- Polar Pioneer
- Research Ship
- 54 Capacity
- 12 Days
- 2014, 2015
- Price from
Summary : Soaring snow-capped peaks, sheltered waterways, sculpted icebergs and abundant wildlife characterize the spectacular Antarctic Peninsula. Penguin rookeries bustle with nest building, courtship and egg laying; flourishing plankton attracts krill, fish, seals and whales. Visit working scientific stations, which open the door to fascinating research and interesting people, observe abundant wildlife, and explore the awe-inspiring beauty of Antarctica.
Activities : Birding, Camping, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking
$8,700 to $14,290
Enjoy looking around Ushuaia at your leisure before a late afternoon boarding with time to settle in on the ship before the evening departure. Excitement lifts as you set sail down the Beagle Channel, keeping watch for magellenic penguins, dolphins and albatross.
As you cross the Drake Passage observe as cape petrels dart around the ship, black-browed and wandering albatross soar overhead and Wilson’s storm petrels flit above the sea. Learn about Antarctica from our expert naturalist’s informative talks. Safety and environmental guidelines will be covered by your expedition team while preparing for upcoming adventures. Enjoy time to meet fellow travelers, chat, read and prepare for the days ahead.
An overnight passage along Gerlache Strait delivers you to the stunning Antarctic Peninsula, an ethereal wonderland of vast proportions. Aboard Zodiacs, explore penguin rookeries, historic sites, scientific stations and cruise near exquisite icebergs. Our kayakers glide into secluded bays, while climbers ascend pristine peaks.
Stepping ashore on the continent itself creates an everlasting memory. Bubble-netting humpbacks demand a wake-up call, even at midnight! A curious leopard seal cruising amongst spectacular icebergs may mean postponing lunch.
We make the most of every day and a fair bit of each night as well. If the weather allows, we’ll have a sleep-out on the ice – a must for any Antarctic explorer!
As the Captain steers the ship north across the Drake Passage, let your mind and soul revel in your rich Antarctic experiences. Enjoy time to watch for seabirds, listen to entertaining talks, discuss wildlife seen and details learned, and exchange photos and stories. With luck, a ceremonial rounding of Cape Horn will be made before sharing a farewell dinner.
A dawn cruise along the Beagle Channel ends in Puerto Williams. Disembark after breakfast for a tour of the town and stunning surroundings, before transferring to the airport for your flight to Punta Arenas.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions – and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition.
Reverse Itinerary: 1/20/2015 departure (Punta Arenas, Chile to Ushuaia, Argentina)
Mandatory Travel Insurance:
All guests are required to have emergency medical evacuation travel insurance coverage. Proof of coverage is required prior to embarkation. The policy provider, policy number and emergency contact phone number must be provided prior to departure date. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage for Antarctic trips which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.
Kayaking Option: $995 per person
If you wish to take this option, please advise us when you make your booking as numbers are limited. Please note, some sea kayaking experience is necessary.
Climbing Option: $250 per person. 12/6/2014 departure only.
From easy ascents to more technical routes, ranging from four to 10 hours. You’ll need to be moderately fit, and use crampons and an ice axe. Most climbers bring their own gear, but a list can be supplied of what is on board.
Camping Option: Included in cruise rate
Camping is optional, subject to weather conditions and organized onboard the ship.
Luggage transfer from Ushuaia hotel to ship on day of voyage departure (12/6/2014); transfer from ship to Puerto Williams airport (12/6/2014); flight from Puerto Williams to Punta Arenas (12/6/2014); flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams, Chile (1/20/2015); transfer from Puerto Williams airport to ship (1/20/2015); tour of Puerto Williams; cabin accommodation on the ship; all meals onboard; all shore excursions; lectures and guide services; boots (for loan onboard); medical service of the resident medical officer onboard; port taxes and service charges.
Airfare except flight from Puerto Williams to Punta Arenas (12/6/2014) or flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams, Chile (1/20/2015); accommodation and transfers before or after the cruise; visa, passport, and vaccination charges and airport departure taxes; fuel surcharge may apply; optional sea kayaking and climbing activities, items of a personal nature; internet charges; travel insurance; and gratuity to the ship's crew is at your discretion.