06th February 2023

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1 February 2023, London, United Kingdom - AE Expeditions’ (part of Aurora Expeditions) two ships met for the first time this week while in Antarctica, looking majestic in the icy landscape. The Greg Mortimer launched in 2019 has visited the region many times. The Sylvia Earle’s maiden voyage took place in December 2022, and she recently departed on her fifth voyage in Antarctic waters.

Namesake, the world-renowned oceanographer Dr Sylvia Earle, will be christening her ship on 15 February 2023, before she departs on the inaugural Antarctic Climate Expedition, a nine-day voyage with Ocean Geographic, AE Expeditions and a collection of renowned thought leaders.

Each of AE Expedition’s purpose-built, small ships takes an average of 132 passengers with an average of over 20 Expedition Team. AE Expeditions was the first to use the ULSTEIN X-BOW® in a passenger ship. Its inverted bow design cuts through the swell minimising vibrations, enabling faster transits through sea passages and helping reduce fuel consumption. This, in combination with Rolls Royce dynamic stabilisers, offers unrivalled stability and comfort on ocean crossings.

With over 32 years of experience, AE Expeditions is founded on the guiding principles of endless exploration while travelling with the utmost consideration of the environment. Aurora is deeply committed to responsible, respectful and safe travel. We offer one of the highest Expedition Team-to-passenger ratios in expedition cruising. Their expertise brings to life the beauty and fragility of this spectacular polar region. 

Aurora’s guide experience is imperative for ensuring passengers have a safe, fascinating, immersive and enjoyable expedition. Education and enrichment are also at the centre of our experience, our Expedition Team have always been about sharing their knowledge and insights so that our travellers leave richer than they did when they came onboard, ultimately creating lifelong ambassadors for the planet.




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