ACTA welcomes its new International Member: Aurora Expeditions

Having excited our clients for the past 27 years by taking them on unforgettable journeys to the polar regions and beyond, Aurora Expeditions now sets its sights on bringing our spirit of adventure to new clients in North America. 

As the Trade Executive for the Americas, I’m very excited to engage with the travel trade here in Canada and assist them with creating unforgettable experiences for their clients. 

Since our first expedition voyage to Antarctica more than 27 years ago, our spirit of adventure still burns just as bright. We’ve continued to limit our group numbers to ensure our voyages remain intimate and as bespoke as possible.

As a small-ship expedition company, we have the flexibility to take advantage of fantastic opportunities as they present themselves, such as unexpected wildlife displays or spontaneous shore landings. Our thirst for adventure shows no bounds and we're proud to offer activities and experiences like no one else. From polar diving with penguins, sea kayaking with whales and rock-climbing in Greenland, we have it all to ensure every day on board and off is as unforgettable as the last.

Introducing the Greg Mortimer

The Greg Mortimer, named after our co-founder, utilizes some of the latest advancements in naval design & technology to revolutionize the small ship expedition cruising experience. The X-Bow® hull makes sailing smoother and faster, and our new virtual anchoring system uses GPS and high-tech steering to hold the ship’s position so that sea floor is protected. Shore excursions are also made easier with four sea-level Zodiac-loading platforms and an activity preparation area, designed in close consultation with our world-renowned expedition and activity leaders. Our new ship is due for completion in October 2019.

What makes Aurora stand out from the rest?


From expedition leaders to experienced activity guides, historians to geologists, and naturalists to leading photographers, some of our expedition team have led voyages to the Arctic and Antarctica with Aurora Expeditions for over 27 years. Whether it’s an onboard lecture on penguins, retelling Shackleton’s story, taking you on a Zodiac-cruise, or leading a hike, our expedition team is there to keep you safe, share their passion for the magnificent places you’ll visit and to ensure you have the best experience possible.


Like our founder, Greg Mortimer, we have a passion for adventure and exploration, and this forms part of every voyage and part of day-to-day life on board. We specifically keep our itineraries flexible, so we can adapt quickly and maximize the wildlife opportunities to give you the best experience possible. Over the years, we've also pioneered new adventure activities in the polar regions, such as camping, alpine trekking, ski/snowboard touring, sea kayaking, scuba diving and snorkeling. The Greg Mortimer, purpose-built for expeditions, makes adventure more accessible than ever. With the addition of new destinations to choose from, including Greenland and Iceland, there are even more opportunities to experience new sights and adventures. 


At Aurora Expeditions, we believe small groups make a big difference. Our ships boast one of the lowest passenger capacities in expedition cruising and our treks take a maximum of 14 hikers. This leads to smoother transitions, longer, and more relaxed landings and a more personal experience with nature. No matter where we are exploring, we aim for two excursions, and in South Georgia, it can be up to three excursions per day. Our ship is also built for expedition cruising with sea-level Zodiac-launching platforms, special adventure preparation spaces and fantastic viewing platforms.  You’ll be whisked ashore on an adventure or be cruising in a Zodiac in no time!

In addition to being an ACTA member, we are also proud members of AECO (Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators) and ATTA (Adventure Travel Association). 

We are excited to welcome your clients on an adventure of a lifetime. 

For more information about our products and services please visit our website: 

For agent booking enquiries please email or phone 1800-826-8150 Ext 2. 

Kind Regards,

Ross Avenell
Inside Sales Trade Executive - The Americas