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Come join us as we venture south to discover a wildlife wonderland on this Antarctic Exploration.
Leaving the stunning south coast of Tasmania you’ll encounter the Sea-Lion harems and yellow-eyed penguins on Auckland & Enderby Islands. Campbell Island awaits with the magnificent royal albatross court amidst the megaherb meadows. All before you cross the Antarctic Convergence entering pack ice alive with orcas, seals and emperor penguins.
At Cape Adare, you’ll follow in the footsteps of early explorers as you explore the first documented landing site in Antarctica and being captivated by the world’s largest Adélie penguin colony. Going further south, deep into the Ross Sea, you’ll visit the amazingly preserved huts of Scott and Shackleton, frozen in time.
As the journey heads northwards you’ll pass the remote Balleny Islands with its glaciers projecting from their slopes into the sea, then on to Macquarie Island, home to half a million king penguins, vast wallows of elephant seals and the Australian research base, Macca.
This month long journey will be an expedition to delight in the wonders and uniqueness of East Antarctica. This trip has everything for those of us needing an adventure after these many months of seclusion.
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**This expedition is subject to regulatory approval and only open to Australian residents.
- Arrival transfer from airport to Greg Mortimer on Day 1
- Departure transfer from Greg Mortimer to airport or hotel on last day
- Onboard accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
- All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
- Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
- Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
- All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
- Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team
- Complimentary access to onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consult)
- A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
- Complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage
- Port surcharges, permits and landing fees
- Gratuities for ship crew
- International or domestic flights not mentioned in the itinerary
- Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
- Airport arrival or departure taxes
- Passport, visa, and vaccination charges
- Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
- Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
- Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
- Optional activity surcharges
- All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, Wi-Fi, email or phone charges.
The Greg Mortimer
Vessel Type: Ice class 1A expedition ship
Length: 104 metres
Passenger Capacity: 120
Built: 2018, launched 2019
Launching in 2019, the Greg Mortimer is proudly named after Aurora’s adventurous co-founder. This 104-metre ship is a purpose-built expedition vessel capable of negotiating the strongest winds and waves, built to world-class polar standards, and designed in close consultation with expedition specialists.
he Greg Mortimer redefines expedition cruising for the future, with just 120 passengers on board in the polar regions. Not only is the ship bigger to contend with adverse weather conditions, its added creature comforts make for a more enjoyable journey out on the open ocean. As a modern and custom-designed ship, the Greg Mortimer is at the cutting edge of nautical technology. Robust, powerful and built with guests in mind, the Greg Mortimer will make your journey a breeze!
Greg Mortimer X-BOWX-BOW™
Some of the expeditions face the worst Mother Nature can throw at them as they venture into exciting and untouched regions. However, this won’t be problem on the Greg Mortimer with the introduction of the patented X-BOW™, created by Norwegian ship designer ULSTEIN. As one of the leaders in marine engineering, ULSTEIN’s X-BOW™ is an inverted bow concept that’s been built on over 100 vessels in the shipping industry. Excitingly, we are the first expedition cruise operator to utilise this technology for the challenging open ocean waves!
Hydraulic viewing platforms
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!
Zodiac launching platform and custom-built activity platform
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). There is also a spacious prep and loading platform for all the activities you might want to undertake – designed in consultation with expert activity guides.
The Greg Mortimer offers reduced emissions into the air and sea, lower energy consumption, high fuel efficiency, reduced light pollution for minimal wildlife disruption and lower on-board plastic use. It’s vital to also mention the state-of-the-art virtual anchoring technology of the X-BOW™, which means the ship can float anchorless while launching Zodiacs, kayaks etc, without disturbing delicate sea floor areas.
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.