Named after Aurora Expeditions’ co-founder and pioneering adventurer Greg Mortimer, this brand new ship has been custom-built to polar standards with cutting-edge technology to deal with the most difficult of Arctic conditions, all the while providing guests with the highest levels of on-board comfort. Hosting up to 120 guests and 62 staff, Arctic explorers will be well looked after while taking in destinations that range from the wild remotes of Svalbard to Greenland’s seldom-explored eastern shoreline.
What’s more, Greg Mortimer’s design is as eco-friendly as it gets, with with the introduction of new X-BOW technology meaning reduced emissions into the air and sea and smoother sailings leading to high fuel efficiency. Meanwhile, reduced light pollution and the lowering of on-board plastic use means local wildlife remains as unaffected as possible – all serious considerations when sailing in such fragile environments.
While the star of these cruises is, of course, the landscapes and wildlife, guests can also look forward to some seriously delicious onboard dining, with a whole host of different menu options and courses available for each meal. House wines, beers and soft drinks are included with dinner, perfect for celebrating after days spent in the wilderness, while a special four-course farewell banquet and cocktails ensures you’ll sign off in style. In addition to meals, complimentary coffee, tea and snacks are available throughout.
You’ll be pleased to learn that, while a small fortune has been spent on developing the ship’s ground-breaking technology, there’s been plenty invested in the ship’s suites and staterooms, too. Indeed, four out of the five stateroom categories feature floor-to-ceiling windows, so you won’t miss a thing while you’re on the move, while 80 percent of staterooms come with a private balcony, allowing you to get even closer to the action outside. All suites and staterooms come with private bathrooms, personal storage options and a daily turndown service. And, with a series of interconnecting options, there’s a great range of family-friendly configurations to choose from.
The real highlight of a cruise aboard Greg Mortimer is the chance to explore regions that would be unreachable in a larger vessel. However, it’s one thing to sail past these destinations, viewing them from a distance, and quite another to really get up close. And, that’s where this ship really shines, with its hydraulic viewing platforms, perfect for close-up photography, and activity platforms that ensure the most immersive experience possible. Throughout each cruise, guests have the chance to explore coastlines by kayak and Zodiac as expert guides will share their intimate knowledge of each region. And, for those that want something truly adventurous, there’s also the option to add on such unique experiences as polar snorkelling, scuba diving and rock climbing, while guided photographic workshops mean snap-happy explorers will get the very best from their polar pics. Meanwhile, back on board, comfortable lounges provide relaxing spaces between excursions – panoramic windows included as standard, of course – and those that fancy a workout won't be disappointed with the fully equipped gym.