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Sylvia Earle

Ship Overview

Operated by: Aurora Expeditions

Due to sail in October 2021, Aurora Expeditions' newest 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.

Sylvia Earle accommodates just 126 travellers on board, and there's several new innovations planned as well, including panoramic viewing windows in the bow along with a swimming pool! The Sylvia Earle remains true to Aurora Expeditions' ethos and focus on multiple landings, flexible itineraries and family atmosphere – just with an improved home base!

Expeditions to the polar regions can face some of the worst Mother Nature can throw at us. However, this won't be problem on the Sylvia Earle with the introduction of the patented X-BOW™, created by Norwegian ship designer ULSTEIN. As one of the leaders in marine engineering, ULSTEIN's X-BOW™ is an inverted bow concept that's designed to alleviate challenging open ocean waves! 

 

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Key Facts

Crew
60
Officers
International
Guests
126
Length
341 Feet / 104 Metres
Width
60 Feet
Speed
15 Knots
Passenger Decks
6
Built
2021
Registry
Bahamas
Room Grades

Captain's Suite

SIZE:44.55m2 / 479sqftSLEEPS:2

The largest of all Sylvia Earle's cabins, 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.

Captain's Suite

Junior Suite

SIZE:42m2 / 452sqftSLEEPS:2

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.

Junior Suite

Balcony Superior Stateroom

SIZE:28m2 / 301sqftSLEEPS:2

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.

Balcony Superior Stateroom

Balcony Stateroom Category A

SIZE:21m2 / 226sqftSLEEPS:2

The 23 Balcony Staterooms are the 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 Category A

Balcony Stateroom Category B

SIZE:21m2 / 226sqftSLEEPS:2

The 17 Balcony Staterooms are 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.

Balcony Stateroom Category B

Balcony Stateroom Category C

SIZE:21m2 / 226sqftSLEEPS:2

The 11 Balcony Stateroom are the most economical, fitted with all the necessities and comfortable for up to 2 people. These cabins are scattered throughout Deck 6.

Balcony Stateroom Category C

Aurora Stateroom Superior

SIZE:20m2 / 200sqftSLEEPS:2

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.

Aurora Stateroom Superior

Aurora Twin Stateroom

SIZE:20m2 / 200sqftSLEEPS:2

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.

Aurora Twin Stateroom
Dining

From the moment you step onto the Sylvia Earle you will receive the best hospitality service possible. Starting with the official Captain's welcome, you're welcome to 24 hours complimentary coffee, tea and snack facilities in addition to the range of different menu options and courses for each meal.

Meals are served in large dining room/restaurant with family style dining, perfect to swap stories with your new expedition family. Enjoy the range of house wine, beers and soft drinks included with dinner after a long day in the wild, preparing yourself for another exciting day to follow.

On the last day of your trip, the team on the Sylvia Earle put on a special farewell four-course dinner and cocktails – a perfect way to reflect on your time on the ship and consolidate lifelong friendships with the people you've met on-board.

Features

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.

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.

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.