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Explore the "7th Continent" and its unparalleled wildlife and scenery and cruise south across the Antarctic Circle on this exciting expedition cruise aboard the Polar Pioneer. Explore glaciers, commune with penguins, identify and compare seal species, and enjoy all that the Antarctic Peninsula has to offer. Be among the few who have traveled so close to the South Pole!

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Book your Antarctic 2018/19 departure before September 30, 2017, and receive 10% Select cabin categories

• Valid on new bookings only
• Not available on group bookings
• Discounts available on cruise fees only and cannot be applied to adventure options, hotel accommodations, pre/post tours, insurance or flights
• TravelWild reserves the right to limit, change or discontinue this offer without notice
• Cannot be combined with other offers


Starting from $9,100

Rates & Dates Prices are per person and shown in USD.

Jan 30, 2018 - Feb 9, 2018$9,500
Feb 7, 2018 - Feb 17, 2018$9,500
Feb 19, 2019 - Mar 2, 2019$9,100
Mar 2, 2019 - Mar 12, 2019$9,700


Please Note: The February 26, 2017 departure operates in reverse to the below itinerary description.

Day 1
Step aboard Polar Pioneer in Ushuaia and settle in to your comfortable cabin. There is time to greet fellow passengers and explore the ship before evening cruise down the Beagle Channel.

Day 2
We cross the Drake Passage, accompanied by albatross, petrels, fulmars and prions. Our polar experts speak about Antarctica’s unique wildlife and history, and prepare us for landings with environmental and Zodiac briefings.

Day 3
All eyes are peeled for first iceberg, first penguin and first glimpse of land, the mercurial sea stacks outlying the South Shetland Islands. If conditions allow, we go ashore this afternoon.

Days 4-9
We explore the Peninsula’s west coast, with the frenzied activities of penguin parents and chicks as the summer days begin to shorten. Cormorant chicks bravely making their first flights from sea cliffs. Zodiac cruise amongst ice floes replete with basking Weddell and leopard seals and revel in unparalleled beauty of Antarctica’s landscape. We make a continental landing, possibly hiking up for spectacular views. As we continue south, ice conditions govern our movements. Whether we cross the Circle via the 'inner route' or the Bellingshausen Sea, we celebrate in style. With luck we reach magnificent Crystal Sound, pass through the Gullet and steam on to Marguerite Bay. Orcas, humpbacks and minkes feed in the channels. If ice conditions allow, we may visit historical Stonington, Pourquoi Pas and Detaille islands before turning north to warmer climes.

Day 10
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
After breakfast bid farewell to fellow expeditioners before continuing on with your own arrangements.

Polar Pioneer

Polar Pioneer

Deckplan & Cabin Photos


  • See spectacular seabirds as we cross the Drake Passage
  • Go ashore on the South Shetland Islands where we'll encounter chinstrap and Adélie penguins, fur and elephant seals
  • Visit international scientific stations, Trinity Church and learn about the continents whaling history
  • Enjoy a celebration as we cross the Antarctic Circle Crossing
  • Up-close observation of many of Antarctica's wildlife species during landings on the continent
  • Kayak through the pristine waters of Antarctica (optional and at add'l cost)


  • Accommodation during the voyage
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
  • Access to our on board doctor and basic medical services
  • An Expedition parka to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots during the voyage
  • Daily cabin service
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Professionally produced electronic voyage journal
  • Port taxes and charges
  • Flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams
  • Transfer from Puerto Williams airport to Polar Pioneer, including Puerto Williams town and surrounds tour
  • Luggage transfer from Polar Pioneer to King George Island airstrip
  • Flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas
  • Transfer from Punta Arenas airport to hotel
  • One night accommodation at Cabo de Hornos hotel in Punta Arenas post voyage (28 Feb 2015)

Adventure Options

  • Kayaking: $1,050
  • Scuba Diving: $975
  • Polar Snorkelling: $600

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of expedition cruising, itineraries are subject to change due to weather, ice conditions, natural and cultural events, wildlife viewing opportunities and other logistical considerations. In general, a ship's crew will endeavor to complete the itinerary provided, but the ultimate decision lies with the ship's captain and expedition leaders.

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