Aurora Expeditions, Australia’s leading expedition cruising company, has added five brand-new expedition itineraries to its 2019/20 global program. The new itineraries will allow travellers to explore regions previously unvisited by cruise companies focusing on wildlife and nature which, will remain at the heart of these voyages. Unique cultural excursions and local activities will add a new dimension to the experience.
Spanning Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Columbia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Mexico and Cuba are four exciting new Latin America itineraries.
The Wild Chile
Cruise from Ushuaia in Argentina to Valparaiso in Chile and marvel at the rugged landscapes of Patagonia, enjoy Zodiac excursions into stunning fjords and visit remote Robinson Crusoe Island over 16 incredible days.
The Treasures of a Coastal Desert
Sail north up the South American coast from Valparaiso in Chile to Guayaquil in Ecuador. The perfect blend of cultural delights, wildlife and scenic wonders, this 14-day cruise includes UNESCO World Heritage sights, desert landscapes and penguin viewing.
The Pacific to Caribbean Discovery
Cruise from Guayaquil in Ecuador to Cartagena in Colombia. This 11-day voyage includes a daylight crossing of the Panama Canal and the chance to explore Isla de la Plata, affectionately known as ‘the poor man’s Galapagos’.
The Caribbean Odyssey
From sloths to sea turtles, wildlife abounds as you sail from Cartagena in Colombia to Miami, USA. Spend 16 blissful days exploring the Central American coast and the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea.
Expanding on their popular Arctic cruise itineraries, Aurora Expeditions’ latest offering explores Iceland, Southern Greenland and Canada’s East Coast.
The Intuit Arctic and Beyond
Cruise from Reykjavik in Iceland to St John’s in Canada over 21 days. Spot polar bears and arctic foxes, meet the local Inuit people and perhaps view the mesmerising Northern Lights. For an additional surcharge you can Kayak through fjords and past spectacular glaciers.
All voyages will be aboard Aurora Expeditions’ new state-of-the-art vessel, the Greg Mortimer, which launches in October 2019.
The Greg Mortimer
Purpose built for adventure, the Greg Mortimer features a distinctive inverted bow design. Unlike traditional vessels that rise on waves and then dip back down, the ship’s revolutionary Ulstein X-Bow® is less subject to vertical motion, as it carves through the waves.
The 104-metre ice class 1A expedition ship also features the latest technology. Virtual anchoring and dynamic positioning systems allow the ship to maintain position without using anchors, which protects the marine environment and makes launching watercraft from the activity platform easier.
When wildlife viewing and sweeping landscapes await, finding the right vantage point is key. Here the Greg Mortimer really excels. In addition to multiple open-air observation areas, which offer 180-degree forward views and 270-degree aft-views, guests can also take advantage of innovative fold-out, hydraulic viewing platforms at the side of the ship for unobstructed, close-up views.
While expedition cruising generally includes 2-3 landings per day, the ship offers comfortable surrounds in which to relax at the end of each exciting day. Learn more with informative talks in the lecture theatre, rest in your spacious cabin or mingle with fellow travellers in the observation lounges. There is also a wellness centre including a fully-equipped gymnasium, massage room, sauna and spa.