Aurora Expeditions underway with new ship | Polarjournal
The ship is named after renowned marine biologist and conservationist Sylvia Earl and sets sail on December 10 for its maiden voyage to Antarctica. (Photo: Aurora Expeditions)

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 can carry up to 132 passengers in 70 cabins, with eight observation decks to enjoy the sights. (Photo: Aurora Expeditions)

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.

Junior Suite on board the “Sylvia Earle”. (Photo: Aurora Expeditions)

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.

Sylvia Alice Earle is a U.S. oceanographer and environmental activist for marine conservation. She was a science director at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and has been a researcher for the National Geographic Society since 1995. As the leader of more than 60 ocean expeditions, she spent more than 7,000 hours underwater.

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

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