Australian expedition operator Aurora Expeditions has launched its second purpose-built small ship, the “Sylvia Earle” in Sydney. The ship set sail on its maiden voyage from Ushuaia to Antarctica on December 10, 2022. The new ship was named after the renowned marine biologist, oceanographer, explorer and conservationist on “Sylvia Earle”. The new expedition ship accommodates 132 passengers and is intended to travel as a “floating ambassador for the preservation of the planet.”
The “Sylvia Earle” features the Ulstein X-BOW, an inverted bow designed for smoother and faster ocean crossings, which also helps reduce fuel consumption, and offers stylish and comfortable cabins and suites.
Public areas include several restaurants and bars, a heated outdoor pool and whirlpools, a gym, a spa and sauna, a library lounge, an auditorium, and expansive terraces with panoramic views.
Michael Heath, Aurora’s Chief Executive Officer says, “We are very pleased to announce that our newest vessel “Sylvia Earle” is in the water and on her way to Antarctica.”
“We can’t wait to introduce the “Sylvia Earle” to our loyal trade and distribution partners worldwide and, of course, to a new generation of global expeditioners looking for adventure, discovery and extraordinary life-changing experiences.”
Chief Marketing Officer, Hayley Peacock-Gower, added, “Our goal is to take our expedition members to some of the world’s most remote and fascinating places, creating lifelong ambassadors for the planet.
In February 2023, Dr. Earle will lead a world-first Antarctic climate expedition on the new ship in partnership with Ocean Geographic to raise public and government awareness of the region’s environmental importance.
Website: Aurora Expeditions
Heiner Kubny, PolarJournal