Polar Pioneer

Tour Dates

In Depth South Georgia and Antarctica Fly/Cruise
Christmas in Antarctica Ushuaia to Punta Arenas
New Year in Antarctica Cruise/Fly via Punta Arenas
Spirit of Antarctica Fly/Cruise via Punta Arenas
South Georgia and Antarctic Odyssey Cruise/Fly
South Georgia and Antarctic Odyssey Fly/Cruise
Across the Antarctic Circle Ushuaia to Punta Arenas
Across the Antarctic Circle Cruise/Fly via Punta Arenas
Antarctic Explorer Fly/Cruise Punta Arenas to Ushuaia 2019
In Shackleton’s Footsteps - South Georgia and Antarctica

Polar Pioneer
Polar Pioneer is one of the most popular styles of vessels currently used in Antarctica. Originally built as an ice-strengthened research vessel in Finland in 1982, she was refurbished in 2000 and converted into a passenger ship for expeditions to the polar regions. Polar Pioneer’s excellent reputation for polar expedition cruising is due to her strength, maneuverability and size. She is small and nimble, which means she can sail up close to landing sites and venture where other, larger ships can’t. Carrying just 54 passengers, she allows us to offer you a far more personal and intimate experience of the destination we are visiting.

Accommodation
On board you will find a range of accommodation types, including triple and twin cabins as well as larger suites, all featuring outside facing portholes or windows and ample storage space for your gear. Cabins have either shared or private bathroom facilities, while suites offer en suite bathrooms and lounge areas.

Dining
Our professional chefs present three healthy, delicious meals daily, with morning and afternoon tea available in the dining rooms in between. All of our produce is sourced locally, with fresh fruit and vegetables, and freshly baked bread and pastries, served wherever possible. We are able to cater for a range of special meal requests, including vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, lactose free and other allergy specific requirements

Observation Decks
Our spacious observation decks provide a congenial place to watch for wildlife or follow the ship’s progress on nautical charts. Witness unparalleled scenery from the outer decks or flying bridge, where our naturalists help you identify wildlife.

Learning and Lectures
At sea, join our polar specialists as they entertain and inform us with illustrated talks, and prepare us for making shore visits with mandatory safety and environmental briefings.

Captain and Crew
Our highly experienced Russian captain and crew are among the best ice navigators in the world. Our efficient stewardesses attend to rooms and serve our meals, while the crew work mainly behind-the-scenes to help our expedition leader get the ship to where we want to go.

Getting Ashore
Polar Pioneer boasts a fleet of Zodiacs that transport us ashore to penguin rookeries, scientific stations and historic sites, and provide us with a platform for photography. Our small excursion crafts take us beyond the reach of giant cruisers, and our philosophy of “getting out amongst it” is put to practice.

Medical Clinic
A basic medical clinic is managed by our English-speaking ship’s doctor, who is available at all times to assist with bouts of sea sickness and other unexpected emergencies.

On-board Entertainment
From socialising in our fully-stocked lounge bar to enjoying captain’s drinks, trivia nights and charity auctions, or escaping to the sauna for some R&R; our small ship offers some fun entertainment options for when we’re not out and about.

Technology and Connectivity
Polar Pioneer has communication services that are available for an additional fee. These include satellite telephone, email and fax. Please note that these services are basic and not suitable for continuous use. Internet access is available on board for an additional cost. Please note that due to the remote nature of our expeditions, connection cannot always be guaranteed.

Ship Features
• Ice-strengthened hull
• Triple, twin & suite cabins
• Spacious viewing platforms and decks
• Fleet of inflatable Zodiacs
• Lounge bar & two dining rooms
• Dedicated presentation room
• Sauna
• Basic medical clinic
• English-speaking doctor
• Daily cabin cleaning service
• Satellite phone & email access
• Gumboots provided for landings
• Laundry service available

Ship Specifications
• Passengers: 54
• Staff: 10-12
• Crew: 23
• Cabins: 26
• Decks: 3
• Built: 1982
• Refurbished: 2000
• Length: 71.6m
• Beam: 12.8 metres
• Draft: 4.5m
• Cruising Speed: 10 knots
• Gross tonnage: 1753
• Registry: Russian
• Voltage: 220v. European round, two pin plug

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Rates Antarctica 2018-19
Triple Shared
Twin Shared
Twin Economy Private
Twin Private
Mini Suite
Captain's Suite
Kayaking
Option
XC Ski, Photography, Kayak
Santiago (or Punta Arenas) - Falklands
Antarctica - Ushuaia
$14,600Full$17,900$15,400Full$20,600Full$21,700$18,700Full$23,900Full$25,400Full$1,350 
Camp, XC Ski, Kayak, Snowshoe
Ushuaia - Antarctica
Puerto Williams - Punta Arenas
$9,100Full$10,600$9,700Full$11,600Full$12,100$11,100Full$13,800Full$15,200Full$1,050 
Camp, Kayak, Snowshoe
Punta Arenas - Puerto Williams
Antarctica - Punta Arenas
$9,700Full$11,400$10,500Full$13,100Full$13,800$12,800Full$14,800Full$16,200Full$1,050 
Camp, Kayak, Snowshoe
Punta Arenas - Antarctica
Antarctica - Ushuaia
$9,700Full$11,400$10,5001 Berth$13,100Full$13,800$12,800Full$14,800Full$16,200Full$1,050 
Kayak
Ushuaia - Antarctica
Falklands - Santiago (or Punta Arenas)
$15,6001 Berth$18,900$18,000Full$21,600Full$22,700$21,7001 Berth$25,100Full$26,400Full$1,350 
Kayak
Santiago (or Punta Arenas) - Falklands
Antarctica - Ushuaia
$15,600Full$18,900$18,000Full$21,600Full$22,700$21,700Full$25,100Full$26,400Full$1,350 
Kayak
Ushuaia - Antarctica
Puerto Williams - Punta Arenas

Save $1,000 (Twin Private) & $900 (Twin Shared)
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$9,100Full$10,600$9,700Full$11,600Full$12,100$11,1001 Berth$13,800Full$15,200 $1,050 
Kayak
Punta Arenas - Puerto Williams
Antarctica - Punta Arenas

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$9,700Full$11,400$10,500Full$13,1001 Berth$13,800$12,800Full$14,800 $16,200Full$1,050 
Photography, Kayak
Punta Arenas - Antarctica
Antarctica - Ushuaia

Save $2,000 (Twin Private) & $1,500 (Twin Shared)
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$9,700Full$11,400$9,900Full$13,100 $13,800$11,800Full$14,800 $16,200 $1,050 
Mountaineering, Kayak, Photography
Ushuaia - Antarctica
Falklands - Santiago (or Punta Arenas)

Save $3,000 (Twin Private) & $2,500 (Twin Shared)
(Prices in Red) Expires Oct 31st 2018
$14,600Full$17,900$15,400Full$20,6001 Berth$21,700$18,700Full$24,000 $25,400Full$1,350 
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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 (rates as indicated), Camping  Free, Photography Free, Snowshoeing $250, Ski Touring $900, Climbing $900, South Georgia Alpine Crossing $2,150, Ski Touring $900.

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

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*Cabins #402 & #403 will be sold as:
Twin Private Cabins for the 2017-18 Season and as
Twin Economy Private Cabins for the 2018-19 Season.

   Captain's Suite
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)
    Mini Suite
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 - 2017-18 Season Only) • 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 Economy Cabin, Private Bathroom (2018-19 Season Only)
Twin Cabins with Private Bathrooms on Deck 4 (#402 and #403). Each cabin accommodates two people and offers the convenience of private bathroom facilities.
Cabin Features: Private en-suite • 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.

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)