Sylvia Earle

Named in honour of the accomplished marine biologist, oceanographer and explorer, the Sylvia Earle is AE Expeditions' second purpose-built expedition ship with a revolutionary new design.

What we love

Just take a look at the pictures - quite different from anything we have seen before, with a revolutionary new patented X-BOW design which has a number of benefits. Not only does it increase passenger comfort by eliminating slamming in heavy seas, but also the journey is speeded up so uncomfortable rides in heavy seas are minimised. This also results in environmental benefits, reducing fuel consumption and emissions.

On board, AE Expeditions guests will enjoy the company's established style - a comfortable, friendly and laid-back vibe in the company of like-minded travellers, for whom the time ashore is everything. The focus is on small group exploration, with a commitment to getting off the ship as much as possible for up close and personal encounters with wilderness and wildlife.

Capacity A maximum of 130 guests in the polar regions
Crew 80 Staff
Style Relaxed, authentic, cosy - a totally unpretentious and educational experience for true adventurers.
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee
  • Beer and house wine with dinner
  • Shore excursions
  • Onboard lecture programme
  • Polar Parka and boots on polar voyages
  • Port taxes
Year Built 2021
Tonnage 8,500 grt
Lenght 342 feet
Breadth 60 feet
Cruising Speed 15 knots


Main Restaurant
Aurora Expeditions - Sylvia Earle - Top Deck Restaurant
Top Deck Restaurant
Aurora Expeditions - Sylvia Earle - Top Deck Restaurant
Top Deck Restaurant

Enjoy great food and a convivial atmosphere onboard with delicious meals to fuel your exciting days exploring.

Main Restaurant

A single main restaurant helps to create a wonderful sense of camaraderie amongst guests. With open seating and joined by the expedition team, it's a wonderful venue in which to share stories with your fellow travellers and learn more from the experts onboard. There is also a small private dining area that can be requested for special occasions.

Top Deck Restaurant

Located at the top of the ship, just behind the observation lounge, is the Top Deck Restaurant serving a causal menu with a choice of a wonderful indoor and al fresco seating.

Bars and Lounges

Designed to help create a communal spirit onboard the bars and lounges are refined yet inviting places to gather.

At the front of the ship there is a stunning double height Science Centre & Lounge with glass atrium, home to a lower lounge whilst on the upper floor there is an excellent library. Here you can meet fellow guests to share tales from the day, swap photos, keep an eye out for wildlife or watch the sun drop below the horizon.

Cabins & Suites

Aurora Stateroom Superior
Balcony Stateroom B
Sylvia Earle Suite

Cosy and comfortable cabins all have a view of the ocean and most enjoy their own balcony. Dark cabinetry combines with a palette of whites and greys accentuated by polar inspired photography adorning the walls to create a snug sanctuary.

Captain's Suite

With an enviable midship location the Captain's Suite is the largest room onboard with 437 square feet of space, including the balcony. As well as the separate lounge area, balcony and walk-in-wardrobe, benefits also include a complimentary in-suite mini bar, 1-hour massage or facial spa treatment for each guest and a welcome bottle of Champagne.

Junior Suite

Enjoying an excellent vantage point the 420 square-foot Junior Suites are positioned just behind the bridge. They have a separate seating area and private balcony and enjoy the suite benefits of a complimentary in-suite mini bar, 1-hour massage or facial spa treatment for each guest and a welcome bottle of Champagne.

Balcony Stateroom Superior

At a total of 335 square feet, including the balcony, this category is the largest stateroom grade. Located on deck 4 and 6 their layout does differ so please call us for more information.

Balcony Stateroom

Split into three separate categories - A,B or C dependent on size, these cabin range from 180 to 301 square feet. A grades are the most abundant onboard and have a preferred position on Deck 4 and 6, close to the stairs and lift for access between decks. Many B grades interconnect making them ideal for families whilst the C grade are the most economical.

Aurora Stateroom Superior

These comfortable cabins on deck 7 have French balconies and at 214 square feet have the advantage of more internal space.

Aurora Stateroom Triple Share

Two triple share cabins are the only rooms with porthole, located on deck 3, close to the mudroom and loading platforms so perfect for adventurers looking for a comfortable base that's close to the action.

All rooms and suites include

  • Private en-suite
  • Mini bar
  • Interactive TV and entertainment
  • Desk area
  • Closet space
  • Electronic safe

Onboard experiences

Observation Deck

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.

The ship carries Zodiacs, which you can board via four dedicated, sea-level launching platforms. These platforms make boarding the Zodiacs as quick, efficient and safe as possible, minimising wait times and getting you closer to the action for longer.

In addition to onboard observation areas, there is a swimming pool & sun deck with two Jacuzzis and amazing views.

There are a range of add-on adventure activities available, depending on the itinerary, ranging from kayaking and diving to climbing and ski touring with purpose built activity preparation areas and loading platforms.

There is also lecture theatre for presentations covering topics as broad as history and culture, biology and climate change, all presented with the aim to engage, educate and entertain.

Onboard facilities

Aurora Expeditions - Sylvia Earle - Gym
Aurora Expeditions - Sylvia Earle - Sauna
Aurora Expeditions - Sylvia Earle - Mud Room

Designed to maximum your experience of the destination, care has also been taken to provide a comfortable base from which to explore, enhancing the enjoyment of your once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Zodiacs, double and single kayaks and standup pabbleboards

  • Snorkelling and scuba diving equipment with drysuits and wetsuits
  • Library
  • Science Centre & Lounge
  • Mudroom with gear drying facilities
  • Sauna & Gym
  • Swimming Pool & Sun Deck
  • Two Jacuzzis
  • Plenty of deck space for viewing or relaxing

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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Mundy Adventures office, 48/49 Russell Square, London