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Photographer’s Antarctica & South Georgia

Time and light, the photographer’s most treasured attributes, feature in abundance on this inaugural voyage. Over 20 glorious days you’ll enjoy Antarctica bathed in springtime; retrace Shackleton’s small boat voyage across the Scotia Sea and photograph in exquisite dawn light on the wildlife-packed beaches of South Georgia. Our natural history and photography guides share their knowledge, kayakers enjoy extended excursions, and those who simply want to sit and take it in have the time to do so.

Photography Guide - Chris Bray
Awarded Australian Geographic's 'Spirit of Adventure' winner in 2009, Chris Bray continues to travel the world with his camera capturing photographs and video that have been published by the likes of National Geographic, both Australian and Canadian Geographic, TIME magazine and the Discovery Channel. Join Chris on this special adventure as he presents his photography masterclass series (surcharge applies) to help you capture the very best of Antarctica and South Georgia.

Your Voyage Includes: Flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams (27 Nov '17) or Flight from Santiago (or Punta Arenas) to Stanley, Falkland Islands (1 Dec '18)
27 November, 2017 to 16 December, 2017 Make a booking request for Photographer’s Antarctica & South Georgia, departing on 27 November, 2017

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 £10912 GBP pp (was £ 12012 GBP pp, save £1100)
SIZE: Total Cabin: 423cm x 241cm = 10.2 sqm CABIN: Two lower bunks and one upper bunk, a desk, a small washbasin, ample storage and hanging space and portholes. Showers and toilets are very close by and are shared with other Main Deck cabins.
Twin Public Bathroom £13600 GBP pp (was £ 14700 GBP pp, save £1100)
SIZE: Total Cabin: 400cm x 245cm = 9.8 sq m CABIN: Two lower bunks, a desk, small washbasin, ample storage and hanging space, a couch and a porthole. Showers and toilets are very close by and are shared with other Main Deck cabins.
Twin Private Bathroom £16708 GBP pp (was £ 17808 GBP pp, save £1100)
SIZE: Deck 4: Bedroom/Bathroom 411cm x 260cm = 10.7 sqm Bathroom 120cm x 256cm = 3 sqm Deck 5: Bedroom/Bathroom 494cm x 243cm = 12 sqm Bathroom 110cm x 170cm = 1.9 sqm CABIN: Two lower bunks, a desk, windows and private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. #402 and #403 have upper and lower bunks and a couch.
Mini Suite £18640 GBP pp (was £ 19740 GBP pp, save £1100)
SIZE: Living Room/Bedroom/Bathroom 453cm x 370cm = 16.8 sqm Bathroom 120cm x160cm = 1.92 sqm CABIN: Double bed in a separate room, foldout couch that can be used as a single bed, TV, video player, windows, desk, table area, fridge, and private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin.
Captain's Suite £19732 GBP pp (was £ 20832 GBP pp, save £1100)
SIZE: Living Room/Bedroom 450cm x 500cm = 22.5 sqm Bathroom 120cm x160cm = 1.92 sqm CABIN: Double bed in separate room, plus foldout couch that can be used as a single bed, forward and port windows, lounge and table area, fridge, TV, video player, and private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin.
01 December, 2018 to 18 December, 2018 Make a booking request for Photographer’s Antarctica & South Georgia, departing on 01 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 £ 12265 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 £ 15039 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 £ 17305 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 £ 18229 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 £ 20079 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 £ 21339 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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Photographer’s Antarctica & South Georgia itinerary:

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Day 1: Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams, Chile
Today you'll board our aircraft for the short, scenic flight to Puerto Williams. On arrival you'll enjoy a town tour before boarding Polar Pioneer to begin our journey to Antarctica and South Georgia.
Days 2-3: Drake Passage
Spend the next couple of days getting familiar with our ship, your home-away-from-home, and enjoying briefings from our expedition team and our naturalist and historian. For those part of the photography masterclass, your guide will prepare you with initial workshops.
Days 4-7: Antarctic Peninsula
We cruise from the South Shetland Islands and through spectacular Gerlache Strait, passing the western flank of the Antarctic Peninsula - where you'll step foot on the continent. While cruising among the icebergs we may attempt to enter Antarctic Sound and visit some of the magnificent penguin rookeries at the northern end of the Peninsula.
Day 8: Elephant Island (weather permitting)
We will attempt to land on wild and spectacular Elephant Island, where Shackleton’s men wintered below an upturned rowboat.
Days 9-10: Scotia Sea
We farewell Antarctica and begin our crossing to South Georgia. You'll have time to unwind and reflect on Antarctica and prepare for the next leg of our adventure.
Days 11-14: South Georgia
Four days exploring South Georgia, investigating the network of harbours along the northern side of this wonderful island. We combine the fascination of local history with wildlife havens by visiting the old whaling station at Grytviken. Nearby are enormous penguin rookeries in St Andrews Bay, Royal Bay, Gold Harbour and Salisbury Plain, to name just a few.
Days 15-17: Scotia Sea
If time and weather permits, we may pass Shag Rocks - the six small islands in the westernmost extremity of South Georgia - before we continue our journey towards the Falkland Islands.
Day 18: Stanley, Falkland Islands
Today enjoy a stop in Port Stanley, capital of the Falklands, before cruising west-bound towards Ushuaia.
Day 19: Scotia Sea
Back on the Scotia Sea we make our last sea crossing. As Tierra del Fuego approaches, the air becomes warmer and we may smell the scent of green, grass-covered land.
Day 20: Ushuaia, Argentina
During the morning we travel up the Beagle Channel to dock in Ushuaia, then transfer to our hotel or onto homeward-bound flights.
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.

Photographer’s Antarctica & South Georgia 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 20: Ushuaia, Argentina *
During the morning we travel up the Beagle Channel to dock in Ushuaia, then transfer to our hotel or onto homeward-bound flights.
Day 19: Scotia Sea *
Back on the Scotia Sea we make our last sea crossing. As Tierra del Fuego approaches, the air becomes warmer and we may smell the scent of green, grass-covered land.
Day 18: Stanley, Falkland Islands *
Today enjoy a stop in Port Stanley, capital of the Falklands, before cruising west-bound towards Ushuaia.
Days 15-17: Scotia Sea *
If time and weather permits, we may pass Shag Rocks - the six small islands in the westernmost extremity of South Georgia - before we continue our journey towards the Falkland Islands.
Days 11-14: South Georgia *
Four days exploring South Georgia, investigating the network of harbours along the northern side of this wonderful island. We combine the fascination of local history with wildlife havens by visiting the old whaling station at Grytviken. Nearby are enormous penguin rookeries in St Andrews Bay, Royal Bay, Gold Harbour and Salisbury Plain, to name just a few.
Days 9-10: Scotia Sea *
We farewell Antarctica and begin our crossing to South Georgia. You'll have time to unwind and reflect on Antarctica and prepare for the next leg of our adventure.
Day 8: Elephant Island (weather permitting) *
We will attempt to land on wild and spectacular Elephant Island, where Shackleton’s men wintered below an upturned rowboat.
Days 4-7: Antarctic Peninsula *
We cruise from the South Shetland Islands and through spectacular Gerlache Strait, passing the western flank of the Antarctic Peninsula - where you'll step foot on the continent. While cruising among the icebergs we may attempt to enter Antarctic Sound and visit some of the magnificent penguin rookeries at the northern end of the Peninsula.
Days 2-3: Drake Passage *
Spend the next couple of days getting familiar with our ship, your home-away-from-home, and enjoying briefings from our expedition team and our naturalist and historian. For those part of the photography masterclass, your guide will prepare you with initial workshops.
Day 1: Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams, Chile *
Today you'll board our aircraft for the short, scenic flight to Puerto Williams. On arrival you'll enjoy a town tour before boarding Polar Pioneer to begin our journey to Antarctica and South Georgia.
* = Indicative
Map for Photographer’s Antarctica & South Georgia
Polar Pioneer, the ship servicing Photographer’s Antarctica & South Georgia

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
• Hone your photography skills in our Photography Masterclass with Chris Bray

• Film the courting, mating and stone-stealing of penguins

• Close encounters with curious elephant seal pups

• Capture the early season Antarctic light over ice-clad mountains

• Crabeater, Weddell and leopard seals on ice floes

• Photograph albatross, petrels and prions alongside our naturalist
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