Aurora Expeditions, a small company from Australia has made some big waves in the expedition cruise market. Their brand-new ship the Greg Mortimer is set to raise the bar in expedition cruising with some fantastic features for the small number of passengers it carries. Focussed on making the most of the expedition, they will aim to get you up close to the action, inspire you about 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 people’s 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 that sails from Scotland, through the Faroes Island to the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard in 2021. Another popular choice is Aurora Expeditions Jewels of the Arctic, which starts in the Icelandic capital of Rejkavik, 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.
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The Greg Mortimer is due for completion in 2019. It is named after the Australian polar explorer, mountaineer and Aurora founder, Greg Mortimer.
This new ship marks a new direction for Aurora, as it is their first purpose-built Polar Expedition ship. The vessel features a state-of-the-art 'x-bow design', which has a piercing effect on smaller waves, making for a much smoother voyage.
The Polar Pioneer was originally built as an ice-strengthened research in Finland in 1982, she was refurbished in 2000 and converted into a passenger ship for expeditions to the polar regions. The ship is small and nimble, carrying just 54 passengers, offering a truly intimate experience onboard.
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