Aurora Expeditions reveals Sylvia Earle sailings
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Aurora Expeditions reveals Sylvia Earle sailings

The vessel, which is the sister ship of Greg Mortimer, is due for delivery in October 2021.

 Aurora Expeditions has launched its collection of global voyages for the maiden season of the new expedition ship the Sylvia Earle.

The exciting 2022 global programme includes 12 new itineraries taking place between April and October, taking guests to Alaska and Haida Gwaii, The North West Passage, Baja California, Raja Ampat, West Papua and The Russian Far East.

Monique Ponfoort, chief executive officer of Aurora Expeditions commented: “Our purpose-built expeditions ships are designed to connect our expeditioners with the world’s most intrepid and unique environments, and we are proud to be partnering with Dr Sylvia Earle to continue our goal of creating lifelong ambassadors for the wild and remote places we visit. In keeping with Sylvia’s own vision and achievements, the Sylvia Earle will have a large focus on marine education and conservation, offering the opportunity for our expeditioners to learn about these incredible, biodiverse marine habitats in situ.”

“With the upcoming delivery of our second purpose-built expedition ship the Sylvia Earle, it continues to be an exciting period of growth for the business. We hope these new itineraries evoke some wanderlust for those of us who are patiently ready and waiting to get out and explore the world again.”

The Sylvia Earle’s Arctic and Global 2022 programme includes: 

  • Baja California Odyssey: April 23–May 5 2022
  • Baja California & Sea of Cortez: May 4-12 2022
  • Alaska Adventure: May 19-31 2022
  • Alaska Adventure & Haida Gwaii: May 30-June 11 2022
  • Alaska Odyssey: June 10-23 2022
  • Aleutian Islands: June 22-July 8 2022
  • Kamchatka & Chukotka: July 6-21 2022
  • Wrangel Island: July 19-August 3
  • Wrangel Island: August 1-16 2022
  • Kamchatka & Chukotka: August 14-31 2022
  • Kuril Islands: August 29-September 12 2022
  • Raja Ampat & West Papua Islands: September 21-October 4 2022

Last week, Aurora Expeditions revealed new renders for Sylvia Earle. The vessel, which is the sister ship of Greg Mortimer, is due for delivery in October 2021 and is named after the oceanographer and marine conservationist, Dr Sylvia Earle.

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The purpose-built ship features the Ulstein X-Bow, a core design element that the line says is essential to the speed, agility and impressive fuel efficiency of the ships in its fleet.

CEO Monique Ponfoort says: “It is really exciting to see a second X-Bow ship coming into market for Aurora Expeditions. Its innovative, eco-sensitive design captures the essence of small-ship expedition travel pioneered by Aurora Expeditions.

“Exploring the natural world is at the heart of what we do and elements of nature have been brought into the interior design of the Sylvia Earle. Education and conservation are integral to our DNA, and ensuring passengers immerse themselves in a destination is of paramount importance to us,” she said. “Our goal has always been to create lifelong ambassadors for the protection of the wilderness areas we travel to and we know that the Sylvia Earle is in a strong position to help us achieve those goals.”

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