Spirit of Antarctica 12 daysAboard: Greg Mortimer
GREG MORTIMER MAIDEN VOYAGE!
Be among the first passengers on the brand new custom built polar vessel Greg Mortimer as you join this exciting expedition to the heart of the Antarctic Peninsula. On this maiden voyage you will discover the pristine wilderness of Antarctica where towering icebergs, bountiful wildlife and thrilling adventures combine to create an unforgettable journey. Spend time on deck looking for wildlife as you sail through the scenic channels, enjoy Zodiac excursions and a wealth of optional activities, visit historic sites and step foot on the most spectacular continent on Earth.
What’s more, we are delighted to announce that Greg Mortimer himself will be our special expedition leader on this exclusive voyage! This bran new ship was named in honour of Greg, who founded Aurora Expeditions and is a world-renowned Australian explorer. Greg Mortimer has always been at the forefront of adventure and exploration – nearly 35 years ago, in 1984, along with his expedition partner Tim Macartney-Snape, the duo became the first two Australians to reach the summit of Mt Everest. Even more impressively – they did so without the aid of supplementary oxygen! Greg will be looking forward to sharing his unsurpassed expedition experience with you as we sail to the bottom of the world.
- Join the maiden voyage aboard the Greg Mortimer
- Spectacular Antarctic scenery
- Amazing wildlife including penguins, birds and whales
- Adventure options including camping, kayaking, mountaineering, snowshoeing & skiing
- Zodiac amongst sculpted icebergs
- Visit historical and scientific sites
- Full board accommodation on board ship with daily breakfast,
lunch and dinner including house wines, beers and soft drinks, afternoon
tea and snacks
- 1 night accommodation in Ushuaia pre-voyage
- Transfers from ship & luggage transfer to ship
- Captain's Welcome and Farewell drinks including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
- Pre-dinner drinks including canapes and bar snacks
- Zodiac landings and excursions
- Programme of expert lectures
- Loan of rubber boots
- Complimentary 3-in-1 polar jacket
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Your journey begins in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city. Arrive independently and transfer to the hotel for your included overnight stay. Enjoy time seeing the sights and sounds of this city which is renowned for its enchanting scenery, before enjoying a good night’s sleep in preparation for the adventures ahead.
Ushuaia - Embarkation
After checking out of the hotel, you will have time to explore more of Ushuaia and its surrounds before heading to the port in the mid-afternoon to board the brand new polar vessel Greg Mortimer. Settle into your cabin and get to know your home for the next 10 nights as the ship sets sail through the scenic Beagle Channel. A luggage transfer from the hotel is included.
At Sea - Drake Passage
As your ship sails south through the famous Drake Passage keep an eye out in one of the many observation areas for the seabirds, including albatross, which follow the ship, and the first of many iceberg sightings. Enjoy informative lectures on the wildlife, history and geology of the areas you are about to discover and attend bio security briefings for your time in Antarctica. As we approach the Shetland Islands possible landings may include the Aitcho, Robert or Deception Islands.
As you awake on day 6 your ship will have sailed through the Gerlache Strait and the sight that awaits this morning is the stunning Antarctic Peninsula. A land of superlatives, Antarctica’s vast proportions are a sight to behold. Enjoy Zodiac excursions to explore penguin rookeries, visit historic sites and scientific stations, and get up close to the masses of elaborate icebergs. Watch seals basking on the ice floes, join an excursion in search of orca sightings, and enjoy the exhilaration of stepping foot on the white continent. As with all polar expeditions, your exact itinerary in Antarctica will be dictated by weather and wildlife sighting opportunities so be prepared for the unexpected. Making the most every moment, your captain will choose the best course each day for wildlife viewings and adventures, with a new experience guaranteed each day. For the more adventurous there will be ample opportunities for kayaking, snowshoeing and mountaineering excursions, and if the weather is kind you may even be able to spend the night camping out on the ice – an unforgettable experience!
After your exhilarating time in Antarctica it’s sadly time to head back towards Ushuaia. As your captain steers the ship back across the Drake Passage take the time to revel in all you will have experienced. Exchange stories with your new friends, keep watch on deck for seabirds and enjoy the final lectures and presentations from your expert team. On the last evening there will be an enjoyable farewell dinner with cocktails and a four-course meal, and your ship may make a ceremonial rounding of Cape Horn.
On the morning of day 12 you will awake to your ship gently cruising along the Beagle Channel into Ushuaia. After breakfast it will be time to say goodbye as you disembark and transfer to the airport or to a downtown location should you wish to extend your time in Ushuaia.
A view from Above
The brand new (2018-19) “Greg Mortimer” is a purpose-built expedition vessel capable of negotiating the strongest winds and waves, and has been built to world-class polar standards. The Greg Mortimer redefines expedition cruising for the future, utilising the ULSTEIN X-BOW, a cutting edge nautical technology which allows for gentle travel and motion at sea, reduced vibrations, improved comfort and safety on board, virtual anchoring, lower fuel consumption and lower air emissions. Robust, powerful, and built with passengers’ comfort and safety at the forefront of design, the Greg Mortimer features a modern ice-strengthened hull at ice class 1A, four sea-level launching platforms for fast and efficient access to Zodiacs, a custom-built activity platform, the most up-to-date and concise safety features including the latest ‘return to port’ technology, and has been built to meet and exceed the strict environment standards of the Polar Code, for non-intrusive and low-impact voyages. For exceptional at sea wildlife and scenery viewing opportunities the ship has custom-built hydraulic platforms offering unobstructed views, an indoor observation lounge, side viewing platforms and an outdoor top deck which allows for 360-degree views. With space for 120 passengers the ship has 80 well designed staterooms with en-suite bathrooms, ranging from porthole to balcony categories, a large dining room/restaurant with family style dining, a spacious lecture room, a well stocked library, Wellness Centre complete with gym equipment, sauna and spa, a multimedia room and a fully-stocked medical centre.
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Now that I am back from my odyssey voyage, I thought I would let you know that after all that planning it really did exceed my expectations – we managed landings everywhere even on Tristan da Cuhna and had great bird sightings. The guides all knew what they were talking about too and made sure I got some great photos – still sorting them all out! Thanks for everything and see you at Birdfair!Dave Martin
Overall I think that it was an excellent trip that was well worth the price paid and I would have no hesitation recommending your company to others.Steve Sutton
Just a quick note to express my sincere thanks to you and all your staff for making this an epic adventure of immense proportions. Everything went smoothly, pickups, hotels and most of all the expedition itself. Truly a mind blowing experience unlike any I have ever taken.Mr J Borg, Malta
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