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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.

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.

  • Ages:
    best suited 45 years+
  • Duration:
    17 Days
  • Status:
    Last places
  • Region:
  • Destinations:
    Argentina, Antarctica
  • Travel Style:
    On The Water, Solo Luxe
  • Accommodation:
    Hotels,Ship cabins
  • Prices from:
    Solo Savings
  • Transport:
  • Pace:
  • Max Group Size:

'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


Look inside purpose-built expedition vessel, the Greg Mortimer, the world’s first passenger expedition ship featuring the Ulstein X-Bow®.



  • 1 night hotel accommodation Ushuaia pre cruise
  • 13 nights on-board deluxe cabin including daily cabin service 
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage 
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner 
  • Captain 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 


  • Arrival transfers airport to hotel, Ushuaia
  • Departure transfer port to hotel, Ushuaia


  • 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  

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



  • Enjoy an in-depth exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula where we aim to show you well-known favourite sites and hope to discover future favourites. 
  • The Antarctic Peninsula is a hive of activity with penguins nesting and chicks hatching. 
  • Clean, pristine conditions allow for postcard-perfect photographs. 
  • Enjoy early season sightings of whales
  • 2 post cruise nights of stay, Ushuaia to enjoy your pick of local discoveries


Arrive Ushuaia. Welcome Reception

Having made your way to Ushuaia, you will be met by a representative of Aurora Expeditions and transferred to our group hotel. This evening, enjoy a light refreshment as you meet your fellow expeditioners at a Welcome Reception. Afterwards, dine at your leisure (dinner not included).  

Accommodation: Las Hayas Hotel (or similar) 

Meals: not included

Day 2

This morning, please ensure your cabin luggage is fitted with cabin tags clearly labelled with your name and cabin number. Your luggage will be collected from your hotel and transferred directly to the port for clearance and delivered to your cabin ahead of your arrival on board. Please keep any valuables or personal items with you throughout the day. Enjoy free time after check-out, meeting back in the hotel lobby at 2.00 pm to commence a short sightseeing tour of Ushuaia.  

Ushuaia, capital of Tierra del Fuego is located at the shores of the Beagle Channel and surrounded by the Martial Mountains giving you a unique landscape in Argentina, which is the combination of mountains, sea, glaciers and forests. On this brief introductory tour, you will visit “La Mision” neighbourhood, the old Government House, and the upper area of the city, which offers beautiful panoramic views of Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel. During the excursion you will see the antique houses that belonged to the first families settled in Ushuaia. The excursion ends with a visit to the Old Prison Museum before transferring to the pier for embarkation at approximately 4.00pm. 

If you choose to not participate in the sightseeing tour, you will need to make your own way to the Prison Museum carpark by 3.45 pm to re-join the group for the transfer to the pier for embarkation.  

After embarkation, you will have time to settle into your cabin before our important mandatory briefings. As the ship pulls away from port, we will gather on the deck to commence our adventure with spectacular views over Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego. 

Day 3-4
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 our vessel. On sea days, you may can enjoy the facilities on board the vessel including the gym, wellness centre or the relaxing in one of the observation lounges.  

Nearing the South Shetland Islands and the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula on the afternoon of 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 lifetime. Time and weather permitting, we may attempt our first landing in Antarctica by late afternoon.  

Aurora Expedition Antarctica

Day 5-12  
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.   

The Antarctic Peninsula is a bustling metropolis of wildlife in late spring, but despite the frenetic pace of life for the locals, you have ample time to immerse yourself in the wonders of surrounding environment. Over the next eight days you will settle into the natural rhythms of life in the Antarctic Peninsula.  

With extra time for exploration, we plan to show you our favourite spots along the peninsula and possibly discover new future favourites along the way.  

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 will want to rug up before joining Zodiac cruises along spectacular ice cliffs or among grounded icebergs, keeping a close watch for whales, seals and porpoising penguins. Zodiacs will also shuttle 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 will have the option to do participate in the activity whenever conditions allow, and of course keen polar plungers will have the chance to fully immerse themselves in polar waters - conditions permitting! The polar plunge can take place at any time during the voyage, so listen out for the announcement from the expedition team and get ready for the most exhilarating dip of your life!  

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 marvel at sculptural icebergs and photograph spectacular scenery. This is a great time to enjoy the observation lounge or make your way to the bridge (open at the captain’s discretion) for uninterrupted views of Antarctica in all its splendour. Listen out for the creak and deep rumble of glaciers as they carve into sea. Take a quiet moment to experience the wonder of the pristine paradise of the splendid white continent. 

Day 13-14
Drake Passage Crossing

Enjoy a final morning landing in the South Shetland Islands before we re-enter the Drake Passage for our return journey to South America. 

With lectures and film presentations to complete our Antarctic experience, there is still plenty of time to enjoy the magic of the Southern Ocean and the life that calls it home. There is time for reflection and discussion about what we have seen and experienced. We hope you become ambassadors for Antarctica telling your family, friends and colleagues about your journey to this magical place, advocating for its conservation and preservation so that they might one day visit the region to experience what you have been lucky to see and do here.  

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

Day 15
Disembark Ushuaia

During the early morning, we cruise up the Beagle Channel, before quietly slipping into dock in Ushuaia, where we will be free to disembark around 8.00 am. Farewell your expedition team and fellow passengers as we all continue our onward journeys, hopefully with a newfound sense of the immense power of nature.  

On disembarkation, passengers on flights departing prior to 14:00 will be transferred directly to Ushuaia Airport, while those fortunate enough to be continuing their travels in this spectacular region of the world, will be transferred to their post-voyage Ushuaia accommodation. Passengers flying after 14:00 will have time to explore Ushuaia, prior to an afternoon airport transfer, the details of which will be provided onboard prior to disembarkation.  

Note: At the conclusion of the voyage, we do not recommend booking flights departing Ushuaia prior to 12.00 pm on the day of disembarkation in case there are delays. 

Ushuaia is a lovely town for discoveries and it's worthwhile to spend a few nights for local and nearby highlights.  Ushuaia is also known as ‘End of the World’ and is the closest town and gateway to The Tierra del Fuego National Park. The park is known for its dramatic scenery, waterfalls, lakes, snow-capped mountains, and glaciers.

A stay in Ushuaia is also interesting as this is the way to Antarctica – it’s a hub of activity where visitors are joining or disembarking cruises south. It’s known for delicious food; seafood, wine, chocolate and more. Food in Argentina overall is delicious.


Day 16

Another wonderful day to explore nearby or make a plan for a day excursion. We will have some group recommendations closer to the time of travel.

Meals: Breakfast  

Day 17

Your stay comes to a close. A morning hotel check out and make your way to the airport for your onward journey.

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Las Hayas Ushuaia or Los Acebos Hotel


Cruise Ship

The Greg Mortimer, Aurora Expeditions



Las Hayas Ushuaia or Los Acebos Hotel (or similar)


 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. 


Las Hayas Hotel
Surrounded by a captivating forest, with views of the majestic peaks of the Andes Mountains and the magnetic deep blue of the Beagle Channel, you will find Las Hayas Ushuaia Resort, a haven of peace at the end of the world. The Resort is located inside a Natural Reserve in the mountain, on an area of 5 hectares (12 acres) of Fueguian forest, at 2,5 km (1.5 miles) away from the city centre.


Greg Mortimer Stateroom

Aurora Stateroom

Balcony Stateroom, Category B

Balcony Stateroom Category B

Greg Mortimer Balcony A

Balcony Stateroom Category A


Download Greg Mortimer Deck Plan


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.


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 - Amazing Solo Savings
Luxury Expedition Cruising
Balcony cabins B & A


Solo Occupancy offer - Go Solo & Save Offer
BAL C $15806.00
BAL B $16655.75
BAL A $17930.75


Starts In:
Ends In:

Starts In: Ushuaia, Argentina
Ends In:  Ushuaia, Argentina

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

Arrive to Buenos Aires and take an internal flight to Ushuaia the starting point (the gateway to Antarctica)
We can take care of your airfare arrangements and additional nights of stay as part of your booking with us.

Airport Transfers are included on arrival and departure to/from Ushuaia:

If you are making your own flight arrangements, in any case, we require your flight itinerary no later than 60 days priors to travel, even if you are not making airport transfer arrangements with us.  


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.



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.


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 

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.



'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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