Douglas Mawson

The brand new expedition ship from AE Expeditions sets sail in 2025 and promises the latest in cutting-edge nautical technology for immersive exploration in complete comfort.

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The third ship to join AE Expeditions' fleet of revolutionary purpose-built expedition ships, Douglas Mawson features the newest X-BOW design and a whole host of enhancements, building on the success of Greg Mortimer and Sylvia Earle. Named after a legendary Australian explorer, the new ship's inaugural season immerses guests in the pristine landscapes of East Antarctica, marking AE Expeditions' return to this region for the first time in 15 years.

On board you can expect the largest choice of cabins in the fleet, including single berth cabins, plus beautiful open deck space for taking in the views, featuring a heated outdoor swimming pool, whirlpools and comfortable loungers, perfect for unwinding after a day's exploring.

capacity an average of 154 guests
crew 81 - 103 dependent on guest numbers
style Immersive exploration in comfort with elegantly designed interiors and the latest in sustainable technology.
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee
  • Beer and house wine with dinner
  • Shore excursions
  • Onboard lecture programme
  • Polar Parka on polar voyages
  • Port taxes
year built 2025
tonnage 8,500 grt
length 104.4 metres
breadth 18.4 metres
cruising speed 10-12 knots


AE Expeditions - Douglas Mawson Dining Room rendering
Dining Room
AE Expeditions - Douglas Mawson Deck 8 Restaurant rendering
Top-Deck Restaurant
AE Expeditions - Douglas Mawson Top-Deck Restaurant Outdoors rendering
Top-Deck Restaurant Outdoors

Two dining venues on board offer a range of delicious meals to fuel your active days exploring ashore.

Dining Room

The dining room on deck 5 is elegantly designed with large windows and features a range of table sizes so you can chat with your fellow adventurers and share stories about the days' activities. All meals can be enjoyed here, and wine, beer and soft drinks are included with dinner.

Top-Deck Restaurant

For a casual atmosphere featuring both indoor and outdoor seating and a vibrant colour palette, head up to deck 8 and enjoy a meal whilst taking in your incredible surroundings.

Bars and lounges

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There is no shortage of places on board to relax, take in the views or chat with new-found friends.

The two-level Glass Atrium Lounge is a bright, airy space to plan the days' activities or head to deck 8 and take in the expansive views from the beautiful Observation Lounge. On deck, swing by the Pool Bar and enjoy a drink al fresco and if its a little chilly, take a soak in one of two Jacuzzis or the heated pool.

Cabins and suites

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Captain's Suite
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Balcony Stateroom Superior
AE Expeditions - Douglas Mawson Balcony Staterooms rendering
Balcony Stateroom
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Aurora Stateroom Triple
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Aurora Stateroom Superior
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Aurora Stateroom Single

Enjoy the fleet's most extensive range of guest accommodations yet, all decorated in natural tones and with Nordic design features.

Captain's Suite

With 486 square feet of space, the singular Captain's Suite is the largest on board and features a large balcony and a separate living area, a perfect haven to relax and enjoy the changing scenery.

Junior Suite

These four impressive suites on deck 7 offer up to 446 square feet of space, including an expansive balcony, en-suite and comfortable lounge.

Balcony Stateroom Superior

Located across decks 4 and 6, these generously sized staterooms between 298 and 390 square feet feature the bed facing the full-length windows so you can wake up to incredible views.

Balcony Stateroom Categories A, B and C

Depending on the size and deck location, the three balcony stateroom categories are split into A, B and C, ranging from 226 to 288 square feet in size, including balcony. All enjoy a King sized bed, private en-suite and seating area.

Aurora Stateroom Superior

These well-designed rooms enjoy the benefit of a French balcony, allowing guests get some fresh air and take in the ever-changing views. Offering between 150 and 174 square feet of space, they feature an en-suite, seating area, and desk.

Aurora Stateroom Twin, Triple and Single

Located on deck 3, close the mudroom and loading platform, these staterooms offer a comfortable base for your adventure. The Twin staterooms accommodate two guests and enjoy up to 171 square feet of space. The Triple staterooms can accomodate three guests and feature a porthole window and up to 242 square feet of space. The Single staterooms are perfectly designed for guests travelling solo, featuring a porthole window and up to 106 square feet of space.

Aurora Stateroom Superior Single

For solo guests looking for a little more space, these staterooms designed for one are located on deck 3 and deck 7 offering between 118 and 163 square feet of space and feature an en-suite, desk and closet.

Onboard experiences

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As with all ships in the AE Expeditions fleet, Douglas Mawson benefits from a team of experts in a number of fields. Throughout your voyage you will enjoy an enrichment programme to learn more about the extreme environments you are exploring.

Deck 3 is the launchpad for activites on board and here you will find the Zodiac access points and activities platform. In the mudroom you will prepare to get out into the environment and when you return, you can store your expedition gear in lockers and drying areas.

Enjoy lectures in the relaxed lecture theatre on board where you will meet the expedition team and learn about their fields of expertise, plus what you can expect from the region you are sailing in. There is a vast collection of topics covered, from climate change to wildlife and from history to biology and there will be a passionate team on hand to help answer any questions you may have.

Pop by the Citizen Science Centre where you can chat to the expedition team and on board naturalists and see what projects might be conducted on your voyage. You can get involved in activities to help support the valuable research of the team and make a difference in protecting these precious environments.

Relax in one of the many lounges on board including the light-filled Observation Lounge, from where you can enjoy the ever-changing views. Here you will also find wildlife guides and binoculars so you can keep an eye out for the local wildlife.

Onboard facilities

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Douglas Mawson has been designed for complete destination immersion, but also with guests' utmost comfort in mind. As well as the expedition-based activities, you will also find an array of onboard amenities to enhance your adventure.

  • A fleet of on board Zodiacs for getting up close to the action
  • Mudroom with gear drying facilities
  • Gym and sauna
  • Heated outdoot pool with sun loungers and a pool bar
  • Two on-deck Jacuzzis with great views
  • Observation lounge and viewing platforms
  • Lecture theatre for presentations by the expedition team
  • Well-stocked library with non-fiction books, wildlife guides, board games and more

Get in touch & let us tailor-make your perfect adventure holiday

Call us on +44 20 7399 7630 or visit us at our comfortable offices just off London's Regent Street.

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