Antarctica & South Georgia

Itinerary | March 7-24, 2018

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Day 1 – Beagle Channel

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

Days 2 to 3 – Drake Passage

As we cross Drake Passage, we keep watch for giant petrels, wandering and black-browed albatross and our first icebergs. Fur seals and penguins pepper the sea surface as we approach our first landing in the South Shetland Islands.

Days 4 to 6 – Antarctica Peninsula

An autumn dawn greets us in spectacular Antarctic Sound where we may stop at towering Brown Bluff before pushing on into the Weddell Sea. There’s a strong fossil focus this time of year, as the pack ice movement may allow a continental landing and visits to the world-renowned fossil beds of Seymour, Vega and James Ross islands, and Nordenskjold’s Hut on Snow Hill Island.

Days 7 to 9 – Scotia Sea

So exposed is Cape Wild on Elephant Island, landings are rare, but we’ll try, if only to pay tribute to the man who’s leadership kept Shackleton’s men alive for four months while awaiting rescue. We keep watch for great whales while sailing the Scotia Sea to South Georgia.

Day 10 – South Georgia

We enter King Haakon Bay and attempt a ceremonial landing at Cave Cove, Shackleton’s first landfall before continuing up past Peggotty Bluff, where Shackleton, Worsley and Crean set off to cross the island.

Days 11 to 14 – South Georgia

While our “Crossers” negotiate Shackleton’s historic route, we immerse ourselves in one of the world’s greatest wildlife spectacles. King penguin rookeries half-million strong, chinstrap, gentoo and macaroni penguin colonies, wandering albatross on nests, beaches thick with elephant and fur seals. We hope to walk the final leg of Shackleton’s epic, from Fortuna Bay to Stromness, before visiting “The Boss’s” grave and whaling museum in Grytviken.

Days 15 to 17 – Scotia Sea

Crossing the Scotia Sea, we watch for whales and enjoy entertaining talks by our expedition team as we cruise back towards the Falklands Islands/Malvinas. On this leg we are usually travelling into the prevailing weather so it is difficult to estimate our arrival time in the Falklands.

Day 18 – Falkland Islands/Malvinas

Dawn greets us in the Falkland Islands/Malvinas capital, Stanley; where we bid farewell to Polar Pioneer. You have the option of either spending more time exploring the Falkland Islands or continuing on to Punta Arenas or Santiago, Chile.



Deck 3 Triple, shared facilities US $14,300
Deck 3 Twin, shared facilities US $17,200
Deck 4, 5 Twin, private facilities US $20,790

Sea Kayaking (From US $1325pp)

South Georgia Alpine Crossing (From US $1250pp)

Included: Accommodation on board Polar Pioneer, all meals, lectures, naturalists/guides, photography guidance, daily cabin service, all shore excursions and zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises, port taxes and charges, all entry fees to historic landings sites, lectures and educational and guiding services from our expert team, access to our on board doctor and basic medical services, Complimentary custom-designed polar expedition jacket, professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking), free gumboot hire during the voyage, luggage transfer from hotel in Ushuaia, Argentina to Polar Pioneer on day of boarding, transfer from Polar Pioneer to Stanley airport, including tour of Stanley, post-voyage flight from Stanley to Punta Arenas or Santiago, Chile (no reduced fare for finishing in Punta Arenas), comprehensive pre-departure information.

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Please note that all of our itineraries are at the mercy of weather conditions and not all landings are guaranteed. Our itineraries are flexible and will change voyage to voyage, allowing the best chance to make the most of surprising wildlife displays and unexpected opportunities.