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Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Aurora Expeditions set to explore Latin America, Caribbean Coast and East Coast Canada with new expedition ship ‘Greg Mortimer’

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Aurora Expeditions set to explore Latin America, Caribbean Coast and East Coast Canada with new world-class expedition ship 'Greg Mortimer':

Book now to save up to 25% on new global itineraries

Aurora Expeditions, Australia's leading expedition cruising company, continues to reinvent itself having today launched expeditions to all-new destinations including Latin America, Caribbean Coast, Iceland, Greenland and East Coast Canada.


The new destinations were revealed as a part of the full 2019/20 global program that features five brand-new expedition itineraries in regions between the poles, as well as six new trekking itineraries including the reintroduction of two treks in Nepal.

The global program marks a new chapter in Aurora Expeditions' proud history as it prepares to launch the Greg Mortimer in October 2019. The new state-of-the-art vessel has been purpose-built for adventure and will allow the expeditioners on board to explore new destinations and disembark the ship for small group excursions and cultural activities unique to each destination.

Aurora Expeditions managing director Robert Halfpenny said the launch will be very well received by Aurora's customer base with many loyal travellers keen for Aurora to offer itineraries outside of the polar regions.

"Aurora has been synonymous with Antarctica and the Arctic regions but with a new ship boasting innovative technology and comfort, we are now able to offer small ship travel to a range of new destinations," Mr Halfpenny said.

"The new itineraries will allow travellers to explore regions previously unvisited by cruise companies and this new product will see the Aurora spirit of small ship expedition cruising retainer with wildlife, nature and adventure at the heart of these experience.

"By travelling to warmer climates, our journeys will now also feature unique cultural excursions and local activities," he continued.

The brand-new itineraries Wild Chile; Treasures of a Coastal Desert; Pacific to Caribbean Discovery, and Caribbean Odyssey span Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Columbia, Panama, Central America and Caribbean Coast.

The program also includes a new 'Intuit Arctic and Beyond' voyage that will close out the Arctic season with a 21-day expedition through Iceland, Greenland and East Coast Canada.

In addition to the new voyages, the program continues Aurora's mountaineering legacy by introducing new treks and the reintroduction of a Nepal trekking program – which was included with the blessing of Aurora Expeditions co-founder, Greg Mortimer who has a long and proud history of mountaineering.

The six new treks, Land of Fire and Ice; Jotunheimen Explorer; Mountains and Fjords; Swedish Trails; Classic Everest and Annapurna Base Camp, vary in hiking style from easy, moderate or difficult – providing options for novice through to more experienced trekkers.

Launching with the global program are some exclusive early bird deals - offering a saving of up to 25% (maximum saving of approx: $5,600 AUD per person twin share) on voyages, as well as 10% off standalone trekking bookings for the Himalayas. Travellers can also receive 10% discount on treks in Iceland, Norway and Sweden, when booked in conjunction with an Arctic voyage.

"As always, we'll be launching with the best value deals so I encourage agents to reach out to their clients and book now," said Mr Halfpenny.

Aurora Expeditions new itineraries, highlights and pricing information:

New voyages:

Earlybird discount of up to 25% off new voyages where availability permits

Latin America:

  • The Wild Chile itinerary is 16 days visiting Ushuaia, Argentina to Valparaiso, Chile and the remote Robinson Crusoe Island, priced from USD$7,200
  • The Treasures of a Coastal Desert itinerary is 14 day visiting Santiago, Chile to Guayaquil, Ecuador and priced from USD$6,200
  • The Pacific to Caribbean Discovery itinerary is 11 days visiting Guayaquil, Ecuador to Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, including a unique daylight Panama Canal crossing, and priced from USD$4,800
  • The Caribbean Odyssey itinerary is 16 days, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia to Miami, United States, and priced from USD$7,200
The Arctic:

The Intuit Arctic and Beyond itinerary is 21 days visiting Reykjavik, Iceland to St John's, Canada, and priced from USD$14,900

New treks:

Iceland:

The Land of Fire and Ice itinerary is 9 days visiting Reykjavik, Iceland, and priced from AUD$8,140

Scandinavia:

The Jotunheimen Explorer itinerary is 10 days visiting Oslo, Norway, and priced from AUD$7,450
The Mountains and Fjords itinerary is 10 days visiting Oslo, Norway to Bergen, Norway & Bergen, Norway to Oslo, Norway, and priced from AUD$9,640
The Swedish Trail itinerary is: 10 days visiting Stockholm, Sweden to Tromso, Sweden & Tromso, Sweden to Stockholm, Sweden, and priced from AUD$8,510

Nepal:

Earlybird discount is 10% OFF if booked as a standalone and where availability permits

The Classic Everest itinerary is 11 days visiting Kathmandu, Nepal, and priced from AUD$7,700
The Annapurna Base Camp itinerary is 15 days visiting Kathmandu, Nepal, and priced from AUD$4,100

Bookings go on sale from 16 July 2018.

For more information visit www.auroraexpeditions.com.au, call us on 1800 637 688 (Freecall AUS only), + 61 2 9252 1033, or email info@auroraexpeditions.com.au

For more information including terms and conditions for deals please visit: auroraexpeditions.com.au/2019-20-global-program

For more information visit www.auroraexpeditions.com.au

Ship Specification Chart

Class:  Ice Classed 1A
Length: 104.4m
Breath: 18.2m
Draught: 5.3m
Tonnage (MAX): 7,400
Speed (MAX): 15 knots