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Why cruise on this ship?

Due to sail soon, our new ship honours the highly accomplished marine biologist, oceanographer and explorer, Dr. 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 Dr. Earle’s long-standing conservation efforts for marine protected areas and ocean wildlife. Dr. Sylvia Earle will be involved in the development of her namesake.

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Dining

From the moment you step onto the Sylvia Earle, we aim to give you the best hospitality service possible. Starting with the official Captain's Welcome, as our guests, you're welcome to 24 hours complimentary coffee∘, tea and snack facilities in addition to a range of different menu options and courses for each meal.

Dining

One of the most important parts of any expedition is the food! Whatever adventures the day holds, you will be fuelled-up with hearty meals and delicious morning/afternoon teas cooked by our onboard chefs.

Meals are a great time to soak up the expedition camaraderie in our open seating dining area. Share stories with your fellow travellers and ask our expedition team questions that may have come up during the day.

Tea, coffee and snacks are available 24 hours a day, and our chefs offer different menu options and courses for each meal. Enjoy the range of house wine, beers and soft drinks included with dinner after a long day in the wild.

We also invite you to join your captain and expedition team for informal Captain’s Welcome and Farewell drinks, with complimentary beverages and cocktail appetisers, followed by a 3 course meal.

Features

  • Experience: Complimentary
  • Food type: Varies

Entertaining

When you’re relaxing during a sea day or you have a little downtime on the ship between excursions, what is there to do onboard the Sylvia Earle? Plenty!

The Sylvia Earle is also decked out with other facilities for your enjoyment. There is a library on Deck 5 with books and maps and a Wellness Centre complete with gym equipment, sauna and spa. Feeling a little sore after walking around all day? Treat yourself to a massage at the Wellness Centre and feels the aches disappear!

Observation Points

Let's face it – you don't want windowless rooms when travelling around some of the most beautiful locations around the world. This is why the Sylvia Earle is designed with plenty of dedicated observation spaces – ideal for keen bird spotters, wildlife watchers and those wanting to watch the scenery go past.

From the indoor 180-degree lounge and outdoor 360-degree open deck, both on deck 8, to the 270-degree open sundeck on level 7, there are plenty of observation points to share around the ship! If these are full, then you can take up a spot on one of the two hydraulic viewing platforms on deck 5.

Features

  • Lounge
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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.

Features

  • Bar
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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 non-fiction 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.

Features

  • Library
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Glass Atrium Lounge

Experience the Glass Atrium Lounge inside the bow, featuring huge windows and superb views to the front of the ship.

Features

  • Lounge

Enrichment

One of the great benefits of travelling with Aurora Expeditions is the number of optional activities that you can participate in. From kayaking and skiing to diving and climbing, these are one-in-a-lifetime opportunities that you need to take advantage of.

Aboard the Sylvia Earle there is a specially designed launching platform for all activities, a concept overseen by our activity experts. This area also includes individual lockers in the expansive mudroom and rapid drying areas for wetsuits so you can quickly get warm after exploring in the elements!

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Zodiac Launching Platform

Zodiacs are a vital part of getting up close and personal on your adventure – sneaking into areas that the Sylvia Earle can't reach. On this new ship, there are specially designed launching platforms that enables us to load Zodiacs easily and quickly, allowing you to spend more time exploring on the two to three daily landings.

There are 15 Zodiacs that are boarded from either side of Deck 3 (sea level), perfect for when there is a group of fluffy cute penguin chicks that we need a photo of!

Features

  • Zodiacs
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Custom-Built Activity Platform

Regardless of your destination, we offer a number of additional activities to allow you to see more of the environment. From kayaking and diving to climbing and ski touring, it's these optional activities that often leave the biggest impression on your trip as a whole. On board the Sylvia Earle, there is a spacious prep and loading platform for these activities and more – designed in consultation with our expert activity guides.

Features

  • Excursions
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Excursions

Although the ship is fun, the real enjoyment comes from the many shore excursions that are available. Depending on weather conditions, it may be possible for multiple landings, taking a look at everything from rock formations and ancient ruins to cute groups of penguins. We know time is of the essence in these wild locations, so the Sylvia Earle has been designed to carry 15 Zodiacs, which means you can maximise your time on shore.

From four dedicated sea level launching platforms, transfers are quicker, safer and enable you to get closer to the action for a longer period of time. Just remember to charge your camera before you step onto the Zodiac!

Features

  • Excursions
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Mudroom

No need to take your wet expedition gear back to your cabin to dry. Keep your cabin warm and cosy by leaving your outer jackets and pants in the mudroom.

The mudroom is your launchpad for all shore excursions and activities. Here, you will have access to a locker when you can hang your gear up to dry, and store your boots between excursions.

Features

Science Centre & Lounge

Learn more about the world we explore with our onboard naturalist and expedition team in our science centre, or enjoy superb views to the front of the ship.

Features

  • Education
  • Lectures

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.

Features

  • Lectures

Health and fitness

There is a Wellness Centre complete with gym equipment, sauna and spa. Feeling a little sore after walking around all day? Treat yourself to a massage∘ at the Wellness Centre and feels the aches disappear!

Sauna, Spa & 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.

Features

  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Wellness
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Swimming Pool & Sun Deck

There are also two jacuzzis and a swimming pool on the top outside deck with amazing views of the world outside.

Features

  • Pool

Kids and teens

There are no dedicated children's facilities onboard the Sylvia Earle.

Accommodation

After a long day exploring the wonders of your destination, you need somewhere where you can simply relax and take a break from real life.

The Sylvia Earle is the perfect place to take five and recuperate after exploring – with creature comforts and wellbeing considered as part of the overall design. All staterooms∘ have private bathrooms, personal storage options, twin and double-bed configuration options, ample storage, international power outlets and a daily cabin service, as well as all the basic amenities that you'll need onboard.

Of course, the prospect of unexpected wildlife encounters is always on the table so your accommodation needs to have a view as well! Across four of the five stateroom categories you'll find large floor to ceiling windows∘ that offer prime observation opportunities around the clock. Additionally, there are private balconies in roughly 80% of the staterooms, allowing you to watch the world float past and take in the salty air of the open ocean.

Another great feature of the accommodation on the Sylvia Earle are the interconnecting staterooms. If you're part of a family or group who want some privacy, but still want to be close to each other, these staterooms are the perfect option.

Regardless of your chosen stateroom, you can enjoy fully-serviced accommodation on the Sylvia Earle!

Captain's Suite

The largest of all our rooms, 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.

Inclusion

  • 1 x mug per person
  • 1 x drink bottle per person
  • 1 x 3-in-1 polar jacket per person (polar voyages only)
  • 1 x drybag backpack per person (Costa Rica voyages only)
  • 1 x free pair of binoculars per suite
  • 1-hour spa treatment (per person)*
  • Free stocked mini bar^
  • Gratuities/tips for crew included – to the value of AUD$15 per person per day
  • 1x Free bottle of champagne per suite
*Valid on 1-hour massage or facial treatment only. Further details provided on board.
^Balcony Suites and Junior Suites stocked once only, not replenished. Captain’s Suite replenished as needed.


Amenities

  • Twin or king bed
  • Private en-suite
  • Full size window
  • Desk area
  • Closet space
  • Private balcony
  • Room-controlled thermostat
  • Safe for storing valuables
  • Seperate lounge area
  • 42" flat-screen TV

Features

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • Free Mini Bar
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Desk
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Junior Suite

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.

Cabin Inclusion

  • 1 x mug per person
  • 1 x drink bottle per person
  • 1 x 3-in-1 polar jacket per person (polar voyages only)
  • 1 x drybag backpack per person (Costa Rica voyages only)
  • 1 x free pair of binoculars per suite
  • 1-hour spa treatment (per person)*
  • Free stocked mini bar^
  • Gratuities/tips for crew included – to the value of AUD$15 per person per day
  • 1 x free bottle of champagne per suite

*Valid on 1-hour massage or facial treatment only. Further details provided on board.

^Balcony Suites and Junior Suites stocked once only, not replenished. Captain’s Suite replenished as needed.

Amenities

  • Twin or king bed
  • Private en-suite
  • Full size window
  • Desk area
  • Closet space
  • Private balcony
  • Room-controlled thermostat
  • Safe for storing valuables
  • 42" flat-screen TV
  • Seperate lounge area

Features

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Free Mini Bar
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Balcony Stateroom Superior

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.

Cabin Inclusion

  • 1 x mug per person
  • 1 x drink bottle per person
  • 1 x 3-in-1 polar jacket per person (polar voyages only)
  • 1 x drybag backpack per person (Costa Rica voyages only)

Some of these rooms are equipped with wheelchair accessible bathrooms.

Amenities

  • Twin or double bed
  • Private en-suite
  • Full size window
  • Desk area
  • Closet space
  • Private balcony
  • Room-controlled thermostat
  • Safe for storing valuables
  • 42" flat-screen TV

Features

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk
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Balcony Stateroom Category A

We have three cabin categories of our Balcony Staterooms. These are classified as A, B or C depending on the cabin size.

Our 23 Balcony Stateroom – A cabins are our 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.

Cabin Inclusion

  • 1 x 3-in-1 polar jacket per person (polar voyages only)

Amenities

  • Twin or king bed
  • Private En-suite
  • Balcony
  • Desk area
  • Closet space
  • Sofa bed (can sleep 3rd passenger in select cabins)
  • Room-controlled thermostat
  • Safe for storing valuables
  • 42" flat-screen TV

Features

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Shower
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk
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Balcony Stateroom Category B

We have three cabin categories of our Balcony Staterooms. These are classified as A, B or C depending on the cabin size.

Our 23 Balcony Stateroom – A cabins are our 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.

Cabin Inclusion

  • 1 x 3-in-1 polar jacket per person (polar voyages only)

Amenities

  • Twin or king bed
  • Private En-suite
  • Balcony
  • Desk area
  • Closet space
  • Sofa bed (can sleep 3rd passenger in select cabins)
  • Room-controlled thermostat
  • Safe for storing valuables
  • 42" flat-screen TV

Features

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • Shower
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Balcony Stateroom Category C

We have three cabin categories of our Balcony Staterooms. These are classified as A, B or C depending on the cabin size.

Our 23 Balcony Stateroom – A cabins are our 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.

Cabin Inclusion

  • 1 x 3-in-1 polar jacket per person (polar voyages only)

Amenities

  • Twin or king bed
  • Private En-suite
  • Balcony
  • Desk area
  • Closet space
  • Sofa bed (can sleep 3rd passenger in select cabins)
  • Room-controlled thermostat
  • Safe for storing valuables
  • 42" flat-screen TV

Features

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Shower
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Aurora Stateroom Superior

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.

Cabin Inclusion

  • 1 x mug per person
  • 1 x drink bottle per person
  • 1 x 3-in-1 polar jacket per person (polar voyages only)
  • 1 x drybag backpack per person (Costa Rica voyages only)

Amenities

  • Twin or king bed
  • Private En-suite
  • Porthole window
  • Desk area
  • Closet space
  • Sofa bed (can sleep 3rd passenger in select cabins)
  • Room-controlled thermostat
  • Safe for storing valuables
  • 42" flat-screen TV

Features

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk
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Aurora Stateroom Twin Share

Cabin Inclusion

  • 1 x mug per person
  • 1 x drink bottle per person
  • 1 x 3-in-1 polar jacket per person (polar voyages only)
  • 1 x drybag backpack per person (Costa Rica & Panama Canal only)

Amenities

  • Twin single beds
  • Private En-suite
  • Porthole window
  • Desk area
  • Closet space
  • Room-controlled thermostat
  • Safe for storing valuables
  • 42" flat-screen TV

Features

  • Double or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Deck plans

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Deck 3


  • Elevator
  • Aurora Stateroom Twin
  • Aurora Stateroom Triple
  • Activity launching platform
  • Zodiac loading platforms
  • Change room / Mudroom
  • Medical Clinic
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Deck 4

  • Reception
  • Elevator
  • Captains Suite
  • Balcony stateroom (A,B,C)
  • Balcony stateroom Superior


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Deck 5

  • Lower glass Atrium lounge
  • Lecture theatre & lounge
  • Assembly Station
  • Reception
  • Dining room
  • Ship Shop
  • Elevator
  • Dining room
  • Bar
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Deck 6

  • Upper glass atrium lounge
  • Library
  • Elevator
  • Balcony stateroom (A,B,C)
  • Balcony stateroom Superior
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Deck 7

  • Bridge
  • Elevator
  • Gym
  • Wellness Centre / Sauna
  • Bar
  • Swimming pool & sun deck
  • Jacuzzis / Plunge Pools
  • Junior Suite
  • Aurora stateroom Superior
  • Observation decks
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Deck 8

  • Observation deck
  • Observation lounge
  • Bars
  • Top deck restaurant
  • Elevator
  • Seating area