In Shackleton's Footsteps

In Shackleton's Footsteps

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In Shackleton's Footsteps

20 Days Starting and ending in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego Province, Argentina

Visiting: Ushuaia, Beagle Channel, Drake Passage, Antarctic Peninsula, Weddell Sea, Elephant Island, South Shetland Islands, Elephant Island, South Georgia Island

Tour operator:

Aurora Expeditions

Ship Name:

Greg Mortimer

Ship Capacity:

132

Physical rating:

Medium

Age range:

8-92

Tour operated in:

English

Activities:

Boat/Cruise Excursion

From: $20419 $19775 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$643

NB: Prices correct on 22-Jul-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

Follow in the footsteps of ‘the Boss’ on this quintessential polar voyage, from the serene ice of the deep south to the subantarctic wildlife paradise of South Georgia. Experience the Antarctic Peninsula and set foot on the continent before making your way north to the spectacular Antarctic Sound, gateway to the Weddell Sea. Embrace the adventure as you voyage further east, navigating as far as possible into the Weddell Sea, where Shackleton’s Endurance met its fate. From here set a course to Elephant Island, the desolate outpost where Shackleton and his men finally made landfall after 497 days at sea. On the final leg of your voyage, follow the course of the James Caird across the Scotia Sea to South Georgia, where Shackleton’s voyage reached its remarkable conclusion. As you retrace the steps of this historic voyage, your expert expedition team will be by your side to enrich your journey with insights, wildlife-spotting tips and stories of Shackleton’s epic adventure. Join internationally renowned Photographer Peter Eastway on In Shackleton’s Footsteps (ASH001G).

Highlights

  • Marvel at the enormous tabular icebergs that escape the Weddell Sea into the Antarctic Sound, also known as ‘Iceberg Alley.

  • Learn about the fascinating history of Shackleton’s Endurance expedition, including the 2022 discovery of the shipwreck.

  • Experience South Georgia, an incredible wildlife sanctuary where fur seals, elephant seals and four species of penguin coexist in harmony.

  • Hike from Fortuna Bay to the abandoned Stromness whaling station, repeating the final leg of Shackleton’s remarkable traverse of South Georgia from east to west.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Ushuaia

Location: Ushuaia

Arrive in Ushuaia, where you will be met by a representative of AE Expeditions and transferred with your fellow expeditioners to your assigned pre-voyage hotel. If you are already in Ushuaia, we ask you to make your way to your hotel. Check-in is from 3.00 pm. This afternoon, visit the AE Expeditions hospitality desk in the lobby at Las Hayas Ushuaia Resort, Luis Fernando Martial 1650, between 8.00 am and 12.00 pm, or 3.00 pm and 7.00 pm, to ACcollect your luggage tags, and confirm if you wish to join our Beagle Channel and Isla de Los Lobos Cruise (sea lion island) tomorrow. Our team will confirm details regarding your embarkation day, answer any questions and provide you with information on where to dine or purchase last minute items. Expeditioners arriving after 7.00 pm will find a welcome pack waiting for them at check-in. We ask you to visit our hospitality desk tomorrow between 8.00 am – 10.00 am. The remainder of your time is at leisure. All meals today are at your own expense. Assigned accommodation: Las Hayas Ushuaia Resort or Los Acebos Ushuaia Hotel

Day 2 Embarkation

Location: Ushuaia, Beagle Channel

This morning, enjoy breakfast and check-out. Please ensure your cabin luggage is fitted with cabin tags clearly labelled with your name and cabin number. Take your cabin luggage to hotel reception, prior to, or at check-out. Your luggage will be stored and transferred directly to the port for clearance, to be placed in your cabin ahead of your arrival on board. Please keep any valuables or personal items with you throughout the day.

Your morning is at leisure to explore Ushuaia.

Those wishing to join our afternoon catamaran cruise, meet back at the hotel lobby at 12.45 pm ready to transfer to the port at 1.00 pm. Here we board our catamaran and sail the Beagle Channel, towards the city’s iconic Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse. Crossing the Bridges Archipelago we’ll slow down to watch colonies of sea lions and imperial cormorants sun themselves on the rocky outcrops, while gulls, rock cormorants, skuas, petrels, albatrosses and cauquenes are often sighted. Our cruise offers panoramic views of the city and the surrounding mountain range, in addition to hearing tales of the people and communities of the region.

Alternatively, enjoy your day at leisure and meet at your hotel lobby at 3.45 pm to be transferred to the pier for embarkation.

Once onboard, you’ll have time to settle into your cabin before our important mandatory briefings. As the ship pulls away from port, we’ll gather on the deck to commence our adventure with spectacular views over Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego.

This evening get to know your fellow expeditioners and friendly expedition team and crew at a welcome dinner to celebrate the start of a thrilling adventure to Antarctica.

Day 3-4 Drake Passage Crossing

Location: Drake Passage

As we commence the Drake Passage crossing, we make the most of our time getting comfortable with the motions of the sea. Our expedition team prepare you for our first landing with important wildlife guidelines and biosecurity procedures and start our lecture program to help you learn more about Antarctica’s history, wildlife and environment.

Our wildlife experiences begin as we enjoy watching and photographing the many seabirds, including majestic albatrosses and giant petrels following our vessel. On sea days, you may can enjoy the facilities on board the vessel including the gym, wellness centre or the relaxing in one of the observation lounges.

Nearing the South Shetland Islands and the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula on the afternoon of day four, the excitement is palpable with everyone converging on one of the observation decks watching for our first iceberg. The ocean takes on a whole new perspective once we are below the Antarctic Convergence and are surrounded by the surreal presence of floating ice sculptures. The memory of your first big iceberg sighting is likely to remain with you for a lifetime.

Day 5 : Days 5-7 Antarctic Peninsula

Location: Antarctic Peninsula

It’s almost impossible to describe the feeling of arriving in Antarctica. Spotting your first iceberg and taking a deep breath of some of the most fresh, crisp air on earth is an experience to cherish forever.

Once we arrive, the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands are ours to explore, and we have a host of choices available to us. Your experienced expedition team, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to design your voyage from day to day, choosing the best options based on the prevailing weather, ice conditions and wildlife opportunities.

While on the Peninsula, we generally make landings or Zodiac excursions twice a day. Make sure you rug up before joining Zodiac cruises along spectacular ice cliffs or among grounded icebergs, keeping watch for whales, seals and porpoising penguins. Zodiacs will also transport you from the ship to land, where you can visit penguin rookeries, discover historic huts and explore some of our favourite spots along the peninsula.

While ashore we aim to stretch our legs, wandering along pebbly beaches or perhaps up snow-covered ridgelines to vantage points with mountains towering overhead and ice-speckled oceans below. If you have chosen an optional activity, you will have the option to do that whenever conditions allow, and of course keen polar plungers will have the chance to fully immerse themselves in polar waters - conditions permitting!

In addition to Zodiac cruises and shore excursions, we may ship cruise some of the narrow, dramatic straits separating offshore islands from the mainland, or linger in scenic bays to marvel at sculptural icebergs and photograph spectacular scenery. This is a great time to enjoy the observation lounge or make your way to the bridge (open at the Captain’s discretion) for uninterrupted views of Antarctica in all its splendour. Keep an ear out for the creak and deep rumble of glaciers as they carve into the sea. Take a quiet moment to experience the wonder of this incredible white continent.

Day 8 : Weddell Sea

Location: Weddell Sea

The famed Weddell Sea is central to the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, which we are here to retrace. In the summer of 1914 Shackleton and his crew of 27 men sailed into the Weddell Sea to attempt the first overland crossing of Antarctica. As they approached their starting point, their ship the Endurance became trapped in sea ice, sinking any hopes they may have had of completing their objective. Little did they know, this was the beginning of a completely unexpected and remarkable journey. The incredible series of events that followed have made Shackleton’s voyage one of the most celebrated in polar history.

Remote and inaccessible, entry into the Weddell Sea is highly prized among polar adventurers. Your passage begins at the northernmost extreme of the Antarctic Peninsula, in the beautifully barren Antarctic Sound. In this seldom-visited part of the Peninsula volcanic peaks tower above penguin colonies, and wave-sculpted icebergs parade through the deep channels leading to the Weddell Sea.

Continuing further east, embrace the expedition spirit as you forge your way as far as possible into the Weddell Sea. The Weddell Sea is renowned for its breathtaking tabular icebergs and expansive sea ice, which attracts an abundance of wildlife, including crabeater seals, Weddell seals and an array of seabirds. Take some time out on deck to observe the flight of storm petrels, prions and Antarctic cormorants drawn here by the rich blooms of Antarctic krill that flourish in the shelter of this ice-covered sea.

As you travel, take a moment to reflect on the truly historic seas you’re sailing. It wasn’t so far from here that the wreck of the Endurance was discovered, mostly intact, on March 5, 2022. Researchers aboard the polar research vessel S.A. Agulhas II were astonished to find the well-preserved vessel only 6.4km (4 miles) south of the position calculated by Captain Worsley in 1915, when he last laid eyes on his ship.

Day 9 : Elephant Island, South Shetland Islands

Location: Elephant Island, South Shetland Islands

Today we set a course for Elephant Island, the lonely outpost where 22 of Shackleton’s men survived several winter months under the shelter of two upturned boats. In the morning, join your expedition team in the lecture room to hear the awe-inspiring story of Shackleton and his men, who spent 9 months stuck in Weddell Sea pack ice and 6 months camping on drifting sea ice before making a desperate escape from the sea ice in three open boats. They spent almost a week battling the wind, currents, swell and treacherous ice to finally make landfall on Elephant Island, a striking, ice-covered extremity of the South Shetland Islands, after 497 days at sea. We plan to sail past Cape Valentine to see the beach where the men first put ashore over 100 years ago, then follow the coastline west to the exposed promontory of Point Wild. This is where Shackleton’s 22 men survived several bitter winter months under their upturned boats, hoping for rescue. Weather permitting, we will take a Zodiac cruise or make a landing at historic Point Wild.

Day 10 : Days 10-11 Scotia Sea

Location: Elephant Island, South Georgia Island

After an exciting program of excursions and activities in Antarctica, relax and enjoy the slower pace of sea days as you sail towards South Georgia.

As you make your way across the Scotia Sea you’re following the route taken by Shackleton and five of his men when they sailed from Elephant Island in search of rescue. In their open wooden boat, the James Caird, they spent 17 days sailing into the unknown across this perilous patch of ocean. This boat journey, which concluded with their safe arrival in King Haakon Bay on the west coast of South Georgia, remains one of the greatest stories of maritime navigation and survival in polar history.

As you sail the onboard lecture program continues, with a series of entertaining presentations on South Georgia’s wildlife, geology and history in the lecture room. Or you might prefer to simply unwind: take a long lunch, catch up on your gym sessions, or curl up with a book from our polar library.

The Scotia Sea is known for its abundant wildlife including fin, humpback and blue whales. Keep watch for these gentle giants and elusive orca, which patrol these waters. Venture out on deck with your camera to capture cape petrels and prions wheeling, and albatross soaring gracefully amidst the swell.

Of course, thoughts of Shackleton and his voyage are never far away.

“Nearly always there were gales. So small was our boat and so great were the seas that often our sail flapped idly in the calm between the crests of two waves. Then we would climb the next slope and catch the full fury of the gale where the wool-like whiteness of the breaking water surged around us.”

- Ernest Shackleton

Day 12 : Days 12-16 South Georgia

Location: South Georgia Island

As you near the rugged island of South Georgia, spare a thought for Captain James Cook, who arrived here in 1775 and believed it to be the northern tip of a great southern continent! In fact, it is a small island only 176 km (110 mi) long, but with a 3,000 m (9,842 ft) snow-capped mountain range, some of the world’s largest congregations of wildlife and a truly fascinating human history, South Georgia is an island of incredible riches.

As you approach, jagged mountain peaks rise steeply, while seabirds are often spotted soaring around the ship. You will sail along the coast, taking in the spectacular glaciated scenery and enjoying a little shelter from the prevailing westerly winds. This enchanting coastline is yours to explore!

Zodiac cruise around craggy coves and along the rocky coastline in search of penguins, seal haul-outs and bird cliffs. Remember to keep an eye out for South Georgia’s kelp forests—these remarkable underwater ecosystems are quite mesmerising as their fronds sway back and forth on the water’s surface.

Zodiacs will also shuttle you from ship to shore, where you can visit some of the largest king penguin colonies on Earth, take a guided walk among fur seals and elephant seals (making sure you listen to your guides and keep your distance!) and wander along pebbled streams and grassy glacial outwash plains. We also hope to visit the remnants of South Georgia’s thriving whaling stations and visit the final resting place of Sir Ernest Shackleton, whose incredible voyage of survival is synonymous with this island.

In addition to Zodiac cruises and shore excursions, we may ship-cruise through fjords with towering cliffs of ancient stone, or into deeply indented bays towards dramatic glacier fronts. This is a great time to find a comfy spot in the observation lounge to enjoy uninterrupted views of South Georgia’s majestic coast.

For some intrepid Shackleton fans, the optional hike from Fortuna Bay to Stromness will be a highlight. This route follows the final stage of Shackleton, Worsely and Crean’s improbable traverse of South Georgia, from their landing place in King Haakon Bay on the east coast to Stromness in the west, where they finally found safety after 24 harrowing months at sea.

From Fortuna Bay the trail rises to a spectacular alpine plateau, before angling steeply down towards the abandoned Stromness whaling station. Conditions permitting, we aim to repeat this final section of their traverse.

“Bright moonlight showed us that the interior was tremendously broken,” Shackleton wrote. “High peaks, impassable cliffs, steep snow- slopes, and sharply descending glaciers could be seen in all directions.”

Day 17-19 At Sea

Location: South Georgia Island, Ushuaia

As we sail from South Georgia, you will be enthralled by the ceaseless flight of the many seabirds that follow the vessel, skilfully using the air currents created by the ship to gain momentum.

If time and weather conditions permit, we could pass close to Shag Rocks, a fascinating group of jagged rocky islets protruding from the sea, in the proximity of South Georgia.

As we sail on towards Ushuaia you may choose to spend your final precious moments at sea soaking up the views on deck, enjoying the onboard facilities, or attending final lectures. There is plenty of time to enjoy the magic of the Southern Ocean, have a drink with newfound friends and reflect on the voyage you’ve shared.

On the final night, celebrate your unforgettable voyage with newfound friends at a special Captain’s farewell dinner.

We hope you will become ambassadors for the Antarctic region, telling your family, friends and colleagues about your journey to this magical place, and advocating for its conservation so that they might one day visit the region to experience what you have been lucky to see and do here.

Day 20 : Disembark In Ushuaia

Location: Beagle Channel, Ushuaia

Cruise up the Beagle Channel in the early morning, before quietly slipping into dock in Ushuaia, where you are free to disembark around 8.00 am. Farewell your expedition team and fellow passengers as you continue your onward journeys with a newfound sense of the immense power and beauty of nature. On disembarkation, passengers on flights departing prior to 2.00 pm will be transferred directly to Ushuaia Airport, while those fortunate enough to be continuing their travels in this spectacular region of the world, will be transferred to their post-voyage Ushuaia accommodation. Passengers flying after 2.00 pm will have time to explore Ushuaia, prior to an afternoon airport transfer, the details of which will be provided onboard prior to disembarkation. Note: At the conclusion of the voyage, we do not recommend booking flights departing Ushuaia prior to 12.00 pm on the day of disembarkation in case there are delays.

Ship Details

Greg Mortimer

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Our advanced, purpose-built expedition ship

We drew on centuries of collective experience to map out the Greg Mortimer: purpose-built for expeditions to the most remote places on earth.

The first passenger ship to feature the revolutionary Ulstein X-BOW®, this allows the ship to cross oceans more comfortably and efficiently, and with expansive observation decks to bring you closer to the environment, inviting communal areas and unsurpassed environmental credentials, the Greg Mortimer offers the perfect base camp for adventures at the outer limits of human exploration.

Accommodating an average of 132 expeditioners per voyage within 76 cosy, comfortable cabins – all cabins have a view of the ocean and 85% of cabins have their own balcony. The ship also features a modern lecture lounge, multiple observation areas, zodiac launching platforms, a restaurant serving excellent meals, a gym and wellness centre, jacuzzis, a mudroom and many other amenities.

The Greg Mortimer has redefined expedition cruising for the future.

Ship Name:

Greg Mortimer

Adults Only Areas:

adults only

Ship Children Facilities:

none

Ship Nursery:

none

Smoking Areas:

some

Ship Size:

boutique

Ship Style:

expedition

Ship Type:

ocean

Ship Currency:

USD

Ship Language:

en

Ship Capacity:

132

Ship Crew Count:

74

Number of Decks:

8

Number of Cabins:

79

Number of Large Cabins:

0

Number of Wheelchair-Friendy Cabins:

2

Ship Launch Year:

2019

Ship Gross Tonnage:

7400

Ship Length (Meters):

104.4 M

Ship Width (Meters):

18.2 M

Ship Speed (Knots):

12 Kn

Deck 3

Change Room/Mudroom Zodiac access pointsActivity Launching PlatformsMedical CentreElevatorAurora Stateroom Triple Aurora Stateroom Twin

Deck 4

ElevatorMain entranceExpedition deskCaptain's SuiteBalcony Staterooms (A, B, C)Balcony Stateroom Superior

Deck 5

ElevatorLecture room & loungeAssembly StationReceptionShip ShopDining RoomBarsViewing PlatformsHydraulic viewing platformsObservation DecksOptional private dining room

Deck 6

ElevatorBalcony Stateroom (A, B, C)Balcony Stateroom Superior

Deck 7

ElevatorBridgeObservation decksLibraryGymWellness centre / saunaSun DeckJunior Suites

Deck 8

Observation decksObservation LoungeTop DeckBarsJacuzzisElevator

After a long day exploring the wonders of your destination, you need somewhere where you can simply relax and take a break from real life.

The Greg Mortimer is the perfect place to take five and recuperate after exploring – with creature comforts and wellbeing considered as part of the overall design. All staterooms° have private bathrooms, personal storage options, twin and double-bed configuration options, ample storage, international power outlets and a daily cabin service, as well as all the basic amenities that you'll need onboard.

Of course, the prospect of unexpected wildlife encounters is always on the table so your accommodation needs to have a view as well! Across four of the five stateroom categories you'll find large floor to ceiling windows that offer prime observation opportunities around the clock. Additionally, there are private balconies in roughly 80% of the staterooms, allowing you to watch the world float past and take in the salty air of the open ocean.

Another great feature of the accommodation on the Greg Mortimer are the interconnecting staterooms. If you're part of a family or group who want some privacy, but still want to be close to each other, these staterooms are the perfect option.

Regardless of your chosen stateroom, you can enjoy fully-serviced accommodation on the Greg Mortimer!

Junior Suite (Grade JSG )

The Greg Mortimer's four Junior Suites take in some impressive° scenery from their vantage points on Deck 7. When you aren't enjoying a landing, you can relax in the suites' separate lounge area, or just watch the world float by from the private balcony. Twin or double bedPrivate en-suiteFull size windowDesk areaCloset spacePrivate balconyRoom-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TVSeparate lounge areaBinoculars

Balcony Suite (Grade BASUI )

With a bit more room to stretch the legs, the Greg Mortimer's two Balcony Suites are perfect for polar adventurers who travel with plenty of gear. Featuring private balconies, en-suite bathrooms and a comfortable desk area, these will sell out quickly!Twin or double bedPrivate en-suiteFull size windowDesk areaCloset spacePrivate balconyRoom-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TV

Aurora Stateroom Twin

The Greg Mortimer features eight Aurora Stateroom Twin cabins featuring portholes, all with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3, they're close to the mudroom and loading platforms, perfect for adventurers who are looking for a comfortable base that's close to the action.Twin single bedsPrivate En-suitePorthole windowDesk areaCloset spaceRoom-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TV

Aurora Stateroom Triple

There are six Aurora Stateroom Triple cabins featuring portholes, all with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3, they're close to the mudroom and loading platforms. *Please note the Aurora Stateroom Triple cabins are only available on certain departures3 single beds / 1 double & 1 single bedPrivate En-suitePorthole windowDesk areaCloset spaceRoom-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TV

Aurora Stateroom Twin (Grade AS2G )

The Greg Mortimer features eight Aurora Stateroom Twin cabins featuring portholes, all with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3, they're close to the mudroom and loading platforms, perfect for adventurers who are looking for a comfortable base that's close to the action.Twin single bedsPrivate En-suitePorthole windowDesk areaCloset spaceRoom-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TVBinoculars

Captain's Suite (Grade CSG )

The largest of all our rooms, the Greg Mortimer's singular Captain's Suite will take you to the polar regions in ultimate style and comfort. Complete with large lounge area, balcony, walk-in wardrobe and en-suite, you'll need to get in early to secure this suite. Twin or double bedPrivate en-suiteFull size windowDesk areaCloset spacePrivate balconyRoom-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuablesSeperate lounge area42" flat-screen TVStocked mini barBinoculars

Balcony Stateroom Superior (Grade BASUI )

With a bit more room to stretch the legs, the Greg Mortimer's two Balcony Suites are perfect for polar adventurers who travel with plenty of gear. Featuring private balconies, en-suite bathrooms and a comfortable desk area, these will sell out quickly!Twin or double bedPrivate en-suiteFull size windowDesk areaCloset spacePrivate balconyRoom-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TV

Junior Suite (Grade JUN JSG )

The Greg Mortimer's four Junior Suites take in some impressive° scenery from their vantage points on Deck 7. When you aren't enjoying a landing, you can relax in the suites' separate lounge area, or just watch the world float by from the private balcony. Twin or double bedPrivate en-suiteFull size windowDesk areaCloset spacePrivate balconyRoom-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TVSeperate lounge area

Captain's Suite (Grade CAP CSG )

The largest of all our rooms, the Greg Mortimer's singular Captain's Suite will take you to the polar regions in ultimate style and comfort. Complete with large lounge area, balcony, walk-in wardrobe and en-suite, you'll need to get in early to secure this suite. Twin or double bedPrivate en-suiteFull size windowDesk areaCloset spacePrivate balconyRoom-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuablesSeperate lounge area42" flat-screen TV

Balcony Stateroom Superior (Grade BASUI SBSG )

With a bit more room to stretch the legs, the Greg Mortimer's two Balcony Suites are perfect for polar adventurers who travel with plenty of gear. Featuring private balconies, en-suite bathrooms and a comfortable desk area, these will sell out quickly!Twin or double bedPrivate en-suiteFull size windowDesk areaCloset spacePrivate balconyRoom-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TV

Aurora Stateroom Triple (Grade AS3G )

There are six Aurora Stateroom Triple cabins featuring portholes, all with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3, they're close to the mudroom and loading platforms. *Please note the Aurora Stateroom Triple cabins are only available on certain departures3 single beds / 1 double & 1 single bedPrivate En-suitePorthole windowDesk areaCloset spaceRoom-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TVBinoculars

Aurora Stateroom Twin

The Greg Mortimer features eight Aurora Stateroom Twin cabins featuring portholes, all with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3, they're close to the mudroom and loading platforms, perfect for adventurers who are looking for a comfortable base that's close to the action.Twin single bedsPrivate En-suitePorthole windowDesk areaCloset spaceRoom-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TV

Balcony Stateroom (Grade BSAG BSBG BSCG )

With 58 rooms available, the Greg Mortimer's Balcony Staterooms are the most abundant cabin category on board. All include en-suite bathrooms, floor to ceiling windows and balconies and a select number are also connecting rooms, perfect for families or groups.Twin or double bedPrivate En-suiteFloor to ceiling windowDesk areaCloset spacePrivate balconyRoom-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TVBinoculars

Balcony Stateroom (Grade BASTA BASTA-B BASTA-C )

With 58 rooms available, the Greg Mortimer's Balcony Staterooms are the most abundant cabin category on board. All include en-suite bathrooms, floor to ceiling windows and balconies and a select number are also connecting rooms, perfect for families or groups.Twin or double bedPrivate En-suiteFloor to ceiling windowDesk areaCloset spacePrivate balconyRoom-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TV

Captain's Suite (Grade CAP )

The largest of all our rooms, the Greg Mortimer's singular Captain's Suite will take you to the polar regions in ultimate style and comfort. Complete with large lounge area, balcony, walk-in wardrobe and en-suite, you'll need to get in early to secure this suite. Twin or double bedPrivate en-suiteFull size windowDesk areaCloset spacePrivate balconyRoom-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuablesSeperate lounge area42" flat-screen TV

Aurora Stateroom (Grade AUR )

?Greg Mortimer features 15 porthole rooms, all with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3, they're close to the mudroom and loading platforms, perfect for adventurers who are looking for a comfortable base that's close to the action.Twin or double bedPrivate En-suitePorthole windowDesk areaCloset spaceSofa bed (can sleep 3rd passenger in select cabins)Room-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TV

Junior Suite (Grade JUN )

The Greg Mortimer's four Junior Suites take in some impressive° scenery from their vantage points on Deck 7. When you aren't enjoying a landing, you can relax in the suites' separate lounge area, or just watch the world float by from the private balcony. Twin or double bedPrivate en-suiteFull size windowDesk areaCloset spacePrivate balconyRoom-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TVSeperate lounge area

Balcony Stateroom (Grade BASTA BASTA-B BASTA-C BSAG BSBG BSCG )

With 58 rooms available, the Greg Mortimer's Balcony Staterooms are the most abundant cabin category on board. All include en-suite bathrooms, floor to ceiling windows and balconies and a select number are also connecting rooms, perfect for families or groups.Twin or double bedPrivate En-suiteFloor to ceiling windowDesk areaCloset spacePrivate balconyRoom-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TV

Balcony Stateroom Superior (Grade SBSG )

With a bit more room to stretch the legs, the Greg Mortimer's two Balcony Suites are perfect for polar adventurers who travel with plenty of gear. Featuring private balconies, en-suite bathrooms and a comfortable desk area, these will sell out quickly!Twin or double bedPrivate en-suiteFull size windowDesk areaCloset spacePrivate balconyRoom-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TVBinoculars

Choose from two restaurants: our main venue serving buffet-style family meals with à la carte dinner and our new reservations-required concept restaurant, Tuscan Grill.

Dining Room

Meals are a great time to soak up the expedition camaraderie in our open seating dining area. Share stories with your fellow travellers and ask our expedition team questions that may have come up during the day.Tea, coffee and snacks are available 24 hours a day, and our chefs offer different menu options and courses for each meal. Enjoy the range of house wine, beers and soft drinks included with dinner after a long day in the wild.We also invite you to join your captain and expedition team for informal Captain’s Farewell drinks, with complimentary beverages and cocktail appetisers, followed by a 3 course meal.

Restaurant

Meals are served in a large restaurant with family style dining, perfect to swap stories with your new expedition family. Additionally, a private dining area will also be available on request. Enjoy the range of house wine, beers and soft drinks included with dinner after a long day in the wild, preparing yourself for another exciting day to follow.On the last day of your trip, the team on the Greg Mortimer put on a special farewell four-course dinner and cocktails – a perfect way to reflect on your time on the ship and consolidate lifelong friendships with the people you've met on-board.

Tuscan Grill

Greg Mortimer's new reservations-required concept restaurant, Tuscan Grill.

When you’re relaxing during a sea day or you have a little downtime on the ship between excursions, what is there to do onboard the Greg Mortimer? Plenty!

The Greg Mortimer is also decked out with other facilities for your enjoyment. There is a library on Deck 5 with books and maps and a Wellness Centre complete with gym equipment, sauna and spa. Feeling a little sore after walking around all day? Treat yourself to a massage at the Wellness Centre and feels the aches disappear! Keen photographers and artists will revel in the multimedia room on Deck 5.

Elephant Island Bar

Communal meeting areas have always played a major role in fostering the warm camaraderie on board our ships. They are the heart of the expedition, where people meet to share tales from the day, swap photos, keep an eye out for wildlife and watch the sun go down.The bars and lounges on board are refined yet inviting places to gather, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering stunning views, and of course friendly bartenders to shoot the breeze with.

Library & Multimedia Centre

With floor-to-ceiling windows, the library is a peaceful sanctuary where you can find non-fiction books to read up on the day’s destinations, plug in and organise your photos or play board games with newfound friends.Choose from our range of informative nonfiction titles, wildlife guidebooks, travel journals, novels and a selection of children’s books and board games.Wildlife guides, books and binoculars can also be found on the observation lounge on deck 7.

Multimedia Room

Keen photographers and artists will revel in the multimedia room on Deck 5.

Observation Lounge

The Observation Lounge can be located on deck 8.

Observation Points

Let's face it – you don't want windowless rooms when travelling around some of the most beautiful locations around the world. This is why the Greg Mortimer is designed with plenty of dedicated observation spaces – ideal for keen bird spotters, wildlife watchers and those wanting to watch the scenery go past.From the indoor 180-degree lounge and outdoor 360-degree open deck, both on deck 8, to the 270-degree open sundeck on level 7, there are plenty of observation points to share around the ship! If these are full, then you can take up a spot on one of the two hydraulic viewing platforms on deck 5.

Custom-Built Activity Platform

Regardless of your destination, we offer a number of additional activities to allow you to see more of the environment. From kayaking and diving to climbing and ski touring, it's these optional activities that often leave the biggest impression on your trip as a whole. Onboard the Greg Mortimer, there is a spacious prep and loading platform for these activities and more – designed in consultation with our expert activity guides.

Excursions

Although the ship is fun, the real enjoyment comes from the many shore excursions that are available. Depending on weather conditions, it may be possible for multiple landings, taking a look at everything from rock formations and ancient ruins to cute groups of penguins. We know time is of the essence in these wild locations, so the Greg Mortimer has been designed to carry 15 Zodiacs, which means you can maximise your time on shore.From four dedicated sea level launching platforms, transfers are quicker, safer and enable you to get closer to the action for a longer period of time. Just remember to charge your camera before you step onto the Zodiac!

Hydraulic Viewing Platforms

Although there is no doubt that you'll love the aesthetics of the Greg Mortimer, we are all here to admire the spectacular landscape and spot the elusive wildlife in their natural habitat. To ensure you get the best views possible, the new ship features unique viewing platforms, custom-built for the Greg Mortimer. Accessed from Deck 5, the two platforms fold out hydraulically for unobstructed views of passing marine life and seabirds – make sure your camera is locked and loaded!

Lecture Lounge

On all our expeditions, there are experts who lead presentations in the spacious lecture room so you can understand the region a little better. These often include topics as broad as history and culture to biology and climate change, these presentations aim to educate and entertain.

Mudroom

No need to take your wet expedition gear back to your cabin to dry. Keep your cabin warm and cosy by leaving your outer jackets and pants in the mudroom.The mudroom is your launchpad for all shore excursions and activities. Here, you will have access to a locker when you can hang your gear up to dry, and store your boots between excursions.

Zodiac Launching Platform

Zodiacs are a vital part of getting up close and personal on your adventure – sneaking into areas that the Greg Mortimer can't reach. On this new ship, there are specially designed launching platforms that enables us to load Zodiacs easily and quickly, allowing you to spend more time exploring on the two to three daily landings.There are 15 Zodiacs that are boarded from either side of Deck 3 (sea level), perfect for when there is a group of fluffy cute penguin chicks that we need a photo of! 

There are no dedicated children's facilities onboard the Greg Mortimer.

There is a Wellness Centre complete with gym equipment, sauna and spa. Feeling a little sore after walking around all day? Treat yourself to a massage° at the Wellness Centre and feels the aches disappear!

Gym

The Greg Mortimer offers a range of health and well-being facilities such as the onboard gym.

Jacuzzi

There are also two jacuzzis on the top outside deck with amazing views of the world outside.

Sauna

Visit our sauna (which we highly recommend after the polar plunge!) or book a massage (additional cost applies).

Wellness Centre

You are welcome to visit the wellness centre during your voyage. 

Wellness Centre & Gym

You are welcome to visit the wellness centre during your voyage where you can use the gym, visit our sauna (which we highly recommend after the polar plunge!) or book a massage (additional cost applies).There are also two jacuzzis on the top outside deck with amazing views of the world outside.

Gratuities/tips for crew are included in your voyage fare, to the value of USD$15 per person per day. It is at your discretion if you would like to tip outside of this. It is not necessary to tip the Expedition Team members.

Age Restrictions

Our travellers have ranged from 8 to 92, so as long as you have a thirst for adventure, you’re welcome to join us in Antarctica. Any person under 18 years of age must travel with their legal guardian.

Dress Code

Shipboard clothing is informal and casual Jeans, jumpers and long-sleeved shirts are ideal for indoors in the polar regions; however be sure to keep your jacket close for unexpected wildlife sightings! Some people like to take a nicer outfit for the captain's welcome and farewell drinks but formal clothing is not necessary. For health and safety reasons, we do request you wear enclosed shoes in public areas while on board the ship. AE Expeditions will provide you with a complimentary, insulated polar jacket that includes an inner down jacket and an outer waterproof shell.All passengers travelling to Antarctica, the Arctic, or Scotland, will have access to complimentary use of gumboots during the voyage. If you have concerns regarding extra-small or large sizing, or hard-to-fit feet, we recommend you bring your own pair. Gumboots are to be worn on all shore visits unless advised otherwise by the expedition team.

Health & Safety

Medical FormIt is compulsory for each passenger to return a signed medical from their general practitioner. Your Medical Form is required to be signed by your general practitioner and returned to AE Expeditions no later than three months and no earlier than six months before your voyage departure date.If you become aware of any change in your health and fitness that may be likely to affect your participation on the trip (e.g. pregnancy, mental illness, heart or bronchial disorder, broken limbs, etc.), you should notify us in writing immediately.Pre-Existing Medical ConditionsIt is your responsibility to advise AE Expeditions of any pre-existing medical conditions and /or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of you requiring medical attention. Travelling when pregnant is not recommended.

Medical Facilities

When travelling to extreme environments, ensuring our expeditioners are healthy and happy is our number one priority. That's why we have a doctor on board at all times, as well as a well-equipped clinic to provide basic medical care.

Responsible Travel

Our commitmentAE Expeditions is committed to travelling respectfully and providing a trip of a lifetime experience, while aiming to create lifelong ambassadors for the protection of our planet and the diverse places we visit around the world.Our fleetOur fleet boasts the lowest polluting marine engines in the world, and our state of the art engines deliver an 80% reduction in emissions.*The revolutionary Ulstein X-BOW® cuts through the swell, reducing vibrations and making quicker transits through waves, which helps reduce our fuel consumption by up to 60%.Our onboard desalination plant converts seawater to freshwater that’s safe to drink. This means we can carry less freshwater on sea crossings, further reducing our fuel consumption.Our fleet uses virtual anchoring, a combination of GPS, steering technology, propellers and thrusters, which allow the ship to hold position. This protects the sea floor and minimises the damage caused by conventional anchors.*Tier 3 compared to the older Tier 1 enginePlastic: towards zeroOn board we’ve replaced many single-use plastic products with sustainable alternatives and our aim is to eliminate them altogether.Responsible diningAll of our seafood onboard is sustainably sourced in accordance with the Marine Stewardship Council guidelines. We also cater for vegetarian and vegan diets (please mention this when booking).Gentle cleaning productsFor our onboard cleaning products, we aim to use biodegradable, phosphate free and non-bioaccumulative products as much as possible.We are proud to provide Stream2Sea’s mineral-based sunscreen, tested and proven safe for fish and coral larvae onboard – available for passenger use.RecyclingWe use recycling bins onboard to separate waste and reduce our landfill, and aim to recycle our waste at every port.We are proud to be a member of the SeaGreen recycling initiative in Ushuaia, and participate in beach clean-up initiatives such as Clean up Svalbard.Carbon NeutralWe are certified 100% Carbon Neutral as part of an ongoing active sustainability plan to help make a positive impact on the planet.Citizen Science ProgramTravel is always the best educator and we offer the chance to enrich your curiosity and expand your knowledge and understanding of the places we travel to. There is no better learning opportunity than being in the field with subject matter experts. Our Citizen Science Program is designed to be an interactive forum of like-minded travellers to share new discoveries and deepen their connection to the natural world in a relaxed, informal and fun environment – both on board our ships, on our fascinating shore expeditions and in our zodiacs. You can make a difference as we can provide invaluable data to the scientific community through you taking part. You too can become an ambassador for the protection of our majestic but fragile blue planet when you return home by sharing what you have learned. Our seven dynamic and diverse Citizen Science Projects – focusing on whales, seabirds, microplastics, weather patterns, phytoplankton, polar fjordlands and marine biodiversity – have been hand-picked for their ground-breaking work and global achievements.

Smoking Policy

There is a ‘No Smoking’ policy throughout the interior of our ships.

Special Dietary Requirements

We can accommodate most special meal requests if given advance notice. Our talented chefs will take your requirements into their meal planning and ensure you receive tasty, healthy meals. Ensure you list any dietary requirements on your personal details form. Although we aim to accommodate most dietary requirements, we are unable to cater to all requirements, nor can we guarantee that our onboard meals do not contain traces of peanuts or other nuts. Please contact us to enquire about your specific needs. 

Temperatures

Our expeditions to the polar regions operate during the summer months in the Antarctic and Arctic. During the summer months in Antarctica° the temperature can range from -2°C (28°F) to 8°C (46°F). Big storms are rare, but if one comes through the temperature could drop to -8°C (17°F).In the Arctic the temperature can range from -3°C (26.6°F) to 7°C (44.6°F).

What To Pack

When packing for your holiday, do you have trouble deciding between what to take versus leave at home? If so, you’re certainly not alone – it can be tricky deciding what makes the cut into your luggage.Of course, what often helps is knowing the environment that you’re entering into. With Antarctica and the Arctic – known as the coldest, most isolated and remote landscapes in the world – there might be a tendency to pack your suitcase with all the winter gear under the sun.Polar temperatures in summer are similar to most ski fields in winter. If you are a skier, your ski clothing will be perfectly adequate; as long as it is thoroughly waterproof. Under your waterproof layer, you will need between two to four insulation layers depending on the day.Our vessels are air-conditioned and the temperature on board is generally between 15°C (59°F) and 25°C (77°F). When on board, dress is informal. Normal clothing usually consists of jeans or casual trousers, and light long-sleeve T-shirts or jumpers.So, here is what you’ll need to pack for a trip to the polar regions:The Layer Principle:The layer principle has been proven to demonstrate that wearing several light layers of clothing is recommended over wearing one heavy layer. Between each layer there is trapped air which when heated by your body acts as an excellent insulator. See information below.Layer 1: The Thermal Layer - Fast-drying, rapid transport of moisture away from the body, forwarding to the next layer. e.g. Thermal underwear.Layer 2: Insulation Layer - Warming layer for cold temperatures. e.g. Fleece or down jacketLayer 3: Waterproof / Protection Layer - Provides reliable protection from wind and water. e.g. Hard-shell jacket.Tips for an effective layering systemSeveral thin layers work better than one thick layer.Avoid tight clothing since it leaves no room for trapped air. Wool and silk are superior to cotton because they can trap warm air.The important layer is the outer waterproof and windproof shell. A small wind of six kilometres per hour can carry away eight times more body heat than still air!Being wet accelerates the loss of body heat. If your skin or clothing gets wet, your body will lose heat much more rapidly. Even at 10°C (50°F) you can suffer ill effects of cold if you are wet. Avoid over dressing as this leads to perspiration; and in wet weather, wear waterproof outer garments that will keep you dry on the outside but still ‘breathe’ enough so that moisture from your body can escape.Body heat is most likely to be lost from your head, hands and feet so they need to be kept warm and dry. Even if the rest of your body is covered, as much as 90% of the heat you lose is from your head, so be sure to wear a beanie, woollen hat or something similar to keep your head warm.Other recommended items:Waterproof daypack for landingsDry bag or plastic bag for cameraBinoculars: to get the most out of the incredible wildlife-viewing opportunities during the voyage. Please bring your own binoculars. You are welcome to use AE Expeditions’ supply of binoculars on board the ship, but they are limited to use on the Observation DeckCamera and accessoriesSpare batteries and memory cards for cameraWe suggest you bring a laptop for image processing; there are limited public computers to useExternal hard drive for storing downloaded images and other dataUSB stick to share photos with fellow passengersCollapsible hiking poles, depending on individual needsSunscreen and chap stickMoisturiser for wind and / or sunburnGlasses cord for prescription glasses and sunglassesExtra prescription glasses or contact lensesEar plugs (especially if you are sharing a cabin)Sleep eye mask (great for plane travel and for ice camping)Watch – to keep track of landing return timesSwimsuit (for the sauna, jacuzzis and Polar Plunge)Double-adapter for multi-chargingPersonal toiletries (Body wash, shampoo, conditioner, and handsoap is provided in each cabin and refilled throughout the voyage)Sea sickness medicationPersonal medication – we recommend carrying this in your hand luggage at all timesPersonal first aid kit. An onboard medical clinic is available whenever you need itSmall flashlightPocket-sized notebook and penPack of playing cards or other travel games

What's Included

Standard InclusionsWe offer a number of standard inclusions on our voyages. Please see full list below:Fully-serviced accommodation in your chosen stateroom or suiteDaily shore excursions, guided walks, Zodiac cruises and some activities^Entry fees to historic or tourist sitesAn experienced team of destination specialists, activity leaders, and local guides*An informative and entertaining lecture program by our team of expertsDaily breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and snacks. House wines, beer and soft drinks included with dinnerCaptain’s Farewell drinks including four-course dinner, house cocktail, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beveragesComplimentary 3-in-1 polar jacket on polar voyagesComplimentary use of Muck boots during the voyageComplimentary use of fitness centreComplimentary access to onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consult)Complimentary Starlink wifi onboardComprehensive pre-departure information and Antarctic or Arctic Primer bookletPort surcharges, permits and landing feesThe following inclusions are also part of selected voyages. Please refer to the specific voyage Trip Notes for inclusions pertaining to the voyage of your choice:All Antarctic voyages include one night’s pre-voyage accommodation and arrival airport transfer (on selected preferred flights)Selected voyages include one night’s pre-voyage accommodationFlights mentioned as per itineraryGuided town/city tour and activities as per voyage itineraryLuggage transfers to/from ship* on selected voyages ^ weather permittingSuite BenefitsAdditional benefits for those who book Junior and Captain’s Suites:One free pair of binoculars per suiteFree stocked mini bar^1 free bottle of champagne per suite^Junior Suites stocked once only, not replenished. Captain’s Suite replenished as needed.

Wi-Fi and Connectivity

Onboard wi-fi internet packages are available for purchase during the voyage. Telephone access for personal use is not available on board. In case of an emergency, our expedition team can facilitate communication with your family members if necessary. 

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    Onboard accommodation during voyage, including daily cabin service and One night’s hotel accommodation including breakfast, in Ushuaia on Day 1 is included.

  • Additional Services

    Complimentary access to onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consult), Complimentary of Muck Boots during the voyage, Complimentary 3-in-1 polar jacket, Comprehensive pre-departure information, Port surcharges, permits and landing fees included.

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

    All airport transfers mentioned in the itinerary.

  • Fully Guided

    Educational lectures and guiding services provided by Expedition Team.

  • Meals

    All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage. Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner. Captain’s Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages

  • Half-day excursion in Ushuaia on Day 2.

  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises.

What's Not Included

  • Accommodation

    Hotels not mentioned in the itinerary

  • Insurance

    Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges.

  • International Travel

    International or domestic flights – unless specified in the itinerary.

  • Meals

    Meals not mentioned in the itinerary

  • Optional

    Optional excursions and optional activity surcharges.

  • Transfers – unless specified in the itinerary.

  • Airport arrival or departure taxes.

  • Passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination fees and charges.

  • All items of a personal nature, including but not limited to alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), gratuities, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, wi-fi, email or phone charges.

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  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Bookings are open to people 8 years of age and over. Passengers under 18 years of age must be accompanied at all times by an adult throughout the expedition and cannot be left unsupervised at any time including during paid additional activities. A child remains the sole responsibility of the adult at all times. Children between 8-17 years of age must pay the adult price of the expedition.

  • Is free Wi-Fi available in the accommodation used?

    Complimentary Starlink Wi-Fi onboard

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    International or domestic flights which are mentioned in itinerary are included.

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    Save the solo supplement and we’ll pair you with a like-minded traveller based on gender and your selected cabin category. If we’re unable to find you someone to share with, the solo supplement is waived. If you would rather have a cabin all to yourself, you can pay a 50% surcharge and it’s all yours! This way, you can explore endlessly at your own pace.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in itinerary.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, English speaking guide on this tour.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    All airport transfers mentioned in the itinerary is included.

  • What about special requests or requirements?

    Aurora Expeditions will use reasonable endeavours to accommodate special requests from you, including special dietary requirements, but they cannot be guaranteed. You should advise Aurora Expeditions as soon as possible after booking of any such special requests or requirements, such that Aurora Expeditions can try and accommodate them.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    We have updated our health and safety protocols effective from 1st October 2023. Aurora requires expeditioners to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to travel. If you are unvaccinated, your participation on an expedition is subject to a medical review. In the event that any passenger was to test positive for COVID-19 onboard, we will require a 5-day isolation period in your cabin on the vessel. Aurora highly recommends that all passengers have an Influenza vaccine prior to travel. All health and safety protocols are subject to change and may vary due to local regulations in the countries visited.

  • What is Aurora Expedition's child policy?

    Bookings are open to people 8 years of age and over. Children under the age of 8 are not permitted. Passengers under 18 years of age must be accompanied at all times by an adult throughout the expedition and cannot be left unsupervised at any time including during paid additional activities. A child remains the sole responsibility of the adult at all times. Children between 8-17 years of age must pay the adult price of the expedition.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Save the solo supplement and we’ll pair you with a like-minded traveller based on gender and your selected cabin category. If we’re unable to find you someone to share with, the solo supplement is waived. This option can be combined with other offers and discounts. If you would rather have a cabin all to yourself, you can pay a 50% surcharge and it’s all yours! This way, you can explore endlessly at your own pace. This option can be combined with other offers and discounts.

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Valentin Rion (Google Reviewer)  

Since I was a child,...

31-Mar-2024

Since I was a child, I have always dreamed of visiting Antarctica to experience one of the most remote places in the world, witnessing its beautiful wildlife and mesmerizing landscapes. Last February, I joined a group of professional photographers on what has now become the greatest experience of my life. Traveling with Aurora Expeditions (now a B Corp company) was phenomenal. Prior to departure, their customer service was always available to assist me with any questions I had. During the trip, the incredible staff and Expedition Team made the experience absolutely unforgettable. Thanks to their passion and knowledge, I learned so much about Antarctica. Thank you for this incredible experience, one that I hope to relive with you in the future!

Gail Oja (Google Reviewer)  

Wow, wow, wow! This is...

18-Mar-2023

Wow, wow, wow! This is a first-rate run operation and one of the most immersive, spectacular adventures I’ve ever had in my years of world travels. You’ll have two expeditions per day and each one will provide new experiences. The Sylvia Earle is beautiful and staffed by a professional crew (about 1:1) and the daily expeditions are expertly and safely run. Can’t say enough about Aurora.

Mark Luttinen (Google Reviewer)  

Fantastic experience starting with a...

23-Apr-2022

Fantastic experience starting with a voyage through the straights of Magellan and a quick trip through Drakes Passage. Best part of the trip was getting up in the morning to see what new sites and adventures were in store for the day. Definitely got out to see more unique locations in Antarctica than I would expect. The expedition staff was a delight to be around and helped get us out to see whales, seals, penguins and fantastic displays of ice. Hotel staff catered to our needs and made us feel welcome, comfortable and somewhat pampered. Always met with a smile and cheerful greeting any time.

Peter Houghton (Google Reviewer)  

My wife and I both...

26-Mar-2023

My wife and I both agreed we had the greatest holiday of our lives in Antarctica with Aurora Expeditions. Whether it was whale watching from the zodiacs, playing with leopard seals, visiting penguin colonies or marveling at the shapes of floating icebergs...it was only made better by the comforts onboard, the service of the staff and the camaraderie of the passengers and crew. What an unforgettable experience!

John Fison (Google Reviewer)  

We had an amazing trip...

21-Mar-2023

We had an amazing trip on the Greg Mortimer in February 2023. The Aurora team on the ground in Punta Arenas (Tomas and crew), Expedition Team (led so well by Ashley) and the HQ team in Australia looked after us perfectly, from start to finish. We shared so many wonderful experiences with friends and the team could not have done any more for us. Highlights include seeing the wonderful forms of icebergs south of the Antarctic Circle, the shoreline landscape, wildlife and birds (inquisitive leopard seals being our favourite), the polar plunge, volcanic island and the genuine desire of the crew, every day, to make it the trip of a lifetime. Thank you Aurora!

Robert  

Three weeks on board the Greg Mortimer…

16-Jan-2023

Three weeks on board the Greg Mortimer .. very stylish and spacious cabin with plenty of space in the public areas. The x-bow design clearly reduced upwards/downwards movement as it cuts through the waves .. though you do still get side roll. Expedition staff were experienced both on shore and in the zodiacs and the lectures they gave on board were “on point”. Food choices were phenomenal and waiting staff as well all the “hotel” staff were always helpful and never stopped smiling. Throughout the pandemic Aurora kept us notified and offered options and alternatives. Would not hesitate booking again and recommending Aurora and the Greg Mortimer.

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KandE Traveling (Google Reviewer)  

We just completed our Northwest...

08-Oct-2022

We just completed our Northwest Passage cruise on the Greg Mortimer. It was our first cruise, as being packed in with thousands of people was not our idea of a holiday. We were looking for opportunities for hikes and wildlife viewing. Aurora provided an excellent boat, service people, and an exceptional expedition team. Two professional photographers rode in the zodiacs and gave lectures on improving your camera skills whether you own professional-grade equipment or just your smart phone. The nature videographer had clips of animals filmed for Nature and Richard Attenborough's shows. A geologist explained how old the rocks were and the unusual basalt formations. The kayak guide got hooked on the botanist's study of plankton, and shared his excitement with the passengers. Several guides are proficient long-distance sailors; have experience with dog sleds, or are paramedics. The shore landings were inspected by a group of guides who made us safe by ensuring no polar bears were present. The reception, housekeeping, and meal servers were very personable and never left us disappointed. Food offerings were varied and plentiful, and dinners were served a la carte. We look at our pictures and trip notes, and still can't believe what a fabulous experience we had.

Te Shan Liang (Google Reviewer)  

To Antarctica. On Greg Mortimer....

15-Jan-2023

To Antarctica. On Greg Mortimer. An expedition ship that I want to return to, or at least, with the company that runs it and her(his?) sister ship, the Sylvia Earle. Plus points: superb crew, staff and expedition guides. Fabulous rooms. Excellent food and beverage selections. Comprehensive programs that cater to kayakers, trekkers, snowshoers, skiers, photography buffs, citizen scientists, nature lovers, historians. Minus: The Crossing. Which needs to be experienced once.

Carolyn Alexander (Google Reviewer)  

The trip to Iceland, Jan...

16-Jun-2024

The trip to Iceland, Jan Mayen and Svalbard exceeded all my expectations. The Sylvia Earle is incredibly comfortable with a caring and very efficient housekeeping and hotel staff who looked after passengers extremely well. The Expedition Crew was outstanding - knowledgeable, friendly and very experienced which added to the enjoyment of where we went and what we saw. This was a trip of a lifetime and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone thinking of visiting the Arctic. The whole experience was amazing and unforgettable.

Scott Digel (Google Reviewer)  

Fantastic Antarctic adventure aboard the...

18-Feb-2023

Fantastic Antarctic adventure aboard the Sylvia Earle. She's a great ship and we found everything about our experience to be first rate. Loved the crew, the ship facilities, the food and the activities. Soooo highly recommended. 6 stars for our cabin steward Eka!

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