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About the Polar Pioneer

Built in Finland in 1985, the Polar Pioneer is an ice-strengthened vessel designed to take on the most treacherous waters. Although not a luxury vessel, the ship has a nice feel about it that attracts many clients.

Refurbished in St Petersburg in 2000, the Polar Pioneer has a reputation for wildlife watching due to it toughness and small size. With only 56 passengers, the ship is able to make landings that other big ships struggle with.

The ship is well equipped for a research vessel and comes with a sauna, lecture theater, bar/lounge, dining room and well stocked polar library. Te surrounding deck has great space for viewing and the Russian captain is incredibly experienced at navigating the cold waters around the peninsula.


Ship Specifications and Activites


  • Ship Type: Research Ship
  • Passengers: 54
  • Cabins : 29
  • Length : 235
  • Speed : 10
  • Beam : 50
  • Draft : 15
  • Voltage : 220V


Camping Option: $180 per person – camping info (included in select itineraries)

Mountaineering: (included in some itineraries)

Kayaking Option: $465 per person

Shore-Based Walking: Included in price

Photgraphy Workshops: Included in price

On Board Facilites

Public Area Facilites

The Polar Pioneer is a simple but comfortable vessel. Although basic, the vessel still offers several a good restaurant, lecture theater, library, sauna and bar.

The ship is designed for landings and the primary goal of the Polar Pioneer is to see wildlife, so don’t expect luxury throughout. There is ample deck space around the ship and the captain has an open bridge policy so that passengers can stand up high with the captain and get a great view of the landscape.

Cabin Facilites

Like the public areas, the cabins are simple, cozy and comfortable.

All cabins aboard the Polar Pioneer are outside facing with either a window or porthole. Cabins come with a variety of en suites and shared bathroom facilities. All cabins have excellent storage space, however, the focus is on functionality and nor luxury. You can read more about each cabin below the deck plan.

Ship Photos

Public Area Photos

Cabin Photos

Deck Plan and Cabin Information


Main Deck – Cabin contains two lower berths and one upper berth, storage area, desk, small sink and a porthole. Showers and toilets are near to the cabin and are shared with the other Main Deck cabins.

Main Deck – Cabin contains two lower berths, storage area, couch, desk, small sink and porthole. Showers and toilets are located nearby and are shared with the other Main Deck cabins.

Upper and Captain’s Deck – Cabin contains two lower berths, windows, storage space, desk, private en suite bathroom with a shower, sink and toilet. Cabins 402 and 403 come with an upper and lower bunk and a couch.

Captain’s Deck – Cabin contains double bed in a small separate room, sleeper sofa that can also be used as single bed, DVD player, TV, desk, windows, private en suite bathroom with shower, sink and toilet.

Captain’s Deck – Cabin contains double bed in separate room, sleeper sofa (can also be used as single bed), forward and port windows, lounge area with table, fridge, TV and DVD player and private en suite bathroom.

Prices and Itineraries

Below is a table detailing the Polar Pioneer’s trips and prices for the 2017/18 season. All prices are per person and in US dollars. Please note that all prices are estimates only. Antarctica Guide do not sell tours, we simply provide impartial advice. If you would like an exact quote with our recommended specialist then please click here.

Per Person USD – Rates 2017-2018 Triple Shared Twin Shared Twin Private Mini Suite Captain’s Suite
Antarctica Via South Georgia – Nov 27 – Dec 16, 2017 (20 days)
$14,310 $17,510 $21,210 $23,510 $24,810(Full)
Classic Antarctica Cruise – Dec 16 – Dec 27, 2017 (12 days)

$8,910 $10,410 $11,910 $13,510 $14,900(Full)
Antarctica via South Georgia Express – Dec 27 – Jan 13, 2018 (18 days)

$15,310 $18,510 $22,210 $24,510 $25,800
Antarctica via South Georgia Express – Jan 13 – Jan 30, 2018 (18 days)
$15,310 $18,510 $22,210 $24,510 $25,800(Full)
Crossing the Circle Fly/Cruise Cruise – Jan 30 – Feb 09, 2018 (11 days)

$9,510 $11,210 $13,510 $14,510 $15,910
Crossing the Circle Fly/Cruise Cruise – Feb 07 – Feb 17, 2018 (11 days)

$9,510 $11,210 $13,510 $14,510 $15,910
Feb 17 – Feb 27, 2018 (11 days)

$9,510 $11,210 $13,510 $14,510 $15,910
Antarctic Fly South Cruise North Tour – Feb 25 – Mar 07, 2018 (11 days)

$9,510 $11,210 $13,510 $14,510 $15,910
In Shackleton’s Footsteps – Mar 07 – Mar 24, 2018 (18 days)

$14,310 $17,510 $21,210 $23,510 $24,810

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