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Aurora Expedition Cruises

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 2020/ 2021/ 2022

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  • Iceland to Greenland and Canada

    Aurora Expeditions
    Greg Mortimer
    Gullfoss Waterfall 24 Nights Fly Cruise from £10995pp Exclusive Fly-Cruise Package with Reykjavik and St John's Hotel Stays! UK - Reykjavik (Iceland), Westman Islands, Prince Christian Sound (Greenland), Tasermiut - Nanortalik, Narsarsuaq - Uunartoq, Hvalsey - Qaqortok, Kangiqsualujjuaq (Canada), Torngat Mountains National Park, Nain, Hopedale, Battle Harbour, L'Anse aux Meadows - St Anthony, Twillingate, St John's, St John's - UK

    Discover the Arctic's rugged beauty with visits to the volcanic coastline of Iceland and remote southern Greenland, then explore the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador on this expedition cruise accompanied by an expert Expedition Team and international award-winning photographer, Scott Portelli

  • Wild Scotland

    Aurora Expeditions
    Greg Mortimer
    Iona Abbey 10 Nights Cruise Only from £4995pp Early Booking Discount - Save up to 20%! Oban (Scotland, UK), Inner Hebrides, Outer Hebrides, Shetland Islands, Orkney Islands, Aberdeen
  • Costa Rica and the Panama Canal

    Aurora Expeditions
    Greg Mortimer
    San Jose mountains 14 Nights Cruise Only from £5116pp Early Booking Discount - Save up to 15%! 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)
  • East Greenland Explorer

    Aurora Expeditions
    Greg Mortimer
    Icebergs in Greenland 12 Nights Cruise Only from £5200pp Early Booking Discount - Save up to 20%! Reykjavik (Iceland), Reykjavik - Akureyri, Denmark Strait, East Greenland (Greenland), Denmark Strait, Reykjavik (Iceland)
  • West Coast of Ireland

    Aurora Expeditions
    Greg Mortimer
    Cliffs of Moher 12 Nights Cruise Only from £6076pp Early Booking Discount - Save up to 20%! Dublin (Ireland), Inishowen Peninsula - Tory Island, Slieve League Cliffs, Mullaghmore, Ceide Fields - Clare Island, Connemara, Dingle Peninsula, The Skelligs, Cobh
  • Jewels of the Arctic

    Aurora Expeditions
    Greg Mortimer
    Polar bear 12 Nights Cruise Only from £7100pp Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen), Svalbard Archipelago, Greenland Sea (Greenland), East Greenland, Denmark Strait, Akureyri (Iceland)
  • Svalbard Odyssey

    Aurora Expeditions
    Greg Mortimer
    Glacier, Svalbard 12 Nights Cruise Only from £7680pp Early Booking Discount - Save up to 20%! Longyearbyen (Norway), Svalbard Archipelago, Kirkenes
  • Orkneys, Faroes, Jan Mayen & Svalbard

    Aurora Expeditions
    Greg Mortimer
    Faroe Islands 14 Nights Cruise Only from £7680pp Save up to 20%! Aberdeen, Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Tórshavn, Jan Mayen Island, Svalbard Archipelago, Longyearbyen
  • Antarctic Explorer Fly and Cruise

    Aurora Expeditions
    Choice of Ships
    Antarctica 10 Nights Cruise Only from £7736pp Early Booking Discount - Save up to 25%! Punta Arenas (Chile), Punta Arenas - King George Island (South Shetland Islands), Antarctic Peninsula, Drake Passage, Ushuaia (Argentina)
  • Wild Antarctica

    Aurora Expeditions
    Choice of Ships
    Chinstrap penguins 12 Nights Cruise Only from £8956pp Early Booking Discount - Save up to 25%! Punta Arenas (Chile), Punta Arenas - King George Island (South Shetland Islands), Weddell Sea - West Antarctic Peninsula, King George Island - Punta Arenas (Chile)

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