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Antarctic Explorer: Polar Pioneer

This new Fly/Sail itinerary features the best of Antarctica across ten days and allows for more exploration, with only one crossing of the Drake Passage. Get up close with tabular icebergs, vast colonies of Adelie and gentoo penguins and dramatic volcanic landscapes in the ice-filled Weddell Sea; the Antarctic Peninsula’s many islands are alive with leopard seals busy with courtship, bustling penguins and maybe whales!

Antarctic Sale

Book the 25 Feb 2018 expedition and save US$1000 on all cabin categories (subject to availability). OFFER ENDS 30 September 2017!

Early Booking Offer 2019 departure only: 15% off twin public and twin private (not economy) berths. Use the Promocode PP15A at the time of booking.

  • Fly there, sail back – only one sea crossing!
  • Giant tabular icebergs in the Weddell Sea
  • Visit fossil-rich islands with an expert geologist
  • Gorgeous long summer days on the Peninsula
  • See some of the peninsula's largest penguin colonies
  • Explore historic huts and volcanic landscapes
  • Zodiac cruise in search of feeding whales

Day 1 – Punta Arenas (fly to Puerto Williams) 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. Days 2 to 3 – Drake Passage Ease into shipboard life as we cross the Drake Passage. Our naturalist and palaeontologist expand our Antarctic knowledge and prepare us for landings. The outer decks and flying bridge provide excellent space to see and photograph wildlife. Days 4 to 6 – Antarctic Peninsula's East Coast, Weddell Sea We spend the next few days exploring the ice-filled Weddell Sea where weather systems and shifting pack ice dictate our schedule. 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. Days 7 to 9 – Antarctic Peninsula's West Coast 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. Day 10 – King George Island We arrive at mountainous King George Island. If time and weather permit we explore penguin and seal-rich waters of Fildes Bay and visit the surprising Trinity Church at Bellingshausen Station, before catching our charter flight back to Punta Arenas in Chile, where we transfer to our overnight accommodation. Day 11 – Punta Arenas After breakfast at the Cabo de Hornas Hotel, bid a fond farewell to your fellow passengers as you make your journey home or continue on with your own arrangements. Note Departures on certain dates will have reversed itineraries

Expedition Vessel: Polar Pioneer

Polar Pioneer is a small and sturdy expedition ship and a regular in polar waters. Built in Finland in 1985 as an ice- strengthened research vessel, she was refurbished in 2001 to provide a comfortable range of triple, twin and suite cabin options for a maximum of 54 expeditioners. Her excellent reputation for polar expedition cruising is due to her strength, maneuverability and size, allowing her to access areas where larger vessels simply can’t reach.

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Dates, Costs & Booking

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Date Selected: 17th Feb 2018

Adult (1) US$9500
Sub total US$9500

Expedition Options

Name Description Price
Kayaking option Antarctica Kayaking in the far-flung corners of the world is an experience guaranteed to refresh your soul. Paddling in small groups, glide between ice floes, brash ice and icebergs dotted with wildlife. (Price varies according to departure date) US$1050
Polar Scuba Diving - Polar Pioneer Go beyond the average adventure and delve deep into the waters of Antarctica and the Arctic exploring dive sites where no one has gone before. Available to experienced dry-suit divers only. US$975
Antarctic Sale Book selected 2017/18 Antarctica expeditions and save between US$1000 and $1500 on all cabin categories (subject to availability). US$-1500

Essential Information

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. Deposits 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. Final Payments 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. Cancellations 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. Booking Terms 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.


  • Group transfers in Punta Arenas / Puerto Williams / King George Island (not applicable to all departures)
  • Flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams (not applicable to all departures)
  • Puerto Williams town and surrounds tour (not applicable to all departures)
  • Flight between King George Island and Punta Arenas
  • One night accommodation in Punta Arenas pre- or post voyage
  • 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
  • Free gumboot hire during the voyage
  • Daily cabin service
  • A multi-purpose waterproof jacket
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Professionally produced voyage journal (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