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South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey

Summer comes to South Georgia’s remote, untamed landscape like a freight train. Famed for its abandoned whaling stations and Shackleton’s heroic journey, South Georgia is home to millions of fur seals and penguins, wallows of elephant seals, and nesting albatross. We arrive at the breeding cycle peak, as chicks become juveniles, parents shuttle fish and seal pups thrill with mock charges. Retracing Shackleton’s boat voyage, we visit Elephant Island before continuing south along the Antarctic Peninsula. Days remain long, and filled with humpback and minke whales, penguins and leopard seals, historic sites and scientific stations.

Your Voyage Includes: Flight from Stanley to Punta Arenas OR Santiago (post voyage) or Flight from Santiago or Punta Arenas to Stanley (pre-voyage) (no reduced fare for starting in Punta Arenas)
16 January, 2019 to 02 February, 2019 Make a booking request for South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey , departing on 16 January, 2019

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 £ 12012 GBP pp
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.
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Twin Public £ 14553 GBP pp
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.
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Twin Economy Private £ 16632 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 £ 17479 GBP pp
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.
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Mini Suite £ 19327 GBP pp
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.
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Captain's Suite £ 20328 GBP pp
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.
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02 February, 2019 to 19 February, 2019 (reverse) Make a booking request for South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey , departing on 02 February, 2019

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 £ 12012 GBP pp
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.
view cabin photo
Twin Public £ 14553 GBP pp
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.
view cabin photo
Twin Economy Private £ 16632 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
view cabin photo
Twin Private £ 17479 GBP pp
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.
view cabin photo
Mini Suite £ 19327 GBP pp
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.
view cabin photo
Captain's Suite £ 20328 GBP pp
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.
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South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey itinerary:

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Day 1 – Ushuaia
Arrive and embark Polar Pioneer in the late afternoon for introductory and safety briefings, then sail along the Beagle Channel.
Days 2 to 3 – Drake Passage
Drake Passage offers excellent birdwatching from the outer decks or the warm bridge. Expedition team presents Zodiac and environmental briefings, and enlightening talks on Antarctica. Keen eyes watch for icebergs, penguins, seals and cormorants as we approach our first landing in the South Shetland Islands.
Days 4 to 7 – Antarctic Peninsula
Awaken to the thrill of Antarctica, where we plan to visit busy penguin rookeries, historic sites and make a continental landing. A host of choices are now open to us and depending on the ice and weather conditions the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula is ours to explore. Our experienced leaders, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to design our voyage from day to day. This allows us to make best use of the prevailing weather and ice conditions and wildlife opportunities. We will use daylight hours as vigorously as possible to make the most of our day.
Day 8 – Elephant Island
Elephant Island, where Shackleton’s men wintered beneath their upturned boats. With luck and weather permitting we will go ashore to pay tribute to these hardy souls.
Days 9 to 10 – Scotia Sea
En route to South Georgia, we follow in Shackleton’s wake across the Scotia Sea, and reflect on what we’ve seen and learned so far.
Days 11 to 14 – South Georgia
We have ample time to explore South Georgia’s spectacular northern coast, including the world’s largest king penguin rookeries and majestic albatross nests. Kayakers revel in paddling the coastline’s nooks and crannies, accompanied by playful seals. In Stromness and Grytviken harbours, 3000-metre peaks form dramatic backdrops to the remains of whaling stations. Kelp-strewn beaches are cluttered with basking elephant seals, feisty fur seals and penguins.
Days 15 to 17 – Scotia Sea
Keeping watch for the kelp-skirted Shag Rocks, we cross the Scotia Sea, entertained by our expert naturalist and historian.
Day 18 – Falkland Islands/Malvinas
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:
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.

South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
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 18 – Falkland Islands/Malvinas *
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.
Days 15 to 17 – Scotia Sea *
Keeping watch for the kelp-skirted Shag Rocks, we cross the Scotia Sea, entertained by our expert naturalist and historian.
Days 11 to 14 – South Georgia *
We have ample time to explore South Georgia’s spectacular northern coast, including the world’s largest king penguin rookeries and majestic albatross nests. Kayakers revel in paddling the coastline’s nooks and crannies, accompanied by playful seals. In Stromness and Grytviken harbours, 3000-metre peaks form dramatic backdrops to the remains of whaling stations. Kelp-strewn beaches are cluttered with basking elephant seals, feisty fur seals and penguins.
Days 9 to 10 – Scotia Sea *
En route to South Georgia, we follow in Shackleton’s wake across the Scotia Sea, and reflect on what we’ve seen and learned so far.
Day 8 – Elephant Island *
Elephant Island, where Shackleton’s men wintered beneath their upturned boats. With luck and weather permitting we will go ashore to pay tribute to these hardy souls.
Days 4 to 7 – Antarctic Peninsula *
Awaken to the thrill of Antarctica, where we plan to visit busy penguin rookeries, historic sites and make a continental landing. A host of choices are now open to us and depending on the ice and weather conditions the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula is ours to explore. Our experienced leaders, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to design our voyage from day to day. This allows us to make best use of the prevailing weather and ice conditions and wildlife opportunities. We will use daylight hours as vigorously as possible to make the most of our day.
Days 2 to 3 – Drake Passage *
Drake Passage offers excellent birdwatching from the outer decks or the warm bridge. Expedition team presents Zodiac and environmental briefings, and enlightening talks on Antarctica. Keen eyes watch for icebergs, penguins, seals and cormorants as we approach our first landing in the South Shetland Islands.
Day 1 – Ushuaia *
Arrive and embark Polar Pioneer in the late afternoon for introductory and safety briefings, then sail along the Beagle Channel.
* = Indicative
Map for South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey
Polar Pioneer, the ship servicing South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey

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.

Ice-strengthened hull

Triple, twin & suite cabins

Spacious viewing platforms and decks

Fleet of inflatable Zodiacs

Lounge bar & two dining rooms

Dedicated presentation room

Sauna

Basic medical clinic

English-speaking doctor

Daily cabin cleaning service

Satellite phone & email access

Gumboots provided for landings

Laundry service available

Mini SuiteTwin Public

Cabin layout for Polar Pioneer
• Experience peak wildlife breeding cycles

• Step ashore on the Antarctic Peninsula

• Visit Point Wild on Elephant Island

• Largest king penguins rookeries

• Follow Shackleton's footsteps in South Georgia

• Whale-sighting while crossing the Scotia Sea
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