Revealed: The brand New Greg Mortimer ship sets sail in the Antarctic
With the delivery of the Greg Mortimer, Aurora Expeditions are excited to release the first preview of interior images of their new ship which we will be using for our 2021 Antarctica Expedition hosted by Gerry van der Walt and Andrew Beck.
Proudly named after Aurora Expeditions’ adventurous co-founder, this 104-metre ship is their very first, purpose-built expedition vessel. Capable of negotiating the strongest winds and waves, the Greg Mortimer is built to world-class polar standards.
In case you’re not familiar with our expedition details, these are some of the highlights over and above the spectacular Greg Mortimer Ship on which we will be based:
- Fly in/fly out voyage misses the Drake passage completely.
- Premium accommodation in balcony staterooms.
- On board multi media room with editing capabilities.
- Snorkeling included as additional activity.
- Natural history lectures from on board specialists.
- Photography and processing lectures and workshops.
- Vast tabular icebergs pass by in Antarctic sound.
- Retrace some of Shackleton’s and Nordenskoljd’s route.
- Visit fascinating fossil fields with an on board palaeontologist.
- Capture Antarctic light with your Wild Eye Photographic specialists.
- Delight in Adelie, gentoo and chinstrap penguins.
- Hunting orcas, feeding humpbacks and slinky minkes.
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, the Greg Mortimer will make your Antarctic Expedition one to remember.
Our guests will be staying in the spectacular Balcony Staterooms during the Wild Eye Antarctica Expedition. These cabins are located in preferred positions on Deck 4 and 6 which provides easy access between decks via the internal stairs or elevator. Cabin Features include Twin or king bed, Private En-suite, Floor to ceiling window, Desk area, Closet space, Private balcony, Room-controlled thermostat, Safe for storing valuables, 42″ flat-screen TV.
Please note that rates for this expedition are per person sharing.
Let’s face it – you don’t want windowless rooms when travelling around some of the most beautiful locations around the world. This is why the Greg Mortimer is designed with plenty of dedicated observation spaces – ideal for keen bird spotters, wildlife watchers and those wanting to watch the scenery go past.
From the indoor 180-degree lounge and outdoor 360-degree open deck, both on Deck 8, to the 270-degree open sundeck on level 7, there are plenty of observation points to share around the ship! If these are full, then you can take up a spot on one of the two hydraulic viewing platforms on Deck 5.
Aurora Expeditions also has an open bridge policy, which means at any point you can come up to the bridge and check out what the captain and officers are up to. From watching navigational practices to observing mapping techniques, you can get a firsthand look at the inner workings of the Greg Mortimer.
February is Antarctica’s most active wildlife month – in the rookeries, the penguin chicks are growing up fast making strong demands on their parents for food.
As they become larger and more resistant to the predations of greedy skuas, the urgency on the part of their parents to provide enough food will mean they are left on their own while both parents go out to sea to fish. This steady stream of dutiful parent penguins entering and exiting the water means leopard seals are often seen predating along the ice edge.
From late February, young penguin chicks start fledging and learning to swim in the shallows. February and March are also the best months for whale sightings in Antarctica, in particular humpback, minke and orca. The humpback whales tend to be very focused on feeding at this stage.
Other highlights include:
- The penguin chicks are now very active and curious, chasing both parents for food as soon as they return from fishing trips
- It’s peak whale spotting season as all migrating pods have now made it down to Antarctica’s rich waters
- February is the perfect month to reach the Polar Circle, now that the ice has receded to its maximum extent
- The moulting stage begins for the adult penguins, while the chicks are fledging and learning to swim in the shallows
- The focus of the Humpback whales now changes, becoming more inquisitive now they’ve sated their appetite