Nearly three decades in business & Aurora Expeditions is only now welcoming its first newbuild ship, but the new high-tech & super green Greg Mortimer may have been well worth the wait.
Aurora Expeditions took delivery of what it has proudly dubbed ‘the most advanced expedition ship in the world’ over the weekend, a couple of months ahead of the ship’s official launch.
Named after the cruise line’s co-founder, Greg Mortimer, the ship will be used on ‘true’ expeditions through Antarctica.
Read on for more details and first images of the ship:
WHEN WILL THE SHIP OFFICIALLY SET SAIL & WHAT ITINERARIES?
Greg Mortimer is currently en-route to Ushuaia in Argentina where it will be christened on 31 October.
That same day, the ship will head off on an inaugural 12-day maiden voyage to Antarctica, where it will spend most of its time cruising.
WHAT MAKES IT THE ‘MOST ADVANCED EXPEDITION SHIP’?
Isn’t any newly launched ship featuring a couple of new things the ‘most advanced’ of its kind?
But specifically, the 104m Greg Mortimer has the revolutionary ULSTEIN X-BOW® – innovative technology that allows for gentler sea crossings, improved comfort AND reduce emissions.
WHAT ELSE DOES THE SHIP HAVE?
Aurora Expeditions has adjusted the onboard experience so that guests can unwind in inviting public areas. This has been achieved through simpler interior design and a neutral colour palette.
Most rooms have large windows for better viewing, including the hydraulic viewing platforms where guests can run to for impromptu whale sightings.
There’s also a library onboard, a lecture theatre, bar, gym, dining room and mud room.
WHAT ELSE DOES AURORA HAVE PLANNED?
A second ship!
The cruise line confirmed in February this year that it was building a sister vessel for Greg Mortimer that’ll be available for 2021/22 itineraries.
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