Explore Antarctica aboard a state-of-the-art expedition ship


Award-winning expedition travel company Aurora Expeditions has just launched its second purpose-built small vessel, Sylvia Earlwhich will embark on its inaugural voyage from Ushuaia, Argentina to Antarctica on December 10, 2022.

Named after the famous marine biologist, oceanographer, explorer and conservationist Dr. Sylvia Earle, this state-of-the-art expedition vessel will be a floating ambassador for planet conservation.

“We are more than thrilled to announce our newest vessel, Sylvia Earl, is in the water and heading for Antarctica,” said Aurora’s Chief Executive Officer, Michael Heath. “We can’t wait to introduce her to our loyal trading and consumer partners around the world and, of course, to a new generation of global expedition members seeking adventure, discovery and extraordinary life-changing experiences.”

With its strong focus on education and conservation, it is new Sylvia Earl is designed to accommodate an average of 132 passengers per trip in a relaxed, fun and informal setting on board. The ship offers stylish and comfortable cabins and suites, most with private balconies.

Public areas include multiple restaurants and bars, social relaxation and wellness areas, heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzis, gym, spa and sauna, library lounge, lecture hall, and expansive decks with panoramic views of the wilderness and wildlife. ideal ‘base camp’ to explore.

Zodiac docks, a locker room and mudroom prepare passengers for off-ship and shore activities, while a dedicated Science Center is the hub for a variety of participatory and educational Citizen Science programs.

A highly experienced expedition team accompanies passengers in small groups on numerous water and land excursions, with exciting activities ranging from zodiac cruises to walks and hikes, sea kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, paddling, skiing, photography and bird watching, among others.

“Our goal is to immerse our expedition members in some of the world’s most remote and fascinating places, creating lifelong ambassadors for the planet,” said Chief Marketing Officer, Hayley Peacock-Gower. “More than 30 years in the making, Aurora Expeditions has a track record of pioneering adventure and discovery – and respectful travel is at the heart of our ethos.”

A sister ship of the Greg Mortimerlaunched in 2019, the Sylvia Earl is named after one of the world’s leading ocean conservationists, the first female Chief Scientist of the US National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration.

Dr. Earl is one National Geographic explorer-in-residence since 1998 and was named by Time magazine as the first ‘Hero of the Planet’. Her own conservation initiative Mission Blue creates a global network of marine protected areas known as ‘Hope Spots’.

Each deck of the new ship is named after six other pioneering female conservationists – Jo Ruxton (MBE), Dr. Carden Wallace (AM), Sharon Kwok, Bernadette Demientieff, Dr. Asha de Vos and Hanli Prinsloo – with a deck dedicated to Dr. Earl himself.

In February 2023, Dr. Earle, in collaboration with Ocean Geographic, will lead a world-first ‘Antarctic Climate Expedition’ on the new ship to raise public and government awareness of the environmental importance of Antarctica. This special journey aims to deliver resolutions to inspire transformative change for global net zero emissions by 2035 from an ocean perspective.

“Women scientists are at the forefront of global conservation initiatives, and we want to honor these seven extraordinary women who work tirelessly to make the world a better place,” said Peacock-Gower. “We invite you to spark your curiosity, passion and concern for the natural world and embark with us on the new Sylvia Earl for a true Aurora experience of a lifetime — and traveling for good,” she adds.



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