These 11 or 12 days Fly/Sail or Fly/Fly itineraries feature the best of Antarctica and allow for more exploration, with only one crossing of the Drake Passage. Get up close with iridescent icebergs, vast colonies of Adelie and gentoo penguins, as well as islands that are alive with leopard seals busy with courtship, bustling penguins and maybe feeding whales! Note: Voyages ending in Ushuaia are one day shorter than the reverse direction as they do not include post-night accommodation.
About the vessel: As a modern and custom-designed ship, the Greg Mortimer is at the cutting edge of nautical technology, featuring patented X-BOW™, hydraulic viewing platforms and environmentally friendly virtual anchoring. Four dedicated sea level launching platforms mean smoother and safer zodiac transfers. It is the perfect place to take five and recuperate after exploring – with creature comforts and well-being considered as part of the overall design. All staterooms have private bathrooms, personal storage options, twin and double-bed configuration options, ample storage, international power outlets and a daily cabin service, as well as all the basic amenities that you’ll need onboard.
25 Jan 2020 to 04 Feb 2020 (Fly/Sail – 11 days – Punta Arenas/Ushuaia)
27 Dec 2020 to 07 Jan 2021 (Sail/Fly – 12 days – Ushuaia/Punta Arenas)
05 Jan 2021 to 15 Jan 2021 (Fly/Fly – 11 days – Punta Arenas/Punta Arenas)
13 Jan 2021 to 23 Jan 2021 (Fly/Sail – 11 days – Punta Arenas/Ushuaia)
12 Feb 2021 to 23 Feb 2021 (Sail/Fly – 12 days – Ushuaia/Punta Arenas)
01 Mar 2021 to 11 Mar 2021 (Fly/Sail – 11 days – Punta Arenas/Ushuaia)
Arrive in Ushuaia (or Punta Arenas) where you’ll be met by an Aurora Expeditions representative and transferred to your downtown hotel. Enjoy rugged mountain scenery, lively cafés, restaurants and bars.
After checking out of your hotel, enjoy free time exploring Ushuaia and surrounds. Embark the Greg Mortimer late afternoon and sail down the wildlife-rich Beagle Channel.
Photograph seabirds and the swell of the Drake Passage, marvel at first icebergs and landing in South Shetland Islands.
From the moment you step onto the Greg Mortimer, the crew aims to give you the best hospitality service possible. Starting with the official Captain’s Welcome, you’re welcome to 24 hours complimentary coffee, tea and snack facilities in addition to a range of different menu options and courses for each meal.
Meals are served in a large restaurant with family style dining, perfect to swap stories with your new expedition family. Additionally, a private dining area will also be available on request. Enjoy the range of house wine, beers and soft drinks included with dinner after a long day in the wild, preparing yourself for another exciting day to follow.
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.
Weather permitting, you’ll visit the large Adélie 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.
During selected voyages, there will be an opportunity to camp ashore (weather and time permitting). This will give you the chance to sample the adventures experienced by Scott, Shackleton and other legendary Antarctic explorers – in slightly more comfort.
When you’re relaxing during a sea day or you have a little downtime on the ship between excursions, what is there to do onboard the Greg Mortimer? Plenty!
On all expeditions, there are experts who lead presentations in the spacious lecture room so you can understand the region a little better. These often include topics as broad as history and culture to biology and climate change, these presentations aim to educate and entertain.
If you’re keen to just watch the surroundings and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, you have access to two bars/lounges where the stunning floor to ceiling windows offer a special perspective on the landscape.
Small groups make a big difference, especially when visiting Antarctica. The Greg Mortimer boast one of the lowest passenger capacities in expedition cruising and the treks take a maximum of 14 hikers. This leads to smoother transitions, longer and more relaxed landings, and a more personal experience with nature. Usually you’ll have two daily excursions, and in some cases, it can be up to three excursions per day. Greg Mortimer is also built for expedition cruising with sea-level Zodiac-launching platforms, special adventure preparation spaces and fantastic viewing platforms. You’ll be whisked ashore on an adventure or be cruising in a Zodiac in no time!
The Greg Mortimer is also decked out with other facilities for your enjoyment. There is a library on Deck 7 with books and maps and a Wellness Centre complete with gym equipment, sauna and spa. Keen photographers and artists will revel in the multimedia room on deck 5.
Sea days are perfect for learning about the wildlife and history of the places you’ll be visiting, photographing seabirds and editing photos, or simply getting to know your fellow expeditioners.
Landing on King George Island, home to scientific bases; board our flight to Punta Arenas, enjoying a final night’s stay in town.
After a delicious breakfast, bid new friends goodbye as you leave for home or to extend your adventure in South America.