Polar Pioneer

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Small but tough, the Polar Pioneer is an old-timer of an Antarctica cruise ship with decades of polar expeditions under her belt. Built to accommodate only 54 expeditioners, a cruise aboard the Polar Pioneer promises to be personal, exclusive and downright extraordinary.

Polar Pioneer is a small and sturdy Antarctica expedition ship. A regular in polar waters having initially been built in 1982 as an ice-strengthened research vessel, she was refurbished in 2000 to provide a comfortable range of triple, twin and suite cabin options for a maximum of 54 expeditioners. Her excellent reputation for polar expedition cruising is due to her strength, manoeuvrability and size, allowing her to access areas where larger vessels simply can’t reach – making her a small but perfectly formed option for an Antarctica cruise!

Antarctica Cruise Ship Highlights

  • Highly experienced Antarctica expedition staff, western chefs and Russian crew
  • Ice-strengthened hull
  • Triple, twin and suite cabins all with portholes or windows, and a choice of shared or private facilities
  • Spacious bridge and decks, ideal for viewing the dramatic Antarctic scenery and wildlife
  • 24 hour ‘open bridge’ policy
  • Ship shop
  • Fleet of inflatable Zodiacs ensuring easy travel from ship to shore
  • Gumboots provided for landings
  • Lounge bar
  • Two dining rooms
  • Dedicated lecture and presentation room
  • Sauna
  • Medical clinic and doctor
  • Satellite phone and email access
  • Daily cabin cleaning service
  • Laundry service available

Polar Pioneer Deck Plan

Please click here for a full deck plan of this Antarctica cruise ship.

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Captain’s Suite (1)

Double bed in separate room, plus foldout couch that can be used as a single bed; forward and port windows; lounge and table area; fridge; TV; DVD player and private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin.

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Mini Suite (2)

Double bed in a separate room, foldout couch that can be used as a single bed; TV; DVD player; windows; desk; a private bathroom with shower, toilet and wash basin.

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Twin Private (12)

Two lower bunks; desk; windows and private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. NB. Cabins 402 and 403 have an upper and lower bunk and a couch.

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Twin Public (9)

Two lower bunks; desk; small washbasin; ample storage and hanging space; couch and porthole. Showers and toilets are close by and shared with other Main Deck cabins.

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Triple (2)

Two lower bunks and one upper bunk; desk; small washbasin; ample storage and  hanging space and porthole. Showers and toilets are close by and shared with other Main Deck cabins.

Pricing guide: Upperdeck Twin (mid range cabin with en suite) starts from US$11,025pp for 12 days (Antarctic Peninsula) US$19,800pp for 18 days (Peninsula + Falklands/South Georgia). Lower and higher category cabins available and various early bird or last minute specials may apply. Please get in touch with our team at Cruise Antarctica on 1300 654 861 for details.