Weddell Sea Explorer

Polar Pioneer Cruise Ship
Polar Pioneer
56 Passengers
Adventure Options

27 February 2015 to 9 March 2015 | 11 days

Punta Arenas to Punta Arenas |Cruise King George Island to Puerto Williams

Includes: one night accommodation in Punta Arenas; transfer to Punta Arenas airport; flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island; and flight from Puerto Williams to Punta Arenas.

We sail across Bransfield Strait to an Antarctic Sound dawn, where tabular icebergs ride currents from the Weddell Sea. The Peninsula’s wild side welcomes us with strange, ice-free landscape hiding renowned fossil beds and vast penguin colonies. We hope to explore Prince Gustav Channel, Seymour Island and Otto Nordenskjold’s historic hut on Snow Hill Island. In contrast to the Weddell Sea’s wild isolation, the Peninsula’s west coast offers glaciated peaks rising from a maze of islands and waterways alive with seals, penguins and whales.

Day 1 - Punta Arenas, Chile

Today you make your own way to our joining hotel where you will meet your fellow expeditioners and enjoy your first group dinner. 

Day 2

Fly from Punta Arenas, Chile to King George Island, Antarctica to be warmly welcomed aboard Polar Pioneer. We settle in for safety and environmental briefings to prepare us for landings as we set off across Bransfield Strait.

Day 3

Access to the Weddell Sea is totally ice-dependent. Calved from massive ice shelves, the tabular icebergs of Antarctic Sound create a memorable sight. Our ice-strengthened Polar Pioneer, helmed by a highly-experienced Russian Captain give us the best chance to thread our way through waters alive with penguins against a backdrop of breathtaking volcanic scenery.

Days 4-6

Weather systems and shifting pack ice dictate our schedule. We may visit the vast Adélie and gentoo penguin colonies of Brown Bluff or Paulet Island, fossil-rich Seymour Island and historic Snow Hill Island. We may hike to spectacular vantage points on Beak and Devil islands. We may even reach the islands of Prince Gustav Channel. Wherever we go, wildlife, Heroic Age relics and haunting landscapes await.  

Days 7-8

We head for the Peninsula’s beautiful western flanks to make full use of the late summer daylight hours and relatively ice-free waters. We make wildlife offshore islands, a continental landing, visit historic huts and Zodiac cruise amidst bergs. Whales are abundant as they prepare to migrate north. We’ll also listen carefully for the otherworldly courtship song of the leopard seal.  

Days 9-10

Petrels, prions and albatross accompany us across Drake Passage. Final talks help polish our Antarctic education before making a ceremonial rounding of Cape Horn, time and weather permitting.  We gather for a celebratory dinner as we enter the Beagle Channel.

Day 11

A pre-dawn sail along the Beagle Channel and an early breakfast prepare us to dock in Puerto Williams at dawn. Enjoy a tour of the rustic port and surrounds before boarding your flight to Punta Arenas, Chile.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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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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