Sail with Confidence

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 Aurora Expeditions Health and Safety Program has been strengthened to protect against COVID-19.

We have partnered with Respond Global, a world-renowned health crisis management agency, to develop our prevention and response system that is among the most comprehensive in the world. These carefully considered measures will be precisely followed while also ensuring our passengers 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 and crew.

We welcome you to explore endlessly with us. We want our guests to know 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.


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Vaccines

Aurora Expeditions requires all embarking crew, Expedition Team and our guests to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to embarking on any of its cruises.

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.

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, Covishield and AstraZeneca.

 

As of 5th February 2022, Aurora will require all guests to have also had a booster vaccination prior to boarding, if more than 5 months have passed after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination (and at least 2 months after completing a J&J COVID-19 vaccination).

This is a precaution based on the increasing evidence of the value of a booster to maintain high levels of immunity from serious illness and the importance of a booster to mitigate the latest COVID-19 variant, Omicron. Officially certified proof of vaccination and booster will be required ahead of travel and we will require that it be emailed to Aurora no later than 15 days prior to departure. Please read more about our Mandatory Booster Requirement here.


Our Guest Pre-Voyage Journey

Pre Voyage

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7 Day – Day of Departure

Minimise social contact 

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PCR Test

Less than 72 hours prior to departure

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Travel Safe

Wear a mask for travel en route to ship

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Departure Location

Immediately prior to boarding

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Pre-Boarding Health Screening

May include antigen test*

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Board Vessel

If fit to travel
*Any guest testing positive (rapid antigen during screening) or failing the health questionnaire shall be removed from general pre-boarding, along with their travelling cohort, to a segregated area for secondary screening by PCR testing by qualified medical personnel. If any member of the travelling cohort fails secondary screening, the entire party will be denied boarding.

Health & Safety Protocols Onboard

Your health & safety is our number one priority

 

As part of our commitment to ensure that we are doing small ship expedition travel in the safest and most enjoyable way possible.

During your voyage, please follow all social distancing, face covering, and handwashing policies to ensure everyone’s safety.

We will continuously evaluate our health and safety protocols and update the information as required in accordance with the latest advice and regulations.

*Correct as at time of publishing. Last updated 17 Dec 2021

Onboard

To reduce the chance of potential cross contamination, certain on-board activities will have to be conducted in pre-determined groups.

At all times social distancing of 1.5 metres, 4 sqm rule in indoor public spaces, 2 sqm rule in outdoor public spaces must be respected.

Facemasks are mandatory when transiting public spaces, with the exemption of Restaurants and Bars.

Landings

We perform landings by groups and we will rotate groups between landings in such a way that each group has the chance to of being the “first group to land”.

The numbers of expeditioners per zodiac will be as per our standard practice of 10 plus the driver. In the zodiac, everyone is required to wear a mask.

All expeditioners will need to keep their personal flotation device (PFD) on during the landing.

Masks

We encourage expeditioners to bring their own masks on board. We will provide disposable masks on board.

Ashore | On Land

On shore/land – if you keep a 1.5 metre or 2 sqm distance from others (NB: excluding your travelling companions), you can be on land without a mask.

Briefings & Lectures

All briefings and lectures will be provided to individual groups including the Welcome and Emergency Briefings.

We will provide 2 lectures at the same time. One in the Lecture Hall and the other in the Observation Lounge.

Lectures run at the same time and then they are repeated 3 times so that everyone will have the opportunity to attend.

In the unlikely event of a positive COVID case/s on board, the following protocols will be followed:

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The individual/s will move to an isolation cabin that is equipped with negative pressure.

  • Aurora has dedicated isolation cabins on board if required.

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The individual/s will undergo a PCR test.

  • Close contacts will be determined and will also undergo a PCR test

3.

If the individual/s tests positive they will quarantine in the isolation cabin (for 7 days -until a negative result is received) and will be in the care of the Doctor/Nurse onboard.

Food will be delivered to the isolation cabins (Breakfast/Lunch/ Tea/Dinner).

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Every individual on board will then also be tested via an Antigen Test.

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The frequency of cleaning across the entire ship will be increased.

  • In the event that the individual/s health deteriorates into a severe case as determined by the Doctor;
  • The individual/s Travel Insurance provider will be contacted and the individual/ and their close contacts will be evacuated off the Ship (taken to Punta Arenas and the next steps will be determined by the Health Ministry of Chile).
  • In the unlikely event of a broader outbreak of COVID as determined by the Ship & Medical Authorities – the ship will return to port

Our Commitment:

Aurora Expeditions will provide a Future Cruise Credit to the value of your original cruise fare in the unlikely event that you and/or your cabin companion contracts Covid-19 whilst onboard any of our upcoming Antarctica season voyages running from January to March 2022. It will be valid to use on any Aurora Expeditions voyage within the next 24 months.

Ship Health & Safety Features

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Healthy Passengers & Crew

Aurora Expeditions will ensure our guests and crew remain COVID-free and healthy by conducting tests before and during the voyage.


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Temperature Checks

All guests will be required to undergo a PCR test - within 72 hours prior to embarkation. On the day of embarkation, all passengers may be required to undergo an Antigen Test onsite or close by the embarkation port and return a negative result to be able to board the vessel.

100% Fresh Air on Board

Our vessels have ultra-modern systems that includes 100% fresh air in every cabin – guest and crew. There is no recirculation of air throughout our vessels.

Expedition Experiences

As part of our continued commitment to providing expedition experiences in the safest and most enjoyable way possible, in each landing guests will be accompanied by a medic.

Travel Safe | Face Masks

Guests and crew may be required to wear face masks and follow all public health travel guidelines while en route to the vessel and up until the guest | crew has cleared the Pre-Boarding Health Screening.

Much of our time is spent on our expeditions in the remote, wide-open spaces and when that is not possible, face masks may be required in accordance with the current public health recommendations.

Medical Team and 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.

Our ships have a fully equipped Medical Centre with facilities for emergency care. All guests are required to have Travel Insurance with suitable Medivac.

In addition, we have dedicated isolation cabins should they become necessary during a voyage.

OnBoard

Aurora Expeditions has further enhanced all cleaning and sanitisation procedures on board. All of our crew are extensively trained in the latest public health sanitation methods and will wear suitable PPE (Personal Protection Equipment).

Clean Expedition Ships

The frequency of cleaning and sanitisation has been increased in all public spaces with an emphasis on high touch surfaces and spaces including elevators, handrails, public furniture and fitness equipment, as well as intensive cleaning of cabins with disinfectants with proven effectiveness. All vessels will undergo extensive cleaning in between voyages in accordance with COVID-19 Controls & Prevention protocols.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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 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.

Any guest testing positive (rapid antigen during screening) or failing the health questionnaire shall be removed from general pre-boarding, along with their travelling cohort, to a segregated area for secondary screening by PCR testing by qualified medical personnel. If any member of the travelling cohort fails secondary screening, the entire party will be denied boarding.

Prior to embarkation: If a Traveling Companion of a guest tests positive, then the guest is considered a close contact and cannot embark the voyage.

Onboard: If your travel companion tests positive for Covid-19 onboard you are considered as a 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.

Both of the ships in our fleet have ultra-modern systems that includes 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 airconditioning and filtration system.

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 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.

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 it. The frequency of cleaning and sanitisation on board has been increased in all public spaces with disinfectants with proven effectiveness. The Spa will only be available to guests who are travelling together.
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.

We will be able to test everyone onboard prior to disembarkation. We will prioritise PCR tests based on flight times. We have the onboard capability to test all guests and provide a result in a 24 hour period.

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 ensure 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.