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Max Passengers: 126
Ship Type: Luxury Expedition Ship
Operated by: Aurora Expeditions

Sylvia Earle is Aurora Expeditions' second Ulstein X-BOW vessel, following the successful launch of Greg Mortimer for Antarctica's 2019-2020 season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's first female Chief Scientist, Oceanographer, and Conservationist, Dr. Sylvia Earle, is the inspiration for naming the new vessel. The tribute is given to Dr. Earle's long-standing work to conserve marine protected areas and ocean animals. The 79-cabin ship will accommodate 126 passengers, including 20 kayakers and six divers, to comply with Antarctic laws. 

As a result of the ship's unique bow shape, it uses less fuel, travels more smoothly, and gives passengers a better view of the horizon upfront. Sylvia Earle's version of Greg Mortimer's design is a two-story glass atrium lounge in the bow below the bridge.

Plug/ Voltage type Onboard: Standard European 2 pin Plug

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Sylvia Earle Aurora Stateroom Twin
Aurora Stateroom Twin
215.27 ft2 - There are two 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.
May be converted into a Triple Share cabin with additional bed on request.
Greg Mortimer-Aurora Stateroom Triple
Aurora Stateroom Triple
22.67m2 (244ft2) - There are two Aurora Stateroom Triple cabins featuring portholes, all with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3, they're close to the mudroom and loading platforms.
Aurora Stateroom Superior
19.9m2 - 20.8m2(214.2ft2 - 223.9ft2) - Located on Deck 7, the Staterooms feature french balconies, floor to ceiling windows, en-suite bathrooms and a comfortable desk area. Perfect for polar adventurers who travel with plenty of gear.
Greg Mortimer-Balcony Stateroom
Balcony Stateroom C
19.5m2 - 28.7m2 (209.9ft² - 308.9ft2) - 11 Balcony Stateroom C cabins - most economical, fitted with all the necessities and comfortable for up to 2 people. These cabins are scattered throughout Deck 6.
Greg Mortimer
Balcony Stateroom B
19.5m2 - 28.7m2 (209.9ft² - 308.9ft2) - 17 Balcony Stateroom B Cabins - 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.
Greg Mortimer
Balcony Stateroom A
19.5m² - 28.7m² (209.9ft² - 308.9ft²)- 23 Balcony Stateroom A cabins - 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.
Balcony Stateroom Superior
29.2m2 - 35.2m2 (314.3ft2 - 378.9ft2) - 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.
Junior suite
Junior Suite
Up to 41.6m2 (447.8ft2)- 4 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.
Greg Mortimer-Captain's Suite
Captain’s Suite
43.8m2 (471.5 ft2) - Captain's Suite - the largest of all our rooms, 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.


Sylvia Earle Deck Plan

Sylvia Earle Cabins, Staterooms & Suites

There are 80 staterooms on the Sylvia Earle, which can accommodate a maximum of 130 passengers. Over eighty percent of the ship's accommodations include a step-out balcony that can be accessed from the living room via a sliding floor-to-ceiling glass door. A third guest can sleep on a pull-out couch or sofa bed in 60 percent of all cabins. All eight decks of the ship are open to passengers; the upper decks are reserved for crew and guests. There are nine cabin classes to choose from. 

Also, the Sylvia Earle ship has several decks honoring notable female scientists, such as Gwich'in advocate Bernadette Demientieff, world-renowned coral expert Dr. Carden Wallace of the Queensland Museum, Australia, activist Joanna Ruxton for plastic-free living, and activist Sharon Kwok of AquaMeridian Conservation and Education Foundation. See above deck plan photos.


When you arrive at the Sylvia Earle, you can expect nothing but the very best in hospitality. Starting with the Captain's welcome, you'll have access to 24 hours of unlimited coffee, tea, and snacks, as well as a wide variety of menu options and courses for each meal.

Main dining room and top deck restaurant will be both located on the ship's fifth and eighth floors, respectively. Meals are provided in a spacious dining room/restaurant ideal for sharing stories with your new adventure family. After a hard day exploring the wilderness, relax with a glass of house wine, a beer, or a soft drink, all of which are included with your dinner.

The crew of the Sylvia Earle puts on a special farewell dinner and cocktail reception on the last night of your voyage, allowing you to reflect on your time aboard the ship and cement lifetime friendships with the people you met there.

Amenities Onboard

Modern Lecture Halls with the Latest Technology. With the help of a local expert or two, you'll be able to learn more about the region you're visiting. Join the team in the lecture hall for talks on a wide range of topics, from history and culture to biology and climate change, but all of them aim to engage, educate, and entertain.

Science Center and Lounge is a place where people can relax and learn about science. The center features an onboard naturalist and expedition team and stunning views from the ship's bow.

Library. You may browse nonfiction books to study up on the day's destinations, plugin and organize your photos, or play board games with newfound friends thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows. In addition to a wide variety of nonfiction publications, an assortment of children's board games and picture books and many trip journals and nature guides are also available. 

Zodiac Docks. Four sea-level launching platforms allow you to board the ships' many Zodiacs. The Zodiacs can be boarded quickly, safely, and efficiently at these ports, reducing wait periods and enabling you to go closer to the action.
The mudroom is the best place to store all your outerwear, so you can keep your cabin warm and cozy. For all of your shore excursions and activities, start in the mudroom. You'll be able to dry your gear and keep your boots here while you're not using them.

Swimming Pool and Sun Deck. There are also two Jacuzzis and a swimming pool on the upper deck, which offers stunning views of the world outside.

Sauna, Spa & Gym. After your polar plunge, we encourage you to make use of our wellness center, where you may work out in our gym and relax in our sauna. Alternatively, you can schedule a massage (additional cost applies). There are two jacuzzis on the highest terrace level, each with a different view of the outside world.

Bars & Lounges. Common shipboard rooms have long been a key factor in maintaining a sense of community among the crew. There is nothing like a campfire at the end of the day to bring people together and relive the day's adventures.

Floor-to-ceiling windows provide breathtaking views from the ship's bars and lounges, which also have pleasant bartenders with whom passengers may strike up conversations.

Sustainable Travel

Thanks to its low energy usage, excellent fuel efficiency, and sleek design, Sylvia Earle will provide reduced emissions. Virtual anchoring can also be used to keep the ship in place using GPS, steering technology, propellers, and thrusters. In this way, the seafloor is safeguarded, and harm from traditional anchors is minimized.

Sylvia Earle Ship Specifications

Flag: Bahamas
Builder: CMIH-China Merchants Heavy Industry
Built-In: Haimen Shipyard, Jiangsu China
Class: Ice-strengthened expeditions ship (Infinity Ulstein CX103)
Passenger: 126
Decks: 8
Length: 341 feet/104 meters
Width: 60 feet
Speed: 10-12 knots

Sylvia Earle Itineraries

The new state-of-the-art ship Sylvia Earle's 2022-2023 itinerary includes Alaska, the Northwest Passage, Ireland, and Indonesia. In its 30th year of operation, they are also looking forward to returning to the Russian Far East and the breathtaking continent of Antarctica on a flight cruise.

Aurora Expeditions announced in early February 2021 that Dr. Sylvia Earle would be attending a themed excursion in early February 2021. Itinerary "Baja California and the Sea of Cortez" (May 4-12, 2022) is a 9-day roundtrip from Port Pichilinque (Baja California Sur, Mexico).


About Sylvia Earle

The brand new, purpose-built expedition ship, the Sylvia Earle ship joins Aurora Expeditions’ fleet alongside the Greg Mortimer 
Aurora Expeditions is an Australian-owned adventure company specializing in small-group expeditions to the Polar Regions and other wild, remote locations.

A world leader in expedition cruising, Aurora Expeditions provides passengers with an intimate experience of the destination, aided by professional staff and flexible, unique itineraries. Aurora is a company that is deeply committed to education and environmental preservation. It aims to visit these wilderness regions respectfully and produce ambassadors for their protection.

Read our Sylvia Earle reviews above and contact Adventure Life Antarctica experts to help you compare this polar ship to other purpose-built, activity-oriented, ice-class Antarctica ships.


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