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Aurora Expeditions, established in 1991, has made some big waves in the expedition cruise market. Their brand-new ship the Greg Mortimer has raised the bar in expedition cruising with some fantastic features for the small number of passengers it carries. Focused on making the most of the expedition, Aurora aims to get you up close to the action, inspire you with the incredible landscapes you are travelling through and be sensitised to the environmental issues they face. The expeditions are led by remote area specialists, that provide entertaining lectures and expand your knowledge along the way.
If you are looking for an Arctic cruise from the UK, be sure to take a look at Aurora Expeditions voyage, Scotland, Faroes & Svalbard that sails from Scotland, through the Faroes Island to the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard in 2022. Another popular choice is Aurora Expeditions Jewels of the Arctic, which starts in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik, sails up the stunning coastline of East Greenland, before visiting the Svalbard archipelago. Svalbard is one of the highlights of the Arctic, the polar sea ice is to the North of the archipelago and presents plenty of opportunities to spot Polar bears hunting for seals.
Antarctic cruises with Aurora are truly some of the most incredible voyages on the planet, sailing from the Southern tip of South America and taking in the wondrous sights of the Antarctic Peninsula. Follow in the footsteps of Shackleton along the Scotia Arc, from Elephant Island to South Georgia, where you can visit his grave and marvel at some of the largest penguin populations on the planet.
*For the 2021-22 Antarctica season, some or all departures to Antarctica may start/finish from Punta Arenas in Chile, please check with your Travel Specialist for more details
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The Greg Mortimer is named after the Australian polar explorer, mountaineer and Aurora founder, Greg Mortimer. Its the first ship in a series of landmark, purpose-built Polar Expedition ships for Aurora and features a state-of-the-art 'x-bow design', which has a piercing effect on smaller waves, making for a much smoother voyage.
The 104-metre purpose-built Expedition ship featuring a state of the art ‘x-bow design’ which has a piercing effect on smaller waves, making for a smoother voyage. Accommodating on average 132 passengers on all voyages, the Sylvia Earle has one of the smallest capacities in expedition cruising, which makes for a truly intimate experience.
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