Into the Northwest Passage (Westbound)

Into the Northwest Passage (Westbound)

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Into the Northwest Passage (Westbound)

17 Days Starting in Toronto, ON, Canada and ending in Calgary, AB, Canada

Visiting: Toronto, Ontario, Kangerlussuaq, Sisimiut (Holsteinsborg), Ilulissat (Jakobshavn), Qeqertarsuaq (Godhavn), Qikiqtarjuaq, Sillem Island, Pond Inlet, Dundas Harbour, Prince Leopold Island, Cunningham Inlet, Port Leopold, Coningham Bay, King William Island, Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Calgary Alberta

Tour operator:

Aurora Expeditions

Ship Name:
Sylvia Earle
Ship Capacity:

132

Physical rating:

Medium

Age range:

8-92

Tour operated in:
English
Activities:

Walking

From:
$20185
$19176 (USD) The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$1009

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Tour Overview

The icy and labyrinthine channels of the legendary Northwest Passage have enchanted explorers and adventurers for centuries. Get a glimpse into the world that captivated early explorers such as Franklin, Amundsen and Larsen by exploring a portion of the fabled Northwest Passage. Visit the final resting places of some of the heroic explorers to have ventured here and experience the archipelago of islands and channels that form Canada’s High Arctic region. Along the way, we hope to meet local indigenous people who call this remote wilderness home, and encounter enigmatic Arctic wildlife, including walrus, beluga whale, polar bear, musk ox and the elusive narwhal. Pack ice always threatens to halt our voyage through the passage, adding a compelling element of adventure that is integral to any genuine expedition.

Highlights

  • Stand in awe of Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Hike on Devon Island, the world’s largest uninhabited island

  • On Beechey Island, visit the graves of explorers from John Franklin’s expedition

  • Keep watch with the hope of spotting iconic arctic wildlife including ringed seals, musk ox, polar bears, and perhaps beluga whales

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Toronto, Ontario
Location: Toronto, Ontario

Having made your way to Toronto Airport, check-in at our group hotel located near the airport for an overnight stay. Please visit the AE Expeditions hospitality desk to collect your luggage cabin tags and to speak with our ground operations team, who may have information to share with you about pre-embarkation procedures and also about the charter flight to Kangerlussuaq tomorrow. You will receive AE Expeditions cabin tags for your luggage. Please clearly label the tags with your name and ship cabin number.

Day 2 : Embarkation, Kangerlussuaq
Location: Kangerlussuaq

Please ensure that your luggage is fitted with cabin tags clearly labelled with your name and cabin number. Any valuables or personal items should be kept on you throughout the day. Your luggage will be delivered to your cabin ahead of your arrival on board. After breakfast at the hotel, board our charter flight to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, where our vessel the Sylvia Earle awaits. After boarding, there is time to settle into your cabin before our important safety briefings. The sailling out of Søndre Strømfjord, with its towering mountains on both sides, is magnificent. This evening, meet your expedition team and crew at the Captain’s Welcome Dinner.

Day 3 : Sisimiut (Holsteinsborg)
Location: Sisimiut (Holsteinsborg)

Greenland’s second largest town, Sisimiut is located approximately 54 kilometres (33.5 miles) north of the Arctic Circle, meaning that during summer, you can experience the midnight sun here. The town is famous for the old blue church with the gate made of whale bone. In the cosy museum next door to the church, you will find an excellent reconstruction of an Inuit turf house as well as exhibits of local history and early life in Greenland. Sisimiut offers hiking trails with various degrees of difficulty. The easier trails take you through the town itself, its outskirts and into the mountains, where you will find spectacular vantage points. Approximately 4,500 years ago, the Saqqaq culture arrived from Canada and settled in the area. They lived here for approximately 2,000 years, after which they mysteriously disappeared from the area. The Dorset culture arrived around 500 CE and stayed until the 1200s until they were replaced by the Thule culture, and today, the majority of the population of Sisimiut are descendants of the Thule culture.

Day 4 : Ilulissat (Jakobshavn)
Location: Ilulissat (Jakobshavn)

Known as the ‘birthplace of icebergs’, this region produces some of the most dazzling icebergs found anywhere on Earth. Hike to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Icefjord and stand in awe of its immensity. Sermeq Kujalleq, also known as Jakobshavn Glacier, is the most productive glacier – not only in Greenland but the entire Northern Hemisphere. It produces 20 million tonnes of ice each day, all floating into the Ilulissat Icefjord and Disko Bay. Conditions permitting, enjoy a Zodiac cruise at the mouth of the fjord and kayak through sea ice and icebergs. An optional 90-minute helicopter flight over the icefjord is a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. Optional helicopter flight (90 mins): this excursion is the only way you can get close to the gigantic glacier. The 12-seater helicopter departs from Ilulissat Airport sweeping over hills, lakes and ice fjords. Land on the mountain at Kangia, in the middle of the preserved area, where you can revel in the incredible surroundings. On the return flight to Ilulissat, fly above the edge of the glacier with breathtaking views of the massive icebergs drifting in the fjord. The views of some of the largest icebergs that become stranded on a moraine underneath the water, just outside the town, offers a wonderful finale to this excursion. Please note that this excursion requires a minimum of 8 passengers to operate.

Day 5 : Qeqertarsuaq (Godhavn)
Location: Qeqertarsuaq (Godhavn)

This compelling island seems to have more in common with Iceland than Greenland. While most of the interior is mountainous and glaciated, its beautiful shorelines boast black sandy beaches, unusual basalt columns, hot springs and dramatic lava formations. Zodiac cruise in Disko Bay, which features fascinating geology. It is also hotspot for marine life including humpback, fin, minke and bowhead whales.

Day 6 : At Sea, Qikiqtarjuaq, Baffin Island
Location: Qikiqtarjuaq

Our team of experts entertain us with informative talks about wildlife, geology and epic tales of early explorers such as Franklin and Amundsen. As we cross Baffin Bay, keep watch for various species of whale and some of Greenland’s famous icebergs.

Day 7 : Days 7-9 Baffin Island
Location: Sillem Island, Pond Inlet

The east coast of Baffin Island features hidden bays that are feeding grounds for bowhead whales and where glaciers calve into the sea. Sail along inlets and fjords surrounded by towering mountains that feature impressive geology. Conditions permitting, we hope to go ashore at Pond Inlet and be treated to a warm welcome from the local community.

Day 10 : Days 10 -11 Devon Island, Lancaster Sound
Location: Dundas Harbour

At a latitude of almost 75° degrees north, we are now truly in the High Arctic. Lancaster Sound - located between Devon Island and Baffin Island - forms the eastern entrance to the Northwest Passage. It also forms part of the newly formed Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area, where nutrient-rich waters support an abundance of wildlife.

Devon Island is the largest uninhabited island on Earth and features stunning geology, with flat-topped mountains and glacial valleys giving it its unique character. We hope to visit Dundas Harbour to enjoy offers walks on undulating tundra, and perhaps some birdwatching. A dilapidated Royal Canadian Mounted Police outpost and remnants of a Hudson’s Bay Company trading post can be found here. Other possible places that we might visit include Croker Bay and Maxwell Bay.

At the western end of Devon Island lies Beechey Island, where we hope to land. Named after Frederick William Beechey, the island is one of Canada’s most important arctic sites and is a designated Canadian National Historic Site. During the Franklin expedition of 1845–46, Franklin attempted to sail through the Northwest Passage with HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, with perilous results – three of his men are buried here. Roald Amundsen landed at Beechey Island in 1903, during the first successful voyage by ship to fully transit the Northwest Passage from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.

Day 12 : Days 12–15 Expedition Cruising
Location: Prince Leopold Island, Cunningham Inlet, Port Leopold, Coningham Bay, King William Island

Note: In true expeditionary style, our itinerary for the following days is heavily dependent on unpredictable sea ice. The following places are where we hope to visit.

Prince Leopold Island

On the southern side of Lancaster Sound from Beechey Island lie the towering bird cliffs of Prince Leopold Island, a historic site where in 1848, English explorer James Clark Ross overwintered during the search for the missing Franklin expedition. Prince Leopold Island is the most important bird sanctuary in the Canadian Arctic, with approximately 500,000 birds nesting here in summer.

Cunningham Inlet

On the north coast of Somerset Island, the local scenery makes for excellent guided walks, where waterway trails lead to waterfalls and higher ground.

Port Leopold

In 1848, the English explorer James Clark Ross wintered here during his search for the missing Franklin expedition.

Later, it became the site of a Hudson's Bay Company trading post.

Coningham Bay

Across from Victoria Strait, Coningham Bay lies on the shores of Prince of Wales Island. This is a polar bear hotspot where the majestic creatures come to feast on beluga whales who enter the bay each summer to shed their skin on shallow sandy banks. It is not unusual to find the shoreline littered with whale skeletons – and very healthy-looking polar bears!

King William Island

Remains attributed to the Franklin expedition have been found at 35 locations on King William Island and on nearby Adelaide Peninsula. South of Cape Felix, in Victoria Strait, we hope to get close to where the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror were abandoned in 1848.

Day 16 : Cambridge Bay, Nunavut
Location: Cambridge Bay, Nunavut

In Cambridge Bay-Iqaluktuuttiaq, farewell the crew, expedition team and fellow travellers before a Zodiac shuttle whisks you ashore. Transfer to the airport for a charter flight to Calgary, where you will stay overnight.

Accommodation: Residence Inn by Marriott Calgary Downtown / Beltline District (or similar)

Day 17 : Calgary, Alberta
Location: Calgary, Alberta

After breakfast, check-out of your room and continue your journey.

Ship Details

Sylvia Earle

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Introducing our new ship, the Sylvia Earle. 

A floating ambassador for the planet. 

Launching in December 2022, we invite you to join us on our purpose-built ship the Sylvia Earle in her inaugural season to Antarctica. Connect with like-minded travellers in a meaningful way on perspective-altering voyages to some of the most remote, unique and spectacular places on the planet.

The Sylvia Earle is a floating ambassador for the conservation of the planet. Paying tribute to Dr. Sylvia Earle and six pioneering conservationists with public decks honouring their contributions and shining a light on their important conservation causes.

Certified 100% Climate Neutral, with a fully equipped Citizen Science Centre, expert lectures and participative Citizen science programs, to enrich your knowledge and connection to the places we travel to.

The Sylvia Earle is a comfortable base camp for adventure. With a maximum of 132 expeditioners, our aim is to get you off ship experiencing the natural environment as much as possible and our smaller groups also mean we can tread lightly, making a positive impact to the environment.

Each of the vessel’s public decks bear the names of six pioneering female conservationists – Dr. Carden Wallace AM, Joanna Ruxton, Sharon Kwok, Bernadette Demientieff, Dr. Asha de Vos and Hanli Prinsloo – along with a deck dedicated to Dr. Earle herself. The scientists are inspiring leaders in their fields, and as part of the deck theming, will educate our expeditioners on the impressive and important conservation work they continue to do.

Ship Name:

Sylvia Earle

Adults Only Areas:

adults only

Ship Children Facilities:

none

Ship Nursery:

none

Smoking Areas:

some

Ship Size:

boutique

Ship Style:

expedition

Ship Type:

ocean

Ship Currency:

USD

Ship Language:

en

Ship Capacity:

132

Ship Crew Count:

74

Number of Decks:

8

Number of Cabins:

70

Number of Large Cabins:

0

Number of Wheelchair-Friendy Cabins:

2

Ship Launch Year:

2021

Ship Gross Tonnage:

7400

Ship Length (Meters):

104.4 M

Ship Width (Meters):

18.2 M

Ship Speed (Knots):

12 Kn

Deck 3

ElevatorAurora Stateroom TwinAurora Stateroom TripleActivity launching platformZodiac loading platformsChange room / MudroomMedical Clinic

Deck 4

ReceptionElevatorCaptains SuiteBalcony stateroom (A,B,C)Balcony stateroom Superior

Deck 5

Lower glass Atrium loungeLecture theatre & loungeAssembly StationReceptionDining roomShip ShopElevatorDining roomBar

Deck 6

Upper glass atrium loungeLibraryElevatorBalcony stateroom (A,B,C)Balcony stateroom Superior

Deck 7

BridgeElevatorGymWellness Centre / SaunaBarSwimming pool & sun deckJacuzzis / Plunge PoolsJunior SuiteAurora stateroom SuperiorObservation decks

Deck 8

Observation deckObservation loungeBarsTop deck restaurantElevatorSeating area

After a long day exploring the wonders of your destination, you need somewhere where you can simply relax and take a break from real life.

The Sylvia Earle is the perfect place to take five and recuperate after exploring – with creature comforts and wellbeing considered as part of the overall design. All staterooms° have private bathrooms, personal storage options, twin and double-bed configuration options, ample storage, international power outlets and a daily cabin service, as well as all the basic amenities that you'll need onboard.

Of course, the prospect of unexpected wildlife encounters is always on the table so your accommodation needs to have a view as well! Across four of the five stateroom categories you'll find large floor to ceiling windows° that offer prime observation opportunities around the clock. Additionally, there are private balconies in roughly 80% of the staterooms, allowing you to watch the world float past and take in the salty air of the open ocean.

Another great feature of the accommodation on the Sylvia Earle are the interconnecting staterooms. If you're part of a family or group who want some privacy, but still want to be close to each other, these staterooms are the perfect option.

Regardless of your chosen stateroom, you can enjoy fully-serviced accommodation on the Sylvia Earle!

Balcony Stateroom Category C

We have three cabin categories of our Balcony Staterooms. These are classified as A, B or C depending on the cabin size.Our 23 Balcony Stateroom – A cabins are our premium cabin, and the most abundant on board. These cabins are located in preferred positions on Deck 4 and 6 which provides easy access between Decks via the internal stairs or elevator.Cabin Inclusion1 x 3-in-1 polar jacket per person (polar voyages only)AmenitiesTwin or king bedPrivate En-suiteBalconyDesk areaCloset spaceSofa bed (can sleep 3rd passenger in select cabins)Room-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TV

Balcony Stateroom Category A

We have three cabin categories of our Balcony Staterooms. These are classified as A, B or C depending on the cabin size.Our 23 Balcony Stateroom – A cabins are our premium cabin, and the most abundant on board. These cabins are located in preferred positions on Deck 4 and 6 which provides easy access between Decks via the internal stairs or elevator.Cabin Inclusion1 x 3-in-1 polar jacket per person (polar voyages only)AmenitiesTwin or king bedPrivate En-suiteBalconyDesk areaCloset spaceSofa bed (can sleep 3rd passenger in select cabins)Room-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TV

Balcony Stateroom Superior

With a bit more room to stretch the legs, the Balcony Stateroom Superior cabins are perfect for polar adventurers who travel with plenty of gear.Located on Deck 4 and 6, the Staterooms feature floor to ceiling windows, en-suite bathrooms and a comfortable desk area.Some of these rooms are equipped with wheelchair accessible bathrooms.Cabin Inclusion1 x mug per person1 x drink bottle per person1 x 3-in-1 polar jacket per person (polar voyages only)1 x drybag backpack per person (Costa Rica voyages only)Some of these rooms are equipped with wheelchair accessible bathrooms.AmenitiesTwin or double bedPrivate en-suiteFull size windowDesk areaCloset spacePrivate balconyRoom-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TV

Balcony Stateroom Superior (Grade SBSS )

With a bit more room to stretch the legs, the Balcony Stateroom Superior cabins are perfect for polar adventurers who travel with plenty of gear.Located on Deck 4 and 6, the Staterooms feature floor to ceiling windows, en-suite bathrooms and a comfortable desk area.Some of these rooms are equipped with wheelchair accessible bathrooms.Cabin Inclusion1 x mug per person1 x drink bottle per person1 x 3-in-1 polar jacket per person (polar voyages only)1 x drybag backpack per person (Costa Rica voyages only)Some of these rooms are equipped with wheelchair accessible bathrooms.AmenitiesTwin or double bedPrivate en-suiteFull size windowDesk areaCloset spacePrivate balconyRoom-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TV

Junior Suite

The four Junior Suites take in some impressive scenery from their vantage points on Deck 7. When you aren't enjoying a landing, you can relax in the suites' separate lounge area, or just watch the world float by from the private balcony.Cabin Inclusion1 x mug per person1 x drink bottle per person1 x 3-in-1 polar jacket per person (polar voyages only)1 x drybag backpack per person (Costa Rica voyages only)1 x free pair of binoculars per suite1-hour spa treatment (per person)*Free stocked mini bar^1 x free bottle of champagne per suite*Valid on 1-hour massage or facial treatment only. Further details provided on board.^Balcony Suites and Junior Suites stocked once only, not replenished. Captain’s Suite replenished as needed.AmenitiesTwin or king bedPrivate en-suiteFull size windowDesk areaCloset spacePrivate balconyRoom-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TVSeperate lounge area

Captain's Suite

The largest of all our rooms, the singular Captain's Suite will take you to the polar regions in ultimate style and comfort. Complete with large lounge area, balcony, walk-in wardrobe and en-suite, you'll need to get in early to secure this suite.Inclusion1 x mug per person1 x drink bottle per person1 x 3-in-1 polar jacket per person (polar voyages only)1 x drybag backpack per person (Costa Rica voyages only)1 x free pair of binoculars per suite1-hour spa treatment (per person)*Free stocked mini bar^1x Free bottle of champagne per suite*Valid on 1-hour massage or facial treatment only. Further details provided on board.^Balcony Suites and Junior Suites stocked once only, not replenished. Captain’s Suite replenished as needed. AmenitiesTwin or king bedPrivate en-suiteFull size windowDesk areaCloset spacePrivate balconyRoom-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuablesSeperate lounge area42" flat-screen TV

Balcony Stateroom Category B

We have three cabin categories of our Balcony Staterooms. These are classified as A, B or C depending on the cabin size.Our 23 Balcony Stateroom – A cabins are our premium cabin, and the most abundant on board. These cabins are located in preferred positions on Deck 4 and 6 which provides easy access between Decks via the internal stairs or elevator.Cabin Inclusion1 x 3-in-1 polar jacket per person (polar voyages only)AmenitiesTwin or king bedPrivate En-suiteBalconyDesk areaCloset spaceSofa bed (can sleep 3rd passenger in select cabins)Room-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TV

Balcony Stateroom Category B (Grade BSBS )

We have three cabin categories of our Balcony Staterooms. These are classified as A, B or C depending on the cabin size.Our 23 Balcony Stateroom – A cabins are our premium cabin, and the most abundant on board. These cabins are located in preferred positions on Deck 4 and 6 which provides easy access between Decks via the internal stairs or elevator.Cabin Inclusion1 x 3-in-1 polar jacket per person (polar voyages only)AmenitiesTwin or king bedPrivate En-suiteBalconyDesk areaCloset spaceSofa bed (can sleep 3rd passenger in select cabins)Room-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TV

Balcony Stateroom Category B

We have three cabin categories of our Balcony Staterooms. These are classified as A, B or C depending on the cabin size.Our 23 Balcony Stateroom – A cabins are our premium cabin, and the most abundant on board. These cabins are located in preferred positions on Deck 4 and 6 which provides easy access between Decks via the internal stairs or elevator.Cabin Inclusion1 x 3-in-1 polar jacket per person (polar voyages only)AmenitiesTwin or king bedPrivate En-suiteBalconyDesk areaCloset spaceSofa bed (can sleep 3rd passenger in select cabins)Room-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TV

Aurora Stateroom Triple Share (Grade AS3S )

Cabin Inclusion1 x mug per person1 x drink bottle per person1 x 3-in-1 polar jacket per person (polar voyages only)1 x drybag backpack per person (Costa Rica & Panama Canal only)Amenities Twin single bedsPrivate En-suitePorthole windowDesk areaCloset spaceRoom-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TV

Aurora Stateroom Twin Share

Cabin Inclusion1 x mug per person1 x drink bottle per person1 x 3-in-1 polar jacket per person (polar voyages only)1 x drybag backpack per person (Costa Rica & Panama Canal only)Amenities Twin single bedsPrivate En-suitePorthole windowDesk areaCloset spaceRoom-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TV

Aurora Stateroom Superior

With a bit more room to stretch the legs, the Aurora Stateroom Superior are perfect for polar adventurers who travel with plenty of gear.Located on Deck 7, the Staterooms feature french balconies, floor to ceiling windows, en-suite bathrooms and a comfortable desk area.Cabin Inclusion1 x mug per person1 x drink bottle per person1 x 3-in-1 polar jacket per person (polar voyages only)1 x drybag backpack per person (Costa Rica voyages only)AmenitiesTwin or king bedPrivate En-suitePorthole windowDesk areaCloset spaceSofa bed (can sleep 3rd passenger in select cabins)Room-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TV

Balcony Stateroom Category A (Grade BSAS )

We have three cabin categories of our Balcony Staterooms. These are classified as A, B or C depending on the cabin size.Our 23 Balcony Stateroom – A cabins are our premium cabin, and the most abundant on board. These cabins are located in preferred positions on Deck 4 and 6 which provides easy access between Decks via the internal stairs or elevator.Cabin Inclusion1 x 3-in-1 polar jacket per person (polar voyages only)AmenitiesTwin or king bedPrivate En-suiteBalconyDesk areaCloset spaceSofa bed (can sleep 3rd passenger in select cabins)Room-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TV

Aurora Stateroom Twin Share (Grade AS3S )

Cabin Inclusion1 x mug per person1 x drink bottle per person1 x 3-in-1 polar jacket per person (polar voyages only)1 x drybag backpack per person (Costa Rica & Panama Canal only)Amenities Twin single bedsPrivate En-suitePorthole windowDesk areaCloset spaceRoom-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TV

Junior Suite

The four Junior Suites take in some impressive scenery from their vantage points on Deck 7. When you aren't enjoying a landing, you can relax in the suites' separate lounge area, or just watch the world float by from the private balcony.Cabin Inclusion1 x mug per person1 x drink bottle per person1 x 3-in-1 polar jacket per person (polar voyages only)1 x drybag backpack per person (Costa Rica voyages only)1 x free pair of binoculars per suite1-hour spa treatment (per person)*Free stocked mini bar^1 x free bottle of champagne per suite*Valid on 1-hour massage or facial treatment only. Further details provided on board.^Balcony Suites and Junior Suites stocked once only, not replenished. Captain’s Suite replenished as needed.AmenitiesTwin or king bedPrivate en-suiteFull size windowDesk areaCloset spacePrivate balconyRoom-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TVSeperate lounge area

Aurora Stateroom Twin Share

Cabin Inclusion1 x mug per person1 x drink bottle per person1 x 3-in-1 polar jacket per person (polar voyages only)1 x drybag backpack per person (Costa Rica & Panama Canal only)Amenities Twin single bedsPrivate En-suitePorthole windowDesk areaCloset spaceRoom-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TV

Balcony Stateroom Category C (Grade BSCS )

We have three cabin categories of our Balcony Staterooms. These are classified as A, B or C depending on the cabin size.Our 23 Balcony Stateroom – A cabins are our premium cabin, and the most abundant on board. These cabins are located in preferred positions on Deck 4 and 6 which provides easy access between Decks via the internal stairs or elevator.Cabin Inclusion1 x 3-in-1 polar jacket per person (polar voyages only)AmenitiesTwin or king bedPrivate En-suiteBalconyDesk areaCloset spaceSofa bed (can sleep 3rd passenger in select cabins)Room-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TV

Aurora Stateroom Superior (Grade SASS )

With a bit more room to stretch the legs, the Aurora Stateroom Superior are perfect for polar adventurers who travel with plenty of gear.Located on Deck 7, the Staterooms feature french balconies, floor to ceiling windows, en-suite bathrooms and a comfortable desk area.Cabin Inclusion1 x mug per person1 x drink bottle per person1 x 3-in-1 polar jacket per person (polar voyages only)1 x drybag backpack per person (Costa Rica voyages only)AmenitiesTwin or king bedPrivate En-suitePorthole windowDesk areaCloset spaceSofa bed (can sleep 3rd passenger in select cabins)Room-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TV

Junior Suite (Grade JSS )

The four Junior Suites take in some impressive scenery from their vantage points on Deck 7. When you aren't enjoying a landing, you can relax in the suites' separate lounge area, or just watch the world float by from the private balcony.Cabin Inclusion1 x mug per person1 x drink bottle per person1 x 3-in-1 polar jacket per person (polar voyages only)1 x drybag backpack per person (Costa Rica voyages only)1 x free pair of binoculars per suite1-hour spa treatment (per person)*Free stocked mini bar^1 x free bottle of champagne per suite*Valid on 1-hour massage or facial treatment only. Further details provided on board.^Balcony Suites and Junior Suites stocked once only, not replenished. Captain’s Suite replenished as needed.AmenitiesTwin or king bedPrivate en-suiteFull size windowDesk areaCloset spacePrivate balconyRoom-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TVSeperate lounge area

Aurora Stateroom Superior

With a bit more room to stretch the legs, the Aurora Stateroom Superior are perfect for polar adventurers who travel with plenty of gear.Located on Deck 7, the Staterooms feature french balconies, floor to ceiling windows, en-suite bathrooms and a comfortable desk area.Cabin Inclusion1 x mug per person1 x drink bottle per person1 x 3-in-1 polar jacket per person (polar voyages only)1 x drybag backpack per person (Costa Rica voyages only)AmenitiesTwin or king bedPrivate En-suitePorthole windowDesk areaCloset spaceSofa bed (can sleep 3rd passenger in select cabins)Room-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuables42" flat-screen TV

Captain's Suite (Grade CSS )

The largest of all our rooms, the singular Captain's Suite will take you to the polar regions in ultimate style and comfort. Complete with large lounge area, balcony, walk-in wardrobe and en-suite, you'll need to get in early to secure this suite.Inclusion1 x mug per person1 x drink bottle per person1 x 3-in-1 polar jacket per person (polar voyages only)1 x drybag backpack per person (Costa Rica voyages only)1 x free pair of binoculars per suite1-hour spa treatment (per person)*Free stocked mini bar^1x Free bottle of champagne per suite*Valid on 1-hour massage or facial treatment only. Further details provided on board.^Balcony Suites and Junior Suites stocked once only, not replenished. Captain’s Suite replenished as needed. AmenitiesTwin or king bedPrivate en-suiteFull size windowDesk areaCloset spacePrivate balconyRoom-controlled thermostatSafe for storing valuablesSeperate lounge area42" flat-screen TV

From the moment you step onto the Sylvia Earle, we aim to give you the best hospitality service possible. Starting with the official Captain's Welcome, as our guests, you're welcome to 24 hours complimentary coffee, tea and snack facilities in addition to a range of different menu options and courses for each meal. 

Dining

One of the most important parts of any expedition is the food! Whatever adventures the day holds, you will be fuelled-up with hearty meals and delicious morning/afternoon teas cooked by our onboard chefs.Meals are a great time to soak up the expedition camaraderie in our open seating dining area. Share stories with your fellow travellers and ask our expedition team questions that may have come up during the day.Tea, coffee and snacks are available 24 hours a day, and our chefs offer different menu options and courses for each meal. Enjoy the range of house wine, beers and soft drinks included with dinner after a long day in the wild.We also invite you to join your captain and expedition team for informal Captain’s Welcome and Farewell drinks, with complimentary beverages and cocktail appetisers, followed by a 3 course meal.

Gentoo

More information coming soon.

When you’re relaxing during a sea day or you have a little downtime on the ship between excursions, what is there to do onboard the Sylvia Earle? Plenty!

The Sylvia Earle is also decked out with other facilities for your enjoyment. There is a library on Deck 5 with books and maps and a Wellness Centre complete with gym equipment, sauna and spa. Feeling a little sore after walking around all day? Treat yourself to a massage at the Wellness Centre and feels the aches disappear!

Bars & Lounges

Communal meeting areas have always played a major role in fostering the warm camaraderie on board our ships. They are the heart of the expedition, where people meet to share tales from the day, swap photos, keep an eye out for wildlife and watch the sun go down.The bars and lounges on board are refined yet inviting places to gather, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering stunning views, and of course friendly bartenders to shoot the breeze with.

Glass Atrium Lounge

Experience the Glass Atrium Lounge inside the bow, featuring huge windows and superb views to the front of the ship.

Library & Multimedia Centre

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, plug in and organise your photos or play board games with newfound friends.Choose from our range of informative non-fiction titles, wildlife guidebooks, travel journals, novels and a selection of children’s books and board games.Wildlife guides, books and binoculars can also be found on the observation lounge on Deck 7.

Observation Points

Let's face it – you don't want windowless rooms when travelling around some of the most beautiful locations around the world. This is why the Sylvia Earle is designed with plenty of dedicated observation spaces – ideal for keen bird spotters, wildlife watchers and those wanting to watch the scenery go past.From the indoor 180-degree lounge and outdoor 360-degree open deck, both on deck 8, to the 270-degree open sundeck on level 7, there are plenty of observation points to share around the ship! 

Custom-Built Activity Platform

Regardless of your destination, we offer a number of additional activities to allow you to see more of the environment. From kayaking and diving to climbing and ski touring, it's these optional activities that often leave the biggest impression on your trip as a whole. On board the Sylvia Earle, there is a spacious prep and loading platform for these activities and more – designed in consultation with our expert activity guides. 

Excursions

Although the ship is fun, the real enjoyment comes from the many shore excursions that are available. Depending on weather conditions, it may be possible for multiple landings, taking a look at everything from rock formations and ancient ruins to cute groups of penguins. We know time is of the essence in these wild locations, so the Sylvia Earle has been designed to carry 15 Zodiacs, which means you can maximise your time on shore.From four dedicated sea level launching platforms, transfers are quicker, safer and enable you to get closer to the action for a longer period of time. Just remember to charge your camera before you step onto the Zodiac!

Lecture Theatre

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.

Mudroom

No need to take your wet expedition gear back to your cabin to dry. Keep your cabin warm and cosy by leaving your outer jackets and pants in the mudroom.The mudroom is your launchpad for all shore excursions and activities. Here, you will have access to a locker when you can hang your gear up to dry, and store your boots between excursions.

Science Centre & Lounge

Learn more about the world we explore with our onboard naturalist and expedition team in our science centre, or enjoy superb views to the front of the ship.

Zodiac Launching Platform

Zodiacs are a vital part of getting up close and personal on your adventure – sneaking into areas that the Sylvia Earle can't reach. On this new ship, there are specially designed launching platforms that enables us to load Zodiacs easily and quickly, allowing you to spend more time exploring on the two to three daily landings.There are 15 Zodiacs that are boarded from either side of Deck 3 (sea level), perfect for when there is a group of fluffy cute penguin chicks that we need a photo of! 

There are no dedicated children's facilities onboard the Sylvia Earle.

There is a Wellness Centre complete with gym equipment, sauna and spa. Feeling a little sore after walking around all day? Treat yourself to a massage° at the Wellness Centre and feels the aches disappear!

Sauna, Spa & Gym

You are welcome to visit the wellness centre during your voyage where you can use the gym, visit our sauna (which we highly recommend after the polar plunge!) or book a massage (additional cost applies).There are also two jacuzzis on the top outside deck with amazing views of the world outside.

Swimming Pool & Sun Deck

There are also two jacuzzis and a swimming pool on the top outside deck with amazing views of the world outside.

Gratuities/tips for crew are included in your voyage fare, to the value of USD$15 per person per day. It is at your discretion if you would like to tip outside of this. It is not necessary to tip the Expedition Team members.

Age Restrictions

Our travellers have ranged from 8 to 92, so as long as you have a thirst for adventure, you’re welcome to join us in Antarctica. Any person under 18 years of age must travel with their legal guardian.

Dress Code

Shipboard clothing is informal and casual Jeans, jumpers and long-sleeved shirts are ideal for indoors in the polar regions; however be sure to keep your jacket close for unexpected wildlife sightings! Some people° like to take a nicer outfit for the captain's welcome and farewell drinks but formal clothing is not necessary. For health and safety reasons, we do request you wear enclosed shoes in public areas while on board the ship. AE Expeditions will provide you with a complimentary, insulated polar jacket that includes an inner down jacket and an outer waterproof shell.All passengers travelling to Antarctica, the Arctic, or Scotland, will have access to complimentary use of gumboots during the voyage. If you have concerns regarding extra-small or large sizing, or hard-to-fit feet, we recommend you bring your own pair. Gumboots are to be worn on all shore visits unless advised otherwise by the expedition team.

Health & Safety

Medical FormIt is compulsory for each passenger to return a signed medical from their general practitioner. Your Medical Form is required to be signed by your general practitioner and returned to AE Expeditions no later than three months and no earlier than six months before your voyage departure date.If you become aware of any change in your health and fitness that may be likely to affect your participation on the trip (e.g. pregnancy, mental illness, heart or bronchial disorder, broken limbs, etc.), you should notify us in writing immediately.Pre-Existing Medical ConditionsIt is your responsibility to advise AE Expeditions of any pre-existing medical conditions and /or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of you requiring medical attention. Travelling when pregnant is not recommended.

Medical Facilities

When travelling to extreme environments, ensuring our expeditioners are healthy and happy is our number one priority. That's why we have a doctor on board at all times, as well as a well-equipped clinic to provide basic medical care.

Responsible Travel

Our commitmentAE Expeditions is committed to travelling respectfully and providing a trip of a lifetime experience, while aiming to create lifelong ambassadors for the protection of our planet and the diverse places we visit around the world.Our fleetOur fleet boasts the lowest polluting marine engines in the world, and our state of the art engines deliver an 80% reduction in emissions.*The revolutionary Ulstein X-BOW® cuts through the swell, reducing vibrations and making quicker transits through waves, which helps reduce our fuel consumption by up to 60%.Our onboard desalination plant converts seawater to freshwater that’s safe to drink. This means we can carry less freshwater on sea crossings, further reducing our fuel consumption.Our fleet uses virtual anchoring, a combination of GPS, steering technology, propellers and thrusters, which allow the ship to hold position. This protects the sea floor and minimises the damage caused by conventional anchors.*Tier 3 compared to the older Tier 1 enginePlastic: towards zeroOn board we’ve replaced many single-use plastic products with sustainable alternatives and our aim is to eliminate them altogether.Responsible diningAll of our seafood onboard is sustainably sourced in accordance with the Marine Stewardship Council guidelines. We also cater for vegetarian and vegan diets (please mention this when booking).Gentle cleaning productsFor our onboard cleaning products, we aim to use biodegradable, phosphate free and non-bioaccumulative products as much as possible.We are proud to provide Stream2Sea’s mineral-based sunscreen, tested and proven safe for fish and coral larvae onboard – available for passenger use.RecyclingWe use recycling bins onboard to separate waste and reduce our landfill, and aim to recycle our waste at every port.We are proud to be a member of the SeaGreen recycling initiative in Ushuaia, and participate in beach clean-up initiatives such as Clean up Svalbard.Carbon NeutralWe are certified 100% Carbon Neutral as part of an ongoing active sustainability plan to help make a positive impact on the planet.Citizen Science ProgramTravel is always the best educator and we offer the chance to enrich your curiosity and expand your knowledge and understanding of the places we travel to. There is no better learning opportunity than being in the field with subject matter experts. Our Citizen Science Program is designed to be an interactive forum of like-minded travellers to share new discoveries and deepen their connection to the natural world in a relaxed, informal and fun environment – both on board our ships, on our fascinating shore expeditions and in our zodiacs. You can make a difference as we can provide invaluable data to the scientific community through you taking part. You too can become an ambassador for the protection of our majestic but fragile blue planet when you return home by sharing what you have learned. Our seven dynamic and diverse Citizen Science Projects – focusing on whales, seabirds, microplastics, weather patterns, phytoplankton, polar fjordlands and marine biodiversity – have been hand-picked for their ground-breaking work and global achievements.

Smoking Policy

There is a ‘No Smoking’ policy throughout the interior of our ships.

Special Dietary Requirements

We can accommodate most special meal requests if given advance notice. Our talented chefs will take your requirements into their meal planning and ensure you receive tasty, healthy meals. Ensure you list any dietary requirements on your personal details form. Although we aim to accommodate most dietary requirements, we are unable to cater to all requirements, nor can we guarantee that our onboard meals do not contain traces of peanuts or other nuts. Please contact us to enquire about your specific needs.  

Temperatures

Our expeditions to the polar regions operate during the summer months in the Antarctic and Arctic. During the summer months in Antarctica° the temperature can range from -2°C (28°F) to 8°C (46°F). Big storms are rare, but if one comes through the temperature could drop to -8°C (17°F).In the Arctic the temperature can range from -3°C (26.6°F) to 7°C (44.6°F).

Wi-Fi and Connectivity

Onboard wi-fi internet packages are available for purchase during the voyage. Telephone access for personal use is not available on board. In case of an emergency, our expedition team can facilitate communication° with your family members if necessary. 

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    On-board accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service, One night’s hotel accommodation including breakfast, in Toronto on Day 1 and One night’s hotel accommodation including breakfast, in Calgary on Day 16 included.

  • Additional Services

    Complimentary access to onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consult). Complimentary use of Muck Boots during the voyage. Complimentary 3-in-1 polar jacket. Comprehensive pre-departure information

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

    Departure transfer from the pier to airport on Day 16 is included.

  • Fully Guided

    Educational lectures and guiding services provided by Expedition Team.

  • Meals

    All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage. Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner. Captain’s Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages

  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises.

  • All transfers mentioned in the itinerary

  • Charter flight from Toronto to Kangerlussuaq on Day 2.

  • Charter flight from Cambridge Bay to Calgary on Day 16.

  • Port surcharges, permits and landing fees.

What's Not Included

  • Accommodation

    Hotels not mentioned in the itinerary

  • Insurance

    Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges.

  • International Travel

    International or domestic flights – unless specified in the itinerary.

  • Meals

    Hotels not mentioned in the itinerary

  • Optional

    Optional excursions and optional activity surcharges.

  • Transfers – unless specified in itinerary.

  • Airport arrival or departure taxes.

  • Passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination fees and charges.

  • All items of a personal nature, including but not limited to alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), gratuities, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, wi-fi, email or phone charges.

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  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Charter flight from Toronto to Kangerlussuaq on Day 2 and Charter flight from Cambridge Bay to Calgary on Day 16 included.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Bookings are open to people 8 years of age and over. Passengers under 18 years of age must be accompanied at all times by an adult throughout the expedition and cannot be left unsupervised at any time including during paid additional activities. A child remains the sole responsibility of the adult at all times. Children between 8-17 years of age must pay the adult price of the expedition.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in itinerary.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, English speaking guide on this tour.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    All transfers mentioned in the itinerary and Departure transfer from the pier to airport on Day 16 included.

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    Save the solo supplement and we’ll pair you with a like-minded traveller based on gender and your selected cabin category. If we’re unable to find you someone to share with, the solo supplement is waived. If you would rather have a cabin all to yourself, you can pay a 50% surcharge and it’s all yours! This way, you can explore endlessly at your own pace.

  • Is free Wi-Fi available in the accommodation used?

    Complimentary Starlink Wi-Fi onboard

  • What about special requests or requirements?

    Aurora Expeditions will use reasonable endeavours to accommodate special requests from you, including special dietary requirements, but they cannot be guaranteed. You should advise Aurora Expeditions as soon as possible after booking of any such special requests or requirements, such that Aurora Expeditions can try and accommodate them.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    We have updated our health and safety protocols effective from 1st October 2023. Aurora requires expeditioners to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to travel. If you are unvaccinated, your participation on an expedition is subject to a medical review. In the event that any passenger was to test positive for COVID-19 onboard, we will require a 5-day isolation period in your cabin on the vessel. Aurora highly recommends that all passengers have an Influenza vaccine prior to travel. All health and safety protocols are subject to change and may vary due to local regulations in the countries visited.

  • What is Aurora Expedition's child policy?

    Bookings are open to people 8 years of age and over. Children under the age of 8 are not permitted. Passengers under 18 years of age must be accompanied at all times by an adult throughout the expedition and cannot be left unsupervised at any time including during paid additional activities. A child remains the sole responsibility of the adult at all times. Children between 8-17 years of age must pay the adult price of the expedition.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Save the solo supplement and we’ll pair you with a like-minded traveller based on gender and your selected cabin category. If we’re unable to find you someone to share with, the solo supplement is waived. This option can be combined with other offers and discounts. If you would rather have a cabin all to yourself, you can pay a 50% surcharge and it’s all yours! This way, you can explore endlessly at your own pace. This option can be combined with other offers and discounts.

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Valentin Rion (Google Reviewer)  

Since I was a child,...

31-Mar-2024

Since I was a child, I have always dreamed of visiting Antarctica to experience one of the most remote places in the world, witnessing its beautiful wildlife and mesmerizing landscapes. Last February, I joined a group of professional photographers on what has now become the greatest experience of my life. Traveling with Aurora Expeditions (now a B Corp company) was phenomenal. Prior to departure, their customer service was always available to assist me with any questions I had. During the trip, the incredible staff and Expedition Team made the experience absolutely unforgettable. Thanks to their passion and knowledge, I learned so much about Antarctica. Thank you for this incredible experience, one that I hope to relive with you in the future!

Gail Oja (Google Reviewer)  

Wow, wow, wow! This is...

18-Mar-2023

Wow, wow, wow! This is a first-rate run operation and one of the most immersive, spectacular adventures I’ve ever had in my years of world travels. You’ll have two expeditions per day and each one will provide new experiences. The Sylvia Earle is beautiful and staffed by a professional crew (about 1:1) and the daily expeditions are expertly and safely run. Can’t say enough about Aurora.

Mark Luttinen (Google Reviewer)  

Fantastic experience starting with a...

23-Apr-2022

Fantastic experience starting with a voyage through the straights of Magellan and a quick trip through Drakes Passage. Best part of the trip was getting up in the morning to see what new sites and adventures were in store for the day. Definitely got out to see more unique locations in Antarctica than I would expect. The expedition staff was a delight to be around and helped get us out to see whales, seals, penguins and fantastic displays of ice. Hotel staff catered to our needs and made us feel welcome, comfortable and somewhat pampered. Always met with a smile and cheerful greeting any time.

Peter Houghton (Google Reviewer)  

My wife and I both...

26-Mar-2023

My wife and I both agreed we had the greatest holiday of our lives in Antarctica with Aurora Expeditions. Whether it was whale watching from the zodiacs, playing with leopard seals, visiting penguin colonies or marveling at the shapes of floating icebergs...it was only made better by the comforts onboard, the service of the staff and the camaraderie of the passengers and crew. What an unforgettable experience!

John Fison (Google Reviewer)  

We had an amazing trip...

21-Mar-2023

We had an amazing trip on the Greg Mortimer in February 2023. The Aurora team on the ground in Punta Arenas (Tomas and crew), Expedition Team (led so well by Ashley) and the HQ team in Australia looked after us perfectly, from start to finish. We shared so many wonderful experiences with friends and the team could not have done any more for us. Highlights include seeing the wonderful forms of icebergs south of the Antarctic Circle, the shoreline landscape, wildlife and birds (inquisitive leopard seals being our favourite), the polar plunge, volcanic island and the genuine desire of the crew, every day, to make it the trip of a lifetime. Thank you Aurora!

Robert  

Three weeks on board the Greg Mortimer…

16-Jan-2023

Three weeks on board the Greg Mortimer .. very stylish and spacious cabin with plenty of space in the public areas. The x-bow design clearly reduced upwards/downwards movement as it cuts through the waves .. though you do still get side roll. Expedition staff were experienced both on shore and in the zodiacs and the lectures they gave on board were “on point”. Food choices were phenomenal and waiting staff as well all the “hotel” staff were always helpful and never stopped smiling. Throughout the pandemic Aurora kept us notified and offered options and alternatives. Would not hesitate booking again and recommending Aurora and the Greg Mortimer.

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KandE Traveling (Google Reviewer)  

We just completed our Northwest...

08-Oct-2022

We just completed our Northwest Passage cruise on the Greg Mortimer. It was our first cruise, as being packed in with thousands of people was not our idea of a holiday. We were looking for opportunities for hikes and wildlife viewing. Aurora provided an excellent boat, service people, and an exceptional expedition team. Two professional photographers rode in the zodiacs and gave lectures on improving your camera skills whether you own professional-grade equipment or just your smart phone. The nature videographer had clips of animals filmed for Nature and Richard Attenborough's shows. A geologist explained how old the rocks were and the unusual basalt formations. The kayak guide got hooked on the botanist's study of plankton, and shared his excitement with the passengers. Several guides are proficient long-distance sailors; have experience with dog sleds, or are paramedics. The shore landings were inspected by a group of guides who made us safe by ensuring no polar bears were present. The reception, housekeeping, and meal servers were very personable and never left us disappointed. Food offerings were varied and plentiful, and dinners were served a la carte. We look at our pictures and trip notes, and still can't believe what a fabulous experience we had.

Te Shan Liang (Google Reviewer)  

To Antarctica. On Greg Mortimer....

15-Jan-2023

To Antarctica. On Greg Mortimer. An expedition ship that I want to return to, or at least, with the company that runs it and her(his?) sister ship, the Sylvia Earle. Plus points: superb crew, staff and expedition guides. Fabulous rooms. Excellent food and beverage selections. Comprehensive programs that cater to kayakers, trekkers, snowshoers, skiers, photography buffs, citizen scientists, nature lovers, historians. Minus: The Crossing. Which needs to be experienced once.

Scott Digel (Google Reviewer)  

Fantastic Antarctic adventure aboard the...

18-Feb-2023

Fantastic Antarctic adventure aboard the Sylvia Earle. She's a great ship and we found everything about our experience to be first rate. Loved the crew, the ship facilities, the food and the activities. Soooo highly recommended. 6 stars for our cabin steward Eka!

John Bishop  

This is an outstanding company

28-Jul-2023

This is an outstanding company. Our Svalbard adventure was wonderful in every way, underpinned by helpful friendly staff in all areas. The Sylvia Earle is quite magnificent and a delight to sail in. Can't recommend highly enough.

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