Sylvia Earle Antarctica
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.
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
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.
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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.
Whales & Seals
Whilst most visitors find the penguins the primary draw in terms of Antarctic wildlife, the marine life includes numerous species of seal and whale. Species include humpback whales, orcas, elephant and leopard seals, and Antarctic fur seals.
One of the real highlights of an Antarctic cruise is getting out on the water in small Zodiac vessels, the ideal way to get up close to the icebergs, wildlife and marine life.