MV Polar Pioneer

MV Polar Pioneer Review and Specifications

Specifications of MV Polar Pioneer

Year built 1985  /  Age : 32
Flag state Russia
Builder Laivateollisuus Oy (Meyer Turku, Finland)
Class ice-strengthened expedition ship
Owner Polar Expedition
Operator Aurora Expeditions
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.MV Polar Pioneer cruise ship, Antarctica

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.

Note: In case of poor AIS coverage, tracking the vessel's current location will be impossible. You can see the CruiseMapper's list of all icebreakers and ice-breaking research ships in the "itinerary" section of our Icebreakers hub. All states and their fleets are listed there.

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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 Icebreakers 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
Isle of Iona cruise port

13 June 2017 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   
Aberdeen cruise port

23 June 2017 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   
Magdalenefjord cruise port

06 July 2017 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Spitsbergen Odyssey
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from $5992
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Magdalenefjord cruise port

16 July 2017 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Spitsbergen Odyssey
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from $5992
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Magdalenefjord cruise port

26 July 2017 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Spitsbergen Odyssey
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from $5992
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Isafjordur cruise port

18 August 2017 13 nights / 14 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Longyearbyen
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Prices starting
from $7125
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19 Aug      Departing from Reykjavik (flight)   
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