The AE Expeditions Difference

AE Expeditions (part of AE Expeditions) is an award-winning, Australian-owned expedition cruise company that has been pioneering polar travel for over 32 years. Founded on the guiding principles of adventure and endless exploration, our world-class Expedition Team facilitates perspective-altering experiences in some of the most remote and incredible places on earth, with a range of classic expeditions, discovery voyages and treks to choose from in Antarctica, the Arctic and beyond.

Our purpose-built new ships, the Greg Mortimer and the Sylvia Earle, were designed for discovery, carrying a maximum of 132 passengers. Travelling in small groups means that, unlike on larger ships, you can join every excursion, with more opportunities to explore the natural world and participate in unique activities including kayaking, snorkelling and diving.

AE Expeditions is deeply committed to environmentally respectful travel to preserve the natural world’s beauty and majesty, by taking real actions for the care of the planet. Through education and enrichment, we seek to create lifelong ambassadors for the planet. 
This has always been our purpose, and it’s what sets us apart.

Our Top Activities

Take your photography to the next level with the world’s best photography experts. Regardless of your skill level, learn how to capture the wildest and most pristine destinations and leave with more than just memories.
Sea Kayaking
Led by an experienced Kayak Guide, paddle between brash ice and icebergs of all shapes and sizes, absorbing the majestic scenery as it unfolds before you. Keep your camera on-hand for unforgettable encounters with penguins, seals, whales, seals and orcas.
Wildlife Watching
Our ships are designed to put you in connection with the environment. Watch for playful whales and seals from panoramic observation lounges or out on deck, or get closer to the action in a Zodiac. Naturalists will be on hand to answer any questions you have about wildlife you encounter.
Experience Antarctica in a completely new dimension, witnessing wildlife and scenery unlike any other place on earth. Led by an expert Snorkel Guide, marvel at beautiful sculpted icebergs below the water, watch penguins and seals in their underwater playground, and diverse witness marine life such as crustaceans, isopods and starfish.
Informative Lectures
When you travel with Aurora, you leave richer for the experience. Whether you’re enjoying a guided hike, Zodiac cruise, special activity or joining the team in the lecture theatre, our Expedition Team offers enriching, educational and entertaining presentations about the places we visit.
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Scuba Diving in Antarctica
The select group of daring adventurers who choose to explore the mysterious underwater world of Antarctica will have unbeatable experiences and stories to share and cherish. Led by an experienced Divemaster, marvel at brightly coloured coral, uncover historic shipwrecks and more.
Zodiac Cruises
Experienced drivers will help you get closer to the incredible scenery and wildlife on a Zodiac cruise. Manoeuvre to the dazzling beauty of grounded icebergs, leopard seals lazing on ice floes, busy penguin rookeries and even whales, for incredible photo opportunities.
Polar Plunge
The Polar Plunge is an ice-bath experience like no other, a time-worn tradition and a celebrated (but optional!) rite of passage for polar travellers. While it's not for everyone, it is a truly unique experience jumping into the ocean surrounded by icebergs.
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Explore further and dive into an extraordinary adventures by downloading our latest brochures, or call us now to speak to one of our friendly Reservations Consultants.
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Dream & Discover Antarctica

Embark on an epic adventure with USD $2,000 air credit and up to 20% off*!

Dreaming of distant coastlines and diving headfirst into adventure? Unleash your inner explore on an incredible small-ship expedition to the furthest reaches of our planet – the fabled white continent. Turn your dreams into reality with more ways than ever to explore Antarctica, including fly/sail options, brand-new itineraries, immersive itineraries that push the boundaries of exploration, and added extras crafted to make your adventure truly extraordinary. 

Book now to unlock added extras, including $2,000 air credit per person* in addition to up to 20% off* select Antarctic expeditions.

2023-24 Antarctica

Unleash your inner explorer in Antarctica this season and enjoy added extras, including USD $2,000 air credit per person* and up to 15% off* select voyages. Embrace your spirit of adventure on a classic expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula, cross the Antarctic Circle into the ice-choked Weddell Sea, or fall in love with the enigmatic Subantarctic Islands.

2024-25 Antarctica

Lock in your 2024-25 Antarctica adventure and enjoy added extras, including USD $2,000 air credit per person* and up to 20% off* select voyages. Discover new itineraries that celebrate the spirit of polar exploration, following in legendary explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton's footsteps, or retrace Darwin's fabled journey through the Chilean Fjords.

Destination Antarctica

For Snorkelling & Diving Guide Edwin Sargent, Antarctica never loses its magic; each return is an encounter with the unknown. It’s a place where you can disconnect from the noise of the outside world, immersed in the beauty of the ice, wildlife and the ever-changing landscapes.

A place where people become present with each other, forging connections that last a lifetime. Antarctica’s magnitude is impossible to convey, you just have to experience it for yourself. Let Antarctica redefine your sense of wonder.

Dream & Discover the Arctic & Beyond

Embark on a thrilling odyssey in 2024 with air credit and up to 20% off*!

Embark on the adventure of a lifetime in some of the wildest, most remote and pristine corners of the planet, including Greenland, Svalbard, the Northwest Passage, Iceland, Patagonia or Latin America. Make 2024 your year to uncover the Arctic’s mysteries, with a range of exclusive extras that add an extra layer of excitement to your expedition.

Book now to unlock added extras, including air credit* and up to 20% off* select 2024 Arctic expeditions and hand-picked Global adventures. 

2024 Arctic: Greenland, Northwest Passage, Svalbard & Iceland

Uncover the Arctic's mysteries in 2024 and enjoy added extras, including up to GBP £2,000 air credit per person* and up to 20% off* select voyages. Whether you choose to cruise the incomparable glaciers of Greenland or visit Svalbard for its captivating geology, the Arctic offers unparalleled encounters with the natural world at its most untamed.

2024 Global

Our 2024 Global season is full of life changing adventures in unique destinations across the globe. Explore above and below the water in Costa Rica and Panama, or immerse yourself in jaw-dropping scenery in Patagonia. For a limited time, enjoy added extras including up to GBP £1,200 air credit per person* and up to 20% off* select itineraries.

A Typical Day with AE Expeditions

Dr Ulyana Horodyskyj, our expert Geologist and Glaciologist, knows that “there is no typical day” on an AE Expeditions voyage. From thrilling Zodiac cruises to unexpected fossil finds, every day brings a new wonder.

That is all part of the adventure of an expedition, and our expert Expedition team will be there alongside you every step of the way to guide you in contextualising each day’s discoveries.

Start Your Adventure

To lock in your dream voyage, contact our friendly reservations team today or get the ball rolling by requesting a quote.
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