AE Expeditions to add third ship to fleet in 2025

AE Expeditions will welcome a third ship into its fleet in December 2025.

Named after Antarctic explorer Douglas Mawson, the 154-passenger vessel will spend its maiden season sailing from Hobart to East Antarctica, marking the first time the line will visit the region in 15 years.

AE Expeditions said the new Infinity-class ship has an inverted bow design called the ‘Ulstein X-Bow’, which is “designed for smoother and faster ocean crossings”.

It will also feature Nordic interior design features in cabins across 11 different categories, most offering private balconies, as well as several single berth cabins to cater for solo travellers.

Public spaces include two restaurants, two bars, a heated outdoor swimming pool, pool bar, jacuzzies, a gym and sauna, a library, a science centre and a lecture theatre.

Customers who pre-register their interest in Douglas Mawson’s inaugural Antarctica 2025-26 season before April 18 will receive up to $2,000 per couple off their trip.

Chief executive Michael Heath said: “AE Expeditions has pioneered expedition travel to the world’s most remote places for more than three decades, and we know that exploration is not just about what you see, but how you see it.

“That is why we are committed to delivering life changing experiences with the newest, most advanced technology available, and with the most experienced and passionate team in the industry.”

Hayley Peacock-Gower, chief marketing officer, said: “We can’t wait to welcome Douglas Mawson to our fleet of small ships, and we look forward to announcing the full programme of voyages for the new ship, which will offer passengers incredible expeditions in the polar regions as well as some exciting new destinations.”

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