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New Year’s Eve in Antarctica

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Antarctica with penguins, elephant seals and first-landing buzz. With summer in full swing, penguin highways are busy with traffic between rookeries and beach as parents hurry to fatten up chicks. Glaciers shed ice with an echoing roar and waterways are alive with feeding and breaching whales. Zodiacs whisk us on whalewatching cruises and amongst glorious icebergs. The near-midnight sun powers an explosion of life. What an unforgettable way to start the year!

Your Voyage Includes: Flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams and Flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas.
29 December, 2018 to 08 January, 2019 Make a booking request for New Year’s Eve in Antarctica, departing on 29 December, 2018

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Triple Cabin £ 8149 GBP pp
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
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Twin Public £ 9579 GBP pp
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
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Twin Economy Private £ 11005 GBP pp
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
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Twin Private £ 11595 GBP pp
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
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Mini Suite £ 12435 GBP pp
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
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Captain's Suite £ 13609 GBP pp
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
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New Year’s Eve in Antarctica itinerary:

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Day 1 – Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams
Fly from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams. Enjoy lunch at a local lodge before a guided tour of the rustic port and beautiful surrounds. Embark Polar Pioneer in the late afternoon and set sail along the Beagle Channel. Additional Information: We recommend you arrive into Punta Arenas at least one day prior to you expedition start date. A transfer to Punta Arenas is included from Aurora Expeditions' preferred hotel on Day 1.
Days 2 to 3 – Drake Passage
Our Drake Passage crossing offers cape petrels darting about the ship, black-browed and wandering albatross soaring, and Wilson’s storm petrels flitting above the sea. Learn about Antarctica from our expert naturalist and safety and environmental guidelines from our expedition team as we prepare for our first landing, possibly late on Day 3.
Days 4 to 9 – Antarctic Peninsula
An overnight passage along Gerlache Strait delivers us to the stunning Antarctic Peninsula, an ethereal wonderland of vast proportions. Aboard Zodiacs, we explore penguin rookeries, historic sites and scientific stations and cruise near exquisite icebergs. Our kayakers glide into secluded bays, enjoying up-close wildlife encounters and appreciating the immense landscape as they float silently in their crafts. Stepping ashore on the continent itself creates an everlasting memory, especially if it involves a bum-slide down a steep snow slope! We immerse ourselves in nature, spontaneity and having fun, making sure to pause and celebrate as we bring in the New Year. We make the most of every day and a fair bit of each night as well. If the weather allows, we’ll have a sleep-out on the ice – reminiscent of explorers past.
Days 10 – King George Island to Punta Arenas
We arrive at mountainous King George Island, the largest of the South Shetlands. Time and weather permitting, we explore Fildes Bay and visit the Russian Orthodox Trinity Church at Bellingshausen Station, before catching our charter flight back to Punta Arenas in Chile and transferring to our hotel.
Day 11 – Punta Arenas
After breakfast, we bid farewell to our new friends, before continuing on with our own arrangements. Additional information: Onward flights from Punta Arenas should not be booked until after 1200.
Please Note:
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.

New Year’s Eve in Antarctica reverse itinerary:

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Please Note: *
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.
Day 11 – Punta Arenas *
After breakfast, we bid farewell to our new friends, before continuing on with our own arrangements. Additional information: Onward flights from Punta Arenas should not be booked until after 1200.
Days 10 – King George Island to Punta Arenas *
We arrive at mountainous King George Island, the largest of the South Shetlands. Time and weather permitting, we explore Fildes Bay and visit the Russian Orthodox Trinity Church at Bellingshausen Station, before catching our charter flight back to Punta Arenas in Chile and transferring to our hotel.
Days 4 to 9 – Antarctic Peninsula *
An overnight passage along Gerlache Strait delivers us to the stunning Antarctic Peninsula, an ethereal wonderland of vast proportions. Aboard Zodiacs, we explore penguin rookeries, historic sites and scientific stations and cruise near exquisite icebergs. Our kayakers glide into secluded bays, enjoying up-close wildlife encounters and appreciating the immense landscape as they float silently in their crafts. Stepping ashore on the continent itself creates an everlasting memory, especially if it involves a bum-slide down a steep snow slope! We immerse ourselves in nature, spontaneity and having fun, making sure to pause and celebrate as we bring in the New Year. We make the most of every day and a fair bit of each night as well. If the weather allows, we’ll have a sleep-out on the ice – reminiscent of explorers past.
Days 2 to 3 – Drake Passage *
Our Drake Passage crossing offers cape petrels darting about the ship, black-browed and wandering albatross soaring, and Wilson’s storm petrels flitting above the sea. Learn about Antarctica from our expert naturalist and safety and environmental guidelines from our expedition team as we prepare for our first landing, possibly late on Day 3.
Day 1 – Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams *
Fly from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams. Enjoy lunch at a local lodge before a guided tour of the rustic port and beautiful surrounds. Embark Polar Pioneer in the late afternoon and set sail along the Beagle Channel. Additional Information: We recommend you arrive into Punta Arenas at least one day prior to you expedition start date. A transfer to Punta Arenas is included from Aurora Expeditions' preferred hotel on Day 1.
* = Indicative
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Polar Pioneer, the ship servicing New Year’s Eve in Antarctica

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.

Mini SuiteTwin Public

Cabin layout for Polar Pioneer
• Sail there, fly back - only one sea crossing!

• Ring in the New Year Antarctica-style!

• Walk amidst busy penguin rookeries

• Zodiac cruise past glaciers and icebergs

• Camp out on the ice under the midnight sun

• Kayak along penguins, seals and whales
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