Aurora Expeditions’ ships Sylvia Earle and Greg Mortimer meet for the first time in Antarctica

   February 4, 2023 ,   Cruise Industry

Aurora Expeditions’ 2 cruise ships met for the first time this week while sailing in the icy landscape of the Antarctic Peninsula.

The 2019-built Greg Mortimer has visited the polar region for a number of seasons.

The maiden voyage of Sylvia Earle was in December 2022, and the ship recently departed on her 5th Antarctic sailing.

The renowned oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, the vessel’s namesake, will be officially christening the ship on February 15th, 2023, before she sets sail on an inaugural Antarctic Climate Expedition, a world-first 9-day journey with Aurora Expeditions, Ocean Geographic, and renowned thought leaders.

Aurora Expedition’s purpose-built, small ships take an average of 132 passengers with an average of 20+ Expedition Team members. The company was the first to use the ULSTEIN X-BOW in a passenger vessel. The inverted bow design cuts through the swell and minimizes vibrations, enabling faster transits and helping reduce fuel consumption. In combination with Rolls Royce dynamic stabilizers, this offers unrivaled stability/comfort on ocean crossings.

With 32+ years of experience, Aurora is founded on the principles of endless exploration while sailing with the utmost consideration of the environment. The line is deeply committed to safe, responsible, and respectful travel, and it offers one of the industry's highest Expedition Team-to-passenger ratios. 

Sylvia Earle cruise ship

Aurora Expeditions' guide experience is imperative for ensuring travelers have a safe, enjoyable, and immersive expedition. Education and enrichment are at the centre of the brand’s experience. The seasoned Expedition Team has shared their knowledge/insights so that guests leave richer than they did when they came onboard.