The Greg Mortimer, named after Aurora Expeditions’ co-founder, utilises some of the latest advancements in naval design & technology to revolutionise the small ship expedition cruising experience. The X-BOW makes sailing smoother and faster, while protecting the vulnerable environments visited using a virtual anchoring system. Shore excursions are made easier, with four sea-level Zodiac loading decks & a specially-crafted activity platform. Capable of negotiating the strongest winds and waves, the Greg Mortimer is built to world-class polar standards.
Greg Mortimer Ship Features
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.
Aurora Expeditions Activities
- Sea Kayaking
- Snowshoeing in Antarctica
- Skiing in Antarctica
- Polar Snorkelling
- Scuba Diving
- Rock climbing in Greenland
- South Georgia Alpine Crossing
- Photography Workshops
Aurora Expeditions treat preserving and protecting the environment with the upmost importance and this is reflected in several features on the Greg Mortimer. This includes reduced emissions into the air and sea, lower energy consumption, high fuel efficiency, reduced light pollution for minimal wildlife disruption and lower on-board plastic use. It's vital to also mention the state-of-the-art virtual anchoring technology of the X-BOW™, which means the ship can float anchorless while launching Zodiacs, kayaks etc, without disturbing delicate sea floor areas. Aurora Expeditions are inaugural members of the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO), and the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO), highlighting their ongoing efforts to protect the most fragile environments around the world.
Safety is always a critical element of Aurora operations, with the Greg Mortimer featuring the most up-to-date and concise safety technology across their fleet. This starts with the return-to-port equipment – not compulsory on a ship of this size – which duplicates the propulsion system. This enables the ship to maintain operating systems and comfort in the event of engine failure. Furthermore, the Greg Mortimer is Polar Code 6 compliant, holds BV class and is fully compliant with the latest SOLAS requirements. It's also built with a Rolls Royce stabiliser system. If there's an incident or accident during your adventure, the ship has an onboard, fully-stocked medical centre – where a trained medical team can provide necessary treatment in a timely fashion.