Aurora Expeditions has christened its new ship, the Greg Mortimer in a stunning ceremony set against the snow-capped mountains of Ushuaia, Argentina.

co-founder of Aurora Expeditions and Godmother to the ship, Margaret Mortimer, smashed a ceremonial piece of Antarctic ice against the world’s first passenger expedition ship featuring the Ulstein X-BOW with the words, “I name this ship, Greg Mortimer. May God bless her and all who sail in her”.

Alongside Margaret was her husband, famous explorer and co-founder of Aurora Expeditions, Greg Mortimer, who the ship is proudly named after. You can check out the ceremony below.

Speaking of her role as Godmother of the ship, 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.”

Godmother of the ship, Margaret Mortimer

Joined by officials from Sunstone, CMI, Ulstein, maiden voyage guests and Aurora Expedition’s expedition team, the ceremony marked the beginning of a new era for the rapidly growing company.

Aurora - Greg Mortimer

Now to the Ulstein X-BOW technology we mentioned earlier. The vessel is the first in the world to feature an inverted bow design that enables a ship to pierce waves with much greater stability than a traditional bow.

Managing Director of Aurora Expeditions, Robert Halfpenny said they were “so proud” to be launching this first in expedition cruising here today.

“We are excited to invite our guests to experience Mother Nature at her best and visit the most remote areas in the world, all whilst in the refined and relaxed comfort of the Greg Mortimer,” he said.

Aurora Greg

Integral to Aurora Expeditions’ DNA is sustainability and preservation of natural areas, and that is showcased in the design of the Greg Mortimer with anchorless technology and reduced emissions

“With our small expedition ships, lower environmental impact and improved comfort, Aurora Expeditions really is leading the way in expedition cruising.”