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).
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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.
Triple, twin & suite cabins
Spacious viewing platforms and decks
Fleet of inflatable Zodiacs
Lounge bar & two dining rooms
Dedicated presentation room
Basic medical clinic
Daily cabin cleaning service
Satellite phone & email access
Gumboots provided for landings
Laundry service available
• 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