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Aurora Expeditions announces Sylvia Earle christening and maiden voyage

Aurora Expeditions has today announced its new, purpose-built expedition ship, Sylvia Earle, will be making her debut voyage on the Subantarctic Safari from 4-20 November 2022.

Aurora Expeditions has today announced its new, purpose-built expedition ship, Sylvia Earle, will be making her debut voyage on the Subantarctic Safari from 4-20 November 2022.

The ship will be christened by its namesake, the renowned marine biologist, oceanographer and explorer Dr. Sylvia Earle, prior to making its way to the wildlife havens of South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.

Aurora Expeditions says the 17-day maiden voyage to the Subantarctic Islands will appeal to wildlife lovers and history buffs alike.

Beginning in Santiago, Chile and ending in Ushuaia, Argentina, passengers will explore the history-steeped Falkands~Malvinas, a bird lovers’ paradise home to an incredible diversity of charismatic penguin species and the largest colony of black-browed albatross in the world, followed by South Georgia – known for its enormous King penguin colonies and beaches lined with Elephant and Antarctic fur seals.

Passengers will have the opportunity to trace the history of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s infamous journeys here.

Sylvia Earle
Sylvia Earle Science Centre

“We are thrilled to confirm the inaugural season of the Sylvia Earle, and to be debuting her on such a magnificent voyage whose destinations are so representative of Aurora’s spirit of exploration, discovery and education,” commented Hayley Peacock-Gower, CMO at Aurora Expeditions.

“This highly anticipated vessel is intended to be a floating ambassador for the conservation of the planet, with a large focus on marine education and conservation in line with Dr Earle’s own longstanding efforts.”

Certified 100% Carbon Neutral, the ship also pays tribute to six pioneering female conservationists from around the world alongside Dr Earle, who are honoured on each of the ship’s public decks: Jo Ruxton, Dr. Asha de Vos, Hanli Prinsloo, Dr. Carden Wallace AM, Bernadette Demientieff and Sharon Kwok.

Dr Sylvia Earle
Image: ©Chad Brown

“Travelling with Aurora Expeditions on the Sylvia Earle will be an incredible opportunity for people to learn about the planet’s extraordinary marine habitats and the importance of protecting them,” Dr. Earle commented.

Following her maiden voyage, the Sylvia Earle will continue her inaugural season on several voyages to Antarctica, followed by Costa Rica, the Canadian Arctic, Norway, Greenland, Iceland, Ireland and Scotland.

Dr. Earle will herself be joining a special Antarctic Climate Expedition during the ship’s maiden season, taking place in February 2023.

To celebrate the inaugural season, Aurora Expeditions is offering up to 20% off* Sylvia Earle voyages, for bookings up to June 30 2022.

For more information visit www.auroraexpeditions.com.au