Global, Arctic & Antarctic Cruises
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From Aurora Expeditions – Wishing you a festive season full of joy, laughter and happy moments spent with friends and family! We thank you and look forward to a new year full of exciting new possibilities and adventures.
Happy Holidays from all of us at Aurora Expeditions.
An Australian-owned expedition company, the Aurora Expeditions is an award-winning expedition Arctic & Antarctic Cruise company that’s celebrating its 30th anniversary year. Aurora Expeditions is a pioneer in Polar Expeditions and is genuinely committed to environmentally responsible travel. They are committed to preserving the beauty and majesty that mother nature possesses, and they take actual actions for the care of the planet. In fact, Aurora Expeditions was genuinely endowed with the guiding origins of adventure and unlimited exploration. For example, their small ship experience is intimate and friendly, where they take guests on perspective-altering adventures to amazingly distant locations and incredible places on earth.
We are excited to have the first passenger vessels to incorporate the Ulstein X-BOW hull to deliver a “smoother” experience in rough seas.Insider Tip
Explore endlessly with Aurora Expeditions. With an average of 120-130 guests on each voyage, the atmosphere is intimate and friendly and allows you to make the most of your time at sea.
Embark on the expedition of a lifetime, on an Aurora Expeditions voyage, and return home with the most incredible memories captured on camera.
By having a team of award-winning professional photographers onboard Aurora Expeditions, each of their expeditions will inspire, guide, and assist guests. This means that every guest – from smartphone user to semi-professional shooter – can benefit from their experts’ deep professional knowledge; picking up tips, learning new skills, and taking some awe-inspiring photos.
Imagine experiencing the magnificent fjords of the Arctic, the remarkable and unique wildlife of Antarctica (with the largest king penguin colonies on earth located in the Subantarctic Islands), or the unexpected marvels of their many incredible global destinations – with every minute providing you the opportunity to capture unforgettable memories.
Aurora Expeditions expert photographers provide special lectures and presentations as well as tips and tricks to help guests improve their skills behind the lens, so you will be taking snaps of extraordinary moments in no time!
The wild world awaits
Dreaming of an epic excursion to spot polar bears in Svalbard or a once-in-a-lifetime voyage through the Northwest Passage? Set out on a small-ship adventure with Aurora Expeditions to explore some of the planet’s most hidden and spectacular corners, with more time off ship and plenty of opportunities to step off the beaten path. You’ll explore further aboard purpose-built expedition ships that take you to places larger ships cannot go. And when you book your adventure through your NorthStar Virtuoso travel advisor, you’ll save up to 20 percent and receive a $250 shipboard credit on 2023 Arctic and Global expeditions.
Svalbard in Depth – Round-trip from Longyearbyen, Svalbard and Jan Mayen
15 Days | Departs June 26, 2023
Virtuoso Aurora Stateroom Superior fares FROM $12,956 per person
Virtuoso exclusive benefit: $250 shipboard credit per person
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Complete Northwest Passage – Toronto, Ontario, Canada to Anchorage, Alaska, USA
30 Days | Departs August 24, 2023
Virtuoso Balcony Stateroom fares FROM $31,516 per person
Virtuoso exclusive benefit: $250 shipboard credit per person
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Explore Exotic West Papua
Save, not one, but two new offers
Have you been dreaming of a truly transformative, exciting and immersive getaway? Aurora Expeditions invites you on their all-new expedition to West Papua aboard the brand-new ship the Sylvia Earle. On this small-ship adventure, guests will discover the remarkable landscapes of Raja Ampat, home to arguably the most diverse marine life in the world.
For sure, you will have the chance to explore the wonders of the Coral Triangle and Misool Marine Reserve – included in Dr. Sylvia Earle’s list of Hope Spots, ‘special places that are scientifically identified as critical to the health of the ocean.’
Here, you will immerse yourself in the picture-postcard scenery, both above and below the water, and encounter a natural treasure widely considered the ‘Amazon of the Seas,’ where six out of the seven species of sea turtles can be found! With 75 percent of the world’s coral species and over 1,500 species of tropical fish found here, it is a paradise for divers and snorkelers.
- Experience the world’s most biodiverse marine ecosystems
- Swim amongst whale sharks in Cenderawasih Marine National Park
- Search for endemic Birds-of-Paradise in Arfak Mountains
- Explore impressive Fort Belgica – one of the largest remaining European forts in Indonesia – on Banda Neira
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Raja Ampat & West Papua Islands
Sep 21 – Oct 4, 2022 | 14 Days
Raja Ampat and the nearby islands of the Indonesian archipelago are a melting pot of culture, history and nature, which guests can now explore with two fantastic savings:
- Save up to 20% off*, with fares starting from $10,956/pp for Balcony Stateroom Category B
Or, go solo & save!^ – offering no single supplements to solo travelers on this expedition.
*Terms & Conditions apply. Normal booking terms and conditions and other Terms and Conditions may apply.
^ Solo Offer: Pay no solo supplement for a single person booking (usual solo supplement is 50%). Available for new bookings only, booked by January 31, 2022 or until sold out. Valid on this Raja Ampat voyage only. Available to all markets – no exclusions. Eligible on all cabin types EXCLUDING Captain’s Suite, Junior Suites or Triple share cabins. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other discounts. Limited offer – available until allocation exhausted. Offer can be withdrawn at anytime and subject to availability.
20% Offer: Offer is only valid on new bookings and on select ship voyages only which must be booked and deposited by Dec 31, 2021. Promotion is subject to availability at the time of booking and capacity controlled. The promotion is only available in conjunction with the back to back voyage discount or the loyalty program offer, and not available with any other offer. The promotion can be withdrawn at any time and is not redeemable for cash. Prices and offers correct at time of send and subject to change.
Save up to 25% and receive an exclusive credit
Go further, discover more – Are you ready to embark on the adventure of a lifetime? A journey with Aurora Expeditions gets you up close to some of the world’s most hidden corners and curious creatures on a small-ship adventure guided by a passionate team of expedition guides. Reserve your voyage to destinations like Scotland’s remote islands, the glaciers of Svalbard, or the Russian Far East’s active volcanic islands and receive $250 shipboard credit per person plus savings of up to 25% when you book through your NorthStar Virtuoso travel advisor.
- Take your pick from a lineup of adventurous excursions, all included in your trip. More ›
- Meet local characters like playful puffins on the wild Scottish isles. More ›
- Keep a lookout for polar bears in their natural habitat in Svalbard. More ›
- Explore Russia’s Kuril Islands, a chain of active volcanoes teeming with wildlife. More ›
Explore Uncharted Horizons
20% off* Russian Far East Expeditions
Your journey awaits one of the planet’s least explored destinations to discover a region of immense natural beauty and fascinating human history – the Russian Far East.
With savings of up to 20%* on our Russian Far East expeditions, immerse yourself in the extraordinary landscapes, frozen icescapes, lava fields, and coniferous forests that make up this land of extremes.
Along the Kamchatka coast, guests experience unforgettable wildlife encounters, tread carefully on tundra sprinkled with colorful flowers and meet indigenous communities proud to welcome them to their village. In the Kuril Islands, soak your weary muscles in natural hot springs, Zodiac cruise in the shadows of volcanoes and follow the tracks in search of Kamchatka brown bears. Or why not journey high up above the Arctic Circle to visit Wrangel Island, a protected nature reserve that is home to the highest density of polar bear dens and the largest population of Pacific walrus in the world!
With 130-140 passengers onboard Aurora Expeditions purpose-built small ships, their expeditions are designed to get our clients closer to nature whilst being truly committed to respectful and environmentally responsible travel.
Get ready to go off the grid
Venture into the remote, rugged wilderness of Antarctica. Kayak past penguin rookeries, watch a leopard seal on the hunt, or set off by Zodiac™ in search of breaching whales. With an average of 130-140 guests per voyage, purpose-built expedition ships, and a comprehensive activity program, Aurora Expeditions offer truly authentic, memorable experiences.
Embark on a life-changing adventure and receive up to 25% off fares, plus an exclusive Northstar Virtuoso benefit of $250 shipboard credit per person.
- Feel the exhilaration of exploring Antarctica’s icy waters right from your ship designed for discovery. More ›
- Learn how to capture the perfect shot of penguins, seals, whales, and other native wildlife. More ›
- Marvel at this remarkable gallery of ice sculptures that seem to float atop the ocean. More ›
- See massive icebergs below the surface during this once-in-a-lifetime experience. More ›
Chance for Exclusive Virtuoso Benefits
As pioneers in polar expeditions, Aurora Expeditions knows how to guide guests on truly exceptional, perspective-altering voyages.
They specialize in small-ship adventures averaging 130-140 guests, and their brand-new ships are designed for discovery. This makes these ships perfect for exploring small coves, bays, and inlets, taking guests to locations inaccessible to larger vessels.
Are you looking for a next-level experience closer to nature, particularly in one of the most remote and rugged destinations on our planet, then Aurora Expeditions can take you on the adventure of a lifetime!
Last Chance for Exclusive Virtuoso Offers
Call you NorthStar Advisor and learn more about what makes Aurora Expeditions so special, their ships, and their itineraries. Aurora Expeditions’ upcoming season of voyages has been expanded with 16 new and innovative itineraries and several returning favorites.
Expeditions into the Wild: the Arctic and the British Isles
What is your Deam Advernture?
Adventure is the name of the game with Aurora and our clients’ adventure can be as active as they want it to be. On an Aurora Expeditions voyage, guests can explore the verdant landscapes of Scotland, the geological marvels of the Arctic, or the dramatic coastlines of Ireland, with savings of up to $7,638 per cabin*.
Aurora Expeditions want you to enjoy an intimate and friendly atmosphere with around 130-140 guests, as you journey to remote and rugged destinations filled with ancient history and abundant wildlife. Their ships are designed for discovery, allowing for incomparable up-close encounters and easy exploration.
Plus, with great savings of up to $7,638 per cabin*, there’s never been a better time to book your expeditions to the Arctic and the British Isles!
Top 10 reasons to explore Alaska with Aurora Expeditions
With only 130-140 guests per voyage, Aurora Expeditions’ small-ship voyages are the best ways to explore the real Alaska – hands-on, in-depth experiences venturing to remote areas others can’t.
Their authentic expeditions allow guests to escape the crowds and immerse themselves in this spectacular region with unique itineraries, a world-class expedition team, and one of the most comprehensive activity programs. From guided hikes, zodiac cruising, kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, and stand-up paddleboarding – their expeditions can be as active as guests desire.
Aurora Expeditions’ small-ship expeditions allow greater flexibility to maximize encounters with wildlife, and provide us greater access to small coves and inlets inaccessible to larger ships.
Here are their top 10 reasons why we want you to travel to Alaska with Aurora Expeditions. Plus with savings of up to $9,547* per cabin on 2022 Alaska expeditions, there’s never been a better time to book!
- 1. Unique itineraries that take you to less trodden destinations
- 2. Escape the crowds with access to smaller ports that are inaccessible by larger ships
- 3. Authentic and alluring experience that allows you to be absorbed by your surroundings and the spirit of adventure
- 4. Ships designed for discovery with the ease of hopping on and off via our team designed activity pontoon
- 5. One of the most comprehensive activities programs so you can explore more
- 6. Aurora Expeditions small ship difference – make lifelong friends
- 7. More inclusions give you the freedom to enjoy the experience
- 8. World-class expedition team
- 9. Comfortable and friendly onboard atmosphere
- 10. Your chance to be a Citizen Scientist
Are you all about taking the plunge into extraordinary travel? Then we invite you to explore Antarctica in 2022 with Aurora Expeditions as a solo traveler.
Don’t we all live for those incredible moments of discovery! Aurora Expeditions small groups (averaging 130-140 guests) and friendly environment mean that making new connections is easy, all whilst discovering some of the most awe-inspiring places on earth.
Whether exploring a geological marvel, enjoying a guided wildlife walk or reaching a summit on the continent of Antarctica, guests will thrive on the challenge alongside a small group of like-minded travel companions who share a passion for the natural world and a lust for adventure.
And now, for a limited time, Aurora Expeditions is offering no single supplements to solo travelers on select Antarctic 2022 expeditions*.
Experience once-in-a-lifetime voyage to Antarctica
An expedition to Antarctica is an incredible experience you will treasure forever. Take kayak past penguin rookeries or under soaring bird cliffs, feel the thrill of watching a leopard seal on the hunt, or set off by Zodiac™ in search of breaching whales.
For 30 years, Aurora Expeditions has explored endlessly. And with an average 120-132 passengers per voyage, an unrivaled array of activities, and ships designed for discovery, you will discover more and make the most of your time exploring.
Plus, for a limited time, Northstar Virtuoso guests will receive a bonus $50 shipboard credit for a total of $300 to spend on board when booking by October 15, 2021. This is on top of 10% savings on Antarctica 2021/22 voyages! Learn More >
Ignite your passion for adventure with $250 shipboard credit and
up to 25% Early Bird savings on your next voyage.
Now you have the opportunity to explore endlessly with the ultimate small-ship experience on Aurora Expeditions. Recently becoming one of Virtuoso’s newest cruise partners and celebrating their 30th anniversary, Aurora Expeditions’ adventurous, authentic expeditions deliver next-level travel experiences in the most remote and fascinating destinations on the planet. Enjoy access to an unrivaled array of immersive activities, an experienced expedition team, and an exclusive $250 shipboard credit/ pp.
Sylvia Earle • 9 Days
Departs May 4, 2022
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our clients to travel with Dr. Sylvia Earle (the ship’s namesake) and explore the wonders of the islands of the Gulf of California. Hike across desert plains and among coastal cactus forests, ascending to vantage points to soak up splendid views of crescent-shaped bays and be spoiled by the Sea of Cortez’s best snorkeling and diving experiences.
VIRTUOSO EXCLUSIVE BENEFIT: $250 shipboard credit per person
Save up to 20% with Early Bird offer.
Sylvia Earle • 17Days
Departs June 22, 2022
Explore the rugged Alaskan Peninsula coast, where deeply incised fjords give access to glaciers tumbling from icefields high above. Brown bears, whales, dolphins, and seals are but some that call this coast home, and wildlife only increases as you traverse the Aleutians – a 1900-km chain of 14 large volcanic islands and 55 smaller ones that form the Pacific Rim of Fire’s northern arc. This area has amazing biodiversity, including caribou, sea otters, Steller sea lions, orca, and gray whales.
VIRTUOSO EXCLUSIVE BENEFIT: $250 shipboard credit per person
Save up to 25% with Early Bird offer.
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Aurora Expeditions Ships
The Greg Mortimer
Built in 2019, the Greg Mortimer was named after their co-founder, utilizes some of the latest advancements in naval design & technology to revolutionize 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 center, jacuzzi, a mudroom and many other amenities.
The New Sylvia Earle
Due to sail in November 2021 our new ship the Sylvia Earle honors the highly accomplished marine biologist, oceanographer and explorer, Dr. Sylvia Earle.
Like the Greg Mortimer ship, the Sylvia Earle also features the revolutionary Ulstein X-Bow® for faster, smoother sailing and contains a unique glass atrium lounge inside the bow for stunning panoramic views. The ship also features a heated swimming pool and jacuzzi, where you can admire impressive scenery while watching the world go by from the top deck.