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Aurora Expeditions' third small ship, Douglas Mawson, to set sail in 2025

  • Cruises
  •   04-10-2024  11:18 am
  •   Pax Global Media

Aurora Expeditions' third small ship, Douglas Mawson, to set sail in 2025
Douglas Mawson will be the third vessel in Aurora Expeditions' fleet. (Supplied)
Pax Global Media

Aurora Expeditions has announced its third purpose-built small expedition ship, Douglas Mawson. 

Due to begin sailing in late 2025, the ship's inaugural season will also mark Aurora Expeditions’ return to East Antarctica for the first time in 15 years, with new itineraries to include a Mawson’s Antarctica voyage to East Antarctica in honour of the ship’s namesake, departing from Hobart.

Douglas Mawson will carry an average of 154 passengers and will be the newest Infinity Class vessel to enter the market, joining Aurora’s sister ships, also named after pioneers in their field, Greg Mortimer and Sylvia Earle.     

The small ship will feature the latest and greatest revolutionary Ulstein X-BOW, designed for smoother and faster ocean crossings and world-leading fuel efficiency, and will offer Nordic interior design features with stylish and comfortable staterooms and suites across 11 different categories, most featuring private balconies. 

For the first time, Aurora will also offer several single-berth cabins to cater to the growing solo traveler segment.  

Public spaces include two restaurants, two bars, an outdoor heated swimming pool, pool bar and Jacuzzis, a gym and sauna, relaxation and wellness areas, a library lounge, a citizen science centre and lecture theatre, and expansive observation decks offering panoramic views of wilderness and wildlife.

Junior Suite rendering. (Aurora Expeditions)

“We’re thrilled to be launching the newest and final Infinity Class vessel, which we have named in honor of pioneering Australian geologist and explorer, Sir Douglas Mawson,” said Michael Heath, CEO, Aurora Expeditions, in a statement. “We are equally delighted to be offering passengers new itineraries departing from Australia as part of the ship’s inaugural season, including an exploration of Mawson’s Antarctica, which will visit Mawson’s Huts at Cape Denison, Commonwealth Bay, and New Zealand’s Subantarctic Islands.

Like Aurora’s sister ships, Douglas Mawson is designed to be a comfortable base camp for adventure, with Zodiac access points, a changing room and mudroom preparing passengers for off-ship and on-shore activities, while a dedicated science centre is the hub for a variety of participative and educational Citizen Science programs. 

Aurora Expeditions plans to commence voyages on Douglas Mawson in December 2025, with the inaugural voyage and full program to be announced soon. 

Those who pre-register their interest in Douglas Mawson’s inaugural Antarctica 2025/2026 season before April 18, 2024, are eligible to receive an additional USD $2,000 per couple* off their trip with Aurora Expeditions.