At a Glance
One of the world’s most energy efficient and environmentally sensitive vessels, the Sylvia Earle allows passengers to explore extraordinary landscapes with minimal impact
With cutting edge technologies including industry-leading safety equipment, passengers can enjoy a safe voyage
The onboard facilities range from a heated saltwater pool and jacuzzis on deck to a state-of-the-art lecture theatre, well-stocked library, convivial bar, and wellness centre.
The cabins are stylish and serene, echoing the passing landscapes which are framed by floor-to-ceiling windows in the higher categories
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Antarctic weather is a lesson in extremes. Antarctica is the world’s coldest, windiest and driest continent. During the summer months the winds abate considerably and the weather is surprisingly comfortable, averaging between 20 and 50F. Summertime also means 18-24 hours of sunlight which allows life to flourish for a brief summer period. Long days also allow extensive exploration by small ship cruise to Antarctica. Antarctic weather allows for a short season of cruising from November to March each year.
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Combining innovative energy efficient systems and cutting-edge technologies with well thought-out Zodiac embarkation platforms, a heated saltwater swimming pool and wellness centre, Sylvia Earle is a stylish and comfortable expedition vessel.
Sylvia Earle boasts superb environmental achievements, with low energy consumption, onboard desalination plants and virtual anchoring earning it a place as one of the world’s least polluting marine vessels. Its streamlined design and Ulstein X-BOW further augment its fuel efficiency, while also contributing to a smoother voyage for its passengers. A state-of-the-art lecture theatre, wellness facilities, swimming pool, library and sociable dining room and bar keep passengers entertained while not exploring the landscape on a kayak, Zodiac or hiking onshore.
With a capacity of 126 passengers, the vessel offers 74 cabins that range from the 22 sq.m Aurora Stateroom to the 21-24sq.m Balcony Stateroom and the 42-44sq.m Suites. The elegant decor echoes the tones of the passing landscapes, with a muted palette of blues, cream and natural hues that create a soothing and restful retreat after a day spent exploring extraordinary terrains. Private ensuite facilities, a 42” flatscreen TV and individually controlled thermostat add home comforts, while the Aurora Stateroom’s porthole and the large windows of the other cabins frame the exhilarating views of the passing landscape.
Whether attending a lecture in the state-of-the-art lecture theatre, brushing up on your wildlife knowledge in the library or unwinding in the jacuzzi or the heated saltwater pool, the amenities of the Sylvia Earle are exceptional and varied. Share stories of the day’s activities with friends old and new in the bar or curl up with a book and watch as the world passes by. The stylish dining room is a welcoming space for delicious meals, along with 24-hour service of tea, coffee and snacks.
From the efficient mudroom to the four sea-level Zodiac launch platforms, the Sylvia Earle has been designed to minimise your time waiting to board and maximise time onshore and on Zodiac excursions. A range of activities brings the terrain and the wildlife within reach, from kayaking to diving, ski-touring to climbing, all led by expert expedition guides.
With innovative technologies and safety systems, expert guides and an exciting range of activities, a voyage on Sylvia Earle brings exhilarating wildlife encounters and a chance to travel through some of the world’s most iconic terrains. Combining this adventure with luxurious onboard facilities brings a balance of exploration and indulgent relaxation.
Whether indulging in a restorative massage or relaxing with a drink at the bar, the Sylvia Earle offers a variety of communal spaces to suit every occasion and mood.
Attend a fascinating lecture from a local naturalist or expert in the lecture room and read up on the history, wildlife or geography of the region in the library. Soothe post-kayaking muscles in the jacuzzi, warm up in the sauna or work-out in the gym, before giving into temptation in the restaurant or bar. The expedition facilities are as innovative and considered as its communal spaces, with four launch platforms for swift embarkation of the Zodiacs and a spacious mudroom with individual lockers for your expedition gear.
With activities to suit each itinerary, time on Sylvia Earle could be spent exploring frozen wilds in a kayak, visiting penguin colonies or historic sights, or hiking across pristine terrain. The vessel’s expedition leaders employ their rich experience and extraordinary knowledge to immerse passengers in the landscape and its wildlife, creating memorable encounters once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Travelling through Antarctica takes you through a landscape unlike anywhere else on earth. Your time here introduces you to this evocative landscape, with trips ashore and onboard presentations providing an understanding of the scenery and its wildlife.
The Drake Passage
The stretch of sea between the southern tip of South America and Antarctica is the Drake Passage, an often turbulent stretch of sea that marks the beginning and end of your journey south. Take in the midnight sunset and watch albatrosses fly alongside you.
Extraordinary Antarctica: Cross the Polar Circle
Santiago, Punta Arenas, Antarctica, Punta Arenas, Santiago
from £12300 pp inc flights & transfers for 16 nights
- Cross the Polar Circle at 66°33’ S and venture where only a select few do
- Enjoy a pristine, untouched landscape and make the first tracks in the snow
- Head to abandoned bases such as the British Station W and marvel at this perfectly preserved slice of time
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