AE Expeditions reveals Antarctica 2025-26 journeys

AE Expeditions reveals Antarctica 2025-26 journeys

Season includes 32 voyages across three purpose-built small ships 

Australian-owned adventure travel company AE Expeditions (part of Aurora Expeditions) has released its new Antarctica 2025-26 season programme.

For a limited time, AE Expeditions is offering up to 25% off for early bird bookings on select voyages on the new Antarctica 2025-26 season.

The season includes 32 voyages across three purpose-built small ships: the Greg Mortimer, Sylvia Earle and the brand-new Douglas Mawson. 

Along with AE Expeditions’ best-selling Antarctic Explorer and Spirit of Antarctica voyages to the Antarctic Peninsula, there are eight new itineraries visiting regions including East Antarctica, the Ross Sea and the New Zealand Subantarctic Islands, as well as a circumnavigation of Tasmania.

Two new departure ports have also enhanced the travel options available to Antarctic adventurers, with four Antarctic voyages departing from Hobart, Australia or Dunedin, New Zealand.

Passengers will have the chance to witness the Ross Ice Shelf (the world’s largest floating body of ice), as well as some of the largest Adélie and emperor penguin colonies and the incredible biodiversity of New Zealand’s subantarctic islands. 

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The season features a variety of ‘choose your own adventure’ options, including three Ultimate Adventures with combined land and sea itineraries; eight voyages offering a ‘Fly the Drake’ experience spanning the passage that connects the southwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean with the southeastern part of the Pacific Ocean, and two new all-inclusive activity voyages for travellers who want to supercharge their trips with as much action as possible, including camping, snorkelling, snowshoeing and paddling.

For lone passengers, there are also 36 single berths on offer on the Douglas Mawson, a new feature of the company’s soon-to-come third vessel, catering to the growing solo traveller segment.

AE Expeditions CMO Hayley Peacock-Gower said: “Not only will we be introducing our third purpose-built vessel, the Douglas Mawson, but we will explore more of Antarctica’s regions than we have before in a single season, visiting the Antarctic Peninsula, the Weddell Sea, East Antarctica, the Ross Sea, Antarctic Circle, South Georgia, the Falklands and the New Zealand Subantarctic Islands.

“We’re particularly thrilled to be offering passengers the chance to travel to Antarctica from Australia and New Zealand for the first time in 13 years, reconnecting our company to its founding inspiration as well as opening up another lesser explored part of Antarctica to both local and international travellers." 

AE Expeditions global head of Product Justin Ewin added: “Along with several new destinations and itinerary options, we are excited to be meeting our passengers’ frequent requests by offering two all-inclusive activity voyages to complement our existing individual activity programs, which are incredibly popular.

"Adventure and exploration remain the core themes. HIghlights include a nine-day express itinerary, Antarctic expedition and Patagonia trek combinations, and an an epic 34-day adventure departing Dunedin, sailing through the New Zealand subantarctic islands and the Ross Sea, travelling east to the Peninsula and ending with the Drake Passage to Ushuaia.”

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