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Polar Pioneer

A comfortable ice strenghtened expedition vessel , ideally for expedition cruising in the Polar regions.

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Polar Pioneer

Built in Finland in 1985 as an ice-strengthened research ship, and completely converted for a passenger cruise vessel in 2000, and is ideally suited to expedition cruising in polar areas. It complies with the highest international safety and environmental regulations, as well as the Arctic and Antarctic shipping guidelines.
The Polar Pioneer carries 54 passengers which is the smallest passenger expedition vessel operating in the Polar Regions. This small number of guests on board enhances the wilderness experience and makes it possible to organize a flexible programme to almost everybodies wishes.
A combined bar/lounge/library area (stocked with a good collection of polar books) was also created by simple internal restructuring. The spacious bridge is always open and the decks are ideal for viewing.
The ship carries a full complement of Zodiac crafts, for both cruising and landing ashore.
The chefs are international, and the dining room is attended by Russian stewardesses. Sometimes on our voyages the Chef will organize a Polar barbecue on deck. Surrounded by an impressive landscape and accompanied by your fellow-travellers, staff members and the Russian crew members, this event is one to remember.

Waterproof Expeditions is the exclusive polar dive and snorkel operator onboard.

PLEASE NOTE: Polar Snorkeling & Diving activity on designated trips require a minimum of 6 participants.

The best trip of my life ! The ship felt my home away from home.

Merill Debuis, USA

Accommodation

Ship Specifications


  • Deckplan MV Polar PioneerISM and SOLAS certified as Ice strengthened vessel

  • Length: 71,6 Mtr (236 ft)

  • Breadth: 12,8 Mtr (42 ft)

  • Draft: 4,5 Mtr (15ft)

  • Displacement: 2140 tonnes

  • Speed: 12,5 knots

  • Number of passengers: 54



 


 

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These are the departure dates and rates for all cruises with the Polar Pioneer.

Dates and Rates

  • Polar Pioneer Exploring Spitsbergen

    Dates
    • 27th Jul - 6th Aug 2018
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices from
    Captain's Suite
    EUR 7,300
    Superior Cabin
    EUR 6,600
    Twin Private Cabin
    EUR 6,230
    Twin Public Cabin
    EUR 5,300
    Triple Cabin
    EUR 4,275
    Full Charter
    POA

    Exploring Spitsbergen reveals the diversity of this island archipelago and takes us into the kingdom of the polar bear. We explore the coastline, with no open sea crossings, against a backdrop of spectacular glacier covered peaks. We discover deep fjords in the west; mysterious, fossil-rich desert plains in the east; and best of all, seals and whales in the Arctic pack ice. This voyage offers the best chance for seeing reindeer and polar bears, and features wildflower walks across sweeping tundra, trapper camps and historical remains of whaling stations.

  • Polar Pioneer Jewels of the Arctic

    Dates
    • 6th Aug - 19th Aug 2018
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Keflavik
    Prices from
    Captain's Suite
    EUR 9,000
    Superior Cabin
    EUR 8,300
    Twin Private Cabin
    EUR 7,500
    Twin Public Cabin
    EUR 6,000
    Triple Cabin
    EUR 5,200
    Full Charter
    POA

    Jewels of the Arctic combines the best of Spitsbergen and Greenland, with a taste of Iceland. Spitsbergen’s rugged northwest coast comprises mountains, tundra and fjords. While crossing the icy waters of the Greenland Sea, our onboard experts share their knowledge of the region’s plants, animals and history. Greenland’s remote east coast shows off the immensity of the icecap, fantastic icebergs and a fairytale landscape of granite spires rising 1000 m above exquisite fjords! The local Inuits welcome us and share their unique culture.

  • Polar Pioneer Jewels of the Arctic

    Dates
    • 19th Aug - 1st Sep 2018
    • Embark: Reykjavik
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices from
    Captain's Suite
    EUR 9,000
    Superior Cabin
    EUR 8,300
    Twin Private Cabin
    EUR 7,500
    Twin Public Cabin
    EUR 6,000
    Triple Cabin
    EUR 5,200
    Full Charter
    POA

    Jewels of the Arctic combines the best of Spitsbergen and Greenland, with a taste of Iceland. Spitsbergen’s rugged northwest coast comprises mountains, tundra and fjords. While crossing the icy waters of the Greenland Sea, our onboard experts share their knowledge of the region’s plants, animals and history. Greenland’s remote east coast shows off the immensity of the icecap, fantastic icebergs and a fairytale landscape of granite spires rising 1000 m above exquisite fjords! The local Inuits welcome us and share their unique culture.

  • Polar Pioneer South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 1st Dec - 18th Dec 2018
    • Embark: Punta Arenas
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Captain's Suite
    USD 25,400
    Superior Cabin
    USD 23,900
    Twin Private Cabin
    USD 21,700
    Twin Public Cabin
    USD 17,900
    Triple Cabin
    USD 14,600
    Full Charter
    POA

    As the days grow longer, the mountains shed their snowy mantle, king penguins shuffle eggs on their feet, elephant seals pup and fur seals are rambunctious. Currents of krill sweep up from the Weddell Sea, providing food for one of the greatest wildlife concentrations on the planet. Immerse yourself in whaling history, visit Shackleton’s grave and then reverse his route to Elephant Island. Finish off by exploring spectacular Antarctic Peninsula, photographing penguins, seals, whales and historic sites, hopefully stepping onto the continent itself before crossing Drake Passage to Puerto Williams.

  • Polar Pioneer Cruising the Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 18th Dec - 29th Dec 2018
    • Embark: Ushuaia, Argentina
    • Disembark: Punta Arenas, Chile
    Prices from
    Captain's Suite
    USD 15,200
    Superior Cabin
    USD 13,800
    Twin Private Cabin
    USD 12,100
    Twin Public Cabin
    USD 10,600
    Triple Cabin
    USD 9,100
    Full Charter
    POA

    Celebrate Christmas in Antarctica

  • Polar Pioneer Cruising the Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 29th Dec - 8th Jan 2019
    • Embark: Punta Arenas
    • Disembark: Punta Arenas
    Prices from
    Captain's Suite
    USD 16,200
    Superior Cabin
    USD 14,800
    Twin Private Cabin
    USD 13,800
    Twin Public Cabin
    USD 11,400
    Triple Cabin
    USD 9,700
    Full Charter
    POA

    Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Antarctica

  • Polar Pioneer Cruising the Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 6th Jan - 16th Jan 2019
    • Embark: Punta Arenas
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Captain's Suite
    USD 16,200
    Superior Cabin
    USD 14,800
    Twin Private Cabin
    USD 13,800
    Twin Public Cabin
    USD 11,400
    Triple Cabin
    USD 9,700
    Full Charter
    POA
  • Polar Pioneer Cruising the Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 16th Jan - 2nd Feb 2019
    Prices from
    Captain's Suite
    USD 26,400
    Superior Cabin
    USD 25,100
    Twin Private Cabin
    USD 22,700
    Twin Public Cabin
    USD 18,900
    Triple Cabin
    USD 15,600
  • Polar Pioneer Cruising the Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 16th Jan - 2nd Feb 2019
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Punta Arenas
    Prices from
    Captain's Suite
    USD 26,400
    Superior Cabin
    USD 25,100
    Twin Private Cabin
    USD 22,700
    Twin Public Cabin
    USD 18,900
    Triple Cabin
    USD 15,600
    Full Charter
    POA
  • Polar Pioneer South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 2nd Feb - 19th Feb 2019
    Prices from
    Triple Cabin
    POA
    Full Charter
    POA
    Twin Public Cabin
    POA
    Twin Private Cabin
    POA
    Superior Cabin
    POA
    Captain's Suite
    POA

    Summer comes to South Georgia’s remote, untamed landscape like a freight train. Famed for its abandoned whaling stations and Shackleton’s heroic journey, South Georgia is home to millions of fur seals and penguins, wallows of elephant seals, and nesting albatross. We arrive at the breeding cycle peak, as chicks become juveniles, parents shuttle fish and seal pups thrill with mock charges. Retracing Shackleton’s boat voyage, we visit Elephant Island before continuing south along the Antarctic Peninsula. Days remain long, and filled with humpback and minke whales, penguins and leopard seals, historic sites and scientific stations.

  • Polar Pioneer South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 2nd Feb - 19th Feb 2019
    • Embark: Punta Arenas
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Captain's Suite
    USD 26,400
    Superior Cabin
    USD 25,100
    Twin Private Cabin
    USD 22,700
    Twin Public Cabin
    USD 18,900
    Triple Cabin
    USD 15,600
    Full Charter
    POA

    Summer comes to South Georgia’s remote, untamed landscape like a freight train. Famed for its abandoned whaling stations and Shackleton’s heroic journey, South Georgia is home to millions of fur seals and penguins, wallows of elephant seals, and nesting albatross. We arrive at the breeding cycle peak, as chicks become juveniles, parents shuttle fish and seal pups thrill with mock charges. Retracing Shackleton’s boat voyage, we visit Elephant Island before continuing south along the Antarctic Peninsula. Days remain long, and filled with humpback and minke whales, penguins and leopard seals, historic sites and scientific stations.

  • Polar Pioneer Antarctica Diving & Snorkeling

    Dates
    • 19th Feb - 2nd Mar 2019
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Punta Arenas
    Prices from
    Captain's Suite
    USD 15,200
    Superior Cabin
    USD 13,800
    Twin Private Cabin
    USD 12,100
    Twin Public Cabin
    USD 10,600
    Triple Cabin
    USD 9,100
  • Polar Pioneer Across the Antarctic Circle

    Dates
    • 19th Feb - 2nd Mar 2019
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Punta Arenas
    Prices from
    Captain's Suite
    USD 15,200
    Superior Cabin
    USD 13,800
    Twin Private Cabin
    USD 12,100
    Twin Public Cabin
    USD 10,600
    Triple Cabin
    USD 9,100
    Full Charter
    POA

    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.

  • Polar Pioneer Antarctica Diving & Snorkeling

    Dates
    • 2nd Mar - 12th Mar 2019
    • Embark: Punta Arenas
    • Disembark: Punta Arenas
    Prices from
    Captain's Suite
    USD 16,200
    Superior Cabin
    USD 14,800
    Twin Private Cabin
    USD 13,800
    Twin Public Cabin
    USD 11,400
    Triple Cabin
    USD 9,700
    Full Charter
    POA

    CROSSING THE POLAR CIRCLE

  • Polar Pioneer Across the Antarctic Circle

    Dates
    • 2nd Mar - 12th Mar 2019
    • Embark: Punta Arenas
    • Disembark: Punta Arenas
    Prices from
    Captain's Suite
    USD 16,200
    Superior Cabin
    USD 14,800
    Triple Cabin
    USD 9,700
    Twin Private Cabin
    USD 13,800
    Twin Public Cabin
    USD 11,400
    Full Charter
    POA

    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.

  • Polar Pioneer Cruising the Antarctic Peninsula

    Dates
    • 10th Mar - 20th Mar 2019
    • Embark: Punta Arenas
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Captain's Suite
    USD 16,200
    Superior Cabin
    USD 14,800
    Twin Private Cabin
    USD 13,800
    Twin Public Cabin
    USD 11,400
    Triple Cabin
    USD 9,700
    Full Charter
    POA
  • Polar Pioneer Exploring Spitsbergen

    Dates
    • 15th Jul - 25th Jul 2019
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices from
    Captain's Suite
    EUR 9,100
    Superior Cabin
    EUR 8,000
    Twin Private Cabin
    EUR 7,200
    Twin Public Cabin
    EUR 6,000
    Triple Cabin
    EUR 5,000
  • Polar Pioneer Exploring Spitsbergen

    Dates
    • 25th Jul - 4th Aug 2019
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices from
    Captain's Suite
    EUR 9,100
    Superior Cabin
    EUR 8,000
    Twin Private Cabin
    EUR 7,200
    Twin Public Cabin
    EUR 6,000
    Triple Cabin
    EUR 5,000
  • Polar Pioneer Jewels of the Arctic

    Dates
    • 4th Aug - 17th Aug 2019
    • Embark: Longyearbyen
    • Disembark: Reykjavik
    Prices from
    Captain's Suite
    USD 13,200
    Superior Cabin
    USD 11,600
    Twin Private Cabin
    USD 10,500
    Twin Public Cabin
    USD 8,600
    Triple Cabin
    USD 7,200
    Full Charter
    POA
  • Polar Pioneer Jewels of the Arctic

    Dates
    • 17th Aug - 30th Aug 2019
    • Embark: Reykjavik
    • Disembark: Longyearbyen
    Prices from
    Captain's Suite
    USD 13,200
    Superior Cabin
    USD 11,600
    Twin Private Cabin
    USD 10,500
    Twin Public Cabin
    USD 8,600
    Triple Cabin
    USD 7,200