Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- 5 full days exploring Antarctica = 10 planned ‘off ship’ excursions
- Choice of departure dates
- Only 100 guests means faster logistics and everyone can do landings together
- Kayaking, camping, mountaineering & ski touring (extra cost), plus snowshoeing (complimentary)
- Complimentary parka jacket & post voyage photo book
Day 1-2 : Punta Arenas to King Georges Island, South Shetlands
Arrive in Punta Arenas and transfer to your downtown hotel to check in. The rest of the day is at your leisure before a group briefing about tomorrow's flight. The next day we transfer to Punta Arenas airport for our charter flight to King George Island. Please remember that we are flying to a very remote areas and flight schedules are dependent on weather, both in Punta Arenas & King George Island.
Days 3-8: Antarctica Peninsula
The Antarctic Peninsula's western flanks offer long days and relatively ice-free waters. We visit historic huts and Zodiac cruise through narrow straits and majestic icebergs, and if we're lucky, whale watch from the bow of the ship. A few landing points we hope to visit include Half Moon Bay, Lemaire Channel, Hydrurga Rocks and more. Expeditions onboard the Polar Pioneer will also venture into Weddell Sea if weather and ice conditions permit. We hope to visit the large Adelie and gentoo penguin colonies of Brown Bluff or Paulet Island, and fossil-rich Seymour Island. We may hike to spectacular vantage points on Beak or Devil Islands; large tabular icebergs and volcanic scenery create long lasting memories. Wherever we go, wildlife, Heroic Age relics and haunting landscapes await.
Day 9-10: Drake Passage
Relax and reminisce as we cross the Drake Passage, bound for South America. Our expedition team recap all the incredible things we've witnessed, or perhaps you'll find a quiet moment place to review the hundreds of photos taken.
Day 11: Ushuaia, Argentina
We slip up the Beagle Channel and pull into Ushuaia, where you'll say goodbye to new friends and begin any onward travel.
Please note: This itinerary is for guidance only as each voyage will vary depending on ice and weather conditions, and opportunities to see wildlife. Flexibility is key and all part of the adventure of an expeditionary cruise.
- The 17th Dec 2019 Christmas departure is 1 day longer (13 days)
- The optional activities on 17th Dec 2019 trip are limited to only kayaking
About The Ship
- With its sexy and sleek X-bow lines and ground breaking design, few new Polar ships have created such excitement.
- Zodiac platforms specially designed for quick boardings and more time exploring
- Rolls Royce stabiliser system and polar code 6 ice rating
- Large comfortable cabins
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
Prices quoted below are per person based on 2 people sharing. Cabin availability changes all the time so please contact us for up-to-date details and information on specific cabin availability.
Stateroom - Triple
Stateroom - Twin
* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $10500
- The 17-Dec-2019 Christmas departure is 1 day longer (13 days)
- The optional activities on 17-Dec-2019 trip are limited to only kayaking
- The 16-Jan-2020 departure starts in Ushuaia and ends in Punta Arenas with a flight back from King George Island in Antarctica.
- The 25-Jan-2020 departure starts in Punta Arenas and flies to King George Island in Antarctica. It then sails back to Ushuaia.
- The 28-Nov-2020 departure starts and ends in Ushuaia
- The 27-Dec-2020 departure starts in Ushuaia and ends in Punta Arenas with a flight back from King George Island in Antarctica.
- The 13-Jan-2021 departure starts in Punta Arenas and flies to King George Island in Antarctica. It then sails back to Ushuaia.
- The 12-Feb-2021 departure starts in Ushuaia and ends in Punta Arenas with a flight back from King George Island in Antarctica.
- The 1-Mar-2021 departure starts in Punta Arenas and flies to King George Island in Antarctica. It then sails back to Ushuaia.
Kayak: available on all voyages
Snow-shoe: available on all voyages
Snorkelling: available on all voyages
Camping: available on 28-Nov-2020 and 27-Dec-2020 voyages onoly
Skiing: available on 28-Nov-2020 voyage only
Mountaineering: available on 27-Dec-2020 and 13-Jan-2021 voyages only
Stand-Up-Paddleboarding: available on 12-Feb-2021 and 1-Mar-2021 voyages only
Polar diving: available on 12-Feb-2021 and 1-Mar-2021 voyages only
Single Supplement And Child Policy
For those travelling solo who want their own cabin, the single supplement to have your own twin cabin varies between 1.25 - 1.7 times the cost of a single berth. There is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin.
For young travellers there’s a minimum age of 8 years. There isn't any concession on pricing.
Optional Adventure Activities
Enhance your trip with the following add ons. Limited places per activity.
Get in contact to check availability.
- Complimentary parka jacket
- Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
- Accommodation during the voyage on full board basis
- Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
- All shore excursions and zodiac activities
- Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
- Access to an onboard doctor and basic medical services
- Loan of rubber boots for the voyage's duration
- Comprehensive pre-departure information
- Port taxes and any entry fees to historic landing sites
- A printed photo book produced with photos from your voyage
- Flights to & from points of embarkation/disembarkation
- Any additional services before and after your voyage
- Transfers not specific to the itinerary
- Travel insurance
- Optional adventure activities
- Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses
- Airport arrival or departure taxes
- Items of a personal nature: laundry, beverages, etc
- Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
- Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)