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Founded by legendary adventurer Greg Mortimer, expert Expedition Teams have been sharing their knowledge and understanding of some of the most remote and unspoiled destinations on the planet—Antarctica, the Arctic, and beyond. On an expedition, Aurora follows the experience, so the purpose-built small ships, Zodiacs, and immersive activities can take you to undiscovered areas. Their Discovery voyages take you to the heart of nature and are full of adventure as well as history and cultural experiences.

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What if I have had a blended vaccine?
If you have had a blended vaccine, please contact Aurora Expeditions to discuss your vaccination program.

What proof of vaccine certifications will be accepted and how do I send Aurora my proof?
Full vaccinations must occur four weeks prior to the embarkation date of the voyage and proof of vaccination will be required to be provided to Aurora Expeditions in advance of the voyage via email. Digital certificates or pdf vaccine certificates can be sent via email once you have been fully vaccinated. Additionally, guests will be required to bring a printed copy of their proof of vaccination documentation to the board.
Vaccinations acceptable are those that have been approved by the CDC in the USA, the UK, and European Authorities, and these vaccines are limited to Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and AstraZeneca.

What happens if I am negative to a COVID test but traveling companion tests positive?
Prior to embarkation: If a Traveling Companion of a guest tests positive, then the guest is considered a close contact and cannot embark on the voyage.
Onboard: If your travel companion tests positive for Covid-19 onboard you are considered as close contact and will be required to quarantine in separate cabins. Close contacts will be tested for Covid-19 as well as followed by daily health checks and screening.

Is the air onboard safe?
Both of the ships in our fleet have ultra-modern systems that include 100% fresh air in every cabin – guest and crew. There is no recirculation of air throughout our ships.
Given how new our ships are, all of the cabins have their own unique air conditioning and filtration system.

Will these new health & safety protocols have a negative impact on my usual travel experience?
As part of our commitment to ensure that we are doing small ship expedition travel in the safest and most enjoyable way possible, every aspect of the Aurora Expeditions Health and Safety Program has been strengthened to protect against COVID-19. These carefully considered measures will be precisely followed while also ensuring our guests will continue to have every opportunity to fully experience every part of expedition cruising. A key component of this industry-leading Health & Safety Program is the adoption of break-through rapid onsite PCR testing, the highest level of pre-cruising preventative measures, and a robust Response Plan and protocols onboard designed to bring peace of mind to all of our guests that their health and safety is in qualified hands and that a small ship expedition experience will be enjoyed to the fullest with Aurora Expeditions.

Will pool/jacuzzies/gym/Spa be open?
Our Spa, jacuzzies, pool, and gym will be open, you will also be able to get massages. When using the gym we ask all guests to wipe the machines and equipment after they have used them. The frequency of cleaning and sanitization onboard has been increased in all public spaces with disinfectants with proven effectiveness. The Spa will only be available to guests who are traveling together.

How will landings be kept safe? How many pax in a Zodiac etc?
Our expeditions are spent in the remote wide open spaces and face masks may be required to be worn in accordance with current public health recommendations. Our zodiacs will be driven with 10 guests per zodiac. In each landing, our guests will be accompanied by a medic.

How long does it take to get the PCR test results from the lab (or onboard)?
We will be able to test everyone onboard prior to disembarkation. We will prioritize PCR tests based on flight times. We have the onboard capability to test all guests and provide a result in a 24 hour period.

Will guests be able to visit the bridge?
We have carefully considered the health and safety measures to ensure our guests will continue to enjoy the expedition experience to the fullest. Aurora Expeditions is committed to ensuring the safety of crew and guests onboard the vessel. It is unlikely that we will allow our guests bridge access during this season, as always our open bridge policy will be at the discretion of the Captain.


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