SNOW, SEALS & PENGUINS – Fly Free 2024 – The Spirit of Antarctica – 25 Oct 2024 – Cruise Traveller

SNOW, SEALS & PENGUINS – Fly Free 2024 – The Spirit of Antarctica

Cruise Line
Aurora Expeditions
Ship
Greg Mortimer
Package Departs
25 Oct 2024
Package Duration
15 Nights
Embark Ship
Ushuaia, Argentina
Disembark Ship
Ushuaia, Argentina
Aurora Stateroom Twin Share Balcony Stateroom Cat B Junior Suite
AU $19,995
per person
AU $22,755
per person
AU $33,085
per person

Package Summary: 14 nights Fly, Cruise & Stay
Package Starts: 25th October 2024 – with flight from Australia
Cruise Starts: 28th October 2024 – from Ushuaia, Argentina
Cruise Ends: 7th November 2024 – into Ushuaia, Argentina
Package Ends: 8th November 2024 – with flight from Buenos Aires to Australia
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ENJOY THE SAVINGS!
Twin Aurora Superior Stateroom – was $25,170 – your special price: $19,995*pp
Twin Cat B Balcony – was $28,210 – your special price: $22,755*pp
Twin Superior Balcony – was $32,365 – your special price: $26,540*pp
Twin Junior Suite – was $39,560 – your special price: $33,085*pp
Single Aurora Superior Stateroom – was $36,515 – your special price: $30,390*
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Embrace the spirit of polar exploration on this classic expedition to the coveted white continent. Sail across the famed Drake Passage, admiring spectacular seabirds and approaching the ice as the explorers of old did: by sea. With a chance to Zodiac-cruise through pack ice, set foot on the continent, choose from a range of adventure options and even perhaps camp under pastel polar skies, this is the quintessential Antarctic voyage for adventure-lovers.

Highlights:
• Visit Antarctica while the snow is powdery white (and sometimes still falling) and witness the courtship rituals of the returning birds and penguins
• Hone your ice and wildlife photography skills
• In Zodiacs, explore quiet bays and coves in search of wildlife and marvelling at dazzling icebergs
• Search for crabeater seals nestled on floating icebergs
• Take the polar plunge and join an exclusive club!
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SNOW, SEALS & PENGUINS – Fly Free 2024 – The Spirit of Antarctica – Fly, Cruise & Stay package prices include:
– FREE* Return economy class airfare from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne to Ushuaia (via Buenos Aires in both directions) inc tax
– Return airport – hotel – airport transfers in Buenos Aires pre cruise
– 1 nights pre cruise hotel stay in Buenos Aires with breakfast
-1 night`s hotel accommodation in Ushuaia with breakfast plus welcome reception at group hotel (dinner not included)
– Half day city tour in Ushuaia prior to embarkation including transfer to the port
– Luggage transfer from your hotel in Ushuaia to ship
– 10 night Antarctica expedition cruise aboard Greg Mortimer from Ushuaia return
– Daily cabin service
– All meals, snacks, tea and coffee onboard
– Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner onboard
– 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 (yours to keep)
– Complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage
– Comprehensive pre-departure information
– Port surcharges, permits and landing fees
– 1 night Buenos Aires airport (EZE area) hotel stay post-cruise

Exclusions:
-Passport, visa, reciprocity 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), gratuities, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, wi-fi, email or phone charges.

Note: A $15 USD per person per day gratuity for the crew is automatically added to your onboard account. It is at your discretion if you would like to remove the tip (or adjust the amount) when you settle your bill. It is not necessary to tip the expedition team members. This gratuity amount is included for suites as part of their ‘Suite Benefits’.

Special Conditions

*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (20Nov23). Included free airfare is based on a set value and is ex Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne only on carriers that we specify in economy class. Should value of airfares exceed our package included amount due to delays in correspondence, a surcharge will be levied for the difference. Once issued, airfares have strict cancellation/change fees which are not included. Selected routing and airlines apply to package offers - any variances requested by guest will incur surcharges. 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. Please note that the prices shown here are not shown in real time. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ from the prices in our booking system at time of reservation. Transfers only included if guests are arriving/departing by air at specific airports on exact package dates - with post cruise transfers in Buenos Aires not included in this offer. Offer ends 31Dec23 or sold out/withdrawn and is subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. Ships tips are not included. All prices from original USD and subject to currency fluctuation until paid in full.

Special Validity Dates

Special is valid from 20 Nov 2023 to 31 Dec 2023 or until sold out/withdrawn.

Pre-cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
25 Oct 2024 Fly FREE from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne to Buenos Aires
25 Oct 2024 Arrive Buenos Aires, Transfer to hotel for a 2 night stay
26 Oct 2024 Buenos Aires at leisure
27 Oct 2024 Transfer to airport, Fly Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, Transfer to hotel

Cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
27 Oct 2024
Ushuaia, Argentina
Hotel
28 Oct 2024
Ushuaia, Argentina
Embark
29 Oct 2024
Drake Passage
30 Oct 2024
Drake Passage
31 Oct 2024
South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
01 Nov 2024
South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
02 Nov 2024
Antarctic Peninsula
03 Nov 2024
Antarctic Peninsula
04 Nov 2024
Antarctic Peninsula
05 Nov 2024
Drake Passage
06 Nov 2024
Drake Passage
07 Nov 2024
Ushuaia, Argentina
Disembark

Post-cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
07 Nov 2024 Transfer to airport, Fly Ushuaia to Buenos Aires, Own way to airport hotel
08 Nov 2024 Own way to airport, Fly Buenos Aires to Australia
09 Nov 2024 Arrive Australia (some flights may arrive later)

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
Aurora Stateroom Twin Share
   
Balcony Stateroom Cat B
   
Junior Suite
   

10 Night Cruise sailing from Ushuaia roundtrip aboard Greg Mortimer. Hotel stay pre-cruise in Ushuaia.

Day 1 Arrive Ushuaia/Hotel

Day 2 Embarkation
This morning, enjoy breakfast and check-out. Please ensure your cabin luggage is fitted with cabin tags clearly labelled with your name and cabin number. Take your cabin luggage to hotel reception, prior to, or at check-out. Your luggage will be stored and transferred directly to the port for clearance, to be placed in your cabin ahead of your arrival on board. Please keep any valuables or personal items with you throughout the day.

Your morning is at leisure to explore Ushuaia.

Those wishing to join our afternoon catamaran cruise, meet back at the hotel lobby at 12.45 pm ready to transfer to the port at 1.00 pm. Here we board our catamaran and sail the Beagle Channel, towards the city’s iconic Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse. Crossing the Bridges Archipelago we’ll slow down to watch colonies of sea lions and imperial cormorants sun themselves on the rocky outcrops, while gulls, rock cormorants, skuas, petrels, albatrosses and cauquenes are often sighted. Our cruise offers panoramic views of the city and the surrounding mountain range, in addition to hearing tales of the people and communities of the region.

Alternatively, enjoy your day at leisure and meet at your hotel lobby at 3.45 pm to be transferred to the pier for embarkation.

Once onboard, you’ll have time to settle into your cabin before our important mandatory briefings. As the ship pulls away from port, we’ll gather on the deck to commence our adventure with spectacular views over Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego.

This evening get to know your fellow expeditioners and friendly expedition team and crew at a welcome dinner to celebrate the start of a thrilling adventure to Antarctica.

Day 3-4 Drake Passage Crossing
As we commence the Drake Passage crossing, we make the most of our time getting comfortable with the motions of the sea. Our expedition team prepare you for our first landing with important wildlife guidelines and biosecurity procedures and start our lecture program to help you learn more about Antarctica’s history, wildlife and environment.

Our wildlife experiences begin as we enjoy watching and photographing the many seabirds, including majestic albatrosses and giant petrels following our vessel. On sea days, you may can enjoy the facilities on board the vessel including the gym, wellness centre or the relaxing in one of the observation lounges.

Nearing the South Shetland Islands and the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula on the afternoon of day four, the excitement is palpable with everyone converging on one of the observation decks watching for our first iceberg. The ocean takes on a whole new perspective once we are below the Antarctic Convergence and are surrounded by the surreal presence of floating ice sculptures. The memory of your first big iceberg sighting is likely to remain with you for a lifetime. Time and weather permitting, we may attempt our first landing in Antarctica by late afternoon.

Day 5-9 Antarctic Peninsula
It is almost impossible to describe the feeling of arriving in Antarctica. Spotting your first iceberg and taking a deep breath of some of the most fresh, crisp air on earth is an experience that will stay with you forever.

Once we arrive, the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands are ours to explore, and we have a host of choices available to us. Because we are so far south, we will experience approximately 18-24 hours of daylight and the days can be as busy as you wish.

Your experienced expedition team, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to design your voyage from day to day, choosing the best options based on the prevailing weather, ice conditions and wildlife opportunities.

We generally make landings or Zodiac excursions twice a day. You will want to rug up before joining Zodiac cruises along spectacular ice cliffs or among grounded icebergs, keeping watch for whales, seals and porpoising penguins. Zodiacs will also transport you from the ship to land, where you can visit penguin rookeries, discover historic huts and explore some of our favourite spots along the peninsula.

While ashore we aim to stretch our legs, wandering along pebbly beaches or perhaps up snow-covered ridgelines to vantage points with mountains towering overhead and ice-speckled oceans below. If you have chosen an optional activity, you will have the option to do participate in the activity whenever conditions allow, and of course keen polar plungers will have the chance to fully immerse themselves in polar waters – conditions permitting! The polar plunge can take place at any time during the voyage, so listen out for the announcement from the expedition team and get ready for the most exhilarating dip of your life!

In addition to Zodiac cruises and shore excursions, we may ship cruise some of the narrow, dramatic straits separating offshore islands from the mainland, or linger in scenic bays to watch whales travelling or feeding. This is a great time to enjoy the observation lounge or make your way to the bridge (open at the captain’s discretion) for uninterrupted views of Antarctica in all its splendour. Listen out for the creak and deep rumble of glaciers as they carve into sea. Take a quiet moment to experience the wonder of the pristine paradise of the splendid white continent.

Day 10-11 Drake Passage Crossing
Enjoy a final morning landing in the South Shetland Islands before we re-enter the Drake Passage for our return journey to South America.

With lectures and film presentations to complete our Antarctic experience, there is still plenty of time to enjoy the magic of the Southern Ocean and the life that calls it home. There is time for reflection and discussion about what we have seen and experienced. We hope you become ambassadors for Antarctica telling your family, friends and colleagues about your journey to this magical place, advocating for its conservation and preservation so that they might one day visit the region to experience what you have been lucky to see and do here.

As we approach the tip of South America, our Captain may sail close to legendary Cape Horn, weather and time permitting.

Day 12 Disembark Ushuaia
During the early morning, we cruise up the Beagle Channel, before quietly slipping into dock in Ushuaia, where we will be free to disembark around 8.00 am. Farewell your expedition team and fellow passengers as we all continue our onward journeys, hopefully with a newfound sense of the immense power of nature.

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 27 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
  • Passenger Capacity (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 they 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 Costa Rica, Scotland, Patagonia and more, 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 push the boundaries¹ has remained unchanged and they are proud of the fact that their spirit of adventure and exploration is as strong as ever. Their adventure activities are proof of this; with many of their 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 their voyages have expert expedition staff who will help to unlock the wonders of these special places.

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