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Aurora Expeditions Reveals Program for New World-Class Expedition Ship ‘Greg Mortimer’

January 20, 2018 Cruise No Comments Email Email

Aurora Expeditions, Australia’s leading expedition cruising company, has today launched the full program for its new world-class expedition ship ‘Greg Mortimer’ and its inaugural 2019/2020 polar season.

Following Greg Mortimer’s maiden sea voyage ‘Spirit of Antarctica’ in late October 2019, the ship will operate an additional 20 expeditions across the 2019/2020 season with itineraries spanning Antarctica (Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and Falkland Islands) and the Arctic (Svalbard, Franz Josef Land, East Greenland, Jan Mayen, Iceland and Norway).

Launching with the itineraries are two exclusive deals including a free upgrade from Aurora Stateroom to Balcony Stateroom valid on all 2019/2020 Antarctica and the Arctic voyages or the option to save up to $6,000 per person on other selected cabin categories*.

Robert Halfpenny, Managing Director of Aurora Expeditions, said of the launch, “We are delighted to launch the Greg Mortimer program and these exclusive deals – the countdown until the first voyage has well and truly begun!”

For more than 25 years we’ve been driven by the passion to explore, and we’ve always chosen the best ships to do so. Greg Mortimer has been purpose built for adventure and will set a new standard for expedition cruising while continuing to provide the authentic, small group adventures that we are known for.”

“To be on-board the inaugural voyages and visiting the world’s most spectacular wilderness areas will be a once in a lifetime experience for any expeditioner.”

The state-of-the-art Greg Mortimer will redefine expedition cruising as the first expedition cruise ship to feature the patented ULSTEIN X-BOW®. The new 104-metre ice class 1A expedition ship will utilise the latest advancements in naval design and technology to make exploring remote destinations even easier and to create a more enjoyable and comfortable expedition experience for the 120 expeditioners on-board.

The main advantage of the ULSTEIN X-BOW® is its ability to pierce waves with much greater stability than a traditional bow whilst maintaining speed. Because it uses less fuel to get through the waves, it also improves fuel efficiency and reduces air emissions.

Safety is a core principle for Aurora Expeditions and Greg Mortimer will feature the latest ‘return-to-port’ technology as well as virtual anchoring and dynamic positioning to ensure the protection of the delicate sea floor the ship will visit.

Featuring up to 15 Zodiacs, sea-level Zodiac and activity loading platforms as well as dedicated 360° observation decks – getting up close to and experiencing nature will be at the core of the ship’s experience. Additionally, passengers will have the option to attend onboard lectures delivered by some of the world’s leading experts, enjoy a drink in the panoramic observation lounge, or unwind in the wellness centre.

The vessel was named Greg Mortimer in honour of the Australian adventurer and Aurora Expeditions co-founder.

Mortimer co-founded Aurora Expeditions in 1991 with his wife Margaret, with a shared passion for adventure, exploring wild places and sharing the experience with friends. Their aim was simple – to take small groups of travellers on voyages to regions that inspired them, thereby creating lifelong ambassadors for the preservation and protection of these sacred places.

The new ship will complement the company’s existing fleet of vessels and destinations.

Bookings go on sale from 22 January 2018.

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