Weddell Sea Explorer

Polar Pioneer Cruise Ship
Polar Pioneer
56 Passengers
Adventure Options

Punta Arenas, Chile to Ushuaia, Argentina | Cruise Puerto Williams to Ushuaia

Includes a flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams and a town tour of Puerto Williams before the voyage.

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 a strange, ice-free landscape hiding renowned fossil beds and vast penguin colonies. We hope to explore Prince Gustav Channel, fossil-rich Seymour 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.

Voyage Highlights
- Vast tabular icebergs in the wild Weddell Sea
- Historic huts and Heroic Age relics
- Islands abundant with world class fossils
- Land on the Antarctic Peninsula
- Vast Adélie and gentoo penguin colonies

Day 1 — Punta Arenas, Chile

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.

Days 2 & 3

Ease into shipboard life as we cross the Drake Passage. Our naturalist and paleontologist expand our Antarctic knowledge and prepare us for landings. The outer decks and flying bridge provide excellent space to see and photograph wildlife.

Day 4

Access to the Weddell Sea is totally ice-dependent. Calved from massive ice shelves, the tabular icebergs of Antarctic Sound create a memorable sight. We thread our way through waters alive with penguins against a backdrop of breathtaking volcanic scenery.

Days 5 & 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 and fossil-rich Seymour 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 to 9

We head for the Peninsula’s beautiful western flanks to make full use of the late summer daylight hours and relatively ice-free waters. Wildlife stops on offshore islands, visiting historic huts and Zodiac cruising amidst bergs and whales are all possibilities. We’ll also listen carefully for the otherworldly courtship song of the leopard seal.

Days 10 & 11

Petrels, prions and albatross accompany us across the 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 12 — Ushuaia, Argentina

A pre-dawn sail along the Beagle Channel and an early breakfast prepare us to dock in Ushuaia. There’s time for final photos and to say our farewells before disembarking.

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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Per Person USD
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, Photography, 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.

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
 
$23,090
 
$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.

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.

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