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Renowned marine biologist, oceanographer and explorer Dr. Sylvia Earle will be on hand to christen her namesake cruise ship as it makes its debut voyage for Aurora Expeditions this winter.

The Australia-based adventure travel company will launch the Sylvia Earle on a Subantarctic Safari trip scheduled for Nov. 4-20, 2022. The 17-day cruise, departing from Santiago, Chile and returning to Ushaia, Argentina will include visits to the South Georgia and Falkland Islands.

“We are thrilled to confirm the inaugural season of the Sylvia Earle, and to be debuting her on such a magnificent voyage whose destinations are so representative of Aurora’s spirit of exploration, discovery and education, Hayley Peacock-Gower, CMO at Aurora Expeditions, said in a press statement. “This highly anticipated vessel is intended to be a floating ambassador for the conservation of the planet, with a large focus on marine education and conservation in line with Dr. Earle’s own longstanding efforts. We are so looking forward to having our adventurous expeditioners join us in exploring some of the world’s wildest, most awe-inspiring and important regions whilst paying tribute to such an incredible hero of our planet.”

The Sylvia Earle also pays tribute to six other pioneering female conservationists, with decks named for Jo Ruxton, Dr. Asha de Vos, Hanli Prinsloo, Dr. Carden Wallace, Bernadette Demientieff and Sharon Kwok.

“Travelling with Aurora Expeditions on the Sylvia Earle will be an incredible opportunity for people to learn about the planet’s extraordinary marine habitats and the importance of protecting them,” said Dr. Earle. “I see great synergy in working closely with a company that shares my vision for the future and which is, from the top down, passionate about the marine environment.”

While she will not take the inaugural voyage, Dr. Earle will join a special Antarctic Climate Expedition in February 2023.

Every cabin on the Sylvia Earle has an ocean view and nearly all have balconies. The ship features a science center, a two-level glass atrium lounge in the bow, multiple observation areas, Zodiac launching platforms, two restaurants, a gym and wellness center, a swimming pool, jacuzzis, mudroom and many other amenities.

To celebrate the inaugural season, Aurora Expeditions is offering up to 20 percent off Sylvia Earle voyages, for bookings before June 30, 2022.

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