Life On Board

On the DeckAll the months of planning, preparation and travel come down to the moment you clear security and make your way along the bustling wharf in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego. Built for exploration, our trusty ship Polar Pioneer appears dwarfed by massive cruise ships. As you step aboard to a warm welcome from our expedition staff and Russian crew, you’ll appreciate the camaraderie and the relaxed, exciting atmosphere.

Getting in a ZodiacAfter our welcome aboard briefings, we gather on the flying bridge as the ship’s lines are cast off, and with a blast of the horn, our ship sets sail down the Beagle Channel. Evening sunlight breaks through the clouds, petrels and prions fly past and dolphins lead the way.

Once the pilot disembarks, we are free to visit the bridge. Thanks to our captain’s 'open bridge policy' it becomes a congenial place to watch for seabirds, whales and icebergs. The outside decks provide great viewing platforms.

At sea our expert polar naturalists entertain and inform us with illustrated talks in the lecture room. They help us identify majestic seabirds and prepare us for the landings ahead. Excitement builds as we approach land.

Polar PlungeZodiacs whisk us to penguin rookeries, historic sites or simply ashore to stretch our legs. Polar Pioneer takes us to places beyond the reach of bigger ships and over the ensuing days, our philosophy of making the most of every opportunity to explore Antarctica is put to practice.

Lunch timeOur sauna is especially loved after a polar plunge, a day’s climbing, kayaking, diving or a brisk Zodiac cruise through grounded icebergs. Our resident medical officer is on hand throughout every voyage.

A perfect Antarctic evening to end the day – what more could one wish for? Our chefs and hotel manager believe that the success of an expedition relies on delicious, wholesome food and a convivial atmosphere. We head to our cosy cabins for a good night’s rest, ready to do more exploring tomorrow.