greg mortimer antarctic cruise

Wild Antarctica: Antarctic Peninsula & Weddell Sea

  • Overview

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    8 FULL DAYS EXPLORING ANTARCTICA!

    Famed for its tremendous tabular icebergs, year-round sea ice, fascinating fossils and the pivotal role it played in Shackleton’s Endurance expedition, the Weddell Sea offers unsurpassed opportunities for exploration. Embark on a true Antarctic expedition as we not only explore the west Antarctic Peninsula, but also attempt to venture east towards the icy perimeter of the Weddell Sea, often guarded by impenetrable pack ice and home to awe-inspiring tabular icebergs.

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Be awed by the array of wildlife who play and hunt in the Antarctic Sound
    • Marvel at enormous tabular icebergs in the Weddell Sea
    • Learn about the incredible fossil-rich volcanic islands from our onboard palaeontologist
    Duration: 13 days
    Passengers: 120 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Punta Arenas, Chile
    Disembarkation Point: Ushuaia, Argentina
    Physical rating: Soft Adventure
    Fly/Cruise: Mandatory extra flight
    Single Supplement: 1.5x - 2.0x twin rate or share options
  • Itinerary
    • Day 1 - Punta Arenas: Arrival Day

      Arrive in Punta Arenas and transfer to your downtown hotel. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to explore this vibrant, historic seaport on the Strait of Magellan.

    • Day 2 - King George Island: Embarkation day

      Enjoy scenic flight to King George Island, Antarctica, and transfer by Zodiac to your expedition ship, the Greg Mortimer.

    • Day 3/4 - Antarctic Sound

      Sail to Antarctic Sound, entrance to the mesmerising, ice-filled Weddell Sea. Possible landings at penguin-rich Gourdin Island and Brown Bluff.

    • Day 5/7 - Weddell Sea

      Push into Weddell Sea, aiming for Seymour and James Ross islands’ fossil fields, and Paulet islands.

    • Day 8/11 - Antarctic Peninsula

      Explore the Antarctic Peninsula's west coast and enjoy excursions to Astrolabe or Enterprise islands, Port Lockroy, and Paradise Harbour.

    • Day 12 - At sea

      Cross Drake Passage, surrounded by soaring albatross and flitting petrels. Celebrate your extraordinary voyage while entering Beagle Channel.

    • Day 13 - Ushuaia, Argentina; Disembarkation Day

      After breakfast, disembark the Greg Mortimer in Ushuaia for homeward flights, or one of our extension trips.

    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

    Polar Snorkelling - Greg Mortimer

    Greg Mortimer - Discover the underwater world of Antarctica and the Arctic!

    Witness wildlife and scenery unlike any other place on earth. Through crystal clear waters you'll discover the amazing mobility and speed of penguins entering and exiting from the ice, marvel at beautifully sculpted icebergs below the water and witness marine life such as crustaceans, isopods, starfish and nudibranchs!

    AUD$ 921 per person

    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$ 1,800 per person

    Whales

    Whale numbers swell in Antarctica over the southern summer. Arriving in Antarctica from November onwards, whale numbers reach their peak around December and January. Sightings and particularly breachings reach a pinnacle in February and March, when the Krill is closer to the surface. Some 10 species of whales are found in Antarctic water each summer, with the most abundant species being the Humpack.

    The Weddell Sea

    A unique region of the Antarctic Peninsula and often little visited by expedition vessels. On the western coastline of the Antarctic Peninsula, it is here the many of the icebergs which roam the the Peninsula calve. The Weddell Sea region of Antarctica is home to huge glaciers and tabular icebergs, if natural beauty, landscapes and geology excite you, then our Weddell Sea voyages are definitely worth considering.

    The region is rich in history, your expedition will visit historical sites and your expedition team will share with you the many stories of a bygone era of exploration in the region.

    An iceberg in your whiskey

    Don’t miss your chance for a whiskey or water refreshed by millenary Antarctic ice. While luxury bars in the world’s top cities can double the menu price for adding glacier ice on your whiskey, here it’s quite at hand. What could better than contemplating the latitude you have reached with a noble drink in hand as your expedition cruise heads back to port.

  • Inclusions

    Expedition_Gear

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

    Inclusions / Exclusions

    Included in your Expedition

    - All meals and accommodation during the voyage
    - All shore excursions and lectures in the itinerary

    Not included in your Expedition

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

Triple Stateroom

02 Mar 2022 - 14 Mar 2022
Two single beds and a sofa bed with portholes, flatscreen, closet, desk and en-suite.
AUD$ 20,152pp
AUD$ 20,152pp
greg mortimer stateroom cabin

Twin Stateroom

02 Mar 2022 - 14 Mar 2022
Twin or double cabin with portholes, desk, flatscreen, closet, safe, temperature control and en-suite.
AUD$ 22,168pp
AUD$ 22,168pp
greg mortimer balcony stateroom

Balcony Stateroom 'C'

02 Mar 2022 - 14 Mar 2022
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. Balcony Staterooms A, B & C vary slightly in size and position on the ship.
AUD$ 24,040pp
AUD$ 24,040pp
greg mortimer balcony stateroom

Balcony Stateroom 'B'

02 Mar 2022 - 14 Mar 2022
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. Balcony Staterooms A, B & C vary slightly in size and position on the ship.
AUD$ 24,472pp
AUD$ 24,472pp
greg mortimer balcony stateroom

Balcony Stateroom 'A'

02 Mar 2022 - 14 Mar 2022
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. Balcony Staterooms A, B & C vary slightly in size and position on the ship.
AUD$ 25,048pp
AUD$ 25,048pp
greg mortimer balcony stateroom superior

Balcony Stateroom Superior

02 Mar 2022 - 14 Mar 2022
The Greg Mortimer's Balcony Stateroom Superior cabins are up t o36m/sq. All include en-suite bathrooms, floor to ceiling windows and balconies and a select number are also connecting rooms, perfect for families or groups. A few of these cabins are wheelchair accesible.
AUD$ 30,088pp
AUD$ 30,088pp
greg mortimer junior suite cabin

Junior Suite

02 Mar 2022 - 14 Mar 2022
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$ 35,848pp
AUD$ 35,848pp
greg mortimer Captain's suite cabin

Captain's Suite

02 Mar 2022 - 14 Mar 2022
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$ 41,608pp
AUD$ 41,608pp