Aurora Expeditions

Welcome To A Remarkable World Of Adventure

Aurora Expeditions is unlike traditional cruise lines; we specialise in journeys to destinations that venture deeper into remote areas in the spirit of true adventure. Small-group expeditions allow for more solitude and greater flexibility, enabling them to adapt swiftly to changing conditions and make the most of every opportunity. We invite you to join Aurora Expeditions for an extraordinary travel experience beyond the ordinary, exploring the world’s most remote and breathtaking landscapes with a small group of like-minded adventurers.

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Why Choose Aurora Expeditions?

With an average of 126 passengers per voyage, Aurora Expeditions Antarctic cruises are among the smallest and most intimate available. Smaller group sizes allow for a more personalised experience, ensuring every traveller feels part of our close-knit community while fostering a sense of camaraderie and shared adventure.

Tailor Your Perfect Expedition

Our size advantage enables us to create intimate expeditions lasting 10 to 26 days. Whether you want to focus on a single destination or combine back-to-back trips for the ultimate adventure, we have the perfect journey for you—it’s as simple as selecting the region you wish to explore, the cruise length, and the activities you want to enjoy.

Discover Our Expedition Ships

  • Greg Mortimer: Launched in 2019, the Greg Mortimer was named after Aurora’s co-founder and renowned mountaineer. It is equipped with the revolutionary ULSTEIN X-BOW® design, which enhances stability and provides a smoother journey by cutting through swells and improving fuel efficiency. The Greg Mortimer accommodates 132 passengers and offers state-of-the-art amenities, including spacious observation decks, inviting communal areas, and a robust activity platform for seamless excursion disembarkation.
  • Sylvia Earle: Named after the esteemed oceanographer and marine biologist, Sylvia Earle sets new standards for expedition vessels. The ship was launched in 2022 and designed to honour Dr Earle’s commitment to marine conservation. It features advanced environmental technology, including a Tier 3 engine significantly reducing emissions. The Sylvia Earle also boasts the ULSTEIN X-BOW® for superior comfort and efficiency, accommodating 132 passengers and providing expansive viewing areas to connect passengers with the surrounding environment.
  • Douglas Mawson: Scheduled for its inaugural season in 2025, the Douglas Mawson is named in honour of the legendary Australian geologist and explorer. This ship will return Aurora Expeditions to East Antarctica, featuring new itineraries celebrating Mawson’s legacy. The Douglas Mawson will accommodate 154 passengers and is designed to easily navigate the harshest conditions, incorporating the latest in marine technology for a safe and comfortable journey.

Aurora Expeditions’ Pioneering History

From its inception, Aurora Expeditions strived to be different. Founded by passionate adventurers Greg and Margaret Mortimer in 1991, the company was named in honour of Sir Douglas Mawson’s iconic ship. The Mortimers had a simple yet profound goal: to take small groups of travellers on voyages of discovery to the world’s most inspiring regions, fostering a deep appreciation for preserving and protecting these sacred places.

Over the past two decades, this pioneering spirit has remained at the heart of everything Aurora Expeditions does. If tides, currents, ice, or weather require a schedule change, Aurora Expeditions can adapt swiftly and make the most of every opportunity. With fewer people to ferry ashore, Aurora often makes more landings, giving travellers more time to explore.

Expert Guidance and Unmatched Knowledge

When you travel with Aurora Expeditions, you’re in the company of some of the world’s best expedition specialists. Remote area experts provide engaging onboard lectures that entertain and expand your knowledge—they are passionate about sharing their insights and experiences, ensuring that your journey is as informative as it is thrilling.

A Commitment to Unforgettable Experiences

Whether you’re sailing with Aurora for the first time or returning for another adventure, their original goals remain unchanged. Aurora strives to explore wild places that stir the soul, offer personal attention on unforgettable expeditions, and welcome new friends into the Aurora Expeditions family.

We invite you to discover the true essence of adventure travel. Explore, learn, and connect with the world’s most remote and beautiful places in the company of like-minded explorers—your adventure awaits.