Aurora Expeditions has launched its second purpose-built small ship, Sylvia Earle, in Sydney, Australia.
The vessel will set sail on its maiden voyage from Ushuaia, Argentina to Antarctica on December 10, 2022.
Named after the renowned marine biologist, oceanographer, explorer and conservationist, the line describes the 132-passenger expedition ship as “a floating ambassador for the conservation of the planet”.
It features the Ulstein X-BOW, an inverted bow designed for smoother and faster ocean crossings which also helps to reduce fuel consumption, and offers stylish and comfortable staterooms and suites.
Public spaces include multiple restaurants and bars, an outdoor heated swimming pool and jacuzzis, a gym, spa and sauna, a library lounge, lecture theatre and expansive decks offering panoramic views.
“We are beyond thrilled to announce our newest ship, Sylvia Earle, is in the water and on her way to Antarctica,” said Aurora’s chief executive officer, Michael Heath.
“We cannot wait to introduce her to our loyal trade and consumer partners worldwide and, of course, a new generation of global expeditioners in search of adventure, discovery and extraordinary life-changing experiences.”
Chief marketing officer, Hayley Peacock-Gower, added: “Our goal is to immerse our expeditioners in some of the world’s most remote and fascinating places and, in doing so, create lifelong ambassadors for the planet.
“Aurora Expeditions has a track record for pioneering adventure and discovery – and respectful travel is at the core of our ethos.”
In February 2023, Dr Earle, in partnership 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 the region.
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