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Aurora Expeditions Reveals Cutting-Edge Design Of Its New Expedition Ship

Aurora Expeditions is on schedule with the build of its second state-of-the-art expedition ship, the Sylvia Earle, and today, Karryon can exclusively reveal its striking new exterior design.

Aurora Expeditions is on schedule with the build of its second state-of-
the-art expedition ship, the Sylvia Earle, and today, Karryon can exclusively reveal its striking new exterior design.

Isn’t she a beaut?

Due for delivery in October 2021, the Sylvia Earle features the cutting-edge Ulstein X-BOW®, a core design element that’s essential to the speed, agility, and impressive fuel efficiency of the ships in the Aurora Expeditions fleet.

“Our new purpose-built ship honours the highly accomplished marine biologist, oceanographer and explorer, Dr Sylvia Earle, who is actively involved in the development of her namesake, and I look forward to working closely with Dr Earle in the coming years.”

Monique Ponfoort, Aurora Expeditions CEO

“The sleek new design of the Sylvia Earle has been created to reflect the pioneering nature of our ships and the adventurous activities we will undertake with our passionate expeditioners on board,” notes Global Head of Marketing, Victoria Primrose.

“From a brand perspective, the bold design and use of our strong signature teal colour will make the Sylvia Earle instantly recognisable as an Aurora Expeditions ship,” Victoria continued.

The Sylvia Earle

Aurora Expeditions

The new ship will visit many new destinations within the Aurora Expeditions program, including Alaska, Baja California, the Russian Far East, Raja Ampat and West Papua.

Aurora Expeditions ships boast one of the lowest polluting marine engines in the world, due to a combination of low energy consumption, high fuel-efficiency, and a streamlined design.

The state-of-the-art Tier 3 engine delivers an 80% reduction in emissions* and can utilise virtual anchoring to hold its position instead of dropping anchor on the delicate sea floor.

On-board desalination plants convert seawater to freshwater that is safe to drink, meaning Aurora Expedition ships, therefore, carry less fresh water on sea crossings, further reducing fuel consumption.

The Sylvia Earle will be the second in the fleet to sail with the patented ULSTEIN X-BOW®, whose inverted bow design, in combination with Rolls-Royce dynamic stabilisers, offers unrivalled stability and comfort 1 on ocean crossings. The Ulstein X-BOW® cuts through sea swells, minimising vibrations and disturbances, and makes quicker transits through waves. Which also helps reduce fuel consumption by up to 60%.

The second ship of this design will break ground yet again. The Ulstein X-BOW® on the Sylvia Earle will feature a unique two-level glass lounge in the bow, offering extraordinary views to the front of the ship.

In polar regions, this means that passengers will be able to appreciate the majesty of an iceberg immediately as it appears on the horizon. It will also feature an outdoor swimming pool, heated by repurposing engine heat, which will be a welcome addition in warmer regions.

“We look forward to welcoming our first expeditioners on board the Sylvia Earle as we venture to the world’s most remote and fascinating destinations,”

Victoria Primrose, Aurora Expeditions Global Head of Marketing,

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