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SOLO CRUISE GROUP ANTARCTICA

Early Antarctic explorers returned from their voyages to the deep south with tales of a magnificent, ice-covered land teeming with life. Experience the awe-inspiring immensity of Antarctica yourself, reducing your time on the high seas by flying across the Drake in at least one direction. Immerse yourself in the unimaginable beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula, where vast glaciers tumble into the sea, penguins are dwarfed by soaring peaks and humpback and minke whales feast on abundant krill.

MEGA SAVINGS - LIMITED OFFER. ENDS 5 DECEMBER 2021 OR BEFORE IF CABINS SELL OUT - Limited cabins

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THE GREG MORTIMER. AURORA EXPEDITIONS
Built in 2019, the Greg Mortimer was named after a co-founder, utilises some of the latest advancements in naval design & technology to revolutionise the small ship expedition cruising experience. The first passenger ship to feature the revolutionary Ulstein X-BOW®, this allows the ship to cross oceans more comfortably and efficiently.

Accommodating an average of 132 expeditioners per voyage within 76 comfortable cabins – all cabins have a view of the ocean and 85% of cabins have their own balcony. The ship also features a modern lecture lounge, multiple observation areas, zodiac launching platforms, a restaurant serving excellent meals, a gym and wellness centre, jacuzzis, a mudroom and many other amenities.

PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    best suited 50 years+
  • Duration:
    10 Days
  • Status:
    Bookings open
  • Region:
    Antarctica
  • Destinations:
    Chile
  • Travel Style:
    On The Water, Solo Luxe
  • Accommodation:
    Hotels,Ship cabins
  • Prices from:
    USD$12895
  • Transport:
    Cruise
  • Pace:
    2
  • Max Group Size:
    8
REVIEWS

'I would highly recommend a holiday with Encounter Travel. My trip was well organised and the co-ordinator was fun and helpful and full of energy. I met some great people of all walks of life. There is a good mix of organised activities and free time. I had a blast.'

Linda, Victoria

'Thank you for your organisation of a great holiday. As a first time traveller with Encounter, I didn't know what to expect. The Red Centre is indescribably beautiful and should be on every Australians' bucket list. We saw every sensational attraction in just the right order - each new experience was more incredible than the last. Thank you for recruiting such a great group of people for my travelling companions. The hotels were clean and very comfortable and it was a pleasure to be transported across such an amazing landscape so comfortably. I learnt so much about our wonderful country and wished I had done such a trip years earlier.'

Sarah, 52 years, Sydney, Australia
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ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

  • One night’s hotel accommodation with breakfast in Punta Arenas on day 1 
  • On-board 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 


SIGHTSEEING & GUIDES

  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team 

TRAVEL

  • Arrival transfer from airport to hotel in Punta Arenas on day 1 
  • Transfer from hotel to airport in Punta Arenas on day 2 
  • Charter flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island on day 2 
  • Transfer from pier to Punta Arenas hotel or airport on day 10  

OTHER

  • Complimentary access to our onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consult) 
  • A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket 
  • Complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage  
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information 
  • Port surcharges, permits and landing fees  
  • Mandatory pre-embarkation health screening and COVID test on day 1

Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for joining this tour and is in addition to the package price.

Note: 
A $15 USD per person per day gratuity for the crew is automatically added to your onboard account. It is at your discretion if you would like to remove the tip (or increase/decrease the amount) when you settle your bill. It is not necessary to tip the expedition team members. This gratuity amount is included for suites as part of their ‘Suite Benefits’.

Itinerary


HIGHLIGHTS

  • See and hear the busting activity of a penguin city
  • Chance to spot leopard seals on ice floes from our Zodiacs
  • Zodiac-cruise in search of feeding and breaching whales
  • Skip one or two legs of the Drake Passage to maximise your holiday time in the white continent
  • Small ship expedition cruise experience
  • Be awed by the array of wildlife who play and hunt in the Antarctic Sound

PRE TOUR STAY
Consider arriving a day before the cruise starts (note: may be deemed necessary by flight schedules). You can relax and refresh after your flight.  Or after the cruise ends extend your stay in Chile.  The cost of the additional night/s of stay applies. Ask our travel team about this option, and the additional costs.


ITINERARY SNAPSHOT

Day 1               Arrive / Punta Arenas
Day 2               Fly Punta Arenas to King George Island
Days 3-6           Antarctic Peninsula
Days 7-8           Drake Passage Crossing
Days 9              Chilean Fjords
Day 10              Disembark in Puntas Arena / optional extension tours available

ITINERARY 

DAY 1
Arrive Punta Arenas

Arrive in Punta Arenas, where you will be met by a representative of Aurora Expeditions and transferred to your downtown hotel. Overlooking the Straits of Magellan, the city sits astride one of the world's most historic trade routes. Today, Punta Arenas reflects a great mix of cultures, from English sheep ranchers to Portuguese sailors, and it remains an utterly fascinating testament to Chile's rich history. Enjoy free time to explore Punta Arenas at your own pace.  

At 3:30 pm, meet your fellow expeditioners at a Welcome Reception and Pre-Embarkation Briefing. During your briefing the timings for your transfer to join your flight to King George Island will be confirmed. You will be provided with Aurora Expeditions cabin tags. Please clearly label the tags with your name and ship cabin number.  

At the end of your briefing the Punta Arenas clinic will conduct your mandatory health screening and rapid COVID test at the hotel for your convenience. Afterwards, you will be required to self-isolate in your room for the evening. Room service is available at the hotel and several Punta Arenas restaurants have dine-out options.

Meals: not included

Day 2
Fly Punta Arenas to King George Island

After breakfast, check-out. Please ensure your cabin luggage is fitted with cabin tags clearly labelled with your name and cabin number. Transfer to Punta Arenas airport for our charter flight to King George Island, Antarctica (weather permitting). The flight will take approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. 

On arrival into King George Island our expedition team is on hand to greet you for your Zodiac transfer to board the vessel. You’ll have time to settle into your cabin before our important briefings.  

Note: King George Island is located at the northern part of the Antarctic Peninsula in the South Shetland Islands and is one of the most remote places on Earth. A clear sky with perfect visibility is required in order for the plane to take off and land safely. We apologise in advance for any delays.  

 
Days 3-6
Antarctic Peninsula  

It’s almost impossible to describe the feeling of arriving in Antarctica. Spotting your first iceberg and taking a deep breath of some of the most fresh, crisp air on earth is an experience that will stay with you forever.  

Once we arrive, the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands are ours to explore, and we have a host of choices available to us. Because we are so far south, we will experience approximately 18-24 hours of daylight and the days can be as busy as you wish.  

Your experienced expedition team, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to design your voyage from day to day, choosing the best options based on the prevailing weather, ice conditions and wildlife opportunities. 

We generally make landings or Zodiac excursions twice a day. You’ll want to rug up before joining Zodiac cruises along spectacular ice cliffs or among grounded icebergs, keeping watch for whales, seals and porpoising penguins. Zodiacs will also transport you from the ship to land, where you can visit penguin rookeries, discover historic huts and explore some of our favourite spots along the peninsula.  

While ashore we aim to stretch our legs, wandering along pebbly beaches or perhaps up snow-covered ridgelines to vantage points with mountains towering overhead and ice-speckled oceans below. If you have chosen an optional activity, you’ll have the option to do that whenever conditions allow, and of course keen polar plungers will have the chance to fully immerse themselves in polar waters - conditions permitting! 

In addition to Zodiac cruises and shore excursions, we may ship cruise some of the narrow, dramatic straits separating offshore islands from the mainland, or linger in scenic bays to watch whales travelling or feeding. This is a great time to enjoy the observation lounge or make your way to the bridge (Captain's call) for uninterrupted views of Antarctica in all its splendour. Keep an ear out for the creak and deep rumble of glaciers as they carve their way from summit to sea. Take a quiet moment to experience the wonder of this incredible white continent.  

 

Aurora Expedition Antarctica

DAYS 7 - 8
Drake Passage Crossing

Enjoy a morning landing in Antarctica before commencing our 1.5-day crossing of the Drake Passage. 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. Sail through fjords and channels flanked by majestic mountains discovered by European explorers over 500 years ago. Keep a look out for seabirds and marine wildlife including dolphins, sea lions, and whales preparing to migrate to Antarctica to fatten up on plentiful krill.  

Day 10 
Disembark in Punta Arenas

During the early morning, we quietly slipping into dock in Punta Arenas, 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 your hotel in Punta Arenas or to the airport is included in the cost of the voyage.  


Note
: It is your responsibility to check if your government requires you to have a COVID test prior to boarding an international flight to return to your country of residence. If this applies to you, then you may be required to book additional nights after the voyage. Please speak with your travel agent or with an Aurora Expeditions consultant at least four weeks prior to departure if you need assistance booking additional post-voyage arrangements. 

Itineraries may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. If there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.

Solos Mix
This cruise is operated by Aurora Expeditions.

 

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ACCOMMODATION

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Destination

Name

Nights of Stay

Cruise

The Greg Mortimer, Aurora Expeditions

8

Punta Arenas

Cabo de Hornos

1

Santiago 

Various options 

 

CABO DE HORNOS, PUNTAS ARENAS
Located between the Strait of Magellan and the city’s main square, in the very centre of Punta Arenas, Hotel Cabo de Hornos is nowadays an icon of Chilean Patagonia. It was chosen by the Comisión Bicentenario commission as the most emblematic architectural work and contribution to the capital of Magallanes during the 20th century. Hotel Cabo de Hornos offers an amazing view of the unique Patagonian landscapes. Just a few steps away from the main cultural, gastronomic, tourist and business attractions. 

Hotels may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.

Greg Mortimer Stateroom

Aurora Stateroom

Balcony Stateroom, Category B

Balcony Stateroom Category B

Greg Mortimer Balcony A

Balcony Stateroom Category A

 

STATEROOMS, THE GREG MORTIMER, AURORA EXPEDTIONS

Aurora Stateroom
Cabin size: 15.8m² - 22.8m² (170 ft² - 245.41 ft²)

The Greg Mortimer features eight Aurora Stateroom Twin cabins featuring portholes, all with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3, they're close to the mudroom and loading platforms, perfect for adventurers who are looking for a comfortable base that's close to the action.

BALCONY STATEROOMS
Three cabin categories of our Balcony Staterooms. These are classified as A, B or C depending on the cabin size.

Balcony Stateroom C
Cabin & balcony combined size: 20.9m2 24.8m2 (224.97 ft² - 266.95 ft²)

14 Balcony Stateroom – C cabins are our most economical, fitted with all the necessities and comfortable for up to 2 people. These cabins are scattered throughout Deck 4 and 6.

Balcony Stateroom B
Cabin & balcony combined size: 23.6m2 - 24.8m2 (254.03 ft² - 266.95 ft²)

21 Balcony Stateroom – B Cabins are our standard cabin, many fitted with interconnecting features making them great for families or groups. These cabins are located at the fore and aft of Deck 4 and 6.

Balcony Stateroom A
Cabin & balcony combined size: 24.1m2 - 28m2 (259.41 ft² - 301.39 ft²)

23 Balcony Stateroom – A cabins are our premium cabin, and the most abundant on board. These cabins are located in preferred positions on Deck 4 and 6 which provides easy access between Decks via the internal stairs or elevator.

Balcony Stateroom Superior
Cabin & balcony combined size: 28.2m2 - 40.2m2 (303.54 ft² - 432.70 ft²)

With a bit more room to stretch the legs, the Balcony Stateroom Superior cabins are perfect for polar adventurers who travel with plenty of gear. Located on Deck 4 and 6, the Staterooms feature floor to ceiling windows, en-suite bathrooms and a comfortable desk area.Some of these rooms are equipped with wheelchair accessible bathrooms.

 




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PRICES

 ** MEGA SAVINGS**
Pay the cruise deposit by 9 NOVEMBER 2021 to take advantage of the MEGA SAVINGS.
Limited cabins, may sell out before early saving end date. 

Cabin   ** PRICES OUT SOON.........Stay tuned.

OWN CABIN


Aurora Stateroom

 AUD$ T.B.A

Balcony Stateroom, Category C 

AUD$ T.B.A

Balcony Stateroom, Category B

 AUD$ T.B.A

PRE CRUISE TOUR: ATACAMA DESERT

AUD$ T.B.A

PRE OR POST CRUISE HOTEL SANTIAGO, CHILE:

AUD$ T.B.A

 

GETTING THERE

Starts In: Punta Arenas, Chile
Ends In: Puntas Arenas, Chile

Start and end destinations are the travel points to arrive to and depart from to join your holiday.

Hotel Check In/Out Times
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure. If you arrive prior to the check in time, the hotel will store your luggage until the check in time and can also store your luggage until you are ready to depart for your onward journey.  

Hotel check in:  most hotels have check in from 2PM or 3PM
Hotel check out: most hotels require check out by 10AM or 11AM

FLIGHT INFORMATION (departing Australia)
Good news, flights are back on just in time for this cruise itinerary in March 2022.
Direct flight departing Sydney to Santiago Chile, with flying time just under 16 hours.

Arrival point to Chile is the capital, Santiago de Chile. An internal flight to Punta Arenas is then required to arrive to the starting point in Punta Arenas (the gateway to Antarctica)

The flight ex Sydney is not daily so it will require additional nights of stay prior to the itinerary commencement but that’s good news; adjust to your new time zone and refresh, ready for a once in a lifetime voyage.

We can take care of your airfare arrangements and additional nights of stay as part of your booking with us.


AIRPORT TRANSFERS
Airport Transfers are included on arrival and departure to/from Reykjavik:

  • you arrive on day 1 of the itinerary and/or depart on cruise disembarkation day
  • you have extended your stay and you have booked the pre or post cruise group hotel with us as part of your package.

If you are making your own flight arrangements, in any case, we require your flight itinerary no later than 45 days priors to travel, even if you are not making airport transfer arrangements with us.  

COVID-19 BORDER ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
See end of this website page for information link.

PASSPORTS

If travelling/joining from outside your home country, most countries require visitors to hold a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity from your return date to your home country. Ensure you have at least two blank pages in your passport.

Always check your destination country for their Customs policies for prohibited or restricted items. Products or legal medications in your country may not always be permitted in other countries.

 

DETAILS

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Cabins are very limited on this small ship experience. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience.

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 

SOLOS MIX
We’ve selected this cruise expedition as the ideal experience to bring together solo travellers to enjoy the best of luxury expedition cruising. The ship is not exclusive to our travellers or solo travellers. On the cruise ship there will be couples, singles, friends travelling together or families.

We will introduce other Encounter Travel passengers so you can connect before your travel. This is usually a few weeks before the travel date.

THE PACE  [2 out of 5]
Travellers of 75 years or over will be required to return a Fit to Travel form that is completed by their doctor. 

More Information > Visit Travel Fitness 

ABOUT THE MEALS   
There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures. On board this small ship cruise, mixing and mingling among guests is encouraged. As you will be introduced to fellow Encounter Travel passengers there’s the option to arrange to meet up on board for dining. Meals onboard are included with the cruise.


TRAVELLER REVIEWS

'I would highly recommend a holiday with Encounter Travel. My trip was well organised and the co-ordinator was fun and helpful and full of energy. I met some great people of all walks of life. There is a good mix of organised activities and free time. I had a blast.'

Linda, Victoria

'Thank you for your organisation of a great holiday. As a first time traveller with Encounter, I didn't know what to expect. The Red Centre is indescribably beautiful and should be on every Australians' bucket list. We saw every sensational attraction in just the right order - each new experience was more incredible than the last. Thank you for recruiting such a great group of people for my travelling companions. The hotels were clean and very comfortable and it was a pleasure to be transported across such an amazing landscape so comfortably. I learnt so much about our wonderful country and wished I had done such a trip years earlier.'

Sarah, 52 years, Sydney, Australia

'Did a Red Centre solo 7 day tour absolutely fantastic, Uluru and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Kings Canyon, Palm Valley you have to see it and experience it. The coach drivers were professional, excellent knowledge and with a great sense of humor.'

David, Eschol Park, Sydne, New South Wales
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