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Aurora Expeditions

Aurora Expeditions has been offering expedition voyages since 1992. Their ships, Greg Mortimer and Sylvia Earle, carry an average of just 126 guests on each voyage and are accompanied by an onboard expedition team. The ships explore the polar regions of Antarctic and the Arctic, as well as Greenland, Iceland, Scotland and Costa Rica.

Cruise Collection 2022/ 2023

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  • Antarctic Explorer Fly and Cruise

    Aurora Expeditions
    Choice of Ships
    Antarctica 10 Nights Cruise Only from £8637pp Book before 28 Feb 2022 to save 20% PLUS $250pp on board credit! Punta Arenas, Chile, Chilean Fjords, Drake Passage - Antarctic Peninsula, King George Island to Punta Arenas

    Experience the awe-inspiring immensity of Antarctica, on this 10-night expedition cruise with a flight across the Drake Passage one way, with included Zodiac excursions

  • Iceland Circumnavigation

    Aurora Expeditions
    Greg Mortimer
    Reykjavik, Iceland 9 Nights Cruise Only from £5756pp Reykjavík, Hvalfjördur, Stykkishólmur, Westfjords, Akureyri, Grímsey Island, Husavik, Mjofjördur, Höfn, Westman Islands, Reykjavík
  • Iceland Circumnavigation Cruise

    Aurora Expeditions
    Greg Mortimer
    Reykjavik 10 Nights Cruise Only from £6316pp Reykjavik (Iceland), Hvalfjordur, Stykkisholmur - Snaefellnes Peninsula - Latrabjarg cliffs, Westfjords, Akureyri - Lake Myvatn, Husavik - Grimsey Island, Mjoifjordur, Hofn - Vatnajokull National Park, Westman Islands, Reykjavik
  • Cape Verde, Canary Islands & Azores

    Aurora Expeditions
    Greg Mortimer
    El Hierro, Canary Islands 13 Nights Cruise Only from £6596pp Lisbon, Sao Filipe, Fogo Island, Sal Rei, Boa Vista Island, Porto Novo, Santo Antão Island, El Hierro Island, La Gomera, Flores Island, Graciosa Island, Terceira Island, Azores, Ponta Delgada, Azores
  • South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey

    Aurora Expeditions
    Greg Mortimer
    King Penguins, Falkland Islands 17 Nights Cruise Only from £7036pp Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island, Elephant Island, South Shetland Islands, Antarctic Peninsula, Drake Passage Seas, Ushuaia
  • Jewels of Coastal UK

    Aurora Expeditions
    Greg Mortimer
    Iona Abbey 12 Nights Cruise Only from £7046pp Portsmouth, Fowey, Penzance, Tresco, Lundy Island, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Holyhead, Douglas, Isle of Islay, Iona, Hebrides, St. Kilda Archipelago, North Haven, Fair Isle, Aberdeen
  • Svalbard Odyssey

    Aurora Expeditions
    Greg Mortimer
    Glacier, Svalbard 10 Nights Cruise Only from £7356pp Longyearbyen (Spitbsergen), Svalbard Archipelago, Longyearbyen
  • Spirit of Antarctica

    Aurora Expeditions
    Greg Mortimer
    Ushuaia 10 Nights Cruise Only from £7888pp Ushuaia, Drake Passage Seas, South Shetland Islands, Antarctic Peninsula, Drake Passage Seas, Ushuaia
  • Costa Rica and the Panama Canal

    Aurora Expeditions
    Greg Mortimer
    San Jose mountains 14 Nights Cruise Only from £8076pp San José (Costa Rica), San José - Puerto Caldera, Curu National Wildlife Refuge, Manuel Antonio National Park, Osa Peninsula - Gulfo Dulce, Coiba National Park (Panama), Pearl Islands, Emberá Mogue Village, Panama City, Panama Canal Crossing, Cartagena (Colombia)
  • Across the Arctic Circle

    Aurora Expeditions
    Greg Mortimer
    Lofoten Islands 13 Nights Cruise Only from £8096pp Aberdeen, Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands, Norwegian Fjords, Lofoten Archipelago, Crossing the Arctic Circle, Spitsbergen, Norwegian Fjords, Hornsund, Bellsund, Bear Island, Svalbard Archipelago, Longyearbyen

About Aurora Expeditions

Aurora Expeditions Experience:

With each voyage having an average of just 126 passengers, the small group size means guests can join every excursion offered, spend more time exploring the area with shore landings and zodiac cruising. There is a staff-to-passenger ratio of at least 1:8.

Each voyage with Aurora Expeditions is accompanied by an expedition team who specialise in the remote areas visited. Many of the expedition team are recognised as world leaders in their fields of expertise.

Aurora Expeditions itineraries are designed to be flexible and the Captain will adjust the schedule to make the most of unexpected wildlife displays.

Each Aurora Expeditions voyage offers a wide range of optional activities to make the most of the time in each area. Optional activities are popular and group sizes are limited, so we recommend enquiring about them as soon as possible.

Optional activities include (depending on voyage):

  • Photography
  • Sea kayaking
  • Camping
  • Stand-up paddleboarding
  • Snowshoeing
  • Ski/Snowboard touring
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Shackleton Crossing in South Georgia by Ski or by Foot
  • Alpine trekking and climbing
  • Rock climbing in Greenland

Aurora Expeditions Inclusions:

  • Accommodation in chosen cabin or suite
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and snacks
  • House wines, beer and soft drinks included with dinner
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell event including four-course dinner, house cocktail, house beer and wine
  • Daily shore excursions, guided walks, zodiac cruises
  • Entry fees to historic or tourist sites
  • An experienced team of destination specialists, activity leaders and local guides (on selected voyages)
  • Informative lecture program by team of onboard experts
  • Complimentary 3-in-1 polar jacket on polar voyages
  • Complimentary use of Muck boots during the voyage
  • Complimentary use of Fitness Centre
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and Antarctic or Arctic Primer booklet
  • Personalised voyage photo book (post voyage)
  • Port surcharges, permits and landing fees

Passengers who book a Balcony, Junior or Captain’s Suite also receive: one free pair of binoculars per suite; 1-hour spa treatment; free stocked mini-bar (Balcony and Junior Suites stocked once only, Captain’s Suite replenished as needed); gratuities and tips for the crew (to the value of $15pppd); 1 free bottle of champagne per suite

Responsible Travel:

Aurora Expeditions is committed to travelling respectfully. The ships have a revolutionary Ulstein X-BOW, reducing vibrations and making quicker transits through waves, which helps to reduce fuel consumption by up to 60%. The onboard desalination plant converts seawater to freshwater which is safe to drink, so they carry less freshwater on sea crossings, further reducing fuel consumption. Virtual anchoring allows the ships to hold their position, protecting the sea floor and minimising damage caused by conventional anchors.

Onboard, many single-use plastics have been replaced by suitable alternatives, and they are aiming to eliminate them altogether. They also provide Stream2Sea’s mineral-based sunscreen which has been proven to be safe for fish and coral larvae, and is available for passenger use.

Solo Travellers:

These expedition voyages are ideal for solo travellers who want to share their experience with like-minded passengers. Solo travellers can avoid paying single supplements by cabin-sharing, or there are sometimes no single supplement deals on a range of voyages.

Your Ships, Greg Mortimer and Sylvia Earle:

Greg Mortimer and Sylvia Earle have been purpose-built for expeditions to the most remote places on earth. They are designed with the revolutionary Ulstein X-BOW, allowing the ship to cross more comfortably and efficiently. The ships carry an average of just 126 passengers on board, with many Zodiacs which can be boarded via four dedicated sea-level platforms. There is a relaxed, informal atmosphere on board.

Greg Mortimer Activities Platform Balcony Stateroom A Dining Room Elephant Island Bar Lecture Lounge Observation Deck Sylvia Earle Triple Stateroom Antarctic Ice