At a Glance
Brand new vessel built to world-class polar standards
Open bridge policy to see how the captain and officers navigate the waters and terrain
Sociable and family-friendly environment
Custom built activity platform for sea kayaking, polar snorkeling and scuba diving
Wide range of activities on-board including informative talks, a gym and Wellness Center
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Antarctic weather is a lesson in extremes. Antarctica is the world’s coldest, windiest and driest continent. During the summer months the winds abate considerably and the weather is surprisingly comfortable, averaging between 20 and 50F. Summertime also means 18-24 hours of sunlight which allows life to flourish for a brief summer period. Long days also allow extensive exploration by small ship cruise to Antarctica. Antarctic weather allows for a short season of cruising from November to March each year.
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Built to world-class polar standards, the Greg Mortimer is an exciting new addition to our Antarctica portfolio, boasting excellent safety features, innovative tech, flexible itineraries including fly-sail options and a range of activities.
Named after the co-founder of Aurora Expeditions, Greg Mortimer is the company’s first purpose-built expedition vessel. The ship has been designed to offer small-scale polar cruising, flexible itineraries, multiple landing opportunities, all the latest safety features and modern comforts within an informal and family-friendly environment.
Accommodating up to 100 passengers on polar expeditions, there is a friendly and intimate vibe on-board. Passengers enjoy a wide choice of cabins which include en-suite bathroom with hair dryer, storage space, safe, 42-inch flat-screen TV, international power outlets and small sofa. All but the basic category of room, have private balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows and there are interconnecting rooms for families. Passengers can enjoy family-style dining in the restaurant or relaxing in one of the two lounge bars and there is a last night farewell four-course dinner and cocktails. Complimentary beverages and snacks are available 24-hours a day.
There are several on-board observation spaces including hydraulic platforms for bird, wildlife and scenery viewing and the ship operates an open bridge policy, so passengers can join the captain and officers to see navigation practises and mapping techniques in action. There is a lecture room for learning more about the region, a library and Wellness Center with a gym, sauna and spa. Passengers also enjoy flexible and plentiful shore excursions in a fleet of Zodiac boats, along with a wide range of activities enjoyed from the custom-built activity platform which include polar snorkeling and sea kayaking.
The Greg Mortimer has several bespoke features including a unique XBOW bow, which provides greater stability than a traditional bow and Zodiac launching platforms reducing the time for loading and launching the boats. The boat also meets the latest Polar Class 6 requirements for ice-strengthened vessels, has return-to-port equipment in the event of engine failure and a fully stocked medical center.
These cabins are luxurious and elegant, each one opens up onto views of the ocean so you never an to miss a panorama.
The Captain's Suite is located on deck 4 and features a double bed or two twin beds, private en-suite bathroom, private balcony, full size window, desk area and storage space. There is also a separate lounge area and a flat screen TV. The cabin and balcony combined size is 44.5 square meters/ 478 square feet.
The four Junior Suites are located on deck 7 and feature a double bed or two twin beds, private en-suite bathroom, private balcony, full size window, desk area and storage space. There is also a separate lounge area and a flat screen TV. The cabin and balcony combined size is 38.9 square meters/ 418 square feet.
The two Balcony Suites are located on deck 4 and feature a double bed or two twin beds, private en-suite bathroom, private balcony, full size window, desk area and storage space. There is also a separate lounge area and a flat screen TV. The cabin and balcony combined size is 30.5 square meters/328 square feet.
|Balcony Stateroom - A||
The Balcony Staterooms-A are located on decks 4 and 6 and feature a double bed or two twin beds, private en-suite bathroom, private balcony, full size window, desk area and storage space. There is also a separate lounge area and a flat screen TV. The cabin and balcony combined size is 24.1 square meters/259 square feet.
|Balcony Stateroom - B||
The Balcony Stateroom-B are located on decks 4 and 6 and feature a double bed or two twin beds, private en-suite bathroom, private balcony, full size window, desk area and storage space. There is also a separate lounge area and a flat screen TV. The cabin and balcony combined size 23.6 square meters/254 square feet.
|Balcony Stateroom - C||
The Balcony Stateroom-C are located on decks 4 and 6 and feature a double bed or two twin beds, private en-suite bathroom, private balcony, full size window, desk area and storage space. There is also a separate lounge area and a flat screen TV. The cabin and balcony combined size is 20.9 square meters/225 square feet.
|Aurora Stateroom Twin||
The Aurora Stateroom Twin cabins are located on deck 3 and feature two twin beds, private en-suite bathroom, porthole window, desk area and storage space. There is also a flat screen TV. The cabin size is 15.8 square meters/170 square feet.
|Aurora Stateroom Triple||
The Aurora Stateroom Triple cabins are located on deck 3 and feature three twin beds, private en-suite bathroom, porthole window, desk area and storage space. There is also a flat screen TV. The cabin size is 21.4 square meters/230 square feet.
|Hydraulic Viewing Platform||
A viewing platform ensuring you witness the best views possible.
A large restaurant which serves meals family style. A private dining area can also be requested.
There is a lecture room, two bars/lounges and a library.
There is a Wellness Center with gym equipment, spa and a sauna.
There is a multimedia room on deck 5 for photographers and artists.
|Open Bridge Policy||
This policy means at any time you can come up to the bridge and observe what the captain and officers are up to.
|Camping on the Ice||
One of the most popular activities offered, camping out on the ice entails rolling out your sleeping mat, getting snug in your thermal sleeping back and preparing for a night under the breathtaking Antarctic night skies. This is a complimentary activity but places are limited so we recommend booking in advance.
There is no more magical nor humbling way to explore the immense landscapes of Antarctica than by sea kayak. Paddle alongside playful seals, float by as humpback whales dive and marvel at the ice sculptures towering about you. Some kayaking experience is required and places are limited so we recommend booking in advance.
There are two to three daily landings which allows you to maximize your time on the shore.
There will be presentations in the lecture room by experts in their field to educate you on the Antarctic region.
Traverse the Antarctic scenery in snowshoes, which take you further and higher than boots alone can manage in powdery snow. Armed with your own showshoes and poles, the best vantage points will be exclusively yours and you'll be treated to superb views. No prior experience is required but advance booking is recommended.
|Ski & Snowboard Touring||
Ever fancied skiing or snowboarding on some of the world's most pristine and untouched slopes? Experienced skiers and boarders may enjoy day-long excursions traversing remote, snow-capped peaks, descending into sparkling bays. Those looking for a multi-day adventure can opt to attempt Shackleton's route across South Georgia, following in the footsteps of the great explorer.
|Scuba Diving and Snorkelling||
Antarctica is all about the marine life, so much more goes on under the ocean than above. Discover this underwater world of sculpted icebergs with polar dive experts in this thrilling new experience. Those choosing the scuba dive option must have proof of certification beyond entry level. Both activities must be booked in advance.
Led by experienced and expert guides, explore new routes up the continent's magnificent peaks. From alpine ascents to ice climbing, different abilities are catered for although some experience of the use of an ice axe and crampons is required.
Save 15% on 2020/21 Antarctica Expeditions aboard the Greg MortimerBook your 2020/21 Antarctic expedition on the beautiful new Greg Mortimer ship before 30th September 2019 & receive a discount of up to 15%. This offer has been in high demand so we recommend speaking to one of our Antarctica experts for further details.
|Book from||03 May 2019 to 30 September 2019|
01 November 2019 to 31 March 2021
Exploring the Lemaire Channel
Boasting some of the most spectacular mountain scenery and icebergs, the Lemaire Channel is a truly beautiful part of the Antarctic Peninsula to explore, both on your ship and on Zodiac excursions.
Spectacular South Georgia
Longer Antarctic expeditions include time exploring South Georgia, arguably the highlight of your cruise. With breathtaking scenery, huge congregations of king and macaroni penguins and amazing birdlife, there is so much to discover here.
The Drake Passage
The stretch of sea between the southern tip of South America and Antarctica is the Drake Passage, an often turbulent stretch of sea that marks the beginning and end of your journey south. Take in the midnight sunset and watch albatrosses fly alongside you.
The Falkland Islands
With clear skies, seamless horizons and large numbers of penguins and albatross to be found on white sand beaches and amongst tufts of vibrant tussock grass, The Falkland Islands are rich in natural beauty and a visit here is culturally fascinating too.
Visiting Port Lockroy
Port Lockroy is a British-built research station situated on Goudier Island and restored into a museum about the early explorers in 1996. A fascinating place to explore, and plenty of gentoo penguins outside to entertain you, too.
Whales & Seals
Whilst most visitors find the penguins the primary draw in terms of Antarctic wildlife, the marine life includes numerous species of seal and whale. Species include humpback whales, orcas, elephant and leopard seals, and Antarctic fur seals.
One of the real highlights of an Antarctic cruise is getting out on the water in small Zodiac vessels, the ideal way to get up close to the icebergs, wildlife and marine life.
Cross the Antarctic Circle
Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Antarctica, Punta Arenas, Santiago
from $12900 pp 15 nights
- Cross the Polar Circle at 66°33’ S and venture where only a select few do
- Enjoy a pristine, untouched landscape and make the first tracks in the snow
- Head to abandoned bases such as the British Station W and marvel at this perfectly preserved slice of time