Greg Mortimer


Cruise line
Aurora Expeditions (Small Cruise Lines)

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Greg Mortimer Review and Specifications

Specifications of Greg Mortimer

Year built 2019 new ship
Builder China Merchants Heavy Industry (Shanghai, China)
Class ice-strengthened expedition ship
Owner SunStone Ships Inc
Operator Aurora Expeditions
Speed 15 kn / 28 kph / 17 mph
Length (LOA) 104 m / 341 ft
Beam (width) 18 m / 59 ft
Cabins 95
Christened by tba

Review of Greg Mortimer

MS Greg Mortimer is an ice-class 1A expedition cruise ship with scheduled launch in 2019. The vessel is owned by SunStone Ships and operated under charter by Aurora Expeditions. The patented ULSTEIN X-BOW design is one of its unusual for expedition ship features, The vessel also utilises the latest technologies in naval engeneering.

Greg Mortimer cruise ship

Specializing in Arctic and Antarctica expedition cruising, Aurora Expeditions has worked with US-based shipowner SunStone Ships Inc to construct a custom-designed vessel that remains true to the ethos of the company of pioneering intimate experiences and adventures with nature.

With the highest for passenger vessel ice-class 1A (Polar Class 6 / PC 6), Greg Mortimer complies with the latest polar code specifications, offering unprecedented levels of safety and environmental protection. Exclusively designed for polar cruises, the vessel allows Aurora Expeditions to continue to provide the company's authentic, top quality small-ship travel experience.

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Aurora Expeditions is among the pioneers of polar expedition cruising and a leading adventure travel company on the Australian market. The company was one of the first to introduce cruise ship tourists to numerous remote destinations in the polar regions. Established in 1991, in 2008 the company was sold and the new owners remained true to the original expedition spirit. Initially offering small-group cruises to Antarctica, Aurora Expeditions has since operated expedition voyages in Norway's Svalbard Islands, Russia's Far East, Greenland, Papua New Guinea and Amazon River.

In 2014 was inaugurated the Alaska's Inside Passage itineraries and also launched land-river-sea expeditions in Ecuador (northwestern South America). In 2015, the cruise line finished its first African expedition cruisetour with a luxury safari cruise along Chobe River in Botswana. For polar operations, Aurora Expeditions charters the ice-strengthened Polar Pioneer (fka Akademik Schuleykin), as well as the Russian research ships Spirit of Enderby (aka Professor Khromov) and Akademik Shokalskiy.

Vessel technology

The major advantage of ULSTEIN X-BOW is the ability to pierce waves with improved stability in comparison to the traditional bow design. X-BOW vessels are less subject to vertical motions (induced by waves, continuing on course smoothly while maintaining high speeds. The Greg Mortimer ship's engines uses less fuel, so it also reduces air emissions and fuel consumption.

Greg Mortimer cruise ship

The ship is equipped with the latest propulsion and return-to-port systems. It also has top-notch dynamic positioning technology - computer-controlled systems allowing automatic maintenance of the vessel's position through its own propulsion units (thrusters and propellers). This allows stable floating while maintaining the necessary stability for launching watercraft - and without using anchors.

Aurora Expeditions’ newest ship makes access to nature much more easier and offers guests a more comfortable experience along with dedicated observation decks and outdoor viewing areas. It provides better adventure ship travel opportunities via a custom-designed platform for seakayaking, snorkeling and scuba diving. A fleet of small-sized Zodiacs (inflatable boats) are used for passenger transportation between the ship and land. The aft-located Zodiac loading platform also allows easy boarding. The ship has two lifeboats (full passenger capacity) and spacious Sun Deck used for both relaxation and wildlife viewing.


On January 22, 2018, Aurora Expedition officially announced the new ship's full polar cruise itinerary program for the vessel's inaugural season 2019-2020.

The "Inaugural Cruise" to Antarctica was scheduled for October 2019. Follow a total of 20 voyages (season 2019-2020) which itineraries visit Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia Island (UK) and The Falklands, as well as the located in the Arctic Ocean Svalbard (Norway), Jan Mayen Island (Norway), Franz Josef Land (Russia), East Greenland, Iceland.

Greg Mortimer wiki

  • The cruise ship's name honours Greg Mortimer (born 1952) - Aurora Expeditions company's co-founder (together with his wife Margaret Mortimer). He is best known as one of the first Australians to climb Mt Everest without oxygen (in October 1984).
  • MS Greg Mortimer is the first in a series of all 4 expedition cruise vesssels. On March 16, 2017, SunStone Ships Inc signed the 4-ship building agreement with the Hong Kong-nased company "China Merchants Industry Holdings" (abbrev CMIH) for construction of the 4 expedition vessels, with the option for additional 6 ships of the same series. SunStone is the world's largest (by tonnage) shipowner chartering exclusively expedition vessels to the cruise travel industry.
  • The company CMIH is a subsidiary of China Merchants Group (among country's largest groups of companies). Following the contract with SunStone Ships, CMIH signed an agreement with the Norwegian company Ulstein Design (part of Ulstein Group, headquartered in Ulsteinvik Norway) to supply the new cruise ship’s design and equipment package, and also to supervise the shipbuilding project (at the shipyard in Shenzhen). For the ship's hotel design was contracted the Florida (USA)-based company Tomas Tillberg Design International (specializing in passenger vessel design).
  • CMIH also signed an agreement with the Finnish company "IS Makinen Inc" to pre-fabricate the vessels' cabins, wet units and interior public spaces. For this purpose, Makinen established a cabin assembly plant and an interior workshop facility at the shipbuilding yard in China.
  • The project's shipbuilder is the subsidiary company "China Merchants Heavy Industry" (shipyard near Shanghai). The 4-ship order value was not disclosed. The vessel of the series (Greg Mortimer) was scheduled for delivery in August 2019, followed by one vessel every 6 months after.
  • The ship is powered by 4x "Wartsila 20" diesel engines (two 6-cylinder plus two 8-cylinder) running on HFO (heavy fuel oil). The 6-cylinder engines are fitted with the exhaust gas cleaning system "Wartsila NOR" (NOx gas reducing technology). The engines were scheduled for delivery in January 2018. The Greg Mortimer ship officially enters service in September 2019.
  • The vessel is the first of all 10 sister-ships (of the same class / design) to be built in China for the shipowner SunStone Ships.

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