Seasickness might one day become a thing of the past. As a matter of fact, if the X-Bow ship keeps its promise of reducing wave motion, its introduction will revolutionize the cruising industry and will drastically enhance the guests’ cruising experience. This first X-Bow ship designed and built by Ulstein, a Norway-based shipbuilder is unlike any other ship. Indeed, instead of moving up and down as it travels through the waves, this innovative ship “pierces” the waves, dispersing its energy to the sides of the hull. This technology is meant to nearly eliminate the rocking motion that causes seasickness for some guests.
Greg Mortimer is the first ship of its kind to have been introduced by Aurora Expeditions. It was named after the first Australians to climb Mount Everest and left the port of Ushuaia on October 31 for its maiden voyage. Specialized in Antarctica, where cruise passage can experience rough waters, it felt natural for Aurora Expeditions to give the new ship a try. Indeed, the Drake Passage, between South America and Antarctica, is an essential crossing on any cruise to this part of the world. However, it is also known for being one of the toughest crossings in the world. With the acquisition of this ship, Aurora Expeditions is confident that their guests will enjoy an incomparably smoth Antarctica experience.
Determined to minimize their impact on the delicate, protected Antarctic region, the ship welcomes only 100 guests per voyage. All meals are served in the single seating onboard restaurant where guests and crew mingle and dine all together. This makes for a very intimate, warm, and friendly adventure, but also gives you a better chance to know the crew and get their insights into your adventure.