The Greg Mortimer is the first, of potentially ten, polar expedition cruise vessels for the U.S based SunStone Ships to be built at the CMHI yard, China. The vessels have been designed and developed by Norway-based Ulstein Design & Solutions together with the ship’s owner and their client, Aurora Expeditions. The vessel is the first expedition cruise ship to incorporate Ulstein’s patented X-BOW innovation, a bow hull design which leads to a smoother and more comfortable journey in head seas. Less resistance in waves means that less fuel is needed to cut through the waves, hence a lower environmental footprint.
All vessels in the INFINITY Class will be customized to each client, as is also the case with the Greg Mortimer. Aurora’s team experts have been closely involved in the ship project, to ensure the best possible expedition vessel for their purpose and itineraries. The Greg Mortimer is is a 104-metre ship built to Polar Class 6 standards for venturing in cold waters. She boasts 80 passenger cabins with private bathrooms and balconies. Other facilities include a restaurant and a bar, a lecture room, a lounge, a 180-degree indoor observation deck and outdoor viewing areas. After a long day venturing on the ice, the passengers can choose to retreat to the ship’s gymnasium, sauna and spa or one of the two Jacuzzis. The vessel has been delivered and is all set for her first Antarctica venture.