Why we like the Polar Pioneer cruise ship
- A true expedition vessel capable of accessing places larger ships simply can’t get to
- Only 54 passengers makes it feel almost like chartering your own ship
- A plucky little ship with a great atmosphere with a loyal fan base
- Her functional lines and simple cabins evoke her origins as a research vessel
- Renowned for her outstanding expeditionary staff and a very intimate overall experience
- One of very few ships to offer scuba diving in Arctic waters, as well as kayaking
Trips aboard Polar Pioneer
Arctic bound: Scotland to Svalbard
Beginning in Scotland and finishing in Svalbard, deep inside the High Arctic, experience the changing habitats as you push into the Land of the White Bear. At every step of the way the richness of the local history and wildlife…
- 15 Days
Maximise wildlife sightings with the chance to circumnavigate Spitsbergen island. Search for walrus, arctic fox, whales and of course the ‘King of The Arctic'. Sail through the Hinlopen Strait and visit abandoned trapping stations and experience glaciers up close all…
- 11 or 13 Days
Arctic Odyssey: Svalbard & Greenland In-Depth
For the ultimate Arctic experience this unparalleled 23/25 day voyage is hard to beat. Created by splicing together two popular voyages, it delivers extended time circumnavigating Svalbard while maximising wildlife sightings, with exploration of East Greenland’s deep fjords and towering…
- 23-25 Days
High Arctic Explorer: Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland
Beginning in Svalbard before sailing west across the Greenland Sea and exploring Greenland’s long eastern coastline to finish in Iceland, this is an audacious Arctic journey of startling diversity and contrast. Spectacular landscapes, towering glaciers and once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounters will…
- 13 or 15 Days
Photos of Polar Pioneer
- Passenger capacity: 54 passengers
- Ice class rating: KM*ULA2
- Size :71.6m long x 12.82m wide
- Built in /Refurbished in : Refurbished in 2000
- Other key feature: Arctic Scuba Diving is offered.
*Note that the above measurements are approximate averages and exact cabin size can vary
The Polar Pioneer's 29 cabins are all outward facing, meaning passengers can all enjoy ocean views of The Arctic's ice-choked waters. Cabins are comfortable and reasonably spacious with wood boarding. All cabins contain a writing desk and hairdryer.
Breathe in the fresh sea air and soak up the knowledge of the local guides as you wildlife spot on the observation decks. Nautical charts across the ship also mean you can follow the progress of your journey as you skim over the oncoming waves.
A schedule of presentations and talks led by on-board polar specialists provides for constant opportunity to grow your enthusiasm of the uniqueness of the polar regions which you'll travel through.
Come evening, test your general knowledge during trivia nights or take part in charity auctions. For a more informal time, the cosy lounge offers a relaxed atmosphere to unwind and meet other guests, or seek some total calmness in the sauna.
If whilst in the Arctic you wish to stay in touch, there are a number of options to choose from:
- Telephone: $30/5mins or $150/45mins (satellite phone card)
- Email service: $5 initial set-up fee and an approximate $3/min of sending/receiving emails. 5, 10, 40 minutes packages are available for purchase
Due to the remoteness of the location, the options available are only suitable for light data traffic, meaning that internet access or the uploading of images is not possible. Email access, however, is still available.