We specialise in small ship expedition vessels
Our vessels are small enough to go where others simply can’t. Designed in close consultation with our expedition team, we drew on centuries of collective experience to map out our ships: purpose-built for expeditions to the most remote places on earth.
With the revolutionary ULSTEIN X-BOW® to cross oceans more comfortably, expansive observation decks, inviting communal areas and unsurpassed environmental credentials, our ships offer the perfect base camp for adventures at the outer limits of human exploration.
Accommodating an average of 138 passengers per voyage, our fleet is redefining expedition cruising for the future.
Designed for rugged, remote areas
Crossing the notorious Drake Passage or the Denmark Strait, our expeditions face some of the most extreme conditions. Our ships are at the cutting edge of nautical technology: robust, powerful and up to the task.
The ULSTEIN X-BOW® is an inverted bow design that has been used on over 100 vessels in commercial shipping industry, and we are excited to have the first passenger vessels to incorporate this innovative marine technology.
The bow cuts through the swell so you feel fewer vibrations, make quicker transits through sea passages and helps reduce fuel consumption by up to 60%^. This, in combination with Rolls Royce dynamic stabilisers offers unrivalled stability and comfort* on ocean crossings.
Designed for active expeditions
Our ships are built to world-class polar standards and designed in close consultation with our expedition specialists, to ensure that every aspect of the ship’s design enriches your expedition experience.
Our zodiac loading platforms and activities platform allows for faster disembarkation from the ship – to get out on your adventure quicker, whether by zodiac or by kayak.
In our mudroom you will have access to a locker when you can hang your gear up to dry, and store your boots between excursions. You will also have access to lockers and rapid drying areas for wetsuits, to give your gear the best chance to dry between excursions.
Designed for wildlife watching
While on board, the ship is your base camp in the most incredible environments on earth. Make yourself comfortable, your floating home is yours to enjoy!
As you explore the ship you will find indoor lounge areas with floor-to ceiling windows and panoramic views, and multiple open decks with expansive 270-360 degree views. There is no shortage of spaces to take in the majesty of the incredible world outside!
Designed for education & learning
On all expeditions you will meet naturalists and local specialists, who offer presentations on their area of expertise to deepen your understanding of the region you’re visiting.
Join the team in the lecture theatre for presentations covering topics as broad as history and culture, biology and climate change, but they have one thing in common: they all aim to engage, educate and entertain.
With floor-to-ceiling windows, the library is a peaceful sanctuary where you can find non-fiction books to read up on the day’s destinations and wildlife, plug in and organise your photos or play board games with newfound friends.
Designed for a comfortable onboard experience
When you are not busy on regular shore excursions why not use the gym or sauna or book a massage (additional cost applies). There are also 2 jacuzzis on the top outside deck with amazing views of the world outside.
Our comfortable open seating dining area is where you will share tales of the day and be fuelled with delicious meals cooked by our onboard chefs.
Our cabins are beautifully appointed, with a simple, neutral colour palette taking inspiration from nature in the polar regions. Choose from a range of configurations and features, including twin and double-bed options, private balconies and interconnecting staterooms.
Responsible travel features
Our ships boasts the lowest polluting marine engines in the world, due to a combination of low energy consumption, high fuel-efficiency and a streamlined design.
Our state-of-the-art Tier 3 engines deliver an 80% reduction in emissions* and can utilise virtual anchoring to hold its position using a combination of GPS, steering technology, propellers and thrusters. This protects the sea floor and minimises the damage caused by conventional anchors.
Our onboard desalination plants convert seawater to freshwater that’s safe to drink. This means we can carry less freshwater on sea crossings, further reducing our fuel consumption.
Your safety is a critical consideration and our ships feature industry-leading safety technology that exceeds the requirements for ships of this size. Our ships are Ice Class
1A and Polar Code 6 compliant, hold BV^ class and are fully compliant with the latest SOLAS requirements.
A world class return-to-port system enables the ships to maintain operating systems and comfort in the event of an engine failure. As our expeditions take place in remote areas far from traditional medical facilities, we have a fully-resourced medical clinic, open 24 hours a day and staffed by qualified medical professionals.
*Aurora Expeditions do not claim that this will prevent or cure motion sickness or seasickness. ^Compared to Tier 1 engines.
Discover our innovative expedition ships
Our ships are named after; our co-founder and well-known mountaineer, Greg Mortimer; and Sylvia Earle, world-renowned oceanographer and explorer. Built to travel to the outer reaches of our planet and remote, rugged places they carry an average of 138 passengers and are among the first passenger vessels to feature the ULSTEIN X-Bow®, allowing for faster and smoother sailings. Our ships are built with some of the latest advancements in naval design.
The Sylvia Earle
The Sylvia Earle features the revolutionary ULSTEIN X-BOW®, providing improved stability in rough seas, enhanced ship speed and reduced environmental impact. The ship showcases other innovative features including a glass atrium lounge, virtual anchoring technology, sea-level Zodiac platforms for efficient loading off the ship, a top deck heated swimming pool and much more!
The Greg Mortimer
The Greg Mortimer is the first passenger vessel to feature the revolutionary ULSTEIN X-BOW®, providing improved stability in rough seas, enhanced ship speed and reduced environmental impact. The ship showcases other unique features such as custom-designed hydraulic platforms, virtual anchoring technology, sea-level Zodiac platforms for efficient loading off the ship, two jacuzzis and much more!