Greg Mortimer

The 104-metre expedition cruise ship has been built to Polar Class 6 standards, with 80 passenger cabins with private bathrooms and balconies. The facilities include a restaurant and bar, a lecture room, a lounge, a 180-degree indoor observation deck, outdoor viewing areas, a gymnasium, sauna and spa.

Vessel type




Built by

China Merchants Heavy Industry (CMHI), China



Owned by

SunStone Ships Inc

Designed by

Ulstein Design & Solutions AS

Ordered by

SunStone Ships Inc

Operated by

Aurora Expeditions

IMO Number


Principal dimensions

104.4 m
18.4 m
Draught (max):
5.3 m
Speed (max):
15.5 kn

Note: Subject to selected variant configuration


DWT approx (draught 5.1m):
1,000 t
DWT approx (draught 5.3 m):
1,450 t


  • 1A, Passenger Ship, POLAR CAT-B, +HULL, +MACH, INWATERSURVEY, Polar Class 6, ICE CLASS IA, Comf-Noise-Pax 1, Comf-Noise-Crew 3, CLEANSHIP, AUT-UMS, MON-SHAFT, LI-HG-S2, SEEMP, Unrestricted Navigation, SRP

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Ship history

6 September 2019: Australia-based polar adventure cruise company Aurora Expeditions named its first purpose-built, ice-class expedition ship 'Greg Mortimer' in honour of the company’s founder in a combined naming and delivery ceremony at the CMHI Haimen base on 6 September 2019.

The expedition vessel, ordered by US-based company SunStone Ships at China Merchant Industry Holdings, will also be the first to use Ulstein Group’s X-BOW® hull design, which has a tapered fore ship shape so it can pierce waves of all heights. This reduces pitching and bow impact loads in rough seas, preventing the vessel from rising on the waves and dropping heavily onto the water’s surface as it would with a traditional bulbous bow. It also takes less fuel for the vessel to cut through the waves, reducing fuel costs and energy use.

Other highlights will include a custom-designed platform for kayakers and divers, a dedicated sea-level Zodiac loading platform, and a mud room for climbers and skiers. Side ports located on the port and starboard sides of the vessel facilitate the loading and offloading of four Zodiacs at the same time. A boarding area offers quick and safe access to the kayaks.

2018, 16 March: Steel cutting ceremony
2018, 12 June: Keel laying ceremony
2019, 12 March: Launching ceremony
2019, July: Sea trial
2019, 6 September: Delivery ceremony
2019, 30 October: Naming
2019, 31 October: Maiden voyage

Starting in Q4 2019, the 'Greg Mortimer' will hit the open waters of Antarctica and the European Arctic. It's not just the X-BOW® that makes this ship stand out from the rest of the Aurora Expeditions fleet. Here are some other features to look out for:

  • Observation decks that offer a range of views out to the spectacular panoramic scenery
  • Hydraulic platforms bringing the passengers closer to the action from the comfort of the ship
  • State-of-the-art lecture rooms for informative talks and briefings
  • Dedicated zodiac docks which make loading and unloading easier than ever
  • On-board changing room/mudroom for storing outdoor clothing and gumboots after an adventure
  • Restaurant and bar serving up a delicious daily menu
  • Relaxed staterooms ranging from porthole to balcony categories

The passengers will be able to also enjoy a number of activities during the voyage, using the ship as their base. This includes:

  • Sea kayaking
  • Diving and snorkelling
  • Snowshoeing
  • Ski touring
  • Climbing
  • South Georgia alpine crossing
  • Camping
  • Photography workshops

Please contact us for more information

Lars Ståle Skoge, commercial director at Ulstein Design & Solutions AS
Lars Ståle Skoge

Commercial director

Tel: +47 915 81 226