Late summer offers the best chance to chart a course through the Weddell Sea’s shifting pack ice and vast tabular bergs, where Shackleton’s ship Endurance was trapped and crushed. We hope to explore fossil-rich islands, historic huts and set foot on the continent before retracing Shackleton’s heroic journey to save his men – first to Elephant Island, then on through waters where blue, sei and fin whales roam. South Georgia offers nesting albatross, mating elephant seals, the world’s largest king penguin rookeries and a visit to Shackleton’s grave.

Your Voyage Includes: Flight from Stanley to Punta Arenas OR Santiago - no reduced fare for finishing in Punta Arenas.

Highlights


• Australian Geographic Society voyage

• Vast tabular icebergs in the Weddell Sea

• Historic huts and whaling history

• Attempt to land at Elephant Island

• Fur seals, albatross & thousands of King penguins

• Shackleton Alpine Crossing (surcharge applies)

Step aboard Polar Pioneer in the late afternoon to a warm welcome, introductory briefing and an evening departure along the Beagle Channel with your shipmates.
As we cross Drake Passage, we keep watch for giant petrels, wandering and black-browed albatross and our first icebergs. Fur seals and penguins pepper the sea surface as we approach our first landing in the South Shetland Islands.
An autumn dawn greets us in spectacular Antarctic Sound where we may stop at towering Brown Bluff before pushing on into the Weddell Sea. There’s a strong fossil focus this time of year, as the pack ice movement may allow a continental landing and visits to the world-renowned fossil beds of Seymour, Vega and James Ross islands, and Nordenskjold’s Hut on Snow Hill Island.
So exposed is Cape Wild on Elephant Island, landings are rare, but we’ll try, if only to pay tribute to the man who’s leadership kept Shackleton’s men alive for four months while awaiting rescue. We keep watch for great whales while sailing the Scotia Sea to South Georgia.
We enter King Haakon Bay and attempt a ceremonial landing at Cave Cove, Shackleton’s first landfall before continuing up past Peggotty Bluff, where Shackleton, Worsley and Crean set off to cross the island
While our “Crossers” negotiate Shackleton’s historic route, we immerse ourselves in one of the world’s greatest wildlife spectacles. King penguin rookeries half-million strong, chinstrap, gentoo and macaroni penguin colonies, wandering albatross on nests, beaches thick with elephant and fur seals. We hope to walk the final leg of Shackleton’s epic, from Fortuna Bay to Stromness, before visiting “The Boss’s” grave and whaling museum in Grytviken.
Crossing the Scotia Sea, we watch for whales and enjoy entertaining talks by our expedition team as we cruise back towards the Falklands Islands/Malvinas. On this leg we are usually travelling into the prevailing weather so it is difficult to estimate our arrival time in the Falklands.
Dawn greets us in the Falkland Islands/Maldivas capital, Stanley; where we bid farewell to Polar Pioneer. You have the option of either spending more time exploring the Falkland Islands or continuing on to Punta Arenas or Santiago, Chile.
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

$ 14300 USD pp
Triple
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

$ 17500 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

$ 21200 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

$ 23500 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

$ 24800 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

$ 14600 USD pp
Triple
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

$ 17900 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

$ 20600 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

$ 21700 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

$ 24000 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

$ 25400 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

South Georgia Alpine Crossing. From (1250.00 USD)

Shackleton’s epic has been retold countless times, but few have retraced his steps across South Georgia. On our season’s final voyage, we offer you the chance to do so – over three days, weather permitting.

Kayaking. From (1325.00 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.

Mountaineering. From (900.00 USD)

Reach new heights in Antarctica! From easy ascents to more technical routes, our mountaineering and climbing activity is available for experienced climbers on our Antarctica expeditions.

The Singular Patagonia

This is the perfect option for those who prefer luxury over the hard work of trekking. This extension starts and finishes from Punta Arenas or El Calafate

Falkland’s Island Hopper

Enjoy 8 days of Island hopping to 3 different locations and discovering each of the Falklands' unique landcapes and scenery. You will visit Sea Lion Island, Pebble Island and Carcass Island before returning back to Stanley.

Iguazu Falls & Buenos Aires

A trip to South America is not complete without a visit to Iguazu Falls, the world’s most spectacular waterfalls. Then visit the vibrant capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires, and immerse yourself in this colourful city.

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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