Douglas Mawson

Setting sail in 2025, the new state-of-the-art ship, the Douglas Mawson, is the last in a line of purpose-built vessels that have redefined small ship expedition cruising. 

Named after the legendary Australian geologist and explorer, the new small ship embodies Mawson’s pioneering spirit and is designed for global discovery. Featuring the revolutionary Ulstein X-BOW® and purpose-built with enhanced sustainability features, it takes on average 154 adventurers to the world’s wildest places in smooth, quiet comfort. It boasts our most extensive range of cabins yet, including a range of single cabins.

Ship Features

  • The latest Ulstein XBOW® hull allows the ship to pierce through waves to maintain speed of travel thus offering faster, more comfortable travel, lower fuel consumption and reduced emissions.
  • All cabins feature twin or king bedding, with single cabins featuring single bed configuration and private bathrooms. 79% of cabins include a private balcony. Over 58 interconnecting Balcony Staterooms. Two cabins can accommodate a third person (triple and single share on request).
  • Observation lounge and viewing platforms offer spectacular panoramic views of scenery and wildlife.
  • Purpose-built activity preparation areas including two Zodiac embarkation areas for fast and safe transition off the ship as you embark on multiple daily excursions.
  • State-of-the-art lecture theater, Citizen Science Center and library. In between landings, enjoy our jacuzzis and pool or experience our gym & sauna.
  • With huge windows and superb views to the front of the ship, the library or the atrium lounge is the perfect place to sit with a drink and watch for wildlife or admire impressive scenery.
  • Starlink Wi-Fi — Free

Ship Specifications

  • Capacity: Average of 154 passengers
  • Expedition team : 13 to 23*
  • Hotel team: 47 to 56*
  • Deck & Engine Crew: 24
  • Ice Class: A1 Ice Class
  • Year Launched: 2025
  • Zero Speed™ Stabilizers
  • Length: 104.4m
  • Average Speed: 10-12 Knots (maximum speed only used in case of emergencies: 15.5 knots)
  • Minimum age: 8 years old 
  • Minimum age for Adventure Options: 14 years old 
  • Voltage: 220V, 60HZ AC. Universal plug

Ship Gallery

Trips and Rates

Please note, rates are Per Person in USD

Single Travelers:

  • Can book a dedicated single cabin in Aurora Stateroom Single or Aurora Stateroom Superior Single at the prices shown above.
  • If willing to share a cabin, we can match you with another or other passengers of the same gender to avoid a single supplement.
  • Single occupancy price is 1.5x the per person share price

Adventure Options

  • Kayaking Program: $1,745/person on Epic Antarctica and Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula voyages.  $1,330/person on Mawson’s Antarctica and Ross Sea Odyssey voyages. Requires previous kayaking experience and an intermediate paddling level.
Aurora Stateroom Triple
$27,195
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$21,756
 
Aurora Stateroom Twin
$27,995
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$22,396
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Aurora Stateroom Superior
$29,595
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$23,676
 
Balcony Stateroom C
$30,395
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$24,316
 
Balcony Stateroom B
$31,995
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$25,596
 
Balcony Stateroom A
$34,395
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$27,516
 
Balcony Stateroom Superior
$37,595
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$30,076
 
Junior Suite
$47,195
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$37,756
 
Captain's Suite
$55,995
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$44,796
 
Aurora Stateroom Single
$32,795
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$26,236
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Aurora Stateroom Superior Single
$35,995
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$28,796
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Epic Antarctica: Crossing the 7th Continent

Feb 8 - Mar 12, 2026 (33 days)
Kayaking
Aurora Stateroom Triple
$42,495
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$33,996
 
Aurora Stateroom Twin
$43,795
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$35,036
 
Aurora Stateroom Superior
$46,295
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$37,036
 
Balcony Stateroom C
$47,495
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$37,996
 
Balcony Stateroom B
$49,995
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$39,996
 
Balcony Stateroom A
$53,795
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$43,036
 
Balcony Stateroom Superior
$58,795
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$47,036
 
Junior Suite
$73,795
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$59,036
 
Captain's Suite
$87,495
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$69,996
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Aurora Stateroom Single
$51,295
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$41,036
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Aurora Stateroom Superior Single
$56,295
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$45,036
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Availability & prices are subject to change at anytime. Please contact us for the real time availability & prices.

Cabin Descriptions

Captain's Suite

The largest of all the cabins, the singular Captain’s Suite will take you to the polar regions in ultimate style and comfort. Complete with large lounge area, balcony, walk-in wardrobe and en-suite, you’ll need to book early to secure this suite. The Captain’s Suite features additional amenities including 1 free pair of binoculars per suite, free stocked mini bar (replenished as needed) and 1 free bottle of champagne.

Cabin & balcony combined size: 487 sq. ft. (45.22m2)

Junior Suite

The four Junior Suites take in some impressive scenery from their vantage points on Deck 7. When you aren’t enjoying a landing, you can relax in the suites’ separate lounge area, or just watch the world float by from the private balcony. The Junior Suite features additional amenities including 1 free pair of binoculars per suite, free stocked mini bar (stocked once only) and 1 free bottle of champagne.

Cabin & balcony combined size:  446 – 451 sq. ft. (41.47 – 41.87m2)

Balcony Stateroom Superior

With a bit more room to stretch the legs, the Balcony Stateroom Superior cabins are perfect for polar adventurers who travel with plenty of gear. Located on Deck 4 and 6, the Staterooms feature floor to ceiling windows, en-suite bathrooms and a comfortable desk area. Some of these rooms are equipped with wheelchair accessible bathrooms.

Cabin & balcony combined size: 299 – 390 sq. ft. (27.77 – 36.27m2)

Balcony Stateroom Category A

The 25 Balcony Stateroom  A cabins are a premium cabin and the most abundant on board. These cabins are located in preferred positions on Deck 4 and 6 which provides easy access between Decks via the internal stairs or elevator.

Cabin & balcony combined size: 227 – 288 sq. ft. (21 – 26.77 m2)

Balcony Stateroom Category B

The 17 Balcony Stateroom  B Cabins are located at the fore and aft of Deck 4 & 6. Many are fitted with interconnecting features making them great for families or groups.

Cabin & balcony combined size: 227 – 288 sq. ft. (21 – 26.77 m2)

Balcony Stateroom Category C

The 15 Balcony Stateroom C cabins are the most economical balcony stateroom, fitted with all the necessities and comfortable for up to 2 people. These cabins are scattered throughout Deck 4 & 6.

Cabin & balcony combined size: 227 – 288 sq. ft. (21 – 26.77 m2)

Aurora Stateroom Superior

With a bit more room to stretch the legs, the Aurora Stateroom Superior are perfect for polar adventurers who travel with plenty of gear. Located on Deck 7, the Staterooms feature french balconies, floor to ceiling windows, en-suite bathrooms and a comfortable desk area.

Cabin size: 150 – 174 sq. ft. (13.97 – 16.17m2)  

Aurora Stateroom Twin

The Douglas Mawson features two Aurora Stateroom Twin cabins featuring windows, all with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3, they’re close to the mudroom and loading platforms, perfect for adventurers who are looking for a comfortable base that’s close to the action.

Cabin size: 165 – 172 sq. ft. (15.37 – 15.97m2)  

Aurora Stateroom Triple

There are two Aurora Stateroom Triple cabins featuring portholes, all with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3, they’re close to the mudroom and loading platforms.

Cabin size: 243 sq. ft. (22.57m2)

Aurora Stateroom Superior Single

There are four Aurora Stateroom Superior Single cabins featuring portholes, all with private en-suites. Located on Decks 3 & 7.

Deck 3 Cabin size: 163 sq. ft. (15.18m2)

Deck 7 Cabin size: 118 sq. ft. (10.97m2)

Aurora Stateroom Single

There are two Aurora Stateroom Single cabins featuring portholes, all with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3, they’re close to the mudroom and loading platforms.

Cabin size: 106 sq. ft. (9.85m2)

Deck Plan