Sylvia Earle

Staff and Crew: 62

Guests: 132

Length: 104.4 meters / 342.51 feet

Breadth: 18.4 meters / 60.36 feet

Draft: 5.1 meters / 16.73 feet

Ice Class: Polar Code 6 (equivalent 1A)

Cruising Speed: 10-12 Knots (max. 15.5 Knots)

Registration: Nassau, Bahamas

Sylvia Earle is a purpose-built for expeditions to the most remote places on earth. Featuring the revolutionary Ulstein X-Bow® for faster and smoother sailing, it also contains a unique glass atrium lounge inside the bow for stunning panoramic views. The ship also features a heated swimming pool and jacuzzis, where you can admire impressive scenery while watching the world go by from the top deck.

Accommodating an average of 130-140 expeditioners per voyage within 71 cabins, every cabin on the Sylvia Earle has an ocean view and nearly all have balconies. The ship also features multiple observation areas, a restaurant serving excellent meals and many other amenities.

♦ Cabins & Amenities
  • All cabins have exterior views
  • 97% of cabins include a private balcony
  • 60% of cabins can accommodate a third person (triple share on request)
  • Over 20 interconnecting Balcony Staterooms
  • Twin or King bedding configuration and private bathrooms
  • Safe in every cabin
  • Individual temperature controls
  • Voltage: 220V, 60HZ AC (Universal plug)
♦ Onboard Facilities
  • Chef-prepared meals (all meals and daily snack included)
  • Dining room with unreserved seating
  • 24 hour Tea and Coffee
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
  • Panoramic Observation Lounge
  • Upper and lower glass atrium lounge
  • Three Bars
  • Lecture Theatre
  • Library
  • Spa, Sauna & Gym
  • Two Jacuzzis
  • Heated saltwater open air swimming pool
  • Top Deck Restaurant
  • Sun Deck
  • Reception
  • Ship Shop
  • Science Centre
  • Changing Room/Mudroom
  • Laundry services (extra cost)
  • Clinic with licensed doctor
  • Ship-to-shore satellite communications with email and wireless Internet access (extra cost)
  • Four Zodiac-launching platforms for fast and safe transition off the ship
  • Lower fuel consumption and reduced emissions
  • Virtual anchoring for protection of the sea floor
  • Safe return to port technology
  • Dynamic positioning
  • Zero Speed Stabilizers
  • Elevator
♦ Notes
  • Single Supplement: available at an extra cost of 50% the Twin rate.
  • Request-Share Program: we match solo travelers of the same gender with other solo travelers who indicate they are willing to share. The willing to share offer is eligible on all cabin types excluding Captain’s Suite, Junior Suites and Triple cabins.
  • Adventure Options: must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Ask for availability on each specific voyage (there are limited spaces).
  • Mandatory Medical Evacuation & Repatriation Insurance: not included (minimum of US$250.000 required).
  • Fuel Surcharge: it may be applied for all bookings if there is a substantial increase in fuel costs.


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Dining Room
Lecture Theatre
Lounge Area
Observation Lounge
Outdoor Restaurant
Sun Deck

Dates & Rates



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.

State of the art lecture facilities

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, plug in and organise your photos or play board games with newfound friends.

Choose from our range of informative nonfiction 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.


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.

Spa, Sauna & 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.


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.

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.


Ulstein X-BOW® & Lounge

The streamlined Ulstein X-BOW® cuts through the swell so you feel fewer vibrations and disturbances, and makes quicker transits through waves (we do not claim that this will prevent or cure seasickness). It also helps reduce our fuel consumption. Experience the Glass Atrium Lounge inside the bow, featuring huge windows and superb views to the front of the ship.

Safety Features

The Sylvia Earle features industry-leading safety technology that exceeds the requirements for a ship of this size with a world class return-to-port equipment, which duplicates the propulsion system, enabling the ship to maintain operating systems and comfort in the event of engine failure.

The ship also features a fully-stocked medical clinic designed for use in remote areas.

Responsible Travel Features

We believe that preserving and protecting the environment is of the utmost importance and this is reflected in several features of the Sylvia Earle. The Sylvia Earle operates with low energy consumption, high fuel-efficiency and a streamlined design to deliver a reduction in emissions.

The ship can also 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.

Zodiac Docks

Our ship carries many Zodiacs, which you can board via four dedicated, sea-level launching platforms. These docks make boarding the Zodiacs as quick, efficient and safe as possible, minimising wait times and getting you closer to the action for longer.

Whether you’re Zodiac cruising through awe-inspiring fjords in search of wildlife or making a quick transit from ship to a shore landing site, these sturdy crafts will play an integral role in your expedition experience.

Activity Preparation Area

We offer a range of add-on adventure activities from kayaking and diving to climbing and ski touring, and the Sylvia Earle is designed to support these activities, making the transition from ship to sea or shore as smooth as possible. We built the spacious activity preparation areas and loading platforms in consultation with our expert activity guides.

You will also have access to lockers and rapid drying areas for dry suits and wet suits, to give your gear the best chance to dry between excursions.