Congratulations on booking your expedition to Antarctica!
Information for passengers travelling on board The Greg Mortimer.
We are thrilled you will be travelling on this incredible adventure to the White Continent. Here you will find additional details that we require from you, information to help you plan for your trip as well as some ideas on other destinations you might like to visit in South America either before or after your Antarctica cruise. At any time if you wish to discuss the details or your cruise or additional travel arrangements including flights, insurance, pre and post tour travel arrangements please contact your booking agent.
⬤ IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Arrival in Ushuaia or Punta Arenas
For passengers beginning in either Punta Arenas or Ushuaia, Day One of your itinerary is an arrival day. You will be met at the airport by a representative and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon you will attend a mandatory briefing that provides important information about your cruise.
Disembarkation in Ushuaia
On the day of disembarkation we highly recommend that you book your flights to depart after 12 noon. Please be aware that we will not be held responsible for the late arrival of the ship from your voyage.
Disembarkation in Punta Arenas (Fly the Drake)
For fly cruises that fly back from King George Island(South Shetland Islands) generally one night’s post cruise accommodation is included. You can fly out the next day from Punta Arenas at any time. Please check with your agent if your departure includes this post cruise accommodation.
Please note that your cruise booking may be subject to fuel surcharges should world oil prices increase significantly prior to the time of your departure. Cruise operators do attempt to factor this price into your tour cost. However, unexpected rises in the cost of marine fuel can result in a fuel surcharge that will depend on the cost of oil per barrel and the individual ship operator. By booking a tour with us, you agree that this may be the case with your booking. You will be advised of any surcharge once we have been notified of the surcharges from the cruise operator if this situation arises.
International Flights to meet your cruise
International flights to join your cruise will be available for booking approximately 11 months prior to tour departure date. Please contact your booking agent to discuss flight options available for your travel arrangements. Please see below for some suggestions on pre and post cruise itinerary options in South America.
Travel insurance is compulsory for all travellers and policy details must be provided prior to your final documentation being issued. We strongly recommend you obtain a policy for the level of cover at the time of booking you are comfortable with ensuring it meets our minimum guidelines. For more information on Travel Insurance please refer to the Antarctica Travellers Guide below or contact your booking agent.
Terms and Conditions
By making the booking, he or she has read and has agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions. Please click HERE to view.
International Maritime Regulations require that we create a manifest for each expedition, to fulfill our obligation certain information is required. You will be required to complete a medical form (follow the link below) and 8 to 10 months prior to cruise departure our reservations department will send you another Personal form link to be completed.
Each passenger aboard our Antarctic and Arctic expeditions will receive an expedition jacket when you board the ship. Designed exclusively for Aurora Expeditions, the 2-in-1 jacket offers sophisticated expedition-styling and both the inner and outer jacket include all of the important features for travelling to the polar regions, complete with an included ‘drop seat’ allowing for additional comfort when sitting in Zodiacs. Your expedition jacket is designed to be worn over your essential base layers and provides a versatile layering system suitable for the conditions to be encountered on our polar expeditions.
Your jacket will be ready and waiting for you in your cabin when you board your expedition.
We also loan you a pair of rubber boots for you to use during the voyage. They are great for getting in and out of Zodiacs and are plenty warm with a good pair of thermal socks.
⬤ OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
The following activities are available on selected voyages. Please see below for more information. Contact your booking agents to check availability and pricing:
-Kayaking in the far-flung corners of the world is an experience guaranteed to refresh your soul. Paddling in small groups, you will glide between ice flows, brash ice and icebergs dotted with wildlife. Previous kayaking experience is required. Limited availability. Price dependent on your voyage, please contact your booking agent for price and availability. See below for more information.
-Snowshoeing is a 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.
Antarctica Camping is included on all departures subject to weather
-Photography Work Shops- on selected expeditions specialised photography programs and workshops for both amateurs and more experienced photographers are offered.
Limited availability. Price dependent on your voyage, please contact your booking agent for price and availability. See below for more information.
-Antarctica Camping is available on select departures subject to weather. Please discuss with your agent.
⬤ RESOURCES & CRUISE EXTENSIONS
We have some additional resources to help you prepare for your upcoming trip to Antarctica, as well as some excellent itinerary ideas to explore South America pre or post your cruise.