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Greg Mortimer

Australia – Western Australia

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The Greg Mortimer is a purpose-built polar expedition vessel for expeditions to the most remote places on earth.

Its the first passenger ship to feature the revolutionary Ulstein X-BOW hull, this allows the ship to cross oceans more comfortably and efficiently, and with expansive observation decks to bring you closer to the environment, inviting communal areas and unsurpassed environmental credentials, the Greg Mortimer offers the perfect base camp for adventures at the outer limits of human exploration.

Accommodating an average of 132 expeditioners per voyage within 76 comfortable cabins – all cabins have a view of the ocean and 85% of cabins have their own balcony. The ship also features a modern lecture lounge, multiple observation areas, zodiac launching platforms, a restaurant serving excellent meals, a gym and wellness centre, jacuzzis, a mudroom and many other amenities.

Onboard facilities include:

State of the art lecture facilities

On all expeditions you will meet naturalists and local specialists, who offer presentations on their area of expertise to deepen your understanding of the region you’re visiting.

Join the team in the lecture theatre for presentations covering topics as broad as history and culture, biology and climate change, but they have one thing in common: they all aim to engage, educate and entertain

Library

With floor-to-ceiling windows, the library is a peaceful sanctuary where you can find non-fiction books to read up on the day’s destinations, plug in and organise your photos or play board games with newfound friends. Choose from our range of informative nonfiction titles, wildlife guidebooks, travel journals, novels and a selection of children’s books and board games. Wildlife guides, books and binoculars can also be found on the observation lounge on deck 7.

Mudroom

No need to take your wet expedition gear back to your cabin to dry. Keep your cabin warm and cosy by leaving your outer jackets and pants in the mudroom. The mudroom is your launchpad for all shore excursions and activities. Here, you will have access to a locker when you can hang your gear up to dry, and store your boots between excursions.

Spa, Sauna & Gym

You are welcome to visit the wellness centre during your voyage where you can use the gym, visit our sauna (which we highly recommend after the polar plunge!) or book a massage (additional cost applies). There are also two jacuzzis on the top outside deck with amazing views of the world outside.

Dining

One of the most important parts of any expedition is the food! Whatever adventures the day holds, you will be fuelled-up with hearty meals and delicious morning/afternoon teas cooked by our onboard chefs.

Meals are a great time to soak up the expedition camaraderie in our open seating dining area. Share stories with your fellow travellers and ask our expedition team questions that may have come up during the day.

Tea, coffee and snacks are available 24 hours a day, and our chefs offer different menu options and courses for each meal. Enjoy the range of house wine, beers and soft drinks included with dinner after a long day in the wild.

We also invite you to join your captain and expedition team for informal Captain’s Welcome and Farewell drinks, with complimentary beverages and cocktail appetisers, followed by a 3 course meal.

Bars & Lounges

Communal meeting areas have always played a major role in fostering the warm camaraderie on board our ships. They are the heart of the expedition, where people meet to share tales from the day, swap photos, keep an eye out for wildlife and watch the sun go down. The bars and lounges on board are refined yet inviting places to gather, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering stunning views, and of course friendly bartenders to shoot the breeze with.

 

Facilities

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Wi-fi
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Restaurant
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Jacuzzi/Hot-tub
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Gym
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Dive Center on Site
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Bar
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Air-conditioning
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Twin/Double Private
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CABIN TYPES : 

Aurora Stateroom Triple Share - Cabin size: 21.4m² - 22.8m² (230.34 ft² - 245.41 ft² )

There are six Aurora Stateroom Triple cabins featuring portholes, all with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3, they're close to the mudroom and loading platforms. *Please note the Aurora Stateroom Triple cabins are only available on certain departures

 Aurora Stateroom Twin Share - Cabin size: 15.8m² - 22.8m² (170 ft² - 245.41 ft²)

The Greg Mortimer features eight Aurora Stateroom Twin cabins featuring portholes, all with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3, they're close to the mudroom and loading platforms, perfect for adventurers who are looking for a comfortable base that's close to the action.

 

The GREG MORTIMER has three cabin categories of our Balcony Staterooms. These are classified as A, B or C depending on the cabin size.

Balcony Stateroom Category C - Cabin & balcony combined size: 20.9m2 - 31.3m2 (224.96 ft² - 336.91 ft²)

The 14 Balcony Stateroom – C cabins are our most economical, fitted with all the necessities and comfortable for up to 2 people. These cabins are scattered throughout Deck 4 and 6.

Balcony Stateroom Category B - Cabin & balcony combined size: 20.9m2 - 31.3m(224.96 ft² - 336.91 ft²)

We have three cabin categories of our Balcony Staterooms. These are classified as A, B or C depending on the cabin size.

Our 21 Balcony Stateroom – B Cabins are our standard cabin, many fitted with interconnecting features making them great for families or groups. These cabins are located at the fore and aft of Deck 4 and 6.

Balcony Stateroom Category A - Cabin & balcony combined size: 20.9m2 - 31.3m2 (224.96 ft² - 336.91 ft²)

We have three cabin categories of our Balcony Staterooms. These are classified as A, B or C depending on the cabin size.

Our 23 Balcony Stateroom – A cabins are our premium cabin, and the most abundant on board. These cabins are located in preferred positions on Deck 4 and 6 which provides easy access between Decks via the internal stairs or elevator.

Balcony Stateroom Superior - Cabin & balcony combined size: 30.5m2 - 40.2m2 (328.29 ft² - 432.70 ft²)

With a bit more room to stretch the legs, the Balcony Stateroom Superior cabins are perfect for polar adventurers who travel with plenty of gear.

Located on Deck 4 and 6, the Staterooms feature floor to ceiling windows, en-suite bathrooms and a comfortable desk area. Some of these rooms are equipped with wheelchair accessible bathrooms.

Junior Suite - Cabin & balcony combined size: 38.9m2 (418.71 ft²)

The Greg Mortimer's four Junior Suites take in some impressive scenery from their vantage points on Deck 7. When you aren't enjoying a landing, you can relax in the suites' separate lounge area, or just watch the world float by from the private balcony.

Activities

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Whale Watching
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Snorkelling
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Nature
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Kayaking
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History
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Culture
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Bird Watching
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Activities

Tropical Scuba Diving 

Discover some of Earth’s most biodiverse marine ecosystems, many of which have been designated as ‘Hope Spots’ by Mission Blue. Perhaps embark on a wreck dive, encounter majestic marine wildlife including dugong, sea turtles and whale shark, and marvel at spectacularly-shaped and brightly-coloured coral. Buddy up and be part of a small group of up to 8 divers to experience the magnificent underwater world that few others get to see.

The diving activity is not for beginners. You must be at least an Advanced Open Water Diver with a minimum of 30 logged dives. You are also required to complete a minimum of 6 of those dives in the last 12 months. You should be 14 years of age or more to participate in the scuba diving programs.

The  plan is to dive up to twice per day (except for days at sea), but an exact number of dives cannot be given. It all depends on sea and weather conditions. Voyage
itineraries are only a guideline and safety is always the priority

 

Tropical Snorkelling

All you need is to be a competent swimmer and to have a sense of curiosity and wonder to enjoy this fun activity – we will provide the mask, snorkel, fins. In some of the warm climate destinations that we explore, you will enjoy aquatic scenes usually reserved for privileged and experienced divers. Snorkel among a kaleidoscope of coral reefs brimming with brightly-coloured tropical fish and perhaps swim with curious sea lions.

Complimentary snorkelling is offered as a self-guided activity but with Zodiac support to ensure your safety. From the Zodiacs, our expedition team will keep a close eye on you to ensure you remain visible and safe at all times. While it is an advantage to have previous snorkelling experience, complete beginners are welcome to participate.

On voyages where snorkelling is offered as a complimentary activity, Aurora Expeditions will provide you with a snorkel, mask, fins, and carry bag for personal use during the voyage.

 

Tropical Sea Kayaking

Led by highly-experienced and enthusiastic guides, join a small group of up to 20 like-minded adventurers and create lasting memories immersed in some of the world’s wildest, remotest and most pristine destinations. Paddle over colourful coral reefs, in sheltered bays, where you may encounter dolphins showing off acrobatic skills, among mangroves harbouring nesting seabirds or along spectacular coastal desert landscapes surrounded by sparkling seas and perhaps playful sea lions.

The experience of kayaking in one of the most biologically intense regions of the world both above and under the water is guaranteed to stir your soul. Weather permitting, the kayaking activity is normally available anytime the other expeditioners go out. Rather than travelling large distances, our aim is to see as much as possible. A paddle can be anywhere between 5-15 km / 3-9 mi. (2 to 4 hours) per outing, sometimes taking a snack and a cool drink to enjoy on our excursion.  Each group of up to 10 kayakers (per guide) generally visit the same wildlife sites as our fellow expeditioners.

Sea kayaking is offered in place of regular shore excursions. The aim to paddle as frequently as shore landings, or Zodiac-cruises, are offered to all other passengers, sometimes more. Depending on the itinerary, this is generally twice per day.

For our tropical trips you should have some prior paddling experience, be active in the outdoors and have an adventurous spirit. We may encounter wind on these trips, however the water is fairly protected. You do not need to be an expert or know how to roll. However, you are required to be able to swim and you should have experience in a wet exit and assisted re-entry.
You should also be proficient at putting on a spray skirt by yourself, and be comfortable paddling on seas with up to half a metre swell. It is also important that you gain some practice getting into a kayak from a pier, wharf, or deep shoreline where you can’t step into the kayak from standing position. All this can easily be practiced at home before your trip. You should paddle in a variety of weather conditions to prepare for your tropical adventure.

 

Ningaloo Marine Wildlife Experience

Swim with majestic whale sharks or humpback whales. Whale sharks are frequent visitors to Ningaloo Reef, and if we’re lucky, you may be able to swim with these beautiful creatures. If the opportunity presents itself, you may also be able to swim with humpback whales.

 

Temperate Climate Scuba Diving and Snorkelling

Uncover an underwater world that few have seen. In a wetsuit or perhaps even a drysuit, you may explore remarkable kelp forests, swim among sonorous whales, uncover historic ship-wrecks and perhaps even swim between two continents! Diving in some of the world’s wildest and remotest locations is a privilege that is reserved for the lucky few, experienced adventurers. Buddy up and be part of a small group of up to 6 divers for get ready for some unforgettable moments.

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