Aurora Expeditions will build a second expedition ship, the
Sylvia Earle, scheduled to debut in October 2021.
The 126-passenger vessel will spend its first season in
Antarctica, sailing from Ushuaia, Argentina.
The order comes shortly after the Australia-based company introduced
its first new expedition ship in 2019, the Greg Mortimer, named for the
Australian mountaineer and Aurora’s founder.
Aurora, which has operated polar tours for 27 years, utilized
chartered ships prior to building the Greg Mortimer.
The Sylvia Earle is named after the marine biologist who was
the first woman to be chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration and also Time Magazine’s first Hero for the Planet
Aurora said its two ships use the cleanest marine engines in
the world and that onboard desalination plants convert seawater to freshwater.
The company also says that the ships’ inverted bow design offers “unrivalled
stability and comfort on ocean crossings.”
Activities on the new ship will include kayak expeditions, polar
ski touring, climbing, snowshoeing, hiking and exploration by Zodiac, bringing
guests to the heart of destinations.