Sylvia Earle: Ship Details and Overview


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Named in honour of marine biologist, oceanographer and explorer, the Sylvia Earle is due to sail in late 2021 and boasts the latest in Polar cruise technology. 

Like its sister ship - the Greg Mortimer - the Sylvia Earle is one of the smallest Polar expedition ships and carries a maximum of 120. This means that not only will everyone will get plenty of time ashore, but the ship will be able to navigate smaller bays and passages when exploring. The hull is ice-strengthened and the Sylvia Earle is an impressive Class 1A for Polar sailing. 

With her new patented X-Bow®, the Sylvia Earle moves through the water with far less energy. This reduces fuel and makes the ship one of the most environmentally friendly on the market. The Sylvia Earle also utilises a virtual anchoring for protection of the sea floor. 

The patented X-Bow® makes the sailing experiencing smoother as the pointed front end of the ship cuts through water more smoothly than traditional ship designs. For anyone who suffers from seasickness, the Sylvia Earle is a good choice.

The Sylvia Earle has been specifically built for expedition travel and comes with custom-built hydraulic platforms that move in an out to provide clear views of the surrounding sea and wildlife

There is a large observation lounge on deck and, on deck's 5 and 6, there is also a glass atrium lounge. The Sylvia Earle is also one of the few ships to come with a heated salt water pool on deck, and also a gym, Jacuzzi,  sauna and spa.

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Sylvia Earle Ship Overview

Specifications

Expedition Team: 14-24

Hotel Team: 47-56

Engine & Deck Crew: 24

Passengers: 120

Length: 104.4m

Breadth: 18.2 m

Draught: 5.3m

Cruising Speed: 12 Knots

Cabins: 79

Route Map of the Sylvia Earle

Facilities

Dining Room, Bar, Sauna, Library, Gym, Observation Lounge, Mud room, Clinic with doctor

Equipment

Zodiacs, Kayaks, Snowshoes, Snorekling gear, Camping

Cabin Options

Captain's Suite
Deck 4 - 480 Sq Ft / 44.5 m² including balcony The Captain's Suite comes with a twin or king bed and large Private en-suite. A full size window leads out onto a private balcony. There is a desk area and separate lounge area. You'll also find closet space, room-controlled thermostat, safe for storing valuables and a 42" flat-screen TV. The mini fridge will be restocked continually.
Junior Suite
Deck 7 - 450-470 Sq Ft / 42-43.5 m² including balcony The Junior Suite comes with everything the Captain's Suite does, except the suite size is slightly smaller. The mini fridge will be restocked once.
Superior Balcony Stateroom
Decks 4 and 6 - 300-405 Sq Ft / 28-37.7 m² including balcony The Superior Balcony Stateroom comes with a twin or double bed, 42" flat-screen TV, private en-suite, desk area, full size window that leads to a private balcony, closet space, room-controlled thermostat, safe for storing valuables
Balcony Stateroom (A - C)
Decks 4 & 6 - 225-270 Sq Ft / 21-24.8 m² including balcony The Balcony Staterooms are the most abundant cabin on the Slyvia and come with a twin or double bed, 42" flat-screen TV, private en-suite, room-controlled thermostat, desk area, full size window that leads to a private balcony, closet space and safe for storing valuables
Superior Stateroom
Deck 7 - 215-240 Sq Ft / 20-22.3 m² The Superior Stateroom comes with a twin, double, or triple bed, 42" flat-screen TV, private en-suite, desk area, porthole window, closet space, room-controlled thermostat, safe for storing valuables
Twin & Triple (only on select voyages)
Deck 3 - 170-245 Sq Ft / 16.1-22.8 m² The twin and triple cabins come with a 42" flat-screen TV, private en-suite, desk area, porthole window, closet space, room-controlled thermostat, safe for storing valuables

On-Board Facilities

Public Area Facilities

Thanks to being one of the latest purpose-built Polar ships, the Sylvia Earle comes with a whole host of modern facilities. Onboard you'll find a state of the art lecture room, polar library, observation lounge with floor to ceiling windows and a glass atrium lounge with enormous windows spanning the front of the ship.

For people who like to be pampered, there is an outdoor heated saltwater pool, sauna, several jacuzzis, massage room and spa. The Sylvia Earle also comes with a mud room and sea-level zodiac boarding platforms which makes boarding the zodiacs much more accessible than traditional ships.

There are plenty of purpose-built observation areas on deck which allow for optimum wildlife viewing.  

Cabin Facilities

Thanks to its modern design, all cabins on the Sylvia Earle are nicely laid out with plenty of space and storage. All cabins are equipped with private en suites and 80% of the cabins come with a balcony.

Cabins onboard range from large suites to triple pothole rooms which allows for a range of budgets. All cabins are equipped with a 42" flat screen TVs, desk area, closet space and room controlled thermostat.  

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Activities Offered

Activity Details Offered?
Camping

$150 per person

Kayaking

$1,200 per person for Antarctica Peninsula cruises

Skiing

Price Varies

Photography Workshop

Free on selected itineraries only. Find tips here.

Shore-based walking/hiking

Included in price

Snowshoeing

$350 on selected itineraries

Polar Plunge and Zodiac Trip

Included in price

Helicopter Ride

Price varies

Scuba-diving

Price varies

Snorkeling

$640 on selected itineraries

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