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Sylvia Earle, AURORA EXPEDITIONS

Due to sail in October 2021 our new ship honours the highly accomplished marine biologist, oceanographer and explorer, Sylvia Earle. As the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and named by Time Magazine as its first Hero for the Planet in 1998 – this vessel pays tribute to Sylvia’s long standing conservation efforts for marine protected areas and ocean wildlife. Sylvia Earle will be actively involved in the development of her namesake.




 




Aurora Stateroom Triple Share
There are four Aurora Stateroom Triple cabins featuring portholes, all with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3, they're close to the mudroom and loading platforms. *Please note the Aurora Stateroom Triple cabins are only available on certain departures. All cabin images of the Sylvia Earle are artist's impressions only and final results may vary.
  • Deck: 3 
  • Area :Cabin and balcony combined size: 22.8m²
  • Beds: King Bed / Twin beds
  • Private en-suite
  • Porthole window
  • Closet space
  • Room-controlled thermostat
  • 42" flat-screen TV


Aurora Stateroom Twin Share
There are three Aurora Stateroom Twin cabins featuring portholes, all with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3, they're close to the mudroom and loading platforms, perfect for adventurers who are looking for a comfortable base that's close to the action. All cabin images of the Sylvia Earle are artist's impressions only and final results may vary.
  • Deck: 3 
  • Area :Cabin and balcony combined size: 16.1m²
  • Beds: King Bed / Twin beds
  • Private en-suite
  • Porthole window
  • Desk Area
  • Room Safe
  • Closet space
  • Room-controlled thermostat
  • 42" flat-screen TV


Aurora Stateroom Superior
With a bit more room to stretch the legs, the Aurora Stateroom Superior are perfect for polar adventurers who travel with plenty of gear. Located on Deck 7, the Staterooms feature french balconies, floor to ceiling windows, en-suite bathrooms and a comfortable desk area. All cabin images of the Sylvia Earle are artist's impressions only and final results may vary.
  • Deck: 7 
  • Area :Cabin and balcony combined size: 20.1m² - 22.3m²
  • Beds: King Bed / Twin beds
  • Private en-suite
  • Desk Area
  • Room Safe
  • Closet space
  • Room-controlled thermostat
  • 42" flat-screen TV


Balcony Stateroom Category C
We have three cabin categories of our Balcony Staterooms. These are classified as A, B or C depending on the cabin size. Our 11 Balcony Stateroom – C cabins are our most economical, fitted with all the necessities and comfortable for up to 2 people. These cabins are scattered throughout Deck 6. All cabin images of the Sylvia Earle are artist's impressions only and final results may vary.
  • Deck: 6 
  • Area :Cabin and balcony combined size: 21m² - 24.8m²
  • Beds: King Bed / Twin beds
  • Private en-suite
  • Desk Area
  • Room Safe
  • Closet space
  • Room-controlled thermostat
  • 42" flat-screen TV


Balcony Stateroom Category B
We have three cabin categories of our Balcony Staterooms. These are classified as A, B or C depending on the cabin size. Our 17 Balcony Stateroom – B Cabins are our standard cabin, many fitted with interconnecting features making them great for families or groups. These cabins are located at the fore and aft of Deck 4 and 6. All cabin images of the Sylvia Earle are artist's impressions only and final results may vary.
  • Deck: 4 & 6 
  • Area :Cabin and balcony combined size: 21m² - 24.8m²
  • Beds: King Bed / Twin beds
  • Private en-suite
  • Desk Area
  • Room Safe
  • Closet space
  • Room-controlled thermostat
  • 42" flat-screen TV


Balcony Stateroom Category A
We have three cabin categories of our Balcony Staterooms. These are classified as A, B or C depending on the cabin size. Our 23 Balcony Stateroom – A cabins are our premium cabin, and the most abundant on board. These cabins are located in preferred positions on Deck 4 and 6 which provides easy access between Decks via the internal stairs or elevator. All cabin images of the Sylvia Earle are artist's impressions only and final results may vary.
  • Deck: 4 & 6 
  • Area :Cabin and balcony combined size: 21m² - 24.8m²
  • Beds: King Bed / Twin beds
  • Private en-suite
  • Desk Area
  • Room Safe
  • Closet space
  • Room-controlled thermostat
  • 42" flat-screen TV


Balcony Stateroom Superior
With a bit more room to stretch the legs, the Balcony Stateroom Superior cabins are perfect for polar adventurers who travel with plenty of gear. Located on Deck 4 and 6, the Staterooms feature floor to ceiling windows, en-suite bathrooms and a comfortable desk area. Some of these rooms are equipped with wheelchair accessible bathrooms. All cabin images of the Sylvia Earle are artist's impressions only and final results may vary.
  • Deck: 4 & 6 
  • Area :Cabin and balcony combined size: 28m² - 37.7m²
  • Beds: King Bed / Twin beds
  • Private en-suite
  • Desk Area
  • Room Safe
  • Closet space
  • Room-controlled thermostat
  • 42" flat-screen TV


Junior Suite
The four Junior Suites take in some impressive scenery from their vantage points on Deck 7. When you aren't enjoying a landing, you can relax in the suites' separate lounge area, or just watch the world float by from the private balcony. All cabin images of the Sylvia Earle are artist's impressions only and final results may vary.
  • Deck: 7 
  • Area :Cabin and balcony combined size: 42m² - 43.5m²
  • Beds: King Bed / Twin beds
  • Private en-suite
  • Desk Area
  • Room Safe
  • Closet space
  • Room-controlled thermostat
  • 42" flat-screen TV


Captain's Suite
The largest of all our rooms, the singular Captain's Suite will take you to the polar regions in ultimate style and comfort. Complete with large lounge area, balcony, walk-in wardrobe and en-suite, you'll need to get in early to secure this suite. All cabin images of the Sylvia Earle are artist's impressions only and final results may vary.
  • Deck: 4 
  • Area :Cabin and balcony combined size: 44.5m²
  • Beds: King Bed / Twin beds
  • Private en-suite
  • Desk Area
  • Room Safe
  • Closet space
  • Room-controlled thermostat
  • 42" flat-screen TV

Ship Features

Designed for rugged & remote areas: Crossing the notorious Drake Passage or the Denmark Strait, our expeditions face some of the most intense conditions nature can throw at us. The Sylvia Earle is at the cutting edge of nautical technology: robust, powerful and up to the task.

All images of the Sylvia Earle are artist’s impressions only and final results may vary.

Ulstein X-BOW® & Lounge

The streamlined Ulstein X-BOW® cuts through the swell so you feel fewer vibrations and disturbances*, and makes quicker transits through waves. It also helps reduce our fuel consumption by up to 60%^. Experience the Glass Atrium Lounge inside the bow, featuring huge windows and superb views to the front of the ship.

*Aurora Expeditions do not claim that this will prevent or cure seasickness. ^Compared to Tier 1 engines.

Safety features

The Sylvia Earle will feature industry-leading safety technology that exceeds the requirements for a ship of this size with a world class return-to-port equipment, which duplicates the propulsion system, enabling the ship to maintain operating systems and comfort in the event of engine failure.

The ship will also feature a fully-stocked medical clinic designed for use in remote areas.

Swimming pool & wellness centre

In between landings, enjoy the heated saltwater open air swimming pool and jacuzzis on board the Sylvia Earle and watch the world go by, or experience our gym, sauna or enjoy a massage (additional cost) in the Wellness centre.

Responsible Travel Features

We believe that preserving and protecting the environment is of the utmost importance and this is reflected in several features of the Sylvia Earle.

The Sylvia Earle will boast one of the lowest polluting marine engines in the world due to low energy consumption, high fuel-efficiency and a streamlined design to deliver an 80% reduction in emissions.*

The ship can also utilise virtual anchoring to hold its position using a combination of GPS, steering technology, propellers and thrusters. This protects the sea floor and minimises the damage caused by conventional anchors.

*Compared to Tier 1 engines.

Zodiac launching platforms

Our ships carry many Zodiacs, which you can board via four dedicated, sea-level launching platforms. These platforms make boarding the Zodiacs as quick, efficient and safe as possible, minimising wait times and getting you closer to the action for longer.

Whether you’re Zodiac cruising through awe-inspiring fjords in search of wildlife or making a quick transit from ship to a shore landing site, these sturdy crafts will play an integral role in your expedition experience.

Activity preparation area

We offer a range of add-on adventure activities from kayaking and diving to climbing and ski touring, and the Sylvia Earle is designed to support these activities, making the transition from ship to sea or shore as smooth as possible. We built the spacious activity preparation areas and loading platforms in consultation with our expert activity guides.

You will also have access to lockers and rapid drying areas for dry suits and wet suits, to give your gear the best chance to dry between excursions.


Onboard Facilites

As your base and home away from home during your Aurora Expeditions adventure, the Sylvia Earle is designed to serve your every need. It's your bedroom, bathroom, lounge, dining room and even your observatory. Make yourself at home, the Sylvia Earle is yours to enjoy!

State of the art lecture facilities

On all expeditions you will meet naturalists and local specialists, who offer presentations on their area of expertise to deepen your understanding of the region you’re visiting.

Join the team in the lecture theatre for presentations covering topics as broad as history and culture, biology and climate change, but they have one thing in common: they all aim to engage, educate and entertain.

Library

With floor-to-ceiling windows, the library is a peaceful sanctuary where you can find non-fiction books to read up on the day’s destinations, plug in and organise your photos or play board games with newfound friends.

Choose from our range of informative nonfiction titles, wildlife guidebooks, travel journals, novels and a selection of children’s books and board games.

Wildlife guides, books and binoculars can also be found on the observation lounge on Deck 7.

Mudroom

No need to take your wet expedition gear back to your cabin to dry. Keep your cabin warm and cosy by leaving your outer jackets and pants in the mudroom.

The mudroom is your launchpad for all shore excursions and activities. Here, you will have access to a locker when you can hang your gear up to dry, and store your boots between excursions.

Swimming Pool, Spa, Jaccuzis & Gym

You are welcome to visit the wellness centre during your voyage where you can use the gym, visit our sauna (which we highly recommend after the polar plunge!) or book a massage (additional cost applies).

There are also two jacuzzis on the top outside deck with amazing views of the world outside.

Dining

One of the most important parts of any expedition is the food! Whatever adventures the day holds, you will be fuelled-up with hearty meals and delicious morning/afternoon teas cooked by our onboard chefs.

Meals are a great time to soak up the expedition camaraderie in our open seating dining area. Share stories with your fellow travellers and ask our expedition team questions that may have come up during the day.

Tea, coffee and snacks are available 24 hours a day, and our chefs offer different menu options and courses for each meal. Enjoy the range of house wine, beers and soft drinks included with dinner after a long day in the wild.

We also invite you to join your captain and expedition team for informal Captain’s Welcome and Farewell drinks, with complimentary beverages and cocktail appetisers, followed by a 3 course meal.

Bars & Lounges

Communal meeting areas have always played a major role in fostering the warm camaraderie on board our ships. They are the heart of the expedition, where people meet to share tales from the day, swap photos, keep an eye out for wildlife and watch the sun go down.

The bars and lounges on board are refined yet inviting places to gather, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering stunning views, and of course friendly bartenders to shoot the breeze with.


 
 
DISCLAIMER: Rates are per person and subject to change.