The Greg Mortimer is Christened in Ushuaia
The revolutionary ship was christened by Aurora Expeditions co-founder and Godmother, Margaret Mortimer, and rather than smashing a bottle of champagne against the hull, a large block of Antarctic ice was used, with Mortimer saying "I name this ship, Greg Mortimer. May God bless her and all who sail in her". Also in attendance was Margaret's husband, explorer and co-founder of Aurora Expeditions, Greg Mortimer, who the ship is named after.
Greg Mortimer Christening
Margaret Mortimer said: “It never crossed my mind that I would one day be Godmother to a ship named after my husband. I am so proud to be launching his namesake and pay tribute to all those hard-working people who have made this ship a reality. For future expeditioners, I hope you enjoy many hours of life changing moments on board the Greg Mortimer.”
As a modern and custom-designed ship, the Greg Mortimer is at the cutting edge of nautical technology. Robust, powerful and built with guests in mind, this ship marks a significant investment in Aurora Expeditions fleet's capabilities.
X Bow on Greg Mortimer
Aurora Expeditions voyages face some of the worst Mother Nature can throw at them. However, this won't be problem on the Greg Mortimer with the introduction of the patented X-BOW™, created by Norwegian ship designer ULSTEIN. As one of the leaders in marine engineering, ULSTEIN's X-BOW™ is an inverted bow concept that's been built on over 100 vessels in the shipping industry. Excitingly, Aurora Expeditions are the first expedition cruise operator to utilise this technology for the challenging open ocean waves.
Summary of the technical benefits of the X-BOW® on the Greg Mortimer:
- Reduced bow impact and slamming loads
- Reduced wave-induced vibrations
- Lower acceleration levels
- Lower pitch response due to volume
- Lower speedloss
The main advantage of the ULSTEIN X-BOW® is that it can pierce waves with more stability than a traditional ship bow. Instead of simply rising on the waves and then dropping with tremendous force, the X-BOW® is able to absorb the force more consistency across its surface – enabling the ship to remain more stable during poor weather conditions, increasing comfort for passengers and crew alike.
Hydraulic viewing platforms on Greg Mortimer
The new ship features unique viewing platforms, custom-built for the Greg Mortimer. Accessed from Deck 5, the two platforms fold out hydraulically for unobstructed views of passing marine life and seabirds.
Zodiac launching platform on Greg Mortimer
Zodiacs are a vital part of getting up close and personal on your adventure. On the Greg Mortimer, there are specially designed launching platforms that enables the crew to load Zodiacs easily and quickly, allowing you to spend more time exploring on the two to three daily landings. There are 15 Zodiacs that are boarded from either side of Deck 3 (sea level)
Custom-built activity platform on Greg Mortimer
Regardless of your destination, Aurora Expeditions offer a number of additional activities to allow you to see more of the environment. From kayaking and diving to climbing and ski touring, it's these optional activities that often leave the biggest impression on your trip as a whole. Onboard the Greg Mortimer, there is a spacious prep and loading platform for these activities and more – designed in consultation with Aurora Expeditions expert activity guides.
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Greg Mortimer cruise itineraries
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24 February 2020
for 10 days
£6,685 pp / Aurora Stateroom
Punta Arenas • Antarctic Peninsula • Punta Arenas
Combine the best of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia on one incredible voyage. Antarctica offers spectacular frozen landscapes, lively penguin colonies, feeding whales and unsurpassed adventure activities.
6 December 2020
for 24 days
from £19,200 pp incl. flights
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Enjoy the ultimate White Christmas on a special celebratory season voyage. Penguin chicks hatch, skuas are on alert, and late-bloomers try to finish off their nests.
Famed for its abandoned whaling stations and Shackleton’s heroic journey, South Georgia is home to millions of fur seals and penguins, wallows of elephant seals, and nesting albatross
14 March 2020
for 21 days
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Ushuaia • Antarctic Peninsula • Scotia Sea • Falkland Islands • Ushuaia
Navigate through Chile’s breathtaking fjords, explore the majestic beauty of Torres del Paine National Park and encounter fur seals and hummingbirds on the remote island of Robinson Crusoe.