Spirit of Antarctica

12 DAYS from US$10,500 per person

Adventurers, explore Antarctica at its most pristine. Experience whales, penguins and seals as they rush to find the best place to court, feed and breed. Experience continental landings and visits to historic sites. 

Greg Mortimer


We are pleased to announce that adventurous and well-known explorer, Greg Mortimer, will be the expedition leader on our new ship’s maiden voyage.

The maiden voyage aboard the Greg Mortimer ship will be departing 31st October from Ushuaia, Argentina!

Scott Portelli


International award-winning photographer, Scott Portelli, will be our photography guide for Spirit of Antarctica ANP127G, ANP128G and ANP129G, departing in October and November 2019. He will also be our photography guide for Across the Antarctic Circle (ANP125), Antarctic Explorer (ANP126), and In Shackleton's Footsteps (ASG77), departing in March 2019.

 

Voyage passenger capacity (ANP134G): 100 landing passengers plus 20 kayakers; maximum of 120 passengers on board.

In true expedition style we encourage exploration and adventure, offering flexibility in challenging environments in a way that puts you among the action to see and do as much as possible. This itinerary is only a guide and subject to change due to ice and weather conditions.

Expedition Highlights

  • Penguin colonies alive with nest building
  • Zodiac cruise amongst water-sculpted icebergs
  • Step ashore the Antarctic continent!
  • Visit historic huts and scientific stations
  • Antarctic marine life - seals and whales
  • Kayak or camp ashore for added adventure!
  • See Antarctica at its most pristine!

Map & Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive Ushuaia

Arrive in Ushuaia, where you will be met by a representative of Aurora Expeditions and transferred to your downtown hotel (preferred flights only).

Days 2 – Embark the Greg Mortimer in Ushuaia

This morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before exploring Ushuaia on a half-day city tour.

The city tour will visit The Mission, Brown and Solier neighbourhoods, where you can see old houses belonging to the first families in Tierra del Fuego, such as the Beban, the Pastoriza, and the Ramos. Head 11 kilometres (6.8 miles) out of town to Martial Glacier. The ride in the chair lift to the trails leading up to the glacier provides wonderful regional views and of Ushuaia town, the Beagle Channel and its islands. Afterwards, continue to the End of the World Museum with exhibitions explaining the history of Tierra del Fuego.

Transfer to the pier where our expedition team will warmly welcome you on board the Greg Mortimer at approximately 4.00 pm

Day 3 – Drake Passage crossing

As we commence the Drake Passage crossing, we make the most of our time getting comfortable with the motions of the sea. Our expedition team prepare you for our first landing with important wildlife guidelines and biosecurity procedures, and start our lecture program to help you learn more about Antarctica’s history, wildlife and environment.

Our wildlife experiences begin as we enjoy watching and photographing the many seabirds, including majestic albatrosses and giant petrels following in our wake. They rise and fall skilfully, using air currents created by the ship to gain momentum.

Day 4 – Drake Passage & South Shetland Islands

Nearing the South Shetland Islands and the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula on day four, the excitement is palpable with everyone converging on one of the observation decks, watching for our first iceberg. The ocean takes on a whole new perspective once we are below the Antarctic Convergence and are surrounded by the surreal presence of floating ice sculptures. The memory of your first big iceberg sighting is likely to remain with you for a long time. Weather permitting, we may attempt our first landing in Antarctica by late afternoon.

Days 5-9 – Antarctic Peninsula

Over the next few days a host of choices are open to us, and depending on ice and weather conditions, the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula is ours to explore. Our experienced expedition team, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to design our voyage from day to day. This allows us to make best use of the prevailing weather, ice conditions and wildlife opportunities.

Because we are so far south, we will experience approximately 18-20 hours of daylight and the days can be as busy as you wish. We will generally try for two landings or Zodiac excursions each day; cruising along spectacular ice cliffs; following whales that are feeding near the surface; and landing on the continent and its off-shore islands to visit penguin rookeries, seal haul outs, historic huts, and a few of our other favourite spots along the peninsula. There will be plenty of time for sleep when you get home!

During this voyage, there will be an opportunity to camp ashore (weather and time permitting). This will give you the chance to sample the style of adventure that Scott, Shackleton and other legendary Antarctic explorers experienced, although with slightly better equipment and in more comfort! Rest assured our warm and comfortable ship with its hot showers will only be a short distance away!

There are many exciting places we can choose to visit and our itinerary is deliberately flexible to allow us to pick the best spots on the day based on ice and weather conditions.

A sample of some of the types of places where we may cruise through, land, hike, photograph or view spectacular wildlife include:

  • Beautiful protected bays around the Antarctic Peninsula surrounded by magnificent peaks and spectacular glaciers, areas that are havens for whales as we keep our eyes open for humpbacks, orcas, minkes, and crabeater seals, as we explore bays in Zodiacs.
  • Wildlife-rich islands where Weddell seals are hauled out on protected snow beds and noisy chinstrap penguins raise their families on rocky platforms; gulls nest on turrets, fur seals and elephant seals hauled out on the pebble beaches.
  • Lemaire Channel - If ice conditions allow, standing on the observation deck of the Greg Mortimer quietly as the ship sails along the narrow Lemaire Channel could certainly be one of the highlights of our voyage. Cliffs tower 700 metres / 2,296 feet straight out of the ocean on either side of the ship. The water can sometimes be so still that perfect reflections are mirrored on the surface and it is clear to see why this Channel is often called “Kodak Alley”. Gigantic icebergs may clog the channel, creating navigational challenges for our Captain and crew; occasionally they may even obstruct our passage.
  • Send a post card home from the Penguin Post Office, the world’s most southern Post Office!


Days 10-11 – Drake Passage crossing

Today, our landings come to an end as we re-enter the Drake Passage for our return journey to Ushuaia. With lectures and film presentations to complete our Antarctic experience, there is still plenty of time to enjoy the magic of Southern Ocean and the life that calls it home. There is time for reflection and discussion about what we have seen and experienced, and the impact this voyage has had on our attitude to life.

As we approach the tip of South America, our Captain may sail close to legendary Cape Horn, weather and time permitting.

Day 12 – Disembark Ushuaia

During the early morning, we sail along the Beagle Channel, before quietly slipping into dock in Ushuaia, where we begin disembarking at around 8.00 am. Farewell your expedition team and fellow travellers as we all continue our onward journeys, hopefully with a newfound sense of the immense power of nature. A transfer to either downtown Ushuaia or to
the airport is included in the cost of the voyage.

Activities

The following activites are available on this expedition - register when booking. See all Activities
  • Sea Kayaking

    From US$1,050 pp
    Kayaking in the far-flung corners of the world is an experience guaranteed to refresh your soul. Paddling in small groups, you'll glide between ice floes, brash ice and icebergs dotted with wildlife.
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  • All of our expeditions and itineraries offer fantastic photography experiences. However, on selected expeditions, a photography expert will offer lectures and presentations.
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  • Snorkelling

    From US$640 pp
    No experience needed! This is your chance to don a dry-suit and take the ultimate plunge into the icy waters of Antarctica and the Arctic for an up-close underwater experience. Not for the faint-hearted!
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  • Alpine Trekking/Climbing

    From US$1,200 pp
    Reach new heights in Antarctica! From easy ascents to more technical routes, our mountaineering and climbing activity is available for experienced climbers on our Antarctica expeditions.
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  • Camping

    FREE
    There is no better way to enjoy Antarctica’s stunning silence (barring the odd raucous penguin) than camping out in the open. Be a true Antarctic explorer and experience what it feels like to be camping out on ice.
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  • Ski/Snowboard Touring

    From US$1,200 pp
    Our Ski Touring activity will set the adventurers apart from the pack as they clip in and take off to explore Antarctica & South Georgia’s untouched terrain.
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  • Snowshoeing

    From US$250 pp
    Snowshoeing is our new and unique way to explore Antarctica. Snowshoeing makes walking up gentle slopes a breeze, allowing you to explore places others struggle to reach in boots alone.
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Inclusions

  • Onboard accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team
  • Access to our onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
  • Complimentary use of Muck boots during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • A printed photo book produced with photos from your voyage
  • Port surcharges, permits and landing fees

Exclusions

  • International or domestic flights to or within South America, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, Wi-Fi, email or phone charges
Absolutely 100% performance from the Staff and Crew, Aurora should be proud of the standard of their employees!
John Parkinson - Spirit of Antarctica, 2015
We had a wonderful trip which met all our hopes and expectations... The expedition leader and all his team were fantastic and imparted much useful knowledge.
David Green - Spirit of Antarctica, 2015
I can not express how much I enjoyed my adventure and experience on the Polar Pioneer. It surpassed my wildest expectations.
Cristina Royale - Spirit of Antarctica, 2015

Dates & Rates

Showing: All 2019 2020

30 Oct '19 10 Nov '19 12 DAYS

Spirit of Antarctica

Trip code: ANP127G - MAIDEN VOYAGE!

30 Oct '19 10 Nov '19 - 12 DAYS

Voyage Inclusions

  • Group transfer to hotel from Aurora Expeditions' preferred flight.
  • One night pre-voyage hotel accommodation and luggage transfer to ship on embarkation day
  • Group transfer from ship to downtown or airport post voyage
  • Fully-serviced accommodation in your chosen stateroom
  • Daily shore excursions, guided walks, Zodiac cruises
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information kit and destination resource guide
  • An experienced team of destination specialists and activity leaders
  • An informative and entertaining lecture program by our team of experts
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner including house wines, beers 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 canapes and bar snacks
  • Complimentary 3-in-1 polar jacket
  • Complimentary use of gumboots
  • Complimentary use of fitness centre
  • Complimentary access to on board expedition doctor and medical clinic
  • Personalised photo book (post voyage
  • Entry fees to historic or tourist sites
  • Port, pilotage charges and landing fees

Voyage Exclusions

  • International or domestic flights to or within South America, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Visa, passport, and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels or meals not included in voyage itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharge
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges.
×
Suite
Aurora Stateroom Twin
Private Bathroom
US$10,500 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Balcony Stateroom - C
Private Bathroom
US$11,300 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Balcony Stateroom - B
Private Bathroom
US$11,500 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Balcony Stateroom - A
Private Bathroom
US$11,800 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Balcony Suite
Private Bathroom
US$14,800 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Junior Suite
Private Bathroom
US$17,400 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Captain's Suite
Private Bathroom
US$20,000 (Please contact us for availability)

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9 Nov '19 20 Nov '19 12 DAYS

Spirit of Antarctica

Trip code: ANP128G

9 Nov '19 20 Nov '19 - 12 DAYS

Voyage Inclusions

  • Group transfer to hotel from Aurora Expeditions' preferred flight.
  • One night pre-voyage hotel accommodation and luggage transfer to ship on embarkation day
  • Group transfer from ship to downtown or airport post voyage
  • Fully-serviced accommodation in your chosen stateroom
  • Daily shore excursions, guided walks, Zodiac cruises
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information kit and destination resource guide
  • An experienced team of destination specialists and activity leaders
  • An informative and entertaining lecture program by our team of experts
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner including house wines, beers 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 canapes and bar snacks
  • Complimentary 3-in-1 polar jacket
  • Complimentary use of gumboots
  • Complimentary use of fitness centre
  • Complimentary access to on board expedition doctor and medical clinic
  • Personalised photo book (post voyage)
  • Entry fees to historic or tourist sites
  • Port, pilotage charges and landing fees

Voyage Exclusions

  • International or domestic flights to or within South America, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels or meals not included in voyage itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges.
×
Suite
Aurora Stateroom Twin
Private Bathroom
US$10,500 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Balcony Stateroom - C
Private Bathroom
US$11,300 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Balcony Stateroom - B
Private Bathroom
US$11,500 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Balcony Stateroom - A
Private Bathroom
US$11,800 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Balcony Suite
Private Bathroom
US$14,800 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Junior Suite
Private Bathroom
US$17,400 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Captain's Suite
Private Bathroom
US$20,000 (Please contact us for availability)

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19 Nov '19 30 Nov '19 12 DAYS

Spirit of Antarctica

Trip code: ANP129G

19 Nov '19 30 Nov '19 - 12 DAYS

Voyage Inclusions

  • Group transfer to hotel from Aurora Expeditions' preferred flight.
  • One night pre-voyage hotel accommodation and luggage transfer to ship on embarkation day
  • Group transfer from ship to downtown or airport post voyage
  • Fully-serviced accommodation in your chosen stateroom
  • Daily shore excursions, guided walks, Zodiac cruises
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information kit and destination resource guide
  • An experienced team of destination specialists and activity leaders
  • An informative and entertaining lecture program by our team of experts
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner including house wines, beers 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 canapes and bar snacks
  • Complimentary 3-in-1 polar jacket
  • Complimentary use of gumboots
  • Complimentary use of fitness centre
  • Complimentary access to on board expedition doctor and medical clinic
  • Personalised photo book (post voyage)
  • Entry fees to historic or tourist sites
  • Port, pilotage charges and landing fees

Voyage Exclusions

  • International or domestic flights to or within South America, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges.
×
Suite
Aurora Stateroom
Private Bathroom
SOLD OUT
Suite
Balcony Stateroom
Private Bathroom
SOLD OUT
Suite
Balcony Suite
Private Bathroom
SOLD OUT
Suite
Junior Suite
Private Bathroom
SOLD OUT
Suite
Captain's Suite
Private Bathroom
SOLD OUT

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28 Nov '20 9 Dec '20 12 Days

Spirit of Antarctica

Trip code: ANP134G

28 Nov '20 9 Dec '20 - 12 DAYS

Voyage Inclusions

  • Arrival transfer from airport to hotel on Day 1 (preferred flights only)
  • One night’s hotel accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia on Day 1
  • Luggage transfer from your hotel in Ushuaia to ship on Day 2
  • Half day city tour in Ushuaia on Day 2 prior to embarkation (lunch not included)
  • Transfer from pier to downtown Ushuaia or to airport on Day 21
  • Onboard accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team
  • Access to our onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
  • Complimentary use of Muck boots during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • A printed photo book produced with photos from your voyage
  • Port surcharges, permits and landing fees

Voyage Exclusions

  • International or domestic flights to or within South America, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, Wi-Fi, email or phone charges
×
Suite
Aurora Stateroom Triple
Private Bathroom
US$10,900 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Aurora Stateroom Twin
Private Bathroom
US$12,100 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Balcony Stateroom - C
Private Bathroom
US$13,000 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Balcony Stateroom - B
Private Bathroom
US$13,200 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Balcony Stateroom - A
Private Bathroom
US$13,600 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Balcony Suite
Private Bathroom
US$16,700 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Junior Suite
Private Bathroom
US$20,200 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Captain's Suite
Private Bathroom
US$23,600 (Please contact us for availability)

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*Prices quoted are per person and in US dollars, based on twin share. Single occupancy rates my apply for travellers wanting their own room. No single travel fees apply if you are willing to share your cabin. Fuel surcharge may apply in the event of significant fuel price increases. No refund for unused services. Please contact us to determine cabin availability.

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