greg mortimer classic antarctica cruise

Spirit of Antarctica

  • Overview

    Adventurers, explore Antarctica at its most pristine. Experience whales, penguins and seals as they rush to find the best places to court, feed and breed. Combine continental landings and visits to historic sites with the chance to kayak amid pack ice; climb, ski and snowshoe on untracked peaks; camp out and photograph polar pastel landscapes beneath a near midnight sun. Highlights - Delight in miracle of penguin chicks hatching - Hone your ice and wildlife photography skills - Hear the sonorous blows of feeding humpbacks - Snuggle into the wonder of an Antarctic camp out - Thrill to Antarctic kayaking, climbing, and ski touring* *surcharge applies

    Duration: 12 days
    Passengers: 120 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Ushuaia, Argentina
    Disembarkation Point: Ushuaia, Argentina
    Physical rating: Soft Adventure
    Fly/Cruise: Cruise only
    Single Supplement: 1.25x - 2.0x twin rate or share options
  • Itinerary
    • Day 1 - Ushuaia, Argentina; Arrival Day

      Arrive in Ushuaia, renowned for its exquisite chocolates and breathtaking scenery where you will be met by an representative. Transfer to your downtown hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

    • Day 2 - Ushuaia, Argentina; Embarkation Day

      After checking out of your hotel, explore Ushuaia and surrounds. Mid-afternoon, settle on board Greg Mortimer, for early evening departure down the Beagle Channel.

    • Day 3/4 - At sea

      Albatross and first icebergs in Drake Passage; possible landing at Aitcho, Robert or Deception islands in the South Shetlands.

    • Day 5/8 - Antarctic Peninsula

      Minke whales, crabeater seals and pack ice in southern Gerlache Strait; penguin colonies, continental landing and possible Lemaire Channel.

    • Day 9 - Antarctic Peninsula

      Northbound along Peninsula, shore excursions and adventure activities continue, possibly at Paradise or Neko harbours, the Melchior Islands or historic Port Lockroy.

    • Day 10/11 - At sea

      Enjoy seabirds and whales on second Drake crossing. Share photos, tall tales and final night celebrations with new friends!

    • Day 12 - Ushuaia, Argentina; Disembarkation Day

      After a hearty breakfast, bid farewell to your fellow passengers, before disembarking in Ushuaia. Itinerary and map are a guide only. Itinerary is subject to ice and weather conditions

    Please consider that our voyages are expeditionary in nature. This means, that there are no concrete itineraries, your Captain and Expedition Leader will utilise their vast experience to chart the best course for your expedition depending on the climatic and environmental conditions. Mentioned highlights and wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

  • Adventure Activities


    Snowshoeing makes walking up gentle slopes and across Antarctica’s soft, powdery snow a breeze, allowing you to explore places others struggle to reach in boots alone. Armed with your very own set of snowshoes and ski poles, you’ll be led by our expert guides who will provide all the instruction you need. Snowshoeing is an excellent way to ascend to some of Antarctica’s best vantage points, stretch the legs and take in the most spectacular scenery on the planet. Snowshoeing is the perfect activity for everyone, with no previous experience required. Join in on the fun and discover a different slice of Antarctica!

    USD$ 250 per person


    One of the most unique ways to experience Antarctica and the Arctic.

    The experience of sea kayaking in the humbling wilderness of Antarctica or the European Arctic is guaranteed to stir your soul. Paddle between brash ice and icebergs of all shapes and sizes, skim past penguin rookeries or under soaring bird cliffs, or drift quietly as you watch wildlife unobtrusively, absorbing the majestic scenery.

    USD$ 1,050 per person


    Camping has become our most popular optional activity.

    We provide all the equipment you need to experience – albeit it in a more comfortable and civilised fashion – the feelings of the early Antarctic explorers. There really is no better way to witness the stunning silence and array of colours of an Antarctic night sky.

    USD$ 150 per person

    Ski Antarctica

    Ski Touring offers keen adventurers a chance to take on some of the world’s most incredible slopes. Experienced skiers will have the chance to enjoy day-trips to traverse across remote, snow-capped peaks to descend into pristine bays filled with floating bergs, penguin rookeries or even a breaching whale! Those interested in a multi-day ski adventure can opt to attempt Shackleton’s route across South Georgia.

    USD$ 1,080 per person

    Climbing in Antarctica

    Experience alpine ascents and ice climbing in Antarctica or rock climbing in East Greenland, joined by our internationally qualified climbing guides. Some experience necessary.

    USD$ 1,080 per person

    The great Antarctic Safari

    No matter which itinerary you choose to undertake, you are destined to spot a wonderful array of wildlife, including sea elephants and sea lions, Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals, and Minke, killer and humpback whales and the magnificent wandering albatrosses.

    Adelie Penguins

    Adelie penguins are the most abundant of all penguin species and are there estimated to be some 5 million birds. They have been an incredibly successful species living further south than any other species and have one of the oldest continually used rookeries, which has existed for some 6,000 years.

  • Inclusions


    On board you will be provided with expedition boots and a highquality wind and waterproof expedition jacket

    Photography Workshops

    Catering to both amateurs and the more experienced photographers, our onboard team of photography guides deliver photography workshops and one-on-one instruction from the deck or Zodiacs and during landings.

    Inclusions / Exclusions

    Included in your Expedition

    - All accommodation and meals on board
    - All shore excursions and lectures
    - Comprehensive pre-departure information
    - Professionally produced voyage journal
    - Port taxes and charges
    - Entry and landing fees while on board

    Not included in your Expedition

    - Items of a personal nature such as; Beverages / Laundry / Medical expenses / Gratuities / Internet & Wifi
    - Travel insurance (mandatory)
    - Mandatory expedition gear not provided
    - International and internal flights that are not specified
  • Map
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  • Vessel


    The Greg Mortimer, named after the Australian adventurer and Polar tourism pioneer (Greg Mortimer OAM), this unique vessel utilises some of the latest advancements in naval design & technology to revolutionise the small ship expedition cruising experience. The X-BOW makes sailing smoother and faster while protecting the vulnerable environments visited using a virtual anchoring system. Shore excursions are made easier, with four sea-level Zodiac loading decks & a specially-crafted activity platform, designed in close consultation with our world-renowned expedition & activity leaders. Unlike many new ships, the Greg Mortimer is not striving for absolute luxury. It will of course, be brand new, modern and comfortable in every way, but will stay true to a relaxed, comfortable and homely style of travel, purely focused on the expedition and destination. Ship Features: - Highly qualified and experienced expedition team and international crew - X-BOW® hull, designed to offer faster and more comfortable travel enabling the ship to pierce through waves and maintain speed of travel, lower fuel consumption and reduced air pollution emissions - All cabins feature twin or king bedding configuration and private bathroom. 80% of cabins include a private balcony. 60% of cabins can accommodate a third person - Purpose-built activities preparation areas including four Zodiac launching platforms for fast and safe transition off the ship as you embark on multiple daily excursions - Observation lounge and viewing platforms offer spectacular panoramic views of scenery and wildlife. - State-of-the-art lecture theatre, two hot tubs/plunge pools, art room, library, gym, wellness centre and more!

    Features & Facilities
    Key Facts
    Luxury star rating: 4
    Guests #: 120
    Crew #: 62
    Ice Class: 1A
    Speed: 12
    Technical Specs
    Year built: 2019
    Length: 104m
    Width: 18
    Draft: 5
    Tonnage: 7400
    Registry: Bahamas
    Elec Outlets: 220V 2 Round plug
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We understand that the trip of a lifetime takes planning, so we make the financial commitments easy to manage.

  • Confirm your booking today with just USD$ 1,000 per passenger.
  • Pay your 25% deposit 5 day later.
  • Final payment due 120 days prior to departure.
greg mortimer stateroom cabin


30 Oct 2019 - 10 Nov 2019
Twin or double cabin with en-suite and porthole.
USD$ 10,500pp
USD$ 10,500pp
greg mortimer balcony stateroom cabin

Balcony Stateroom

30 Oct 2019 - 10 Nov 2019
With 58 rooms available, the Greg Mortimer's Balcony Staterooms are the most abundant cabin category on board. All include en-suite bathrooms, floor to ceiling windows and balconies and a select number are also connecting rooms, perfect for families or groups.
USD$ 11,300pp
USD$ 11,300pp
greg mortimer antarctica cruise single cabin

Stateroom - Single

30 Oct 2019 - 10 Nov 2019
Double bed with en-suite and porthole.
USD$ 14,125pp
USD$ 14,125pp
greg mortimer balcony suite cabin

Balcony Suite

30 Oct 2019 - 10 Nov 2019
With a bit more room to stretch the legs, the Greg Mortimer's two Balcony Suites are perfect for polar adventurers who travel with plenty of gear. Featuring private balconies, en-suite bathrooms and a comfortable desk area, these will sell out quickly!
USD$ 14,800pp
USD$ 14,800pp
greg mortimer junior suite cabin

Junior Suite

30 Oct 2019 - 10 Nov 2019
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.
USD$ 17,400pp
USD$ 17,400pp
greg mortimer Captain's suite cabin

Captain's Suite

30 Oct 2019 - 10 Nov 2019
The largest of all our rooms, the Greg Mortimer's singular Captain's Suite will take you to the polar regions in ultimate style and comfort. Complete with large lounge area, balcony, walk-in wardrobe and en-suite, you'll need to get in early to secure this suite.
USD$ 20,000pp
USD$ 20,000pp