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In Shackleton's Footsteps

Late summer offers the best chance to chart a course through the Weddell Sea’s shifting pack ice and vast tabular bergs, where Shackleton’s ship Endurance was trapped and crushed. We hope to explore fossil-rich islands, historic huts and set foot on the continent before retracing Shackleton’s heroic journey to save his men – first to Elephant Island, then on through waters where blue, sei and fin whales roam. South Georgia offers nesting albatross, mating elephant seals, the world’s largest king penguin rookeries and a visit to Shackleton’s grave.

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.

Day 1: Step aboard Polar Pioneer in the late afternoon to a warm welcome, introductory briefing and an evening departure along the Beagle Channel with your shipmates.

Day 2 - 3: 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.

Day 4 - 6: 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.

Day 7 - 9 : 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: 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

Day 11 - 14: 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.

Day 15 - 17: 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: Dawn greets us in the Falkland Islands/Maldivas 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.

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:
In Shackleton's Footsteps
Duration:
17 nights / 18 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.
ASG69 Start Mar 08, 2017
End Mar 25, 2017
14,300 17,200 20,790
20,790
22,785
20,790
24,200 1,325

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
14,300 17,500 21,200 23,500 24,800 1,350

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.