Sylvia Earle embarks on inaugural sailing

Aurora Expeditions' second X-Bow expedition ship bound for Antarctica

Aurora Expeditions’ second purpose-built small ship, Sylvia Earle, has departed on her inaugural voyage. The sister ship to Greg Mortimer departed for Antarctica on 10 December 2022 from Ushuaia, Argentina.

Michael Heath, CEO of Aurora Expeditions is on board Sylvia Earle along with around 120 passengers on the 12-day Spirit of Antarctica expedition. He said all crew and guests were excited to be heading to the white continent for the first time. “She is looking amazing and performing well.”

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“With our focus on education and conservation, our goal is to immerse our expeditioners in some of the world’s most secluded and wonderous places such as the Antarctic Peninsula in a relaxed, fun and informal onboard setting,” said Heath.

“Our highly experienced Expedition Team will be guiding and enriching our passengers while we experience myriad excursions by water and land, with enthralling activities ranging from Zodiac cruises to walks and hikes, sea kayaking, scuba-diving, snorkeling, photography, wildlife watching, camping and snowshoeing. All while creating lifelong ambassadors for the planet,” Heath added.

Sylvia Earle features the Ulstein X-BOW, a revolutionary inverted bow design, for sailing across tempestuous waters creating smoother and faster crossings which helps increase passenger comfort and trim fuel consumption.

Sylvia Earle will operate nine voyages in Antarctica this season before heading to Costa Rica and the Panama Canal in April 2023.

Sylvia Earle in Ushuaia ahead of her inaugural sailing
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