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Ever since the owners took their first small group to Antarctica in 1991, this little specialist company has remained true to its ambitions, operating small group voyages and flexible, innovative itineraries that deliver intimate and personal experiences.
If you are looking for luxurious accommodation, Aurora Expeditions is not for you. This company is all about luxury of experience, especially if you love the outdoors, travelling in the company of an experienced, enthusiastic expedition team including naturalists, historians and geologists. Trekking, camping in Antarctica, scuba diving in polar ice, sea kayaking, ski touring, polar snorkelling, snowshoeing, climbing and rock climbing are all on offer (at an extra charge), using your ship as a base in Antarctica and the Arctic.
Aurora have also launched the innovative 'fly and sail' Antarctica programme, which enables you to fly the Drake Passage in one direction, reducing your total travel time. Wonderful pre- and post-cruise land explorations are also on offer, not to mention other expedition destinations in partnership with other companies, including the Kimberley region of Australia and the Galapagos.
In 2019 the company took delivery of a completely new ship, named after its founder Greg Mortimer, with a cutting edge design using patented X-BOW technology to minimise the movement of the ship by eliminating the slamming that results from head seas, as well as reducing noise and vibrations, and enabling the master to maintain speed. This will also result in reduced emissions. A sister ship, the Sylvia Earle, is scheduled to join the fleet in 2021.
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