Aurora Expeditions bolsters Health & Safety program

Medical Team and Centre aboard every cruise, and more

Lemaire Channel, Antarctica | Credit: Scott Portelli

Aurora Expeditions has released an updated Health & Safety Program in preparation for the resumption of expedition cruising. Every aspect of the program has been strengthened to protect against COVID-19.

Aurora Expeditions’ health & safety policy now includes mandatory vaccination prior to embarking on any of its voyages, with this policy applying to all guests, crew and Expedition Team members.

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“Aurora Expeditions is excited about the world emerging from COVID-19 and is looking forward to the resumption of cruising and returning to doing what we do best – small ship expeditions – in our 30th year of operation,” said Monique Ponfoort, CEO of Aurora Expeditions.

“The health and safety of our guests, staff and crew remains our number one priority, and we are committed to providing the best opportunity for our guests to fully enjoy the small ship expedition experience offered with Aurora Expeditions.”

“Our Health & Safety program has been strengthened and will be precisely followed, including the highest level of pre-cruising preventative measures, the capability for PCR testing on board if required, and a robust Response Plan and protocols onboard designed to bring peace of mind to all of our guests and crew.”

Passengers aboard Greg Mortimer in Antarctica | Credit: Scott Portelli

Along with 100% fully vaccinated ships, onboard features strengthening safety include:

  • 100% Fresh Air on Board – Aurora Expeditions’ ships have ultra-modern systems which provide 100% fresh air in every cabin – guest and crew. There is no recirculation of air throughout its vessels.
  • Medical Team & Fully Equipped Medical Centre – An emergency medical team including a doctor and a nurse with current training in public health protocols, outbreak prevention and management protocols will be aboard every voyage.
  • PCR Testing – A key component of Aurora’s Health & Safety Program is the inclusion of break-through rapid on-site PCR testing machines onboard. This enables Aurora Expeditions to carry out onboard PCR testing of guests and crew to ensure continued peace of mind.
  • Off-ship Experiences – As part of Aurora Expeditions’ continued commitment to providing expedition experiences in the safest and most enjoyable way possible, in each landing guests will be accompanied by a medic.

For more details, see: auroraexpeditions.com.au/why-travel-with-us/health-safety/

Aurora Expeditions’ first return to service sailing is flagged for 5 November 2021 – a 22-day Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula voyage aboard Greg Mortimer, operating roundtrip from Punta Arenas, Chile.

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