Tabular icebergs stream out of Antarctic Sound, marking our entrance to the Weddell Sea, where powerful tides and big ice signal an adventurous voyage. Pack ice stretches to the horizon, reflecting golden sun. Upwellings of cold, nutrient-rich water attract diverse wildlife. Islands host penguin colonies 200,000 strong. We hope to explore Prince Gustav Channel, fossil-rich Seymour Island and Nordenskjold’s historic hut on Snow Hill Island. Also explored is the Antarctic Peninsula’s west coast with its maze of islands and waterways, overwhelming numbers of seals, penguins, whales and seabirds
- Smallest class of vessel visiting Antarctica
- Hiking excursions
- Optional kayaking adventures
- Pristine Antarctic Peninsula
- Explore the seldom-visited Weddell Sea with its tabular icebergs
- fossil-rich Seymour Island
- Nordenskjold’s historic hut on Snow Hill Island
Early Booking Offer
$2000 USD pp Discount on Twin Private, $1500 USD pp Discount on Twin Public.
Discount valid on Twin Public and Twin Private cabin category only. Other conditions may apply. Offer valid until 31 March, 2018
Tabular icebergs stream out of Antarctic Sound, marking our entrance to the Weddell Sea, where powerful tides and big ice signal an adventurous voyage. Pack ice stretches to the horizon, reflecting golden sun. Upwellings of cold, nutrient-rich water attract diverse wildlife. Islands host penguin colonies 200,000 strong. We hope to explore Prince Gustav Channel, fossil-rich Seymour Island and Nordenskjold’s historic hut on Snow Hill Island. Also explored is the Antarctic Peninsula’s west coast with its maze of islands and waterways, overwhelming numbers of seals, penguins, whales and seabirds.*Charter flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams and town tour of Puerto Williams is included in the voyage fare.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you’re an intermediate kayaker, are active in the outdoors and have an adventurous spirit, join us as we paddle between ice floes, brash ice and icebergs of all shapes and sizes. Quiet enough to hear a whale blow or leopard seal sing! Kayaking (including drysuit) is available to intermediate paddlers. A surcharge applies.
Real Antarctic heroes sleep on ice! There’s no better way to experience Antarctica’s stunning silence and mesmerising, often colourful night sky. Camping is our most popular optional activity, with some passengers camping for the very first time in their lives. Camping is free and organised onboard our ship, totally dependent on weather and schedule. We provide all the equipment you need.
Flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams Transfer from Puerto Williams airport to Polar Pioneer, including Puerto Williams town and surrounds tour. Accommodation during the voyage All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team Access to our on board doctor and basic medical services Loan of gumboots during the voyage Daily cabin service Comprehensive pre-departure information Aurora Expeditions waterproof jacket An Antarctic wildlife guide A printed photo book produced with imagery from your voyage (one per booking) Port taxes and charges All entry fees to historic landings sites
International or domestic flights to or from ship, unless specified Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary Airport arrival or departure taxes Visa, passport, and vaccination charges Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges Hotels and meals not included in itinerary Optional excursions not included in the itinerary Optional activity surcharge. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities, such as sea kayaking All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges.
Prices and Share Policy
Prices quoted are per person in US$, based on twin-share. Single occupancy is 1.7 times the twin share price. No single travel fees apply if you are willing to share your cabin (triple & twin cabins only). Fuel surcharge may apply in the event of significant fuel price increases. No refund for unused services.
Reservations require a deposit of $2500 per person at the time you receive a booking confirmation from Expeditions Online. A payment link will be sent to you and this may be paid by major credit card. Bookings within 90 days of departure require full payment.
Balances are due 90 days prior to departure. You will be invoiced at the appropriate time. Balance payments can be made by bank transfer or on request by major credit card, subject to a 2% surcharge.
All requests for cancellation must be received in writing to Expeditions Online. Cancellations made before 90 days of voyage departure are subject to a non-refundable deposit of $2500, however your deposit may be transferred towards a different voyage on board Polar Pioneer at a fee of $500. Transfers are subject to availability and are only valid on voyages that depart within 12 months from date of transfer. You must pay the difference between the original booked price and the price of any transferred booking including the new deposit amount. If cancellation occurs less than 90 days prior to departure, you will be required to pay for the full cost of the trip. We strongly recommend that you obtain adequate trip cancellation insurance.
Please read carefully the General Booking Conditions for Expeditions Online. This voyage is operated by Aurora Expeditions and you additionally travel under their terms and conditions as the operator as well as of the Shipping Company/transport carrier. Details will be forwarded to you at the time of booking along with a separate Booking Form.
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Expeditions Online