This new Fly/Sail itinerary features the best of Antarctica across ten days and allows for more exploration, with only one crossing of the Drake Passage. Get up close with tabular icebergs, vast colonies of Adelie and gentoo penguins and dramatic volcanic landscapes in the ice-filled Weddell Sea; the Antarctic Peninsula’s many islands are alive with leopard seals busy with courtship, bustling penguins and maybe whales!

Your Voyage Includes: Flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams + Flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas (17/02/18 departure); Flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island (25/02/18 departure); One night accommodation in Punta Arenas; 1 nights’ accommodation in Punta Arenas pre-voyage + Flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island (19/03/19 departure).

Highlights


• Fly/Sail Itinerary: more time to explore!

• Spectacular icebergs in the Weddell Sea

• Discover fossil-rich Seymour Island

• Gorgeous long summer days on the peninsula

• Some of the region's largest penguin colonies

• Historic huts and volcanic landscapes

Fly from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams, enjoy a tour of the scenic port before being warmly welcomed aboard Polar Pioneer. We’ll have introductory and safety briefings before our evening’s cruise down the Beagle Channel.
Ease into shipboard life as we cross the Drake Passage. Our naturalist and paleontologist expand our Antarctic knowledge and prepare us for landings. The outer decks and flying bridge provide excellent space to see and photograph wildlife.
We spend the next few days exploring the ice-filled Weddell Sea where weather systems and shifting pack ice dictate our schedule: we hope to visit the large Adelie and gentoo penguin colonies of Brow Bluff, 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 lasted memories.
The Antarctic Peninsula's western flanks offer long summer daylight and ice-free waters; we visit historic huts and Zodiac cruise through narrow straits and majestic icebergs, and if we're lucky, whales. The few landing points we hope to visit are Half Moon Bay, Lemaire Channel, Hydrurga Rocks and more.
We arrive at mountainous King George Island. If time and weather permit we explore penguin and seal-rich waters of Fildes Bay and visit the surprising Trinity Church at Bellingshausen Station, before catching our charter flight back to Punta Arenas in Chile, where we transfer to our overnight accommodation.
After breakfast at the Cabo de Hornes Hotel, bid a fond farewell to your fellow passengers as you make your journey home or continue on with your own arrangements.
Please note that all of our itineraries are at the mercy of weather conditions and not all landings are guaranteed. Our itineraries are flexible and will change voyage to voyage, allowing the best chance to make the most of surprising wildlife displays and unexpected opportunities.

Triple Cabin

$ 9500 USD pp
Triple Cabin
Cabin Numbers: 300, 301 Deck: Deck 3 Cabin Features: Two lower bunk beds and one upper bunk bed Outside porthole Wash basin Lounge and desk Cupboard with hanging space Air-conditioning control Shared bathroom facilities on same deck Outside deck accessed via Deck 4 Cabin Size: 10.2 m2

Twin Public

$ 11200 USD pp
Twin Public
Cabin Numbers: 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 310, 311, 312, 313 Deck: Deck 3 Cabin Features: Two lower bunk beds Outside porthole Wash basin Lounge and desk Cupboard with hanging space Air-conditioning control Shared bathroom facilities on same deck Outside decks accessible via Deck 3 and 4 Cabin Size: 9.8 m2

Twin Private

$ 13500 USD pp
Twin Private
Cabin Numbers: 400, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 407, 408, 504, 505, 506, 507 Deck: Deck 4 & Deck 5 Cabin Features Private en-suite Two lower bunk beds (Note: #402 and #403 have an upper and lower bunk and a couch) Side-facing window Desk and chair Cupboard with hanging space Air-conditioning control Outside deck access to main deck (Deck 4 cabins only) Outside deck access to upper deck (Deck 5 cabins only) Cabin Size: 12 m2 Bathroom Size: 1.9 m2

Mini Suite

$ 14500 USD pp
Mini Suite
Cabin Numbers: 502, 503 Deck: Deck 5 Cabin Features Private en suite Double bed in separate room Side-facing windows Separate lounge area Desk and chair Cupboard with hanging space TV, DVD player and mini fridge Air-conditioning control Outside deck access from Deck 5 Cabin Size: 16.8 m2 Bathroom Size: 1.92 m2

Captain's Suite

$ 15900 USD pp
Captain's Suite
Cabin Number: 501 Deck: Deck 5 Cabin Features Private en-suite Double bed in separate room Forward- and side-facing windows Separate lounge area Desk and table area TV, DVD player and mini fridge Air-conditioning control Outside deck access from Deck 5 Cabin Size: 22.5 m2 Bathroom Size: 1.92 m2

Triple Cabin

$ 9500 USD pp
Triple Cabin
Cabin Numbers: 300, 301 Deck: Deck 3 Cabin Features: Two lower bunk beds and one upper bunk bed Outside porthole Wash basin Lounge and desk Cupboard with hanging space Air-conditioning control Shared bathroom facilities on same deck Outside deck accessed via Deck 4 Cabin Size: 10.2 m2

Twin Public

$ 11200 USD pp
Twin Public
Cabin Numbers: 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 310, 311, 312, 313 Deck: Deck 3 Cabin Features: Two lower bunk beds Outside porthole Wash basin Lounge and desk Cupboard with hanging space Air-conditioning control Shared bathroom facilities on same deck Outside decks accessible via Deck 3 and 4 Cabin Size: 9.8 m2

Twin Private

$ 13500 USD pp
Twin Private
Cabin Numbers: 400, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 407, 408, 504, 505, 506, 507 Deck: Deck 4 & Deck 5 Cabin Features Private en-suite Two lower bunk beds (Note: #402 and #403 have an upper and lower bunk and a couch) Side-facing window Desk and chair Cupboard with hanging space Air-conditioning control Outside deck access to main deck (Deck 4 cabins only) Outside deck access to upper deck (Deck 5 cabins only) Cabin Size: 12 m2 Bathroom Size: 1.9 m2

Mini Suite

$ 14500 USD pp
Mini Suite
Cabin Numbers: 502, 503 Deck: Deck 5 Cabin Features Private en suite Double bed in separate room Side-facing windows Separate lounge area Desk and chair Cupboard with hanging space TV, DVD player and mini fridge Air-conditioning control Outside deck access from Deck 5 Cabin Size: 16.8 m2 Bathroom Size: 1.92 m2

Captain's Suite

$ 15900 USD pp
Captain's Suite
Cabin Number: 501 Deck: Deck 5 Cabin Features Private en-suite Double bed in separate room Forward- and side-facing windows Separate lounge area Desk and table area TV, DVD player and mini fridge Air-conditioning control Outside deck access from Deck 5 Cabin Size: 22.5 m2 Bathroom Size: 1.92 m2

Triple Cabin

$ 9700 USD pp
Triple Cabin
Cabin Numbers: 300, 301 Deck: Deck 3 Cabin Features: Two lower bunk beds and one upper bunk bed Outside porthole Wash basin Lounge and desk Cupboard with hanging space Air-conditioning control Shared bathroom facilities on same deck Outside deck accessed via Deck 4 Cabin Size: 10.2 m2

Twin Public

$ 11400 USD pp
Twin Public
Cabin Numbers: 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 310, 311, 312, 313 Deck: Deck 3 Cabin Features: Two lower bunk beds Outside porthole Wash basin Lounge and desk Cupboard with hanging space Air-conditioning control Shared bathroom facilities on same deck Outside decks accessible via Deck 3 and 4 Cabin Size: 9.8 m2

Twin Economy Private

$ 13100 USD pp
Twin Economy Private
Cabin Numbers: 402, 403 Deck: Deck 4 Cabin Features Private en-suite Upper and lower bunk and a couch Side-facing window Desk and chair Cupboard with hanging space Air-conditioning control Outside deck access to main deck Cabin Size: 12 m2 Bathroom Size: 1.9 m2

Twin Private

$ 13800 USD pp
Twin Private
Cabin Numbers: 400, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 407, 408, 504, 505, 506, 507 Deck: Deck 4 & Deck 5 Cabin Features Private en-suite Two lower bunk beds (Note: #402 and #403 have an upper and lower bunk and a couch) Side-facing window Desk and chair Cupboard with hanging space Air-conditioning control Outside deck access to main deck (Deck 4 cabins only) Outside deck access to upper deck (Deck 5 cabins only) Cabin Size: 12 m2 Bathroom Size: 1.9 m2

Mini Suite

$ 14800 USD pp
Mini Suite
Cabin Numbers: 502, 503 Deck: Deck 5 Cabin Features Private en suite Double bed in separate room Side-facing windows Separate lounge area Desk and chair Cupboard with hanging space TV, DVD player and mini fridge Air-conditioning control Outside deck access from Deck 5 Cabin Size: 16.8 m2 Bathroom Size: 1.92 m2

Captain's Suite

$ 16200 USD pp
Captain's Suite
Cabin Number: 501 Deck: Deck 5 Cabin Features Private en-suite Double bed in separate room Forward- and side-facing windows Separate lounge area Desk and table area TV, DVD player and mini fridge Air-conditioning control Outside deck access from Deck 5 Cabin Size: 22.5 m2 Bathroom Size: 1.92 m2

Polar Pioneer

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.

Cabin layout for Polar Pioneer

Sea Kayaking. From (1050.00 USD)

Kayaking in the far-flung corners of the world is an experience guaranteed to refresh your soul. Paddling in small groups, glide between ice floes, brash ice and icebergs dotted with wildlife.

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.

Polar Snorkelling. From (600.00 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!

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.

Atacama Desert

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.

Brazil In A Nutshell

Discover the sights, sounds and smells of Brazil as you travel to some of the classic destinations of this hugely diverse country, including two World Wonders

Fly to South America from only $990 pp!

Aboard Polar Pioneer

Book on one of our 2017/18 Antarctic departures below, and take advantage of our exclusive airfares starting

from $990 only! Hurry, the offer ends 30 June 2017!

 

Fly from $990 when you book on:

Photographer’s Antarctica & South Georgia - 20 DAYS - 27 Nov. to 16 Dec. '17

(http://wildearth-travel.com/trip/photographers-antarctica-south-georgia/)

 

Fly from $1,790 when you book on:

Spirit of Antarctica - 12 DAYS - 16 to 27 Dec. '17

(http://wildearth-travel.com/trip/spirit-antarctica/)

In Shackleton's Footsteps - 18 DAYS - 7 to 24 Mar. '18

(http://wildearth-travel.com/trip/shackletons-footsteps/)

 

Fly from $1,290 when you book on:

South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey - 18 DAYS - 27 Dec. '17 to 13 Jan. '18

(http://wildearth-travel.com/trip/south-georgia-antarctic-odyssey/)

Antarctic Explorer - 11 DAYS - 25 Feb. to 7 Mar. '18

(http://wildearth-travel.com/trip/antarctic-explorer/)

Sub-Antarctic Safari - 15 DAYS - 24 Mar. to 7 Apr. '18

(http://wildearth-travel.com/trip/sub-antarctic-safari/)

 

Tems and conditions: The airfare offer is valid on new bookings only made on selected 2017/2018 Antarctica

season expeditions. The expedition and airfare offer must be booked at the same time for the offer to be eligible.

Airfare must be paid in full at time of booking. The airfares are return economy class airfares ex Sydney,

Australia to related expedition departure and arrival ports as per expedition itinerary. The airfare is sold in

Australian dollars and is based on wholesale airfares in Economy with LATAM airlines in the lowest booking

class. All airfares and offers are subject to availability of airline and booking class. Once class is sold out

surcharges apply. Frequent flyers may not be available on some fares. Flight dates may vary depending on

availability and may require additional stopover and travel arrangements; any additional arrangements are at your

own expense. Other terms and conditions apply. Promotion subject to availability, please contact us for more

details.


Save up to 15% on Antarctica Cruises aboard Polar Pioneer

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.

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