In Shackleton's Footsteps

Polar Pioneer Cruise Ship
Polar Pioneer
56 Passengers
Adventure Options

Late summer offers the best chance to chart a course through the Weddell Sea’s shifting pack ice and vast tabular bergs, where Shackleton’s ship Endurance was trapped and crushed. We hope to explore fossil-rich islands, historic huts and set foot on the continent before retracing Shackleton’s heroic journey to save his men – first to Elephant Island, then on through waters where blue, sei and fin whales roam. South Georgia offers nesting albatross, mating elephant seals, the world’s largest king penguin rookeries and a visit to Shackleton’s grave.

Voyage Highlights
- 100 year anniversary of Shackleton's South Georgia crossing
- Vast tabular icebergs in the Weddell Sea
- Historic huts and whaling history
- Attempt to land at Elephant Island
- Fur seals, albatross & thousands of King penguins

Note: This voyage includes a flight from Stanley, Falkland Islands to Santiago OR Punta Arenas, Chile.

Day 1 — Ushuaia, Argentina

Step aboard Polar Pioneer in the late afternoon to a warm welcome, introductory briefing and an evening departure along the Beagle Channel with your shipmates.

Days 2 & 3

As we cross Drake Passage, we keep watch for giant petrels, wandering and black-browed albatross and our first icebergs. Fur seals and penguins pepper the sea surface as we approach our first landing in the South Shetland Islands.

Days 4 to 6

An autumn dawn greets us in spectacular Antarctic Sound where we may stop at towering Brown Bluff before pushing on into the Weddell Sea. There’s a strong fossil focus this time of year, as the pack ice movement may allow a continental landing and visits to the world-renowned fossil beds of Seymour, Vega and James Ross islands, and Nordenskjold’s Hut on Snow Hill Island.

Days 7 to 9

So exposed is Cape Wild on Elephant Island, landings are rare, but we’ll try, if only to pay tribute to the man who’s leadership kept Shackleton’s men alive for four months while awaiting rescue. We keep watch for great whales while sailing the Scotia Sea to South Georgia.

Day 10

We enter King Haakon Bay and attempt a ceremonial landing at Cave Cove, Shackleton’s first landfall before continuing up past Peggotty Bluff, where Shackleton, Worsley and Crean set off to cross the island.

Days 11 to 14

While our “Crossers” negotiate Shackleton’s historic route, we immerse ourselves in one of the world’s greatest wildlife spectacles. King penguin rookeries half-million strong, chinstrap, gentoo and macaroni penguin colonies, wandering albatross on nests, beaches thick with elephant and fur seals. We hope to walk the final leg of Shackleton’s epic, from Fortuna Bay to Stromness, before visiting “The Boss’s” grave and whaling museum in Grytviken.

Days 15 to 17

Crossing the Scotia Sea, we watch for whales and enjoy entertaining talks by our expedition team as we cruise back towards the Falklands Islands/Malvinas. On this leg we are usually traveling into the prevailing weather so it is difficult to estimate our arrival time in the Falklands.

Day 18 — Punta Arenas OR Santiago, Chile

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 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.

Alpine Crossing Option

A small band of adventurous souls will attempt to repeat the epic crossing of Ernest Shackleton and trek for up to three days from King Haakon Bay to Stromness. The crossing distance is 35 to 50 kilometres depending on the route, and involves crossing large, heavily crevassed glaciers and alpine passes. Experience in crevassed alpine terrain is essential. A surcharge applies. 

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Per Person USD
Rates 2014-2015
Triple Shared
Twin Shared
Twin Private
Mini Suite
Captain's Suite
Kayaking
Option
Charter
Air
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak
- Full -
$8,700Full$10,290Full$11,550Full$12,900Full$14,290Full$995Full 
Kayak
- Full -
$13,660Full$16,200Full$18,900Full$20,700Full$21,990Full$1,250Full 
Kayak
- Full -
$13,660Full$16,200Full$18,900Full$20,700Full$21,990Full$1,250Full 
Camp, Kayak
- Full -
$8,700Full$10,290Full$11,550Full$12,900Full$14,290Full$995Full 
Mountaineering, Kayak
Shackleton Crossing
- Very Limited Availability -
$13,660Full$16,200Full$18,900$20,700Full$21,990Full$1,295Full 
Kayak
- Full -
$7,100Full$8,750Full$10,200Full$11,300Full$12,600Full$925Full 
Kayak
Snorkeling
- Full -
$7,100Full$8,750Full$10,200Full$11,300Full$12,600Full$925Full 
Kayak
- Very Limited Availability -
15% Discount on all remaining berths
$12,660$10,761Full$15,200$12,920$17,900$15,215$19,700$16,745Full$20,990$17,842Full$1,295Full 
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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.

Only show rates under
$ X
Please note that availability is updated about once a week.
Per Person USD
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$23,090Full$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$12,430Full$13,860Full$995 
Camp, Kayak
$7,800$9,600$11,220$12,430Full$13,860Full$995Full 
Kayak
$14,300$16,900$19,800$21,700$23,090Full$1,295 
Kayak
$14,300$16,900$19,800$21,700$23,090Full$1,295 
Camp, Kayak
$8,310$9,825$11,025$12,325Full$13,650$1,050 
Kayak
- Very Limited Availability -
$7,800Full$9,600Full$11,220$12,430$13,860$995 
Kayak
- Very Limited Availability -
$7,800Full$9,600Full$11,220$12,430$13,860$995 
Mountaineering
$14,300$16,900$19,800$21,700Full$23,090Full$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.

Optional Activities: Kayaking $925-1295, South Georgia Alpine Crossing $1250, Climbing $450, Photography Free, Camping  Free.

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

Polar Pioneer Deck Plan