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Explore Tailormade’s Hanna Holmes recently had the chance to visit the Polar Pioneer while it was docked In Scotland. She spent some time exploring the ship and viewing its facilities.
"On my visit to the ship, not only did I get to explore it, I also learned all about the physicalities of the Polar Pioneer and its crew. It’s a small ice-strengthened research ship that has been refurbished to accommodate 54 passengers.
One great thing about the vessel is that its main focus is on the expedition experience. They have some extremely knowledgeable guides on board who will be there throughout to answer any queries. All the crew members I met were extremely passionate about the polar experience of those that journey with them. Throughout each cruise they build a comprehensive log which is later emailed to all those aboard, giving a fantastic memento of your holiday.
I had a look through all the types of cabin on board; they were all simple yet comfortable with a porthole or window. Another thing I really liked about the vessel is that it has a large open bridge, which you can visit at any time during your cruise. The bridge has some of the best views on the ship and also has some seats, plus you can ask the captain and the crew about navigation.
There is also a an open bow on the 1st deck, which allows you to walk all the way round the vessel for better sightings, plus they have a 'floating' bridge which is open to all and provides great views - all these additional outside spaces are invaluable during any polar cruise. The Polar Pioneer is perfect for polar expedition cruising - hopefully I'll get to go aboard while she is in polar waters one day!"
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Polar Pioneer is a Finnish ex-research vessel, refurbished to provide an adventurous journey in the polar regions; its ice class means it has excellent manoeuvrability. The vessel accommodates only 54 passengers, meaning more time with the experts and a friendly on-board experience. Informed crew and experts will ensure you learn about how a polar expedition runs, your unique surroundings and the wildlife; Zodiacs will take you to shore for close encounters.
- Passengers: 54
- Staff and Crew: 32
- Dimensions: Length 71.6m; breadth 12.8m; draught 4.5m
- Cruising speed: 10 knots
- Ice Class: 1A