Polar Pioneer

Ex-research vessel, the Polar Pioneer, sleeps up to 54 passengers. It is excellent for exploring the far Polar Regions.

About the Polar Pioneer

Built in 1982, this ice-strengthened vessel was refurbished in 2000 and now has an excellent reputation for its strength and ability to manoevre around the Polar Regions with ease.

You will have ample amount of time to spend with the Antarctica experts on board with daily lectures and talks where you can ask any questions you may have, and help decide as a group how you are going to spend your days throughout the cruise.


Polar Pioneer details


A small, intimate ship which is a Finnish ex-research vessel.


Can be found navigating around the breath-taking fjords of the Arctic and Antarctica.

Accommodation & Facilities

Each of the 29 rooms and suites have either an ocean facing window or porthole helping in your quest to spot the marine-life who call the Arctic or Antarctica home. There are five different cabin types on-board ranging from triple and twins with shared bathroom facilities to private twins and spacious suites.

The communal bar/lounge area is open 24 hours a day for you to relax in, this is also where your expert guides will give lectures and briefings about your plans for the following day and answer any questions you may have. There is an open bridge policy in place 24 hours a day enabling you are to fully indulge in the breath-taking surroundings whenever you desire.


All meals are included on the Polar Pioneer; the talented chefs ensure that the menu is both fulfilling and fresh. Breakfast is served in a buffet style whereas, lunch and dinner is à la carte. Most special dietary requirements can be accommodated as long as there has been prior notice given. There is also a variety of hot drinks and snacks available at all times in the lounge area.


On-board the ship there is a fleet of zodiac vessels making on shore excursions easily accessible. This is a great way in which to step foot on parts of the world in which very few have had the opportunity to do so. Zodiac cruises and guided walks led by expert guides will uncover the vast array of wildlife that both the Arctic and Antarctic have to offer. There is also a range of optional activities (cruise and weather dependent) including sea-kayaking and camping in the wilderness (only Antarctic).

Child Policy

The Polar Pioneer is not suitable for children.

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