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Cruise Overview

This 104-metre ship is our 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 our expedition specialists, taking advantage of our more than 25 years of experience.

Accommodating a maximum of 100 passengers plus kayakers and divers in the polar regions*, and 160 passengers in other destinations, the Greg Mortimer redefines expedition cruising for the future. Not only is the ship bigger to contend with adverse weather conditions, its added creature comforts make for a more enjoyable journey out on the open ocean. The Greg Mortimer remains true to our ethos and focus on multiple landings, flexible itineraries and family atmosphere – just with an improved home base!

 

Cabin Types
Aurora Stateroom
Balcony Stateroom
Balcony Suite
Junior Suite

Across The Antarctic Circle

Ushuaia/Ushuaia
Cruise
Ushuaia/Punta Arenas
Cuise/Fly

Arrive in Ushuaia
Day 1

Arrive in Ushuaia nestled at the base of ice-clad mountains, replete with great cafes and restaurants. You’ll be met by Aurora Expeditions representative and transferred to your downtown hotel. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure

Ushuaia to Beagle Channel
Day 2

Check out of your hotel and enjoy time for last minute shopping, exploring, or tasting hand mde chcoclates before boarding Greg Mortimer in the afternoon.. There is time to greet fellow passengers and explore the ship before evening cruise down the Beagle Channel.

Breakfast, Dinner
Drake Passage
Days 3 - 4

We cross the Drake Passage, accompanied by albatross, petrels, fulmars and prions. Our polar experts speak about Antarctica’s unique wildlife and history and prepare us for landings with environmental, activity and Zodiac briefings. All eyes are peeled for first iceberg, first penguin and first glimpse of land, the mercurial sea stacks outlying the South Shetland Islands. If conditions allow, we may have a chance to go ashore by late afternoon on Day 4.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Antarctic Circle
Days 5 - 10

We explore the Peninsula’s west coast, with the frenzied activities of penguin parents and chicks as the summer days begin to shorten. Cormorant chicks bravely making their first flights from sea cliffs. Zodiac cruise amongst ice floes replete with basking Weddell and leopard seals and revel in unparalleled beauty of Antarctica’s landscape. We make a continental landing, possibly hiking up for spectacular views. As we continue south, ice conditions govern our movements. Whether we cross the Circle via the ‘inner route’ or the Bellingshausen Sea, we celebrate in style. With luck, we reach magnificent Crystal Sound, pass through the Gullet and steam on to Marguerite Bay. Orcas, humpbacks and minkes feed in the channels. If ice conditions allow, we may visit historical Stonington, Pourquoi Pas and Detaille Islands before returning north to warmer climates

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Antarctica
Day 11

As we return north, enjoy more continental landings, Zodiac cruises, wildlife, scientific stations such as Vernadsky, and historical sites like Port Lockroy.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Drake Passage
Day 12

Cross the Drake Passage, a time for reflection, seabird watching, sharing tales and photos and celebration of a great experience.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ushuaia
Day 13

Enjoy a delicious breakfast, bid farewell to new friends before heading off to your next adventure.

 

Please note: ANC002G disembarks at King George Island, where you will board your flight to Punta Arenas.

*Itinerary can vary according to weather conditions

Breakfast

Spirit of Antarctica

Ushuaia/Ushuaia
Cruise

DAY 1
Ushuaia
Day 1

Arrive in Ushuaia, renowned for its exquisite chocolates and breathtaking scenery. After transfer to your downtown hotel, the rest of the day is at your leisure.

DAY 2
Ushuaia
Day 2

After checking out of the hotel, explore Ushuaia and surrounds. Mid-afternoon, settle into the Greg Mortimer for an early evening departure down the Beagle Channel.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3
Drake Passage
Days 3-5

We chart a course south, bound for the Antarctic Peninsula. We prepare for our landings with bio security briefings, informative lectures and the Great Gumboot giveaway! We’ll also keep an eye on the horizon for albatross and the first iceberg spotting of the voyage. Possible landings as we approach the South Shetland Islands include Aitcho, Robert or Deception Islands

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4
Anatarctica Peninsula
Days 6-8

An overnight passage along Gerlache Strait delivers us to the stunning Antarctic Peninsula, an ethereal wonderland of vast proportions. Aboard robust Zodiacs, we explore penguin rookeries, historic sites and scientific stations, and cruise up close to intricately shaped icebergs and seals basking on ice floes. Kayakers paddle through narrow waterways in search of wildlife and serenity. Stepping ashore on the continent creates an everlasting memory. We make the most of every day and a fair bit of each night. A curious leopard seal cruising among spectacular icebergs may mean postponing lunch (ours, not the leopard seal’s); loading Zodiacs after dinner for an orca cruise. If the weather allows, we may even camp-out on the ice – a must for any Antarctic explorer!

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5
Drake Passage
Days 9 - 10

As the Captain steers the ship north across Drake Passage, our minds and souls revel in rich Antarctic experiences. There’s time to watch for seabirds, enjoy entertaining talks, discuss what we’ve seen and learned, exchange photos and stories. With luck, we may make a ceremonial rounding of Cape Horn before sharing a farewell dinner with our newfound friends.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6
Ushuaia
Day 11

We cruise up the Beagle Channel early this morning before slipping into to dock in Ushuaia, where our voyage concludes after breakfast.

Breakfast

Antarctic Explorer

Ushuaia - Punta Arenas
Cruise/Fly
Punta Arenas
Fly/Cruise

Punta Arenas to King George Island
Day 1 -2

Arrive in Punta Arenas and transfer to your downtown hotel to check in. The rest of the day is at your leisure before a group briefing about tomorrow’s flight. The next day we transfer to Punta Arenas airport for our charter flight to King George Island. Please remember that we are flying to in very remote areas and flight schedules are dependent on weather, both in Punta Arenas & King George Island. Please note – ANP131G operates in reverse

Antarctic Peninsula
Days 3-8

The Antarctic Peninsula’s western flanks offer long days and relatively ice-free waters. We visit historic huts and Zodiac cruise through narrow straits and majestic icebergs, and if we’re lucky, whale watch from the bow of the ship. A few landing points we hope to visit include Half Moon Bay, Lemaire Channel, Hydrurga Rocks and more. Expeditions onboard the Polar Pioneer will also venture into Weddell Sea if weather and ice conditions permit. We hope to visit the large Adelie and gentoo penguin colonies of Brown Bluff or Paulet Island, and fossil-rich Seymour Island. We may hike to spectacular vantage points on Beak or Devil Islands; large tabular icebergs and volcanic scenery create long lasting memories. Wherever we go, wildlife, Heroic Age relics and haunting landscapes await.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Drake Passage
Days 9-10

Relax and reminisce as we cross the Drake Passage, bound for South America. Our expedition team recap all the incredible things we’ve witnessed, or perhaps you’ll find a quiet moment place to review the hundreds of photos taken.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ushuaia
Day 11 -12

We slip up the Beagle Channel and pull into Ushuaia, where you’ll say goodbye to new friends and begin any onward travel. Note – ANP133G is a FLY/FLY voyage and finishes with a flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas and one night’s accommodation post-voyage.

Breakfast

South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey

Ushuaia/Ushuaia
Cruise

Ushuaia
Day 1

SAMPLE ITINERARY ONLY. You’ll embark your voyage in Ushuaia in the late afternoon to a warm welcome, before we set sail along the Beagle Channel. Additional Information: We recommend you arrive into Ushuaia at least one day prior to your expedition start date. A luggage transfer from your Ushuaia hotel to the ship is included today. Ushuaia port is a short walking distance from town; you are required to make your own way to port for boarding this afternoon. All Greg Mortimer voyages include one night accommodation in Ushuaia prior to embarkation.

Drake Passge
Days 2 to 3

The Drake Passage offers excellent bird watching from the outer decks or the warm bridge. Our expedition team presents safety and environmental briefings, and enlightening talks on Antarctica. Keen eyes watch for icebergs, penguins, seals and cormorants as we approach our first landing in the South Shetland Islands.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Antarctic Peninsula
Days 4 to 7

Awaken to the thrill of Antarctica, where we plan to visit busy penguin rookeries, historic sites and make a continental landing. The Antarctic Peninsula’s west coast is ours to explore. We rely on our experienced expedition team, many who’ve been here over dozens of summers, to create the best daily itinerary that prevailing weather and ice conditions allow. A sense of excitement abounds as we use every moment of daylight to enjoy the best that Antarctica has to offer. This could mean two to three excursions in a day, whether it be to penguin colonies, historic huts, a working scientific station or a Zodiac cruise through a sculpture garden of grounded icebergs. Note – Weather and ice conditions permitting, Greg Mortimer voyages will attempt to explore the ice-choked Weddell Sea region before moving onto the western side of the Peninsula.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Elephant Island
Day 8

Elephant Island, where Shackleton’s 22 men wintered over beneath their upturned boats. If weather and seas permit, Zodiacs will carry us close to Point Wild to pay tribute to these hardy souls.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Scotia Sea
Days 9 to 10

We follow in Shackleton’s wake across the Scotia Sea, watching for great whales and big icebergs riding up from the Weddell Sea. It’s a great time to relax and reflect on what we’ve accomplished so far, and our naturalist and historian start their talks on South Georgia’s wildlife and history.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
South Georgia
Days 11 to 14

With ample time to explore South Georgia’s spectacular north coast, we visit the world’s largest king penguin rookeries, the nesting grounds of majestic wandering albatross and if weather allows, follow Shackleton’s route from Fortuna Bay to Stromness. Kayakers revel in paddling waters alive with king penguins and playful seals. Against a backdrop of 3000-metre peaks, photograph basking elephant seals, feisty fur seals and penguins cluttering kelp-strewn beaches.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Scotia Sea
Days 15 to 17

Keeping watch for the kelp-skirted Shag Rocks, we cross the Scotia Sea, entertained by our expert naturalist and historian.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Falkland Island to Santiago ( or Punta Arenas)
Day 18

Dawn greets us in the Falkland Islands capital, Stanley; where you can either enjoy more time exploring the Falkland Islands, or continue on to Punta Arenas or Santiago, Chile on your included flight (Polar Pioneer voyages only). Additional Information: Please note that flights departing Stanley to Santiago only depart once a week, on a Saturday. Please advise if you wish to end your stay in the Falkland Islands. Refunds are not available for unused flight sectors for passengers wishing to disembark flight in Punta Arenas. Please note: ASG72 & ASG76 operates in reverse to the above itinerary, starting with a flight from Santiago to Falkland Islands and finishing in Ushuaia.

Breakfast
Days 19-20 / 21
Ushuaia
For guest aboard the Greg Mortimer, we spend an extra day exploring either the Weddell Sea or the South Orkney Islands. We will round the Falkland Islands, making a landing or two before continuing onward to Ushuaia, where our journey ends.

Tour Inclusions

  • Fully-serviced accommodation in your chosen stateroom
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Daily shore excursions, guided walks, Zodiac cruises
  • Complimentary 3-in-1 polar jacket
  • Complimentary use of gumboots
  • Lectures and entertainment on board
  • Flights/transfers ( applicable to selected voyagers)

Tour Exclusions

  • International or domestic flight to/from ship, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Visa, passport and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance and emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in the itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities
  • 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

Tour Pricing

Itinerary (USD)
Code
Departure Date
Voyage Type
Days
Start - End
Aurora Stateroom
Balcony Stateroom
Balcony Suite
Junior Suite
Captain's Suite
Spirit of Antarctica
ANP127G
Oct 30, 2019
Cruise
12
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$9,900
$10,900
$13,900
$16,400
$18,900
Spirit of Antarctica
ANP128G
Nov 09, 2019
Cruise
12
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$9,900
$10,900
$13,900
$16,400
$18,900
Spirit of Antarctica
ANP129G
Nov 19, 2019
Cruise
12
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$9,900
$10,900
$13,900
$16,400
$18,900
South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey
ASG78G
Nov 29, 2019
Cruise
20
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$17,800
$19,500
$24,900
$29,400
$33,800
Christmas in Antarctica
ANP130G
Dec 17, 2019
Cruise
13
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$11,200
$12,300
$15,700
$18,500
$21,400
South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey
ASG79G
Dec 28, 2019
Cruise
21
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$18,700
$20,500
$26,200
$30,900
$35,600
Antarctic Explorer
ANP131G
Jan 16, 2020
Cruise / Fly
12
Ushuaia - Punta Arenas
$9,700
$10,600
$13,600
$16,000
$18,400
Antarctic Explorer
ANP132G
Jan 25, 2020
Fly / Cruise
11
Punta Arenas - Ushuaia
$9,700
$10,600
$13,600
$16,000
$18,400
Across the Antarctic Circle
ANC001G
Feb 03, 2020
Cruise
13
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$11,600
$12,700
$16,300
$19,200
$22,100
Across the Antarctic Circle
ANC002
Feb 14, 2020
Cruise / Fly
13
Ushuaia - Punta Arenas
$10,700
$11,700
$14,900
$17,600
$20,300
Antarctic Explorer
ANP133G
Feb 24, 2020
Fly / Fly
11
Punta Arenas - Punta Arenas
$8,400
$9,200
$11,800
$13,900
$16,000
Wild Antarctica
ANW001G
Mar 03, 2020
Fly / Cruise
13
Punta Arenas - Ushuaia
$11,200
$12,300
$15,700
$18,500
$21,400
South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey (In Shackleton's Footsteps)
ASG80G
Mar 14, 2020
Cruise
21
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$17,700
$19,400
$24,800
$29,200
$33,600

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