Polar Pioneer

Polar Pioneer is one of the most popular style of vessel currently used in Antarctica and the Arctic. Originally built as an ice-strengthened research vessel in Finland in 1982, she was refurbished in 2000 and converted into a passenger ship for expeditions to the Polar Regions.

Polar Pioneer’s excellent reputation for polar expedition cruising is due to her strength, manoeuvrability and size. She is small and nimble, which means she can sail up close to landing sites and venture where other, larger ships can’t. Carrying just 54 passengers, she allows us to offer you a far more personal and intimate experience of the destination we are visiting.

Polar Pioneer - Aurora Expeditions' Polar Ship

Ship Features

• Ice-strengthened hull
• Triple, twin and suite cabins
• Spacious viewing platforms and decks
• Fleet of inflatable Zodiacs
• Gumboots provided for landings
• Lounge bar
• Two dining rooms
• Dedicated lecture and presentation room
• Sauna
• Medical clinic and doctor
• Satellite phone and email access
• Daily cabin cleaning service
• Laundry service available

Accommodation

On board you will find a range of accommodation types, including triple and twin cabins as well as larger suites, all featuring outside facing portholes or windows and ample storage space for your gear. Cabins have either shared or private bathroom facilities, whilst suites offer ensuite bathrooms and lounge areas. See below for detailed cabin information and deckplan.

Facilities

Communal areas include a fully-stocked lounge bar, small library (stocked with a good collection of polar books), two free-seating dining rooms, lecture room, sauna (shared with our crew) as well as spacious viewing platforms and observation decks.

Getting Ashore

As much as we love Polar Pioneer, our expeditions are about getting off the ship and exploring our surrounds. A small fleet of inflatable Zodiacs (rubber boats) with outboard motors enable us to travel from ship to shore, quickly and easily. Loan of gumboots to wear ashore are provided for all passengers for the duration of the voyage.

Captain and crew

Our team of experts join you on board along with the Russian captain and crew, who are among the most experienced ice-navigators in the world and their enthusiasm is legendary.

Ship Specifications

Passengers: 54
Staff: 10 to 12
Crew: 23
Cabins: 26
Decks: 3
Built: 1982
Refurbished: 2000
Length: 71.6m
Beam: 12.8 metres
Draft: 4.5m
Cruising Speed: 10 knots
Gross tonnage: 1753
Registry: Russian
Voltage: 220v. European round, two pin plug.
Active Stabilzers

 

Deck Plan

Polar Pioneer Deckplan

 


Captain's Suite

1 CABIN: 501

SIZE:
Living Room/Bedroom – 450cm x 500cm = 22.5 sqm
Bathroom – 120cm x160cm = 1.92 sqm

CABIN:
Double bed in separate room, plus foldout couch that can be used as a single bed, forward and port windows, lounge and table area, fridge, TV, video player, and private bathroom with shower, toilet, washbasin and hairdryer.

Captain's Suite 

Mini Suite

2 CABINS: 502, 503

SIZE:
Living Room/Bedroom/Bathroom – 453cm x 370cm = 16.8 sqm
Bathroom – 120cm x160cm = 1.92 sqm

CABIN:
Double bed in a separate room, foldout couch that can be used as a single bed, TV, video player, windows, desk, table area, fridge, and private bathroom with shower, toilet, washbasin and hairdryer.

Mini Suite

Twin Private

12 CABINS: 400, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 407, 408, 504,505, 506, 507

SIZE:
Deck 4:
Bedroom/Bathroom – 411cm x 260cm = 10.7 sqm
Bathroom – 120cm x 256cm = 3 sqm

Deck 5:
Bedroom/Bathroom – 494cm x 243cm = 12 sqm
Bathroom – 110cm x 170cm = 1.9 sqm

CABIN:
Two lower bunks, a desk, windows and private bathroom with shower, toilet, washbasin and hairdryer. #402 and #403 have upper and lower bunks and a couch.

Twin Private 

Twin Public

12 CABINS: 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 310, 311, 312, 313

SIZE:
Total Cabin: 400cm x 245cm = 9.8 sq m

CABIN:
Two lower bunks, a desk, small washbasin, hairdryer, ample storage and hanging space, a couch and a porthole. Showers and toilets are very close by and are shared with other Main Deck cabins.

Twin Public

Triple

2 CABINS: 300, 301

SIZE:
Total Cabin: 423cm x 241cm = 10.2 sqm

CABIN:
Two lower bunks and one upper bunk, a desk, a small washbasin, hairdryer, ample storage and hanging space and portholes. Showers and toilets are very close by and are shared with other Main Deck cabins.

Triple