Polar Pioneer, Antarctica


    • Newly refurbished
    • Only 48 guests - the smallest group size in the industry
    • Enough zodiacs so all guests go ashore together
    • Large saloon with a bar
    • On-board Sauna

The 71mtr/232ft expedition vessel Polar Pioneer is a great way to explore the polar regions. Originally built in 1982, she was a research vessel designed to navigate the polar regions with heavy sea ice thanks to her reinforced hull. She was refurbished in 2022 and can carry 48 passengers. She has 29 comfortable cabins ranging from the Captain’s Suite, mini-suite, twin cabins with private facilities, and twin and triple cabins with shared facilities. The Polar Pioneer is crewed by experts with decades of experience in polar waters and has a medic and clinic on board.

The Polar Pioneer has 6 zodiacs so guests can go ashore simultaneously, and boots are provided when going ashore. After being out in the cold, guests can warm up in the sauna. Her large deck space has raised areas ideal for photographers. There is no shortage of incredible photography opportunities, from penguins, whales, breathtaking glaciers, and much more in this once-in-a-lifetime experience. There are vegetarian and vegan food options, beer, and a wine selection.

Book online today and explore the farthest regions of the planet.

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Choose your departure date adventure cruise | no scuba diving


Included: VAT, Fuel Surcharge, Port Fees, Airport Transfer, Hotel Transfer, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Land Excursions, Naturalist Guide, Cabin Towels.

Optional Extras: Gratuities.

Book now, pay later: You can easily place your booking online. We will then hold the spaces for you and you can confirm with a payment later.

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Boat features

  • Laundry Service
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Sauna
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Paid Internet
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Cabins
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Naturalist Guide
  • Leisure Deck
  • Observation Deck
  • Bar
  • Family Friendly Cruise

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Vegan Options
  • Fine Wines Selection
  • Set Menu Dinner

If you have any specific dietary requirements whilst on-board your cruise, you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.

Languages Spoken

The crew speaks English.

Drawings & Vessel Layouts

#deckplan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 1982
  • Year renovated 2021
  • Length 71 meters
  • Beam 12.82 meters
  • Top speed 26 km/h
  • Cruising speed 10 knots
  • Engines 2
  • Max guests 48
  • Number of cabins 29
  • Number of bathrooms 18
  • Tenders 5

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • E.P.I.R.B. Distress System
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Emergency flares