greg mortimer south georgia and antarctica cruise

South Georgia and Antarctic Odyssey

  • Overview

    Summer comes to South Georgia’s remote, untamed landscape like a freight train. Famed for its abandoned whaling stations and Shackleton’s heroic journey, South Georgia is home to millions of fur seals and penguins, wallows of elephant seals, and nesting albatross. We arrive at the breeding cycle peak, as chicks become juveniles, parents shuttle fish and seal pups thrill with mock charges. Retracing Shackleton’s boat voyage, we visit Elephant Island before continuing south along the Antarctic Peninsula. Days remain long, and filled with humpback and minke whales, penguins and leopard seals, historic sites and scientific stations. Highlights - Zodiac cruise past iridescent blue icebergs - Tick the best-ever continental landing – Antarctica! - Marvel at intense, peak season wildlife activity - Wonder at world’s largest king penguin rookeries - Celebrate most memorable New Year’s Eve in Antarctica *surcharge applies

    Duration: 21 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 1/3 - Ushuaia, Argentina; Arrival & Embarkation

      Enjoy a night in Ushuaia, before a late-afternoon boarding of the Greg Mortimer, to sail the Beagle Channel and Drake Passage.

    • Day 4/8 - Antarctic Peninsula

      From South Shetland Islands to southern Gerlache Strait; perhaps even the Weddell Sea, the Antarctic Peninsula is yours to explore.

    • Day 9 - Elephant Island

      Zodiac cruise Point Wild, Elephant Island, paying tribute to survival of Shackleton’s men under command of Frank Wild.

    • Day 10/15 - South Georgia

      Be mesmerised by South Georgia’s vast king penguin colonies, photogenic fur seals, stunning landscape, and Shackleton’s epic rescue journey. We will attempt to visit remote South Orkney Islands en route to South Georgia.

    • Day 16/19 - At sea

      Spot albatross and whales, cross the Scotia Sea to the Falklands, home to Magellanic penguins, sea lion and historic Stanley.

    • Day 20 - At sea

      Guided by black-browed albatross and dolphins, we sail to the Beagle Channel, sharing photos and final a dinner with friends.

    • Day 21 - Ushuaia, Argentina; Disembarkation Day

      Enjoy breakfast, bid farewell to new friends before disembarking in Ushuaia where your voyage ends.

    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.

  • Highlights & Activities

    Kayaking

    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.

    AUD$ 1,944 per person

    South Georgia Alpine Crossing

    One of the world's most challenging adventures, whether on foot or skis, experience the historic crossing of South Georgia by following in the footsteps of legendary explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.

    Please check with us which crossing is on skis and which is on foot.

    AUD$ 1,843 per person

    Shoot to your shutter's content!

    For aspiring photographers, the best time to shoot the Antarctic landscape is definitely October, November and March. At these times the sun is much lower in the sky and thus creates beautiful twilight hues and shadows, which contrast the landscape magnificently.

    Of course, if it is wildlife and Antarctica’s babies you are hoping to shoot, then January and February are the best times. Alternatively, consider an early season South Georgia & Antarctica expedition for the best of wildlife and photo opportunities in Antarctica.

    South Georgia; Wildlife Mecca

    Walk amidst tens of thousands of king penguins on a single beach. Hike in the footsteps of ‘the Boss’, Sir Ernest Shackleton and hear his tale of survival.

    South Shetland Islands - Antarctica's Capital

    The South Shetland Islands are the undisputed capital of Antarctica, with some 12 different nations having research bases on the islands. Located on the very northern reaches of the Antarctic, the islands comprise of some of the Antarctic Peninsula prized sited, including; Elephant Island, Deception Island and Penguin Island. As the islands are further north, they are more temperate and thus home to large numbers of wildlife, the islands offer a great diversity of Antarctic landscape, geology and sights of interest including the King George Island airport and Russian Orthodox Church. For most cruises the islands will almost always be the first glimpse of Antarctica you will have from the decks of your expedition vessel.

  • Inclusions

    Expedition_Gear

    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

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

    Not included in your Expedition

    - International and internal flights that are not specified
    - Travel insurance (mandatory)
    - Optional excursion and activities not included in the voyage itinerary
    - Items of a personal nature such as; Beverages / Laundry / Medical expenses / Gratuities / Internet & Wifi
  • Map
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  • Vessel

    GREG MORTIMER

    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
    Refurbished:
    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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  • Pay your 25% deposit 5 day later.
  • Final payment due 120 days prior to departure.
greg mortimer stateroom cabin

Stateroom

14 Mar 2020 - 03 Apr 2020
​Greg Mortimer features 15 porthole rooms, 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.
AUD$ 25,488pp
AUD$ 25,488pp
greg mortimer balcony stateroom cabin

Balcony Stateroom

14 Mar 2020 - 03 Apr 2020
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.
AUD$ 27,936pp
AUD$ 27,936pp
greg mortimer antarctica cruise single cabin

Stateroom - Single

14 Mar 2020 - 03 Apr 2020
​Greg Mortimer features 15 porthole rooms, 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.
AUD$ 31,665pp
AUD$ 31,665pp
greg mortimer balcony suite cabin

Balcony Suite

14 Mar 2020 - 03 Apr 2020
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!
AUD$ 35,712pp
AUD$ 35,712pp
greg mortimer junior suite cabin

Junior Suite

14 Mar 2020 - 03 Apr 2020
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.
AUD$ 42,048pp
AUD$ 42,048pp
greg mortimer Captain's suite cabin

Captain's Suite

14 Mar 2020 - 03 Apr 2020
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.
AUD$ 48,384pp
AUD$ 48,384pp