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Crossing the geographical milestone of the Antarctic Circle is a moment to celebrate, and we do so with enthusiasm. In this frozen area of extraordinary beauty, powerful orcas and leopard seals patrol the waters, while ethereal snow petrels grace the skies against a backdrop of bristling mountain ranges and surreal icebergs. Threading our way through an intricate system of icy waterways, we aim for the glorious Crystal Sound at the mouth of The Gullet.

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Starting from $9,100

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

TRIPLE SHAREDTWIN SHAREDTWIN PRIVATEMINI SUITESUITE
Jan 30, 2018 - Feb 9, 2018$9,500
 
$11,200
 
$13,500
 
$14,500
 
$15,900
 
Feb 7, 2018 - Feb 17, 2018$9,500
 
$11,200
 
$13,500
 
$14,500
 
$15,900
 
Feb 19, 2019 - Mar 2, 2019$9,100
 
$10,600
 
$12,100
 
$13,800
 
$15,200
 
Mar 2, 2019 - Mar 12, 2019$9,700
 
$11,400
 
$13,800
 
$14,800
 
$16,200
 

Itinerary

Note: Departures on certain dates will have reversed itineraries

Day 1: Depart Ushuaia (or Punta Arenas)

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. NOTE: Some departures will start with a flight from Punta Arenas to either King George Island or Puerto Williams. Please check the port for each departure date. The following itinerary is a guide and will change dependent on the voyage departure.

Day 2 – 3: Drake Passage

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, activity and Zodiac briefings. 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 may have a chance to go ashore by late afternoon on Day 3.

Days 4 – 9: Antarctic Peninsula

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 returning north to warmer climes.

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 (or Ushuaia)

After breakfast bid farewell to fellow expeditioners before continuing on with your own arrangements. Additional Information: On arrival in Punta Arenas a transfer is included to the preferred hotel. It is advised that you overnight in Punta Arenas, but not mandatory. Onward flights from Punta Arenas should not be booked until after 1700 hours.

PLEASE NOTE: Expedition itinerary will change dependent on departure and arrival points.

Polar Pioneer

Polar Pioneer

Deckplan & Cabin Photos

Highlights

  • Attempt to cross the Antarctic Circle, then celebrate with a champagne toast
  • Splendid wildlife activity of fledgling chicks
  • Zodiac cruise along playful leopard seals
  • Scientific research stations and historic huts
  • Divers and snorkelers revel in Antarctic marine life

Included

  • Luggage transfer from Ushuaia hotel to Polar Pioneer on day of voyage departure
  • Accommodation on board during the voyage
  • 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 in Punta Arenas post voyage (8 Feb 2018)
  • 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
  • An Aurora Expeditions' 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

Adventure Options

  • Kayaking: $1,050
  • Scuba Diving: $975
  • Polar Snorkeling: $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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