a city renowned for its sensual elegance.
Explore the haunting beauty and cultural wonders of the Peruvian Andes and visit the fabled lost city of the Incas.
Amazing landscapes await you in this fascinating area. The Atacama Desert is the driest desert in the world and a visit there is a truly unique experience.
Aboard Polar Pioneer.
All Antarctica voyages of 2018-19 season.
For a limited time, we're giving you the chance to save on your voyage with our exclusive 2018/19 Antarctica
Earlybird offer. Book on a 2018/19 Antarctic departure before 30 June 2017 and you'll receive a discount of up to
15% on the cost of your expedition, allowing you to save up to US$3,255 per person! But hurry, as this offer is only
valid for the first 10 bookings on each departure!
BONUS OFFER - Be amongst our first 40 passengers to book their 2018/19 Antarctic adventure, and you'll also
receive a complimentary $100 on-board credit to use on board Polar Pioneer during your adventure!
2018/19 Antarctic Early Bird Offer is valid until 30 June 2017 on the first ten (10) bookings of each departure. Early
Bird Offer is subject to availability. The Early Bird Offer is only available on 'Twin Private cabin' and 'Twin Public
cabin' categories. The Earlybird discount is not valid in conjunction with any other offer, unless otherwise stated.
The complimentary ‘$100 onboard credit’ offer is only valid for the first (40) forty passengers who book on any of
2018/19 Antarctic departures. The $100 on-board credit is in USD and per passenger; credit is to be used on board
Polar Pioneer only, and valid for bar and ship shop purchases. The onboard credit is not redeemable for cash.
Offers may change at any time without prior notice. Other conditions may apply; Prices online do not show the
discounted rates. Please contact us for more details.