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Wildlife Watching

Our ships are designed to put people in connection with the environment.

There are plenty of places to spot birds, watch wildlife or just take in the wild landscape on all of our ships.

Multiple viewpoints around the ship

As you explore our ships you will find indoor lounge areas with floor-to ceiling windows and panoramic views, and multiple open decks with expansive 270-360 degree views. There is no shortage of spaces to take in the majesty of the incredible world outside! 

Aurora Expeditions also has an open bridge policy,* which means you can head up to the bridge at most times throughout your voyage. Get a captain’s-eye view of the vessel and take a look at the futuristic navigational equipment, gaining an insight into the inner workings of our ships.

*The bridge may be closed at times, for safety reasons, and is open at the captain’s discretion. 

Hydraulic viewing platforms

Hydraulic viewing platforms

In addition to on board observation areas, the Greg Mortimer features two unique hydraulic viewing platforms, which fold out for unobstructed views of passing marine life and seabirds. These platforms are used during gentle ship cruising when weather conditions allow and when the ship.

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Glass atrium lounge

With huge windows and superb views to the front of the ship, this lounge over two levels on the Sylvia Earle is the perfect place to sit with a warm drink and watch for wildlife or admire the impressive scenery.

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Sylvia Earle Library, Benjamin Tan and Masano Kawana
Observation Lounge - Greg Mortimer

Observation lounges

Our panoramic observation lounges mean that you can enjoy sweeping views whilst sitting inside with a cup of coffee or tea in hand.

Enjoy a selection of wildlife guidebooks available to read or borrow the binoculars and keep an eye out for whales!

Large, floor-to-ceiling windows

Wherever you are in our ship, whether it be in the sauna, in our dining room or the main bar, enjoy large windows and excellent vantage points throughout our ships.


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