Polar Pioneer is a small and sturdy expedition ship and a regular in polar waters. Polar Pioneer currently sails on expeditions to Antarctica, South Georgia and the European Arctic, including Scotland, Spitsbergen and Greenland. 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.
All cabins have outside portholes plus ample storage space. The spacious bridge is always open to us and the decks are ideal for viewing. There is a combined bar/lounge/library area stocked with a good collection of polar books. The chefs are European, and the dining room is attended by Russian stewardesses.
Polar Pioneer is not a luxury vessel as such, but has been extremely popular amongst travel afficionados to the Polar regions. The accommodation is simple yet comfortable, and the meals are wholesome and uncomplicated.
A small fleet of inflatable Zodiacs with outboard motors enable us to travel from ship to shore. The Russian captain and crew are among the most experienced ice-navigators in the world and their enthusiasm is legendary.
Optional adventure activities such as kayaking and camping are featured on many of her voyages.
Lunch on the open deck in Antarctica
Lounge and Bar area
Adventure Activities are offered on all voyages
Double bed in separate room, plus foldout couch that can be used as a single bed; forward and port windows; lounge and table area; fridge; TV; DVD player and private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin.
Double bed in a separate room, foldout couch that can be used as a single bed; TV; DVD player; windows; desk; a private bathroom with shower, toilet and wash basin.
Two lower bunks; desk; windows and private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. NB. Cabins 402 and 403 have an upper and lower bunk and a couch.
Two lower bunks; desk; small washbasin; ample storage and hanging space; couch and porthole. Showers and toilets are close by and shared with other Main Deck cabins.
Two lower bunks and one upper bunk; desk; small washbasin; ample storage and hanging space and porthole. Showers and toilets are close by and shared with other Main Deck cabins.