ICEBERGS, PENGUINS & SEALS – Fly/Cruise from Australia

Cruise Line
Aurora Expeditions
Ship
Greg Mortimer
Package Departs
20 Feb 2021
Package Duration
13 Nights
Embark Ship
Punta Arenas, Chile
Disembark Ship
Punta Arenas, Chile
Oceanview Balcony Suite
AU $19,670
per person
AU $20,720
per person
AU $24,915
per person

Package duration: 11 nights
Package starts: 20th Feb 2021
Cruise starts: 22nd Feb 2021
Cruise ends: 2nd Mar 2021
Package ends: 3rd Mar 2021
Back in Australia by: 5th Mar 2021

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Expedition Highlights:
– Skip two Drake Passage crossings
– Pass by Vast tabular icebergs in the Antarctic Sound
– Retrace some of Shackleton`s and Nordenskoljd`s route
– Visit fascinating fossil fields with an on board paleontologist
– Capture Antarctic light with a polar photography guide
– Delight in Adelie, gentoo and chinstrap penguins
– Have the change to spot hunting orcas, feeding humpbacks and slinky minkes

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PRICES in AUD per person from*
Twin Aurora Stateroom (window) was $22,615 – NOW from AUD $19,670*pp
Twin Cat C Balcony was $23,845 – NOW from AUD $20,720*pp
Twin Cat B Balcony was $24,145 – NOW from AUD $20,980*pp
Twin Balcony Suite was $28,735 – NOW from AUD $24,915*pp
Single Aurora Stateroom (window) was $32,810 – NOW from AUD $28,435*
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ICEBERGS, PENGUINS & SEALS Fly, Cruise & Stay package includes:
– Return economy class airfare^ from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne to Punta Arenas (Chile)
– Return airport – hotel – airport transfers, Punta Arenas
– 2 nights pre-cruise accommodation in Punta Arenas
– Return economy class charter flights from Punta Arenas to King George Island to Punta Arenas
– 8 night EXPEDITION cruise aboard the NEW Greg Mortimer round trip from King George Island
– All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
– All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
– Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
– Access to an on-board doctor and basic medical services
– Complimentary 3-in-1 polar jacket
– Complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage
– Comprehensive pre-departure information
– Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking, provided post voyage)
– Port and landing fees and charges
– Return airport – hotel – airport transfers, Punta Arenas post-cruise
– 1 nights post-cruise accommodation in Punta Arenas

Special Conditions

*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin in AUD (unless stated as single), based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (25Feb19). All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. A good level of mobility is required to participate in this cruise and travel insurance is MANDATORY (but not included). Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. ^Airfare based on 2019 rates and subject to change until bookable approx 10 months prior. Offer ends 20Apr19 or until sold out/withdrawn and is subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty.

Special Validity Dates

Special is valid from 25 Feb 2019 to 20 Apr 2019 or until sold out/withdrawn.

Pre-cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
20 Feb 2021 Fly Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne to Punta Arenas
20 Feb 2021 Arrive Punta Arenas, transfer to hotel
21 Feb 2021 Continue your stay in Punta Arenas at hotel

Cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
21 Feb 2021 Punta Arenas, Chile Hotel
22 Feb 2021 Punta Arenas, Chile Flight to King George Island
22 Feb 2021 King George Island, South Shetland Islands Embark
23 Feb 2021 Antarctic Peninsula
24 Feb 2021 Paulet Is, Antarctica
25 Feb 2021 Antarctic Peninsula
26 Feb 2021 Antarctic Peninsula
27 Feb 2021 Lemaire Channel, Antarctica
28 Feb 2021 Port Lockroy, Antarctica
01 Mar 2021 Antarctic Peninsula
02 Mar 2021 King George Island, South Shetland Islands Disembark Flight to Punta Arenas
02 Mar 2021 Punta Arenas, Chile Hotel
03 Mar 2021 Punta Arenas, Chile

Post-cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
03 Mar 2021 Transfer to airport, Fly to Australia
05 Mar 2021 Arrive Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne

All itineraries and ports of call at the discretion of the cruise line subject to local weather conditions and may change without notice.

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Category Twin Per Person     Single Per Person
Oceanview
   
Balcony
   
Suite
   

8 Night Cruise sailing from King George Island roundtrip aboard Greg Mortimer. Hotel stays pre and post-cruise in Punta Arenas with flights to/from King George Island.

Welcome to the ice factory!

The Weddell Sea is one of Antarctica’s most fascinating areas. Here, a combination of giant tabular icebergs and waters rich in krill provide both a jaw-dropping landscape and perfect conditions for marine life to thrive.

The Greg Mortimer, Aurora Expeditions new purpose built expedition ship, is ice-strengthened to take you in safety and comfort between the Weddell Sea and the picturesque west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. This means you get the best of both worlds in one of the planet’s last untouched wildernesses.

ANTARCTIC PENINSULA WEST COAST:

There are many exciting places you can visit; a sample of some of the places where you may land, hike, photograph or view spectacular wildlife follows:

Brown Bluff
Paulet Island
James Clark Ross Island
Devil Island
View Point, Duse Bay
Lemaire Channel
Port Lockroy

Other places you may visit:

Joinville Island
D’Urville Island
Hope Bay
Seymour Island
Snow Hill Island
Vega Island, Prince Gustav Channel
Beak Island
Cyrstal Hill
Herbert Sound

Aurora Expeditions is excited to be launching their new ship, the Greg Mortimer, ready for the Antarctic season in, 2019.

Proudly named after Aurora’s adventurous co-founder, this 104-metre ship is Aurora’s very first, purpose-built expedition vessel. Capable of negotiating the strongest winds and waves, the Greg Mortimer is built to world-class polar standards – designed in close consultation with their expedition specialists, taking advantage of more than 25 years of experience.

Whether it’s adventure, wildlife or simply relaxing that draws you to the planet’s wildest places, the Greg Mortimer will deliver the best expedition cruising experience. The Greg Mortimer will continue to retain Aurora’s ethos and focus on multiple landings, flexible itineraries, environmental sensitivity and family-built atmosphere.

Ship Profile & Stats

Length
104 metres
Tonnage
7,400
Maiden Voyage
2019
Pass. Cap. (dbl)
160
Ship Registration
Bahamas

Ship Amenities

  • Room-controlled thermostat
  • Safe
  • 42″ flat-screen TV

Ship Facilities

  • Change Room / Mudroom
  • Zodiac Landing Platforms
  • Activity Launching Platform
  • Lounge / Lecture Theatre
  • Reception
  • Ship Shop
  • Dining Room
  • Photography & Art Room
  • Library
  • Gym
  • Sauna / Wellness Centre
  • Sun Deck
  • Observation Lounge
  • Top Deck
  • Bars
  • Viewing Platforms
  • Hydraulic Platforms
  • Observation Deck
  • Jacuzzis / Plunge Pools
  • Medical Centre

At Aurora Expeditions wilderness is a passion we share with others by taking small groups of like-minded people to some of the most isolated places on our planet. From the polar regions of Antarctica and High Arctic to the wilds of the Russian Coast, Papua New Guinea and Australia¹s Kimberley Coast, Aurora Expeditions aims to create special expedition-style cruises that foster an understanding and appreciation of our natural world.

The Australian-owned adventure company was initially established in the early 1990¹s by adventures Greg Mortimer and Margaret Werner when they began sharing their love of remote places by organising ship-based trips for keen friends and fellow travellers. Their style to Œpush the boundaries¹ has remained unchanged and we are proud of the fact that our spirit of adventure and exploration is as strong as ever. Our adventure activities are proof of this; many of our voyages offering polar scuba diving, sea kayaking, camping and mountain climbing.

Deeply committed to education and preservation of the environment, Aurora Expeditions were the founding member of both the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO) and the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO). All our voyages are have expert expedition staff who will help to unlock the wonders of these special places.

* Unless otherwise noted all pricing is on a per person twin share basis. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Special conditions may apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Any pricing not in Australian Dollars will be converted on the day of payment into the relevant currency based on our daily rate of exchange. Please note that many of the prices shown on this website are not shown in real time. Whilst we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ slightly from the live prices in our booking system. All pricing and offers are subject to availability at time of booking. Whilst all information is correct at the time of publication, offers are subject to change. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. Please submit any data errors/omissions you may notice on this site.

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