The MV Aurora is named after the Aurora Glacier, located in Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve. The glacier was named by prospectors after the Aurora Borealis, aurora means 'the dawn' in Greek. The vessel was designed by Nickum & Spalding Associates of Seattle, Washington and constructed at Peterson Builders, Inc. in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin in 1977. The small size of this vessel enables it to provide service to smaller communities along our route. MV Aurora is 235 feet long and 57 feet wide, with a domestic gross tonnage of 1,280 and a service speed of 14.5 knots.
The MV Aurora is designed to carry 250 passengers and has a vehicle capacity of 660 linear feet, which is equal to approximately 33 twenty-foot vehicles. The MV Aurora onboard amenities include observation lounges with comfortable chairs, a covered heated solarium, a cafeteria-style restaurant, a movie lounge, and showers. Fresh towels are available upon request for a small fee. Coin operated ice machines and microwaves are also available. Click on the image to start a slideshow of all deck plans on the MV Aurora or view our Vessel Information Table for more statistical information.