Across the Antarctic Circle

Polar Pioneer Cruise Ship
Polar Pioneer
56 Passengers
Adventure Options

Celebrate crossing latitude 66° 33’ South in the wake of hallowed explorers including the first to do so, Captain James Cook. In this frozen area of extraordinary beauty, powerful orcas and leopard seals patrol, while ethereal snow petrels grace the skies against a background of bristling mountains and surreal icebergs. Threading our way through an intricate system of icy waterways, we aim for the glorious Crystal Sound at the mouth of The Gullet. It’s midsummer, molting time for penguins and flight school for cormorant chicks.

Day 1

Fly from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams, enjoy a tour of the scenic port before being warmly welcomed aboard Polar Pioneer. We’ll have introductory and safety briefings before our evening’s cruise down the Beagle Channel.

Day 2

We cross the Drake Passage, accompanied by albatross, petrels, fulmars and prions. Our polar experts speak about Antarctica’s unique wildlife and history and prepare us for landings with environmental and Zodiac briefings. 

Day 3

Spirits soar as air and water temperatures fall, marking our crossing of the Antarctic Convergence. All eyes are peeled for the first iceberg, the first penguin and the first glimpse of land. With luck we go ashore this afternoon.

Days 4 - 9

We explore the Peninsula’s west coast, with time to watch the frenzied activities of penguin parents and chicks as the summer days begin to shorten. Watch for imperial cormorant chicks bravely making their first flights from sea cliffs. Zodiac cruise amongst icebergs and floes replete with basking Weddell and leopard seals and revel in the unparalleled beauty of vast, Antarctic landscape. Besides landing on wildlife-rich offshore islands, we make a continental landing, possibly hiking up for spectacular views. As we continue south, ice conditions govern our movements. Whether we cross the Circle via the ‘inner route’ or the Bellingshausen Sea, we celebrate in style. With luck we reach magnificent Crystal Sound, pass through the Gullet and steam on to Marguerite Bay, where relatively few have gone before. Orcas, humpbacks and minkes feed in the channels. We may visit historical Stonington, Pourquoi Pas and Detaille islands before turning north to warmer climes.

Day 10

We arrive at mountainous King George Island. If time and weather permit we explore penguin and seal-rich waters of Fildes Bay and visit the surprising Trinity Church at Bellingshausen Station, before catching our charter flight back to Punta Arenas in Chile. On arrival into Punta Arenas we will be transferred to our hotel, where tonight’s accommodation is included.

Day 11

Enjoy breakfast with your fellow expeditioners in the hotel before saying your farewells and continuing with your own arrangements.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Triple Shared
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Twin Private
Mini Suite
Captain's Suite
Kayaking
Option
Charter
Air
Photography, Kayak
$14,300Full$17,200Full$20,790Full$22,785Full$24,200Full$1,325  
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak
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$8,725Full$10,200Full$12,340$9,8721 Berth$13,250Full$14,650Full$995Full 
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$8,725Full$10,200Full$12,340Full$13,250Full$14,650Full$995Full 
Kayak
$14,300Full$17,200Full$21,285Full$23,325Full$24,800Full$1,325Full 
Kayak
20% off all remaining berths (Prices in Red)
$14,300Full$17,200$13,7601 Berth$21,285Full$23,325Full$24,800Full$1,325  
Camp, Photography, Kayak
20% off all remaining berths (Prices in Red)
$8,725Full$10,200Full$12,340$9,8721 Berth$13,250Full$14,650Full$1,050  
Kayak
$8,725Full$10,200Full$12,340Full$13,250Full$14,650Full$995Full 
Kayak
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$8,725Full$10,200$8,1601 Berth$12,340Full$13,250Full$14,650Full$995  
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International Airfare Not Included. Rates are per person, based on twin-share. Single costs are 1.7 times the twin rate.

Flights included for Fly/Cruise itineraries.

Adventure options must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Space is subject to availability. Some activities require experience.

Optional Activities: Kayaking prices as listed, Climbing $450, Photography Free, Camping  Free.

Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Insurance Required. All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

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Triple Shared
Twin Shared
Twin Private
Mini Suite
Captain's Suite
Kayaking
Option
Charter
Air
Photography, Kayak
$14,300 $17,500 $21,200 $23,500 $24,800 $1,325  
Camp, Mountaineering, Kayak
$8,9001 Berth$10,400 $11,900 $13,500 $14,900Full$1,050  
Kayak
$15,300 $18,500 $22,200 $24,500 $25,800 $1,350  
Kayak
$15,300 $18,500 $22,200 $24,500 $25,800Full$1,350  
Kayak
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Kayak
$9,500 $11,200 $13,500 $14,500 $15,900 $1,050  
Kayak
$9,500 $11,200 $13,500 $14,500 $15,900Full$1,050  
Mountaineering, Kayak
$14,300 $17,500 $21,200 $23,500 $24,800 $1,350  
Photography, Kayak
$10,900 $12,500 $14,500 $15,500 $16,500 $1,250  
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International Airfare Not Included. Rates are per person, based on twin-share. Single costs are 1.7 times the twin rate.

Flights included for Fly/Cruise itineraries.

Adventure options must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Space is subject to availability. Some activities require experience.

Optional Activities: Kayaking (rates as indicated), Camping  Free, Photography Free, Photography Masterclass $2,500, Climbing $950, South Georgia Alpine Crossing $2,150.

Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Insurance Required. All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

DeckPlan_PolarPioneer

   Captain's Suite
Polar Pioneer's most deluxe cabin, the Captain's Suite (on Deck 5) features a separate sleeping area and lounge room, a private en-suite and large windows for optimal viewing opportunities from your own cabin. Only one cabin available, so be sure to enquire early.
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.

242 sq ft (22.5 sq m)
    Mini Suite
Two Mini Suites on Deck 5 offer a more spacious cabin with a separate sleeping and sitting area as well as a private en-suite and large windows to enjoy the views from the comfort of your own cabin. Perfect if you're after a bit more space and comfort.
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.

180 sq ft (16.8 sq m)
  Twin Cabin, Private Bathroom
Twin Cabins with Private Bathrooms on Deck 4 & Deck 5. Each cabin accommodates two people and offers the convenience of private bathroom facilities.
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).

130 sq ft (12 sq m)
  Twin Cabin, Shared Bathroom
Twin Cabins with Shared Bathrooms on Deck 3. Surprisingly spacious, each cabin comfortably sleeps two people and are only a short distance from the ship’s public bathroom facilities. Outside decks are accessible from this deck.
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.

105 sq ft (9.8 sq m)
  Triple Cabin, Shared Bathroom
Two Triple Cabins with Shared Bathrooms on Deck 3. Perfect for friends or families, or for solo travelers who are happy to share their space with fellow passengers. Bathrooms are located close by on the same deck.
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.

110 sq ft (10.2 sq m)