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Across the Antarctic Circle

Cross latitude 66° 33’ South in the wake of hallowed explorers including the first to do so, Captain James Cook. It’s a moment to celebrate, and we oblige 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 background 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.

Prices quoted are per person in US$, based on twin-share. Single occupancy is 1.7 times the twin share price. No single travel fees apply if you are willing to share your cabin (triple & twin cabins only). Fuel surcharge may apply in the event of significant fuel price increases. No refund for unused services.
Please note: ANP111 and ANP116 operate approximately in reverse to the itinerary above. Once we leave King George Island, we sail south, making two to three landings per day as we head for the Antarctic Circle and beyond. Returning north, it’s likely we’ll plot a new course without returning to the South Shetland Islands.

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.

Day 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.

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.

Itinerary details

Voyage:
Across the Antarctic Circle
Duration:
10 nights / 11 days
Start:
Ushuaia, Argentina
Finish:
Punta Arenas, Chile
Vessel:
Polar Pioneer

Season 2016 - 2017

Dates & Rates Cabins (all Prices in US$ Dollar)
Code Date Triple shared Twin shared Twin private Mini Suite private Suite private Kayaking surcharge.
ANP115 Start Feb 18, 2017
End Feb 28, 2017
8,725 10,200 12,340 13,250 14,650 995
ANP116 Start Feb 26, 2017
End Mar 08, 2017
8,725 10,200 12,340 13,250 14,650 995

Season 2017 - 2018

Dates & Rates Cabins (all Prices in US$ Dollar)
Code Date Triple shared Twin shared Twin private Mini Suite private Suite private Kayaking surcharge.
  Start Jan 30, 2018
End Feb 09, 2018
9,500 11,200 13,500 14,500 15,900 1,050
  Start Feb 07, 2018
End Feb 17, 2018
9,500 11,200 13,500 14,500 15,900 1,050

INCLUDED IN THE EXPEDITION PRICE

  • Accommodation during the voyage.
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage.
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises.
  • Flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams, and flight from Stanley to Punta Arenas or Santiago.
  • Transfer from Puerto Williams airport to ship, including Puerto Williams town and surrounds tour.
  • Transfer from Polar Pioneer to Stanley airport, including tour of Stanley.
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team.
  • Access to our on board doctor and basic medical services.
  • Loan of gumboots during the voyage.
  • Daily cabin service.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information.
  • Professionally produced electronic voyage journal.
  • Port taxes and charges.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE EXPEDITION PRICE 

  • Air transport or transfers to and from the ship, not included in the above.
  • Visa, passport and vaccination charges and airport departure taxes. 
  • Hotels and meals not included in cruise itinerary.
  • Optional excursions not included in the cruise itinerary.
  • Laundry, postage, personal clothing, medical expenses, personal travel insurance and items of a personal nature such as bar charges and phone calls.
  • Emergency evacuation charges.