Why We Like This Ship
- A maximum of only 54 passengers makes for a more intimate and personalised experience
- Such a small number of passengers not only makes landings easier, but allows for greater spontaneity and up to three landings a day
- Instead of sailing both ways, some itineraries include up to two flights which saves time and avoids some of the long sea journeys
- She often attracts a younger and fun crowd of international travellers
- As well as offering camping and kayaking, she's also the only ship to offer polar snorkelling
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What Our Customers Think
I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. The Polar Pioneer crew were excellent and in particular the leader Christian who couldn't have done more to ensure that we had as many interesting landings as possible.
Chris February 2016
Superb food, excellent variety including vegetarian options, we didn’t have the same meal twice. Particularly appreciated fruit available at all times. The insulated mugs a great idea.
Freda, UK January 2017
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Voyages aboard Polar Pioneer
Sailing one way and flying the other, spend 6 full days exploring Antarctica with the Polar Circle as your most southerly objective. Carrying just 54 people, this small ship affords an intimacy and ease of logistics unachievable on larger vessels.…
Departing at the height of the Austral summer, crossing The Drake only once courtesy of a flight in one direction and combining the best of the Weddell Sea and the Antarctic Peninsula - this 11-day trip really packs some punch.…
Sailing aboard the smallest Antarctic ship, spend 6 days in December in Antarctica during the height of the Austral summer. Only 54 passengers aboard allows up to 3 landings a day, which is unprecedented on any other ship. Complimentary camping,…
Focused on the Sub-Antarctic Islands only, spend an unprecedented 8 days on the wildlife mecca of South Georgia and 2 days on The Falklands. With a strong photographic focus and onboard workshops, it’s timed to benefit from the optimal light…
By flying between Chile and The Falklands saving 2 days at sea, this 18-day trip packs in 9 full days of off-ship exploration in South Georgia and Antarctica, excluding time on Elephant Island. Sailing aboard a small vessel, you also…
In homage to the great man, this late season trip follows the men of 'The Endurance' from the icy Weddell Sea via Elephant Island and across the vast Scotia Sea to South Georgia. What sets this trip apart is the…
A special photography-focused expedition to South Georgia and Antarctica during early season when light conditions are most favourable. Nine full days of ‘off ship’ exploration maximises your photographic opportunities, while this small 54-passenger ship provides both spontaneity and a very…
I've known Polar Pioneer for many years now and she remains a firm favourite. Every one of my customers who's travelled aboard her unfailingly falls in love with this plucky little ship and loves the intimacy and spontaneity of being part of such a small group.
Alex Mudd General Manager
*Note that the above measurements are approximate averages and exact cabin size can vary
The Polar Pioneer's 29 cabins are all outward facing, meaning passengers can all enjoy ocean views of Antarctica's ice-choked waters.Cabins are comfortable and reasonably spacious with wood boarding. All cabins contain a writing desk and hairdryer.
If you wish to stay in touch, even in Antarctica, you can choose from the options below:
- Satellite phone card: $30/5min; $150/45min packages are available for purchase
- Wifi card to use with email: $5 initial set-up fee and an approximate $3/min of sending/receiving emails. 5, 10, 40 minutes packages are available for purchase
Please note that this is only for light data traffic and that communications is costly in Antarctica. Uploading images or accessing Internet is unfortunately not possible - there is only email access.