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Aurora Expeditions Announces Antarctica 2023/24 Special Guest Program

Australia’s award-winning expedition company, Aurora Expeditions is proud to announce its Special Guests Program for its Antarctica 2023/24 season. Designed to enhance the passenger experience, the program brings highly respected conservationists, adventurers, photographers and climate activists on a variety of voyages to share their expertise.

The program will include the company’s second and third Founder’s voyages. Greg Mortimer OAM will lead the 23-day Antarctica Complete voyage on his namesake ship, departing Ushuaia on Dec. 27, 2023. Passengers will ring in the new year with the pioneering adventurer, Zodiac cruising amongst the vast ice-covered landscapes of Antarctica and exploring enthralling subantarctic islands rich with history and unique wildlife. 

Mortimer will also lead the 24-day Arctic Complete voyage in July 2024, traveling from Reykjavik to Longyearbyen for a complete exploration of the European Arctic’s west side, including the world’s largest fjord system in East Greenland. Expeditioners will spend their time scanning for whales, majestic polar bears and wallowing walrus on pack ice. 

“People always ask me why I want to keep doing these trips time and time again,” says Greg Mortimer. “It’s simple – it’s never the same. From the chemistry of the people you travel with to the impact of the weather and the ice, and those things that come along that nature just throws at you. The chance encounters you can have on an expedition are wondrous.”

“Enrichment is a key component of the Aurora Expeditions experience,” says CMO Hayley Peacock-Gower. “Our renowned special guests inform and inspire our passengers, help to create deeper connections with the natural environments they visit, and have them leave the voyage with a richer understanding of our fragile planet.”

Additional special guests on the upcoming season include:

Gina Chick and Richard Morecroft

Gina Chick is a rewilding facilitator, adventurer, writer and speaker. Her rewilding programs help adults and kids learn to be at home in the wild, bringing hunter-gatherer techniques into the modern world. Gina recently spent 67 days solo in the Tasmanian wilderness during the middle of winter, bringing only ten basic survival items and camera equipment to film her experiences. Gina’s determination, passion, and love of the natural world endeared her to more than 1.5 million people around Australia.  

Gina will be interviewed on board by media personality, author and artist Richard Morecroft on the topic of connecting with wild environments.

Voyage: Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula (March 13 – April 2, 2024)

Saunders Carmichael-Brown

Saunders Carmichael-Brown is an award-winning digital and broadcast presenter and producer with a background in adventure travel, sports and sustainability.

He was integral to the small media team on the 2022 Endurance Antarctic Expedition that found Sir Ernest Shackleton’s famous shipwreck. Saunders played a fundamental role in broadcasting the expedition journey and sharing updates to millions of viewers across the world. 

Voyage: Deep Weddell following Nordenskjöld (March 24 – April 6, 2024) 

Don Maruska

Don encourages people around the world to take climate action and to have fun while doing it. Since 2003, he has brought together individuals from scientific, environmental, business, government and community organizations to boost awareness, actions and advocacy for stewardship of natural resources.

A Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Don now spends his time coaching and advising businesses and individuals as well as authoring many books including “How Great Decisions Get Made” and “Solve Climate Change Now: Do What You Love for a Healthy Planet,” which share practical and fun ways to take action for a healthy climate.

Voyage: Spirit of Antarctica (Dec. 11 – 22, 2023)

Peter Eastway

Peter Eastway is an Australian photographer known internationally for his landscape and travel imagery. He was the author of the Lonely Planet’s “Guide to Landscape Photography,” and his photography has recently been featured on the cover of the Lonely Planet’s guide to Australia amongst several other prominent channels. 

Peter has been involved in photographic magazine publishing for over 30 years, establishing his own publication, Australia’s Better Photography Magazine, in 1995. It is now one of Australia’s leading photography magazines.


  • Spirit of Antarctica (Jan. 9 – 20, 2024)
  • South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey (Jan. 19 – Feb. 11, 2024) 

Richard I’Anson

Richard is a freelance travel photographer and Canon Master who has captured incredible images of people and places around the world for more than 35 years. His work has been published worldwide, including five editions of Lonely Planet’s “Guide to Travel Photography.” Richard was featured in the television documentary ”Tales By Light” (available on Netflix) and is a Travel Photography Scholarship Mentor for World Nomads. 

Richard has won numerous awards over the course of his career but is most proud of gaining a Master of Photography and one gold bar from the Australian Institute of Professional Photography.


  • Across the Antarctic Circle (Feb. 24 – March 9, 2024) 
  • Costa Rica and The Panama Canal (April 19 – May 3, 2024)

Jett and Kathryn Britnell

Jett and Kathryn Britnell are professional underwater, wildlife and expedition photographers, scuba divers, internationally published writers, speakers, shark advocates, marine conservationists and intrepid explorers.

Together, they form a dynamic team of photojournalists, capturing the wonders of the underwater world. Their publishing credits include publications such as The Globe & Mail, Canadian Geographic and many more, while Jett’s photography has graced more than 50 magazine covers, and counting.  

Voyage: Circle and Weddell (March 8 – 25, 2024)