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Testimonials

Thanks for organising our trip - we had a WONDERFUL time!! We were completely rapt in the whole voyage! The highlight, of course, was our great encounter with the polar bears and all the other wildlife we saw. Henrik was a great leader, and Sue and the team made all the organisation appear to just happen. We loved the friendly, casual and fun atmosphere on the ship.
Diana Pyle & Judith Hodder - Port Pirie, South Australia
Circumnavigation of Spitsbergen

We have striven, we have sought and we have found. Of course our little expedition is not in the same realm as those of the great polar explorers of the past but it is a little taste and sets us apart from 99% of the people we meet every day. Perhaps we can retain some of the beauty, serenity and timelessness of the far northern world we have travelled in. Better still that we can take it back to our everyday lives.
Ian Collier - London, UK

Jewels of the Arctic: Iceland, Greenland & Spitsbergen

We cannot thank you enough for the magnificent holiday we enjoyed with you earlier this year. We think about the journey constantly and know how fortunate we were to have seen the wondrous Artic in the caring hands of Aurora. It’s as if we’ve been to the moon and back to have experienced the remote beauty and grandeur of the polar region. We are very lucky indeed, and you made the luck happen for us.
Carol & Stuart Murray – Sydney, New South Wales
Circumnavigation of Spitsbergen

We both thoroughly enjoyed the ten days we were with Aurora this year. There is something in your formula that produces a very congenial party of like-minded people. Along with the exceptional attention from the Aurora team, the best aspect is the relaxed, adaptable (even unpredictable at times) nature of the activities. I hate package tours or guided groups, but this did not feel like that at all. Nothing can be perfect, but you get very close!
Roger & Ruth Booth - Dunblane, Scotland
Circumnavigation of Spitsbergen

A very sincere thankyou to your expedition staff for the fantastic job they did as guides, lecturers, educators and entertainers during our recent trip on the Coral Princess Kimberley Expedition. It is a real pleasure to sit and listen to people who really know what they are talking about and who have the ability to impart their enthusiasm and knowledge to their audience. Mike, Len and Gary have it in spades. It was a privilege indeed to have been a part of an expedition so well organised and with such fascinating talks and explanations from you all. Thank you very much. Your efforts were truly appreciated.
Mike & Judy Mellowes - Manly, NSW Australia
Broome to Broome, Kimberley Coast

This trip was excellent. Our expedition leader Mike Cusack gave 100% in every way, wonderfully and expertly assisted by Chris and Dr Garry. Together with their combined knowledge and expertise, enthusiasm, spirit of adventure and with they have given us I believe a life changing experience.
Julia Rutledge - Mittagong, NSW Australia
Broome to Broome, Kimberley Coast

Lead by the ship's staff, the expeditioners joined in the activities wholeheartedly, making a wonderful holiday atmosphere for all. The scenery is absolutely magnificent and came alive with all the information and stories given to us by Mike, Chris and Dr Garry. Most definitely the holiday was all

I had hoped for and more.
Ted & Jan Jacobs - Cardiff Heights, NSW Australia
Broome to Broome, Kimberley Coast

Our enjoyment of this trip was enhanced by the enthusiasm of all the crew and leaders. Mike Cusack's ability to stimulate and challenge everyone to fully experience everything the Kimberley had to offer was a highlight. He never ceased to amaze us with his obvious love and passion for the area and a very special day for us was the walk to Kunmunya, the site of Mike's 'home for a year'. The lectures by Dr Garry Darby and Chris Done were also excellent and a great source of information. Attention to safety on all excursions was excellent. The relaxed atmosphere and casual informality of the cruise added to the experience for us. We are not 'cruise' people, and were a little apprehensive beforehand... our concerns were totally unwarranted!
Margaret & Keith Smith - Point Lonsdale, Victoria Australia
Broome to Broome, Kimberley Coast

A special thank you to all the Aurora office expedition staff for an exceptional trip to South Georgia and the Peninsula on the Polar Pioneer. Don, Robyn and the other staff plus the Russian crew made it indeed a holiday to remember. I had researched so much beforehand but the reality of experiencing the environment and the wildlife firsthand was way beyond my expectations! Your wonderful staff were highly experienced and professional and their passion for their jobs really enhanced our enjoyment.
Jenny Henderson - Brisbane, Australia
Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia & Falkland Islands

The voyage on the Polar Pioneer was amazing! The tour arrangements and information beforehand was excellent. On board, the expedition leaders and crew were wonderful and went out of their way to give us the best possible time and were always cheerful and helpful. They must have worked really long hours and we appreciated everything they did. How the chefs produced such beautiful meals and snacks I shall never know. Camping out on the ice was a truly memorable experience.
Linda Zerk - Balaklava, South Australia
Across the Antarctic Circle for Climbers & Divers

I thought the trip was incredible, had a great time & enjoyed every minute. Our expedition leader Don was very good; he was knowledgeable, flexible & realistic in describing what we might expect from plans & timetables etc. I thought that he always had the interests of the group at the forefront of his thinking about where we went next. When the conditions looked changeable or challenging he was always ready with a workable alternative.

Our landings on South Georgia were all interesting & varied in terms of history, geography & wildlife - we packed in as much as possible - 10 landings/zodiacs in 4 days. The food served by Brendan & Jo was good, hearty food, quite an intelligent & non-repetitive set of menus; I thoroughly looked forward to meal times each day. Your staff worked tirelessly, were very personable & were always ready to help the passengers & assist with a smile. Alan the naturalist was very knowledgeable & seemed to be everywhere spotting wildlife and Dave the historian was an absolute gem, what a life he's led, a true story teller. Finally the captain & crew were all exceptional & made everything happen seamlessly.

What sounds like a high price for a 19 day trip, is in fact good value when you look at what goes into it. What's more, the trip attracted a great bunch of people & has provided me with some wonderful memories for years to come.
Ed Parker - Adelaide, South Australia
Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula

I would like to commend Aurora and all the staff, both office and those on our trip. Nothing ever seemed to be too much trouble and all staff were there with information and help to make the trip as enjoyable as possible. I have recommended and will continue to recommend Aurora to friends and acquaintances for their professional and yet friendly advice and service to trippers. Hopefully I will be able to go on another trip with you in the future.
Kay Bousfield - Cloverdale, Western Australia
Weddell Sea & Antarctic Peninsula

I've just had a trip of a lifetime to Antarctica with your staff and crew. I have backpacked around the world and was a bit nervous about booking an organised trip...however clearly I chose the best company because my voyage was like travelling with old friends. Everything was amazing. Don and the team were outstanding, devoted, passionate, informative, caring, exciting... and all the ing positive words you can think of!!! I cannot thank you enough for being the best travel company in the world! Don knew how to seize every opportunity that Antarctica gave us including cruising with 4 Orca whales aboard our zodiacs for two hours! He is truly an inspirational educator. The staff all communicated an infallible respect for the pristine nature of Antarctica and its breathtaking wildlife and I feel comfortable that our tour of the peninsula was responsible. Alan taught me more about wildlife than I have learned in my life. Jo and Brendan took care of my dietary restrictions better than my own mother and their meals were nutritious and delicious!

The Russian crew worked tirelessly and were so friendly and eager to teach us about nautical aspects of expedition cruising.

In short, I worship the ground you all walk on and could not have planned a better trip myself. Than you for a trip that exceeded my wildest dreams and has changed my life!
Jasmine St-Laurent - Montreal, Canada
Antarctic Peninsula

Our trip to Antarctica was such an amazing experience. Thank you for all you did to make it just that. We are very pleased we picked Aurora, and I believe it was the great group of leaders of the expedition that made it so special. I am especially grateful to Skye and Robyn for the way you encouraged me to keep on going ashore, and you looked after me so nicely and capably. My photos will always be a reminder to me of that care and assistance, as well as of the grandeur of Antarctica. Thank you so much.
Diana Catts - Sans Souci, NSW Australia
Weddell Sea & Antarctic Peninsula

I wish to express my sincere and extreme gratitude to Aurora for helping me to fulfil my dream of visiting Antarctica and Mawson's Hut. My expectations for the trip were high, yet Aurora and the crew managed to exceed them beyond my wildest dreams. From the time we first landed on Macquarie Island, every day I wondered whether the trip could get any better, and ever day, Greg and the team took us somewhere and showed us something that simply blew my mind. From the day of my first telephone contact with Aurora I was impressed with the friendly, helpful and open nature of the staff. This extended to the shipboard Aurora and educational staff. At no point was there ever the feeling of a distinction between staff and passengers. People who had travelled with Aurora previously talked of the 'Aurora Family', and I can now fully understand what they meant. The excitement and enthusiasm of all the staff was contagious, and contributed greatly to the voyage. This was no guided scenic trip. Instead, I was able to gain a true sense of Antarctica from people who had spent a great deal of time there and clearly loved the place.

Before the trip, I had private concerns that I might be wasting my money on a voyage such as this - however I can wholeheartedly say that this voyage was worth every single cent, and then some.
Richard Johnson - Warbuton, Victoria Australia
Commonwealth Bay & Beyond: Mawson's Antarctica

What an amazing expedition! I just can't believe how good it was. The level of professionalism that has been achieved by Aurora is far beyond anything that I have experienced in over 35 years of travelling. Polar Pioneer was presented in excellent condition with all the facilities one would need. Her crew are competent friendly and courteous. Access to the bridge was such a vital component to the depth of experience on the expedition. The Aurora team on board were just so enthusiastic, communicative and helpful. The two guest lecturers shared amazing knowledge and experiences and were readily accessible at all times. Dave Burkitt is surely a living legend. Veronica in your office was so helpful and efficient in setting up my flights, accommodation and all my add-on bits.

Congratulations Aurora on delivering a magnificent package.
Colin Smith - Yarragon South, Victoria Australia
Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula