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Demand for Greg Mortimer fueled second Aurora newbuild charter

Greg Mortimer
Aurora has had to turn some passengers away due to the 'phenomenal' interest in Greg Mortimer
Robert Halfpenny, MD of Australia’s Aurora Expeditions, confirmed an agreement with SunStone Ships for a second Ulstein X-BOW ship for delivery in 2021. In 2018, he had said a sister ship was planned, and SunStone recently firmed the newbuild order, without disclosing the charterer.

The as yet unnamed ship will be a sister to the soon-to-be launched Greg Mortimer which was named to honour the company’s celebrated mountaineer founder.

'Phenomenal' forward bookings

Halfpenny said forward bookings for Greg Mortimer have been phenomenal, with a virtually sold-out upcoming Antarctica 2019-2020 season.

He said that already 60% of capacity for the Antarctica 2020/21 season has been sold.

Another great ship

‘We have been forced to turn away some passengers who are eager to join Aurora Expeditions on board Greg Mortimer, with its revolutionary inverted bow technology, so we are delighted to offer our customers another great ship,’ he said.

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