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Greg Mortimer

Just like its namesake, the Australian mountaineer and Aurora Expeditions co-founder, the state-of-the-art Greg Mortimer pushes the boundaries of exploration using the latest in naval design and technology innovations. Greg Mortimer will redefine expedition cruising as the first expedition cruise ship to feature the patented ULSTEIN X-BOW®, allowing the ship to pierce waves with much greater stability than a traditional bow whilst maintaining speed, resulting in smoother sailing, better fuel efficiency and reduced air emissions.

Safety and environmental preservation are core principles and Greg Mortimer will feature the latest in sonar, satellite communications and ‘return-to-port’ technology as well as virtual anchoring and dynamic positioning to ensure the protection of the delicate sea floor.

The purpose built 104-metre ice class 1A expedition ship will provide an authentic, comfortable and more enjoyable small-ship experience for up to 120 expeditioners on polar voyages. Featuring up to 15 Zodiacs, sea-level Zodiac and adventure activity loading platforms, as well as dedicated 360° observation decks - getting up close to and experiencing nature will be a highlight of the ship’s experience. Passengers will have the option to attend onboard lectures delivered by some of the world’s leading experts, enjoy a drink in the panoramic observation lounge, or unwind in the wellness centre. Additionally, some voyages offer sea kayaking, snow shoeing and ski touring, camping, photography, and polar snorkelling and scuba diving options.

Greg Mortimer’s maiden sea voyage, ‘Spirit of Antarctica’, is scheduled for 30 October 2019.

Greg Mortimer Facts

No. of Guests

120 for Polar itineraries / 160 for Global regions

Cabins

80 comfortable staterooms ranging from porthole to balcony categories (Aurora Stateroom 23.2 sqm with porthole / Balcony Stateroom 23.1 – 28.9 sqm / Balcony Suite 35.8 – 36.2 sqm / Junior Suite 44.4 sqm with balcony and lounge / Captain’s Suite 46.3 sqm with balcony and lounge).

All cabins feature twin or king bedding configuration, private ensuite, ample storage space, international power outlets, seating area and daily cabin service. 80% of cabins include a private balcony. 60% of cabins can accommodate a third person. Interconnecting stateroom options are available for families.

Air Conditioning

Yes, temperature controlled

Lounges and areas

Communal dining areas with open seating; fully stocked bars; multiple observation areas including the Observation Lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows and hydraulic viewing platforms; state-of-the-art Lecture Theatre; art room; library; gym; wellness centre with massage room, sauna and spa; two hot tubs/plunge pools; changing room/mud room with personal lockers

Food/Meals

A range of delicious courses are offered at each meal. Please advise any special dietary requirements well in advance.

Antarctic and Artic expeditions include: daily breakfast, lunch and dinner including house wines, beer and soft drinks, afternoon tea and snacks; Captain’s Welcome and Farewell drinks including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages; pre-dinner drinks including canapés and bar snacks

Beverages

24 hour complimentary coffee, tea and snack facilities. Fully stocked bar facilities.

Electricity

220V, 50HZ AC. European round, two pin plug.

Photographic Facilities

Photography room

Decks

8 Decks featuring the following:

Deck 8 – Observation Lounge and Bar, Top Deck, Jacuzzi/plunge pool

Deck 7 – Photography and Art Room, library, gym, sauna/wellness centre, sun deck, Bridge and Junior Suites

Deck 6 – Balcony Staterooms

Deck 5 – Reception, Ship Shop, Restaurant and Bar, Lecture Theatre, viewing platforms, custom-built hydraulic viewing platforms, observation deck

Deck 4 – Balcony Staterooms, Balcony Suites and Captain’s Suite

Deck 3 – Mudroom, Activity Preparation Area with access to kayak launch platform and four sea-level Zodiac launching platforms and docks, Medical Centre and Aurora Staterooms

Communications

State-of-the-art sonar and satellite communications

Diving & Snorkelling

The following cruises in 2020 offer Scuba Diving and Snorkelling as an optional/additional Adventure Activity

- 3 February to 15 February 2020 : Across the Antarctic Circle

- 14 February to 26 February 2020 : Across the Antarctic Circle

- 24 February to 5 March 2020 : Antarctic Explorer

Dive Guides

Yes

Courses

Technical divers N/A

Support Vessel

Fifteen Zodiacs

Crew

47 – 56 crew

Gear Hire

All gear is provide for Polar Snorkelling. For Polar Scuba Diving, please enquire as to minimum certification and experience requirments as well as scuba gear requirments.

Other Activities

2 – 3 excursions per day with quick & easy loading and unloading from sea level Zodiac launching platforms and special adventure preparation spaces. Includes daily explorations, wildlife encounters and zodiac cruises plus optional additional adventure activities (additional cost)

Guide to Antarctica

Ice diving requires an extensive amount of additional equipment because of the cold weather and water, and the remote location involved. Diving is no fun if you are cold. 

Divers in cold water may have a higher air consumption rate, expend more energy, and can become more fatigued. Cold water also decreases a diver’s ability to perform complex tasks that require manual dexterity. 

Staying warm is an important element in your polar diving adventure.

  • General Details
  • What to Pack
  • Regulators
  • Cold Water Diving and Staying Warm
  • Gauges & Computers
  • Dive Suit Recommendations
  • Weather
  • Clothing
  • Electricity
  • Banking
  • Language
  • Religion
  • Water
  • Shopping
  • Tipping
  • Diving
  • Departure Tax

General Details

 

What to Pack

The dive operation on board provides tanks, a compressor and weights. Each diver needs to bring his own equipment. Before you come on board you must have tested your equipment to make sure you are comfortable with it and it is not damaged.

  1. Dry suit with hood
  2. Thick and warm underwater garment (2 sets), dry gloves or adequate thick wet gloves (make sure they will keep your hands warm in sub-zero waters)
  3. 2 separate freeze protected regulators. We dive with special bottles with two separate outlets The tanks are fitted with a “Y” or “H” valve configuration, with DIN or Yoke (INT) adaptable connections.
  4. Pressure guage
  5. Stabilizing jacket or some kind of BC with quick release – divers without BDC trusting only their dry suit for buoyancy control will not be allowed to dive.
  6. Depth guage, watch or computer
  7. Compass
  8. Knife and a torch
  9. Mask, fins and snorkel (Please note that the snorkel is a vital part of the safety equipment and will often be used when snorkelling with for example seals)
  10. Weight belt (weights available on board)

Regulators

Normal regulators will not function in sub-freezing water as both the first and second stage will freeze. You are required to bring two sets of regulators (1st & 2nd stage), suitable for cold-water/ice diving. Some regulators can be fitted with an environmental seal kit, others come environmentally sealed from the manufacturer. 

To avoid regulator malfunction, regulators must be cared for properly before, during and after diving. Regulators should be kept dry and warm before the dive; store them in your cabin. Avoid breathing from the regulator before submersion, except to briefly ensure it is functioning, but when doing so, exhale after removing the regulator from your mouth so as to avoid freezing the second stage with moisture from the exhaled breath. 

If during the dive your primary regulator freezes up and causes a free flow, you should switch to you back-up regulator, and turn off the valve to the primary regulator to stop the free flow. The dive must be aborted in any case.

You need two sets of regulators;  1st set includes:
Freeze protected First stage, Second stage (incl. hose), Hose for BC, Pressure gage / computer

2nd set includes: Freeze protected First stage , Second stage (incl. hose), Hose for Dry suit

Cold Water Diving & Staying Warm

Diving is an equipment intensive activity. Ice diving requires an extensive amount of additional equipment because of the cold weather and water, and the remote location involved. Diving is no fun if you are cold. Divers in cold water may have a higher air consumption rate, expend more energy, and can become more fatigued. Cold water also decreases a diver’s ability to perform complex tasks that require manual dexterity. Staying warm is an important element in your polar diving adventure.

Gauges & Computers

You must have one tank pressure indicator for each regulator set-up. Some electronic instruments will not function well in sub-freezing temperatures. Liquid crystal displays may be slow to display and batteries will also run low sooner.

Dry Suit Recommendations

The only adequate protection from thermal exposure in the Arctic and Antarctica where the water will be as cold as – 1ºC/30ºF, is a dry suit. The type of dry suit you use is not important so long as it fits you, is waterproof and you are comfortable using it. Neoprene dry suits have the benefit of having good stretch and extra insulation. Shell suits provide no extra insulation but are lighter and dry more quickly. Shell suits serve only to keep the diver dry and require extra layers of garments to be worn under the suit. If appropriate, bring a small dry suit repair kit.

Weather

Clothing

Electricity

Banking

Language

Religion

Water

Shopping

Tipping

Diving

 

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