WILD ANTARCTICA – Aurora Expeditions

Cruise Line
Aurora Expeditions
Ship
Greg Mortimer
Package Departs
21 Feb 2021
Package Duration
10 Nights
Embark Ship
Punta Arenas, Chile
Disembark Ship
Punta Arenas, Chile
Oceanview Balcony
US $12,900
per person
US $13,700
per person

Expedition Highlights:
– Skip two Drake Passage crossings
– Gorgeous long summer days on the peninsula
– Zodiac cruise in search of feeding whales
– Experience polar diving and polar snorkelling with expert guides* Surcharges apply
– Tour scientific research stations and historic huts

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PRICES in USD per person from*
Twin Aurora Stateroom (window) – from USD $12,900*pp
Twin Cat C Balcony – from USD $13,700*pp
Twin Cat B Balcony – from USD $13,900*pp
Twin Cat A Balcony – from USD $14,200*pp
Twin Balcony Suite – from USD $16,900*pp
Twin Junior Suite – from USD $20,000*pp
Twin Captain`s Suite – from USD $23,600*pp
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Cruise Only package prices includes:
– One way transfer from airport to hotel in Punta Arenas on Day 1 (preferred flights only)
– 1 nights accommodation in Punta Arenas pre-voyage
– Transfer from hotel to port, Punta Arenas including luggage transfer
– One way economy class charter flights from Punta Arenas to King George Island
– 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
– Complimentary Camping on the Antarctic Peninsula (subject to weather conditions)
– Access to an on-board doctor and basic medical services
– Complimentary 3-in-1 polar jacket
– Free gumboot hire during the voyage
– Comprehensive pre-departure information
– Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking)
– Port and landing fees and charges
– One way economy charter flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas
– Transfer to Punta Arenas hotel from airport
– 1 nights accommodation in Punta Arenas with breakfast

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OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES:
Sea kayaking – USD $1,260
Alpine trekking/climbing – USD $1,260
Antarctic stand up paddleboarding – USD $640
Camping – FREE

Day to Day Cruise Itinerary
(Subject to local weather conditions and subject to change)

DAY 1 Arrive in Punta Arenas, overlooking the Straits of Magellan, and meet your fellow expeditioners for a briefing.

DAY 2 Fly to King George Island on the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula and transfer by Zodiac to board the Greg Mortimer. Enjoy a welcome dinner to celebrate the start of a thrilling adventure to Antarctica.

DAYS 3–9 Pinch yourself – you`re in Antarctica, the white continent! After settling into shipboard life, head through the Antarctic Sound to the eastern side of the Peninsula to reach the Weddell Sea. Ice permitting, push into the Weddell Sea, known for vast amounts of sea ice and large icebergs. Feel your pulse quicken as vast tabular icebergs pass close by; try for landings on fossil-rich islands. Roam the shoreline near where Adelie, gentoo and chinstrap penguin chicks run the leopard seal gauntlet to enter
the waters, for their first swim. Zodiac-cruise or kayak in search of feeding, breaching and resting humpback whales and calves. Because we are so far south, we will experience approximately 18–20 hours of daylight, so the days can be as busy as you wish. Land on the Antarctic continent and its offshore islands to visit penguin rookeries, seal haulouts, historic huts and a few of our other favourite spots along the peninsula.

DAY 10 It is time to farewell Antarctica and your incredible adventure. Today, fly from King George Island back to Punta Arenas for an overnight stay.

DAY 11 After breakfast, bid farewell to new friends before continuing your travels.

Special Conditions

*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin in USD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (17Jan19). Lead fares based on twin share Aurora Stateroom cabins for outside and Cat C Balcony staterooms for Balcony. 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. International airfare/taxes, hotels pre/post and transfers are not included. Offer subject to availability at time of booking. Voyage Exclusions (does not include): Internal or domestic flights to or from the ship (unless specified) | Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary | Airport arrival or departure taxes | Visa, passport and vaccination fees | Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges | Hotels or meals not included in itinerary | Optional activity surcharges | Any optional excursions not included in the itinerary | All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities and email or phone charges.

Special Validity Dates

Special is valid from 01 Apr 2019 to 21 Jan 2021 or until sold out/withdrawn.

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

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
   

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 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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