Australian-based ‘adventure company’ Aurora Expeditions, has joined CLIA as it looks to expand its presence in the UK, Ireland and across Europe.
Aurora Expeditions is a travel company that specialises in small-group voyages to the Polar Regions and other untamed, remote destinations. It was founded 25 years ago by mountaineer and explorer, Greg Mortimer and his wife Margaret, to cater to adventurers seeking intimate experiences in remote destinations through flexible itineraries.
The team at Aurora is currently preparing to welcome its new ship named after its founder, set to be delivered in October 2019. Additionally, the company has announced a new collection of voyages from Antarctica to the Arctic in the summer of 2020, traversing the western side of Latin America through the Panama Canal and the Caribbean. In the light of these plans, Aurora joined CLIA, the world’s largest cruise industry trade association.
Andy Harmer, CLIA senior vice-president membership, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Aurora to CLIA. The expedition sector is one of the most dynamic elements of the global cruise industry and the addition of Aurora’s expertise in this arena is great news for CLIA travel agents.”
CLIA has 15 offices globally and supports policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment for the more than 27 million passengers who cruise annually. The organisation’s mission is to be the unified global organisation that helps its members succeed by advocating, educating and promoting the common interests of the cruising community.
“we prepare for the launch of our new ship the Greg Mortimer next year”
Craig Upshall, Aurora Expeditions’ UK and Europe sales director, said: “Aurora Expeditions is absolutely delighted to be joining CLIA. This has come at a great time for Aurora, as we prepare for the launch of our new ship the Greg Mortimer next year.
“CLIA brings expedition cruising to life through its incredible connections throughout the global cruise community, and Aurora looks forward to welcoming the visibility we hope to gain through this.”