Aurora to dou­ble fleet

Cruise Weekly - - News -

AURORA Ex­pe­di­tions yes­ter­day con­firmed an or­der for a sec­ond new­build, with the ad­di­tional ves­sel ex­pected to join the new Greg Mor mer in time for the 2020/21 cruise sea­son.

The ex­pan­sion was re­vealed at the Travel IQ con­fer­ence in Syd­ney by Aurora CEO Rob Half­penny, who noted the new Aurora ship would be one of 28 new ex­pe­di­tion ves­sels cur­rently on or­der for de­liv­ery to global cruise lines by 2022.

He said there had been such strong in­ter­est in the Greg Mor mer that the sea­son for next year was close to sell­ing out.

Aurora’s cur­rent Po­lar Pi­o­neer is age­ing and will be phased out af­ter the 2018/19 sea­son.

Half­penny said the yet-to-be­named ad­di­tional ship would have a sim­i­lar con­fig­u­ra­tion to the 160-pas­sen­ger Greg Mor mer which has been pur­pose de­signed for po­lar ex­pe­di­tion cruis­ing.

He out­lined am­bi­tious growth plans for Aurora, with the sec­ond ship see­ing planned an­nual TTV of $75 mil­lion over the next few years - a roughly seven-fold in­crease from the com­pany’s cur­rent rev­enue lev­els.

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