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Douglas Mawson


Setting sail in 2025, is the latest cutting-edge vessel, the Douglas Mawson. Honouring the famed Australian geologist and explorer, this purpose-built ship epitomises Mawson’s pioneering ethos, dedicated to discovery. It boasts the innovative Ulstein X-BOW®, enabling seamless traversal of waves for swifter, more comfortable voyages, with reduced fuel consumption and emissions. Accommodating an average of 154 adventurers, it offers tranquil journeys to the world’s most rugged terrains, with many of the cabins featuring private balconies.

In addition to its advanced features, the Douglas Mawson offers an array of amenities helping to connect fellow travellers, enhancing the floating base camp experience. After a day of exploration, guests can relax in the heated outdoor swimming pool or one of two Jacuzzis on the rear deck. For the more active, hit the gym before unwinding in the sauna. Guests can also enrich their knowledge at the Citizen Science Centre and then indulge in culinary delights at one of two restaurants. Passengers can also simply relax in comfort across multiple observation areas, admiring wildlife or breathtaking landscapes.

Facilitating seamless access to Zodiacs, the vessel is equipped with dedicated boarding points and an activities platform, ensuring swift, efficient, and safe embarkation, minimising wait times for extended periods of exploration. The mudroom provides lockers for gear and boots storage, alongside rapid drying areas for clothing, enhancing the overall expedition experience.



Length: 104.4m

Breadth: 18.4 m

Draught: 5.1 m

Gross Tonnage: GT 8500

Speed: 15.5 Knots – maximum speed only used in case of emergencies

CRUISE SPEED: 10-12 Knots

Passengers: 154

Electrical Outlets: 220V, 60HZ AC. Universal plug

Ice Class: A1 Ice Class

Ship Region:Polar

The Douglas Mawson is at the cutting edge of nautical technology, fitted with industry-leading technology including world-class return-to-port equipment. The ship also features a medical clinic designed for use in remote areas.


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