S. Georgia and Antarctic Odyssey
Celebrate the summer solstice, Christmas and New Year on our first South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey, or summer in full bloom on the second. Our first voyage takes us to the Antarctic Peninsula, retraces Shackleton’s boat voyage from Elephant Island to South Georgia, and finishes up in the Falkland Islands. Our second reverses this trip. Antarctica’s spectacular scenery and ice is matched by the sheer numbers of wildlife on South Georgia. Days remain long and filled with whales, penguins, leopard seals and historic sites.
Sail/Fly, Fly/Sail details
Dec 17th departure includes flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams where you’ll enjoy a tour of the port town before boarding Polar Pioneer. Upon finishing in Stanley, Falkland Islands, your transfer from ship to airport includes a tour of the capital, then a flight Santiago via Punta Arenas. January 3rd, 2015 departure operates in reverse, with the same transfers, flights and tours included. The flight between Santiago and Stanley can be broken at Punta Arenas for either pre or post voyage arrangements, but the unused leg will be forfeited.
17 December 2014 to 3 January 2015 | 18 days
Punta Arenas to Punta Arenas or Santiago | Cruise from Puerto Williams to Stanley, Falkland Islands
Includes: flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams and flight from Stanley to Punta Arenas or Santiago
(no reduction for finishing in Punta Arenas)
3 January 2015 to 20 January 2015 | 18 days
Santiago or Punta Arenas to Punta Arenas |Cruise from Stanley, Falkland Islands to Puerto Williams
Includes: flight from Santiago or Punta Arenas to Stanley (no reduction for starting in Punta Arenas)
and flight from Puerto Williams to Punta Arenas
Voyage cost includes flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams where you’ll enjoy a tour of the port town before boarding Polar Pioneer. Upon finishing in Stanley, Falkland Islands, your transfer from ship to airport includes a tour of the capital, then a flight to Santiago or Punta Arenas (to be advised upon booking and subject to availability. No reduction for start or finish in Punta Arenas). Jan 3 departure operates in reverse, with the same transfers, flights and tours included.
Fly from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams. Enjoy a guided tour of the rustic port and beautiful surrounds. Embark Polar Pioneer in the late afternoon for introductory and safety briefings, then sail along the Beagle Channel.
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.
Awaken to the thrill of Antarctica, where we plan to visit busy penguin rookeries, historic sites and make a continental landing.
Elephant Island, where Shackleton’s men wintered beneath their upturned boats. With luck we will go ashore to pay tribute to these hardy souls.
Following in Shackleton’s wake, we cross the Scotia Sea, possibly detouring to visit the remote South Orkney Islands if ice conditions allow.
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 harbors, 3000-meter peaks form dramatic backdrops to the remains of whaling stations. Kelp-strewn beaches are cluttered with basking elephant seals, feisty fur seals and penguins.
Keeping watch for the kelp-skirted Shag Rocks, we cross the Scotia Sea, entertained by our expert naturalist and historian.
Dawn greets us in the Falkland Islands 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.
Jan 3rd Trip operates in REVERSE of this trip - starting in Santiago and ending in Punta Arenas.
* Itinerary may be subject to change
|Per Person USD|
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak
Camp, Photography, Kayak
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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.
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)
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)