Open call to polar explorers: Antarctic climate expedition with Sylvia Earle

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Explorer’s Search: Sylvia Earle will lead the Antarctic summit with Aurora. Photo / Supplied, Denna Wong, Unsplash

Adventure travel company is calling for applicants to join them on a first global expedition to Antarctica.

Australia-based Aurora Expeditions is hosting a climate summit for “thought leaders and adventurers” in one of the world’s most pristine and diverse wilderness, the Antarctic Peninsula.

Space is limited to 100 guests to attend the conference “by invitation only” aboard the brand new vessel, the Sylvia Earle.

To compete with demand, applications for places are invited to submit an expression of interest via the Aurora site.

100 guests are invited to attend the Antarctic Climate Summit.  Photo / Graham Meyer, Unsplash
100 guests are invited to attend the Antarctic Climate Summit. Photo / Graham Meyer, Unsplash

A spokesperson for the cruise said they would choose candidates from as wide a range as possible.

“The expedition welcomes entries of interest from thought leaders in the fields of science, art, education and economics, alongside curious teens,” they said.

In partnership with Ocean Geographic, the 12-day sailing will depart from Ushuaia, Argentina, and end in Punta Arenas, Chile, in February 2023.

Named in honor of the American marine biologist and explorer, Dr. Earle will be on hand to lead the summit and the Antarctic expeditions.

Aurora and Dr. Earle will use the expedition to create a feature length documentary and book on threats to the Antarctic region.

The Sylvia Earle, Aurora's new ship.  Photo / Supplied
The Sylvia Earle, Aurora’s new ship. Photo / Supplied

“This will be a climate expedition like no other that can have a real impact on the future of our relationship with life on Earth,” she said in a statement.

Explorer Dr Sylvia Earle will lead the summit on Aurora's new ship.  Photo / Supplied
Explorer Dr Sylvia Earle will lead the summit on Aurora’s new ship. Photo / Supplied

“The stories and images from this game-changing expedition aim to encourage the way people see and understand Antarctica,” said Aurora CEO Monique Ponfoort.

It will not be a polar journey of hardship, passengers aboard the brand new vessel will be able to take advantage of the cruisers’ new facilities.

Built with comfort in mind, passengers will be among the first to enjoy the viewing areas, locker room and spa.

The Earle is built around the Ulstein X Bow, which is designed to traverse the rough South Ocean with greater efficiency.

Cabins for the 100 passengers selected to participate in the summit start at $ 22,742 per person, which a company spokesperson said was “comparable to other Antarctic expeditions.”

A guest panel of environmentalists and ocean luminaries will be announced at a later date as part of Aurora’s partnership with Ocean Geographic.

For more information and to submit an expression of interest, visit auroraexpeditions.com.au


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