Why we like the Polar Pioneer

  • 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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Voyages aboard Polar Pioneer

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Cabin Categories

*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.

Captain's Suite (1)

  • Located on the top deck, opposite the actual Captain's cabin
  • Double bed with en-suite bathroom
  • Both forward- and port-facing windows
  • Separate spacious lounge area with sofa-bed, fridge, TV, video player

Mini Suite (2)

  • Both of these are a slightly smaller version of the Captain's Suite
  • Located on the top deck with side-facing windows
  • Separate bedroom with double bed and en-suite bathroom
  • Spacious lounge area with sofa-bed, fridge, TV, video player

Twin Private (12)

  • 8 Private Twin cabins on Deck 4, and 4 on Deck 5
  • Two lower bunks, en-suite, desk and windows

Cabins 400 and 401 have windows facing both forwards and to the side. Cabins 402 and 403 have upper and lower bunks and a sofa. Cabins on Deck 4 are a little smaller than those on Deck 5.

Twin Public (9)

  • All 9 cabins are on Deck 3
  • Two lower bunks, shared bathroom facilities close by
  • Sofa, in-cabin washbasin, porthole

You may read elsewhere that Cabins 311, 312, 313 are also twin public, but these are reserved for staff.

Triple (2)

  • Both cabins are on Deck 3
  • A bunk-bed plus one lower berth, shared bathroom facilities close by
  • Portholes, in-cabin washbasin

Polar Pioneer Deck Plan

Onboard Communications

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. 

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