Founded in 1991, Aurora Expeditions mission was simple – to take small groups of travellers on voyages of discovery to regions that inspired them, thereby creating lifelong ambassadors for the preservation and protection of these sacred places. That pioneering spirit burns just as brightly today. Aurora Expeditions push the boundaries of expedition cruising by setting the compass for the most remote and wildest areas in the world, including Antarctica, Spitsbergen, Greenland, Scotland, Norway, Russia and Alaska as well as warmer destinations including Ecuador, Africa, Papua New Guinea and Australia’s Kimberley Coast.
The company operates Polar Pioneer – one of the smallest ships in the polar fleet conveying just 54 passengers – which has allowed them to pioneer new routes and offer a range of optional activities which include polar diving, polar kayaking and camping on the ice in Antarctica. All sailings are accompanied by some of the best expedition staff in the world, while on board their lectures are entertaining and insightful.
Proudly named after Aurora’s adventurous co-founder, the Greg Mortimer is Aurora Expeditions first purpose-built expedition vessel. Launching in 2019, this ship is constructed to world-class polar standards. Accommodating a maximum of 100 passengers (plus expert kayakers and divers) in Polar Regions and 160 passengers in other destinations, the creature comforts and state-of-the-art engineering and design make for a more enjoyable journey on the open ocean. Novel features include two platforms that fold out hydraulically for unobstructed views of passing marine life and seabirds; as well as specially designed launching platforms that enable Zodiacs to be boarded easily and quickly – permitting more time ashore on the two to three daily landings.