MV Polar Pioneer

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Cruise line
Aurora Expeditions (Small Cruise Lines)

Current cruise:
17 nights / 18 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Valparaiso
04 Jan, 2017 - 22 Jan, 2017

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MV Polar Pioneer Review and Specifications

Specifications of MV Polar Pioneer

Flag state Russia
Builder Laivateollisuus Oy (Meyer Turku, Finland)
Year built 1985
Speed 14 kn / 26 kph / 16 mph
Length (LOA) 71 m / 233 ft
Beam (width) 13 m / 43 ft
Gross Tonnage 1753 gt
Passengers 52 - 56
Crew 23
Passengers-to-space ratio 31
Decks 4
Cabins 26
Decks with cabins 3
Last Refurbishment 2009
Former names Akademik Schuleykin

Review of MV Polar Pioneer

MV Polar Pioneer cruise ship is among the most popular Arctic and Antarctica-based tourist vessels. It was originally built as an ice-strengthened research vessel (named Akademik Schuleykin). In 2010, it was fully refitted, refurbished and converted into passenger ship for polar expeditions. Its sister-ship by design MV Spirit of Enderby is also part of the Aurora Expeditions' fleet. Both are first-class expedition vessels with great manoeuvrability and strength for cruising in the polar regions.MV Polar Pioneer cruise ship, Antarctica

The ship's low draft (4,5 m / 15 ft) allows it to easily navigate near landing sites. Carrying just 54 passengers, Polar Pioneer currently cruises in Antarctica, South Georgia Island (British Antarctica) and also in Northern Europe and the Arctic, visiting ports in Spitsbergen (Norway), Iceland, Greenland, UK (Scotland).

Polar Pioneer was is one of all 10 Akademik Shuleykin-class Russian ships built in the mid-1980s in Finland for the Soviet Union's oceanographic research purposes. Around half of these ended up as chartered for polar cruise tours ships.

Aurora Expeditions is among the true pioneers of expedition cruising and adventure travel in the Australian marketplace. The company has been one of the first to introduce passengers to a number of remote destinations over more than two decades. Established in 1991 by mountaineer Greg Mortimer and his partner Margaret Werner, in 2008 Aurora was sold and the new owners remained true to the original expedition spirit. Initially offering small group cruises to Antarctica, Aurora Expeditions has since operated expedition cruises in Norway's Svalbard Islands, Russia's Far East, East Greenland, Papua New Guinea and Amazon River. In 2014 it began cruising in Alaska's Inside Passage and launching land, river and sea Ecuador expeditions. In 2015 the line finished its first Africa expedition with a luxury safari cruise along Chobe River in Botswana. For polar operations, Aurora Expeditions uses the ice-strengthened MV Polar Pioneer.

All cabins on MV Polar Pioneer have outside portholes and ample storage space. The bridge is spacious and always open to passengers. There is a combined bar, lounge and library area stocked with a good polar books' collection. The chefs onboard are European, and ship's dining room is served by Russian stewardesses. The meals are uncomplicated and wholesome. 

MV Polar Pioneer is not a luxury ship but has been extremely popular among travel afficionados to Polar regions. A fleet of inflatable Zodiacs with outboard motors enable easy travelling from ship to shore. The enthusiasm of the Russian captain and crew, who are among the world's most experienced ice-navigators, is legendary. Optional adventure activities like kayaking and camping are offered on many of Polar Pioneer voyages.

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MV Polar Pioneer Itineraries 2017

The below listed MV Polar Pioneer cruise prices on 2017 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Small Cruise Lines fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure
Itinerary ports
04 January 17 nights / 18 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Valparaiso
Prices starting
from $19846
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05 Jan        Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina
06 Jan        Drake Passage, Antarctica
07 Jan        Drake Passage, Antarctica
08 Jan        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica (Exploring)
09 Jan        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica (Exploring)
10 Jan        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
11 Jan        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
12 Jan        Elephant Island, Antarctica
13 Jan        At Sea
14 Jan        At Sea
15 Jan        South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)
16 Jan        South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)
17 Jan        South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)
18 Jan        South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)
19 Jan - 21 Jan        At Sea
22 Jan        Port Stanley, East Falkland Island
22 Jan        Arriving in Valparaiso, Santiago, Chile
21 January 17 nights / 18 days, one-way from Valparaiso to Punta Arenas
Prices starting
from $19846
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22 Jan        Departing from Valparaiso, Santiago, Chile
22 Jan        Departing from Port Stanley, East Falkland Island
23 Jan - 24 Jan        At Sea
25 Jan        South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)
26 Jan        South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)
27 Jan        South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)
28 Jan        South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)
29 Jan        South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)
30 Jan - 31 Jan        At Sea
01 Feb        Elephant Island, Antarctica
02 Feb        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
03 Feb        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
04 Feb        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica (Exploring)
05 Feb        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica (Exploring)
06 Feb        Drake Passage, Antarctica
07 Feb        Drake Passage, Antarctica
08 Feb        Puerto Williams, Navarino Island, Chile Antarctica
08 Feb        Arriving in Punta Arenas, Chile Antarctica
07 February 11 nights / 12 days, one-way from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia
Prices starting
from $11769
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08 Feb        Departing from Punta Arenas, Chile Antarctica
08 Feb        Departing from Puerto Williams, Navarino Island, Chile Antarctica
09 Feb        Drake Passage, Antarctica
10 Feb        Drake Passage, Antarctica
11 Feb        Weddell Sea
12 Feb        Brown Bluff, Antarctica
12 Feb        North Seymour Island, Galapagos
13 Feb        Devil Island, Antarctica
13 Feb        Paulet Island, Antarctica
14 Feb        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
15 Feb        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
16 Feb        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
17 Feb        Drake Passage, Antarctica
18 Feb        Drake Passage, Antarctica
19 Feb        Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina
18 February 9 nights / 10 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas
Prices starting
from $11769
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19 Feb        Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina
20 Feb        Drake Passage, Antarctica
21 Feb        Drake Passage, Antarctica
21 Feb        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
22 Feb        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica (Exploring)
23 Feb        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
24 Feb        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
25 Feb        Crystal Sound,Antarctica
26 Feb        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
27 Feb        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
28 Feb        King George Island, Antarctica
28 Feb        Arriving in Punta Arenas, Chile Antarctica
27 February 9 nights / 10 days, one-way from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia
Prices starting
from $11769
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28 Feb        Departing from Punta Arenas, Chile Antarctica
28 Feb        Departing from King George Island, Antarctica
01 Mar        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica (Exploring)
02 Mar        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
03 Mar        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
04 Mar        Crystal Sound,Antarctica
05 Mar        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
06 Mar        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)
07 Mar        Drake Passage, Antarctica
08 Mar        Drake Passage, Antarctica
09 Mar        Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina
08 March 17 nights / 18 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Valparaiso
Prices starting
from $19846
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09 Mar        Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina
10 Mar        Drake Passage, Antarctica
11 Mar        Drake Passage, Antarctica
12 Mar        Brown Bluff, Antarctica
12 Mar        Weddell Sea
13 Mar        James Ross Island, Antarctica
13 Mar        North Seymour Island, Galapagos
14 Mar        Snow Hill Island, Antarctica
15 Mar        Elephant Island, Antarctica
16 Mar        At Sea
17 Mar        At Sea
18 Mar        South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)
19 Mar        South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)
20 Mar        South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)
21 Mar        South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica
22 Mar        South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica
23 Mar - 25 Mar        At Sea
26 Mar        Port Stanley, East Falkland Island
26 Mar        Arriving in Valparaiso, Santiago, Chile
13 June 10 nights / 11 days, one-way from Oban to Aberdeen
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14 Jun        Departing from Oban, Scotland
15 Jun        Isle of Iona, Scotland
16 Jun        Isle of Staffa, Scotland
17 Jun        St Kilda, Scotland
18 Jun        Stornoway, Isle of Lewis and Harris, Scotland
19 Jun        Isle of Rona,Scotland
20 Jun        Lerwick, Shetland Island, Scotland
21 Jun        Mousa Island,Scotland
21 Jun        Lerwick, Shetland Island, Scotland (Foula & Papa Stour)
22 Jun        Kirkwall, Orkney Island, Scotland
23 Jun        Westray Island, Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland
24 Jun        Arriving in Aberdeen, Scotland
23 June 13 nights / 14 days, one-way from Aberdeen to Longyearbyen
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24 Jun        Departing from Aberdeen, Scotland
25 Jun        Kirkwall, Orkney Island, Scotland
26 Jun        Fair Isle, Scotland
27 Jun        Lerwick, Shetland Island, Scotland
28 Jun        At Sea
29 Jun        Lofoten Islands, Norway
30 Jun        Lofoten Islands, Norway
01 Jul        Lofoten Islands, Norway
02 Jul        Lofoten Islands, Norway
03 Jul        Barents Sea
04 Jul        Bjorkoya Island, Norway
05 Jul        Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (South Spitsbergen National Park)
06 Jul        Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway
07 Jul        Arriving in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway
06 July 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Spitsbergen Odyssey
Prices starting
from $5992
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16 July 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Spitsbergen Odyssey
Prices starting
from $5992
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26 July 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Spitsbergen Odyssey
Prices starting
from $5992
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18 August 13 nights / 14 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Longyearbyen
Prices starting
from $7125
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19 Aug        Departing from Reykjavik, Iceland
19 Aug        Departing from Isafjordur, Iceland
20 Aug        At Sea (Denmark Strait)
21 Aug        Blosseville Coast,Greenland
22 Aug        Ittoqqortoormiit, Scoresby Sound, Greenland
23 Aug        Ittoqqortoormiit, Scoresby Sound, Greenland
24 Aug        Ittoqqortoormiit, Scoresby Sound, Greenland
25 Aug        King Oscar Fjord,Greenland
26 Aug        Blomster Bugt,Greenland
27 Aug        Kaiser Franz Joseph Fjord,Greenland
28 Aug        At Sea (Greenland Sea)
29 Aug        At Sea (Greenland Sea)
30 Aug        Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Northwest coast)
31 Aug        Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Northwest coast)
01 Sep        Arriving in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway