Scotia Sea Springtime

Polar Pioneer Cruise Ship
Polar Pioneer
56 Passengers
Adventure Options

As the days grow longer, the mountains shed their snowy mantle, king penguins shuffle eggs on their feet, elephant seals pup and fur seals are rambunctious. Currents of krill sweep up from the Weddell Sea, providing food for one of the greatest wildlife concentrations on the planet. Immerse yourself in whaling history, visit Shackleton’s grave and then reverse his route to Elephant Island. Finish off by exploring spectacular Antarctic Peninsula, photographing penguins, seals, whales and historic sites, hopefully stepping onto the continent itself before crossing Drake Passage to Puerto Williams.

Voyage Highlights
- World's largest king penguin rookeries
- Basking elephant seals and feisty fur seals
- Albatross courtship
- Visit Shackleton's grave
- Land on Antarctica and daily excursions
- Penguin rookeries alive with courtship
- Included flight to Stanley, Falkland Islands/Malvinas
- Tour of Puerto Williams & flight to Punta Arenas

Day 1

Fly from Santiago or Punta Arenas, Chile, and explore the historic Falkland Islands’ capital, Stanley, before embarking Polar Pioneer in the late afternoon.

Days 2 & 3

At sea, albatrosses, giant petrels and tiny Wilson’s storm petrels escort us, bound for South Georgia. Our naturalist and historian enliven the crossing with informative talks and we keep a watchful eye out for seabird-peppered Shag rocks.

Days 4 to 8

Spring brings an explosion of life to South Georgia and we have ample time to explore the island’s spectacular northern coast. We visit wildlife havens that include the world’s largest king penguin rookeries, majestic albatross nests and beaches cluttered with basking elephant seals, feisty fur seals and penguins. Inspired by Shackleton’s epic, we hope to retrace the expedition’s final steps from Fortuna Bay to Stromness.

Days 9 & 10

We cross the Scotia Sea, watch seabirds, our first iceberg and great whales including blues, fin and sei. We have time to reflect on South Georgia and prepare for Antarctica, the next leg of our adventure.

Day 11

Conditions permitting, we approach Cape Wild, a bleak, rocky spit along Elephant Island’s dramatic north coast. If conditions allow, we’ll Zodiac cruise, possibly even step ashore, to pay tribute to Shackleton’s 22 men who survived 4 months here.

Days 12 to 15

We hope to land in the South Shetland Islands before sailing down Gerlache Strait and awaken to the drama of Antarctica. We’ll encounter pack ice and penguin rookeries alive with courtship, mating and nest-building. We’ll visit historic sites and land on the continent proper.

Days 16 & 17

Returning to the realm of the albatross. A time to celebrate and reflect as we head north across the Drake Passage.

Day 18

Dawn greets us in the Beagle Channel. We dock in Puerto Williams before a tour of the town and board our flight to Punta Arenas.

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.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Rates 2014-2015
Triple Shared
Twin Shared
Twin Private
Mini Suite
Captain's Suite
Kayaking
Option
Charter
Air
Photography, Kayak
-Limited Availability-
$13,660
 
$16,200
 
$18,900
 
$20,700
 
$21,990
 
$1,295
 
 
Camp, Mountaineering, Kayak
$8,700
 
$10,290
 
$11,550
 
$12,900
 
$14,290
 
$995
 
 
Kayak
-Limited Availability-
$13,660
 
$16,200
 
$18,900
 
$20,700
 
$21,990
 
$1,250
 
 
Kayak
-Limited Availability-
$13,660
 
$16,200
 
$18,900
 
$20,700
 
$21,990
 
$1,250
 
 
Camp, Kayak
-Limited Availability-
$8,700
 
$10,290
 
$11,550
 
$12,900
 
$14,290
 
$995
 
 
Mountaineering, Kayak
Shackleton Crossing
-Limited Availability-
$13,660
 
$16,200
 
$18,900
 
$20,700
 
$21,990
 
$1,295
 
 
Kayak
-Limited Availability-
$7,100
 
$8,750
 
$10,200
 
$11,300
 
$12,600
 
$925
 
 
Kayak
Snorkeling
-Limited Availability-
$7,100
 
$8,750
 
$10,200
 
$11,300
 
$12,600
 
$925
 
 
Kayak
$12,660
 
$15,200
 
$17,900
 
$19,700
 
$20,990
 
$1,295
 
 
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Airfare Not Included. Rates are per person, based on twin-share. Single costs are 1.7 times the twin rate.

Mandatory Flight for Fly/Cruise (Punta Arenas to Antarctica) and Cruise/Fly (Antarctica to Punta Arenas) - $1200
Optional Flight Punta Arenas / Falklands or Falklands / Punta Arenas $660

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 $925-1295, South Georgia Alpine Crossing $1250, Climbing $250, Photography Free, Camping  Free.

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

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Rates 2015-2016
Triple Shared
Twin Shared
Twin Private
Mini Suite
Captain's Suite
Kayaking
Option
Charter
Air
Kayak
$14,300
 
$16,900
 
$19,800
 
$21,700
 
$23,090
 
$1,295
 
 
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak
$8,310
 
$9,825
 
$11,025
 
$12,325
 
$13,650
 
$1,050
 
 
Camp, Kayak
$7,800
 
$9,600
 
$11,220
 
$12,430
 
$13,860
 
$995
 
 
Camp, Kayak
$7,800
 
$9,600
 
$11,220
 
$12,430
 
$13,860
 
$995
 
 
Kayak
$14,300
 
$16,900
 
$19,800
 
$21,700
 
$23,090
 
$1,295
 
 
Kayak
$14,300
 
$16,900
 
$19,800
 
$21,700
 
$23,090
 
$1,295
 
 
Camp, Kayak
$8,310
 
$9,825
 
$11,025
 
$12,325
 
$13,650
 
$1,050
 
 
Kayak
$7,800
 
$9,600
 
$11,220
 
$12,430
 
$13,860
 
$1,050
 
 
Kayak
$7,800
 
$9,600
 
$11,220
 
$12,430
 
$13,860
 
$1,050
 
 
Mountaineering
$14,300
 
$16,900
 
$19,800
 
$21,700
 
$23,090
 
$1,295
 
 
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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.

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

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