The grand stories of heroic polar expeditions are also, in many ways, the stories of solo travellers. Great polar explorers often joined expeditions with little or no knowledge of their companions. They would meet on the dock on the departure date, committed to sharing one another’s company for the next six or 12 months, sometimes longer, for better or worse. It was a risk, but the friendships forged on these expeditions were profound and often lasting.
For adventurous solo travellers today, the prospect of venturing into the polar regions continues to hold great allure. Feeling the rush of icy air whisk past as you ride a Zodiac towards an ice-littered shore. The first glimpse of a penguin colony, the gentle sound of their call. The warm camaraderie born of shared experience in wild places. Setting foot on the Antarctic continent for the very first time.
These unforgettable experiences are just some of the reasons that polar expedition cruising is experiencing significant growth across the industry. Research conducted by CLIA’s expedition working group suggests that the expedition cruise sector will grow by 30 per cent by 2022, and cruising is well known as a popular choice for solo travellers across all age groups.
Australian-owned expedition cruising company Aurora Expeditions has become known as a leader in adventurous travel to some of the most sublime, remote places on earth. With deep roots in small-group travel to the polar regions, Aurora Expeditions leads intrepid adventurers to wild places, many of them inaccessible by land. Passengers witness wildlife and landscapes seldom seen, and participate in a range of optional activities such as sea kayaking and diving to bring them ever closer to nature. In November 2019, Aurora Expeditions is launching the Greg Mortimer, a purpose-built expedition ship boasting custom-designed amenities specifically for expedition cruising, and unparalleled environmental credentials.
Historically, cruise travel has been tailored to couples and families, with solo travellers subjected to prohibitive single supplements. At Aurora Expeditions, we encourage solo travellers to join us, mingle with other like-minded adventurers and continue the legacy of solo polar travellers. Our small ship lends itself to friendly, informal encounters, and shared experiences in the natural world foster genuine connections over memories that will last a lifetime.
Travellers may join the expedition alone, but they will surely depart with a group of expedition companions, maybe even friends for life.
The Aurora Expeditions solo traveller programme offers a ‘no single supplement’ option for those willing to share with a cabin mate of the same gender on all voyages, and for a limited time only they are waiving their single supplement for sole use of a cabin on a select range of diverse voyages: West Greenland Explorer (departing 18 May 2020), Arctic Discovery (departing 31 August 2020), Iceland, Greenland and East Canada (departing 23 September 2020) & Patagonia and Chilean Fjords (departing 2 April 2020)*
*T&Cs apply – offer expires 30th Sept 2019 or until sold out, whichever comes first. Offer valid on voyages indicated above for Aurora Stateroom or Balcony Stateroom C cabins only and is not combinable with any other offer. See website for full terms and conditions.