Polar Pioneer Small and nimble

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.

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 en-suite bathrooms and lounge areas. See below for detailed cabin information and deck plan.

Accommodation

Food & Drink

Our professional chefs present three healthy, delicious meals daily, with morning and afternoon tea available in the dining rooms in between. All of our produce is sourced locally, with fresh fruit and vegetables, and freshly baked bread and pastries, served wherever possible. We are able to cater for a range of special meal requests, including vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, lactose-free and other allergy specific requirements – please ensure you list this on your personal details form.

Dining

Life on Board

From socialising in our fully-stocked lounge bar to enjoying Captain’s drinks, trivia nights and charity auctions, or escaping to the sauna for some R&R; our small ship offers some fun entertainment options for when we’re not out and about.

Our spacious observation decks provide a congenial place to watch for wildlife or follow the ship’s progress on nautical charts. Rug up for unparalleled scenery from the outer decks or flying bridge, where our naturalists help you identify wildlife.

Life on Board

Gallery

Get a feel for life onboard the Polar Pioneer by browsing through the image gallery. Click on any of the images above to get started.

Polar Pioneer Cruises

May we present you with a small selection of the wide range of cruises available on Aurora Expeditions' Polar Pioneer. For more details click on one of the links below.

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Arctic Complete
22 nights aboard Polar Pioneer
9th Aug 2020
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Jewels of the Arctic
14 nights aboard Polar Pioneer
26th Jul 2020
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Deck Plans Polar Pioneer

Browse Polar Pioneer's deck plans to get a feel of her layout. Explore cabins, restaurants, entertainment and shared spaces at your leisure.

Polar Pioneer Deckplans

The Aurora Expeditions Fleet

We specialise in small ship expeditions. Dwarfed by large ships offering 'expedition cruises', our vessels are small enough to go where others simply can't.

Greg Mortimer
Polar Pioneer

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