The sleek, modern design of this new boat, combined with its cutting-edge features, makes it a great option for the discerning polar explorer.
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The Greg Mortimer was built in 2019, making it one of the newest polar ships in circulation around the poles. As well as using cutting-edge nautical technology, it was designed in consultation with the experienced expedition team to create one of the most practical and advanced ships in operation.
It is the first passenger ship to feature the revolutionary Ulstein X Bow, this gives the hull a curved shape increasing the foreship volume; as a result, the water gently flows over the bow, reducing the impact of, and slamming from the waves. This is particularly noticeable in helping to calm the notorious Drake passage.
The ship averages 126 passengers in 77 comfortable, stylish cabins, which are spread across 8 decks, from the Staterooms with a porthole window right up to the Captain’s suite, complete with a balcony and walk-in wardrobe.
The cutting-edge design continues with hydraulic viewing platforms that fold out for unobscured views of passing wildlife, state-of-the-art lecture facilities, and four sea-level launching platforms for the fifteen Zodiacs on board.
Depending on the voyage, several extra activities are on offer, such as kayaking, diving, climbing and ski-touring. There is also a dedicated activities platform to ensure the transition from ship to sea, or shore, is as smooth as possible.
Of the 77 cabins on the Greg Mortimer, the most ‘basic’ are the Staterooms. There are triple, double, or twin configurations, featuring a private en-suite, a porthole window, a desk, a 42-inch flat-screen TV, and a small sofa. Although the entry-level room category, it is very well appointed and nicely decorated, as you would expect from such a modern ship. Striking polar photos adorn the walls, and the light, bright colours echo the stunning shades of blue and white that you might see outside. The most numerous room type on board is the 58 Balcony Staterooms, which have three different categories; A, B, and C, which vary depending on their deck and cabin size. However, all have a private balcony measuring around 7 square metres. A stunning extra! The Junior and Captain’s suites complete the rooming list and come with extra space in the cabin and the pick of the position, giving some of the best views.
The communal areas consist of a peaceful library with floor-to-ceiling windows, the observation lounge on deck 7, a mudroom for all your wet weather gear, a spa, a sauna and gym and, of course, a well-stocked bar and friendly bartenders.
The facilities onboard include a variety of cabin types, a sauna, a gym and spa, a lecture theatre, observation decks, a library, a dining room and bars.
Hearty meals are served in the comfortable dining room, as well as tea, coffee and snacks, which are available 24 hours a day. House wine, beers and soft drinks are included with your meal, and during the Captain’s Welcome and Farewell drinks, complimentary beverages and cocktail appetisers are served, followed by a 3-course meal.
Sailing in such delicate and pristine waters as those found in the Arctic and the Antarctic means the Greg Mortimer has been designed with a number of features to ensure it leaves as little impact as possible. Firstly, it has one of the lowest polluting marine engines in the world, reducing emissions by 80% compared to traditional, tier 1 engines. Secondly, rather than a traditional anchor, which can negatively impact the sea floor, the ship has a virtual anchoring system using a combination of GPS, steering, propellers and thrusters to keep the boat in the same place.