This classic Antarctic cruise to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands includes an optional opportunity for hardy adventurers to follow Shackleton's historic overland crossing of South Georgia. Whether you're interested in joining the 3-day trek or not, this is an excellent way to see three extraordinary wildlife and scenic locales.

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Day 1

Step aboard Polar Pioneer in Ushuaia to a warm welcome, introductory briefing and an evening departure along the Beagle Channel.

Days 2–3

As we cross the Drake Passage, our naturalist and historian inform us about Antarctica and prepare us for the weeks ahead. Seabirds, then icebergs entrance us as we approach our first landing in the South Shetland Islands.

Days 4–6

Sail through spectacular Antarctic Sound into the Weddell Sea, attempt a continental landing, watch for whales, visit magnificent penguins rookeries, search for fossils and begin retracing Shackleton's epic.

Days 7–9

At Elephant Island we hope for close views of Cape Wild, where Shackleton's men sheltered four months awaiting rescue, then sail to South Georgia, with a possible detour to the remote, mountainous South Orkney Islands.

Day 10

We enter King Haakon Bay and may make a ceremonial landing at Cave Cove, Shackleton's first landfall. Near Peggotty Bluff, we farewell our alpine crossing party as they follow the difficult overland leg of Shackleton's epic.

Days 11–13

While our "Crossers" negotiate Shackleton's historic route, we revel in some of the world's largest king penguin rookeries, chinstrap, gentoo and macaroni penguin colonies, wandering albatross on nests, beaches thick with elephant and fur seals. We join our Crossers for the final leg from Fortuna Bay to Stromness, before visting Shackelton's grave, the whaling museum and lovely church

Days 14–16

Crossing the Scotia Sea, we watch for whales and enjoy entertaining talks by our expedition team.

Days 17–18

In Stanley, beautiful Falkland Islands capital, enjoy its excellent museum, post office, picturesque houses, welcoming shops and pubs. Sea Lion Island is home to extraordinarily diverse wildlife—from steamer ducks to magellenic and rockhopper penguins, ruddy-headed geese and cormorants, elephant seals and sea lions.

Days 19–20

Magnificent seabirds accompany us as we pass Isla de los Estados and sail up the Beagle Channel to dock in Puerto Williams at dawn. Enjoy a tour of the lovely port before boarding your flight to Punta Arenas, Chile.

Polar Pioneer

Polar Pioneer

Deckplan & Cabin Photos


  • Visit three diverse and spectacular biomes including the temperate Falkland Islands, sub–Antarctic South Georgia and the frozen Antarctic continent
  • Encounter hundreds of thousands of stately king penguins on the beaches of incomparable South Georgia
  • Experience abundant wildlife including seabirds, seals and even some of the great whales at close range
  • Option to retrace Shackleton's overland crossing of South Georgia (alpin mountaineering experience required)
  • Explore the spectacular Antarctic wilderness including the Weddell Sea in a casual atmosphere of like–minded travelers
  • Cruise in comfort along towering icebergs, serrated maritime mountains and luminous glaciers
  • Zodiac landing craft allow visitation on remote shorelines and otherwise inaccessible areas
  • The ship's "open bridge policy" allows observation of its sophisticated navigation equipment and provides an excellent location to view wildlife the landscape (subject to weather and critical navigation maneuvers)
  • Expert lecturers and naturalist guides


  • 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
  • Loan of rubber boots during the voyage
  • Daily cabin service
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Professionally produced electronic voyage journal
  • Port taxes and charges
  • Luggage transfer from Ushuaia hotel to ship on day of departure
  • Transfer from ship to Puerto Williams airport, including tour of Puerto Williams
  • Flight from Puerto Williams to Punta Arenas

Adventure Options

  • Kayaking:
    • $1,295 (2016 Departure)
    • $1,325 (2017 Departure)
  • South Georgia Alpine Crossing: $1,250

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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