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Spirit of Enderby & Shokalskiy

Ship Overview

Operated by: Heritage Expeditions

Sister ships The Spirit of Enderby and Shokalskiy are fully ice-strengthened expedition vessels, built in 1984 for Russian polar and oceanographic research. 

They accommodate just 50 passengers and were refurbished in 2013 to provide comfortable accommodation in twin share cabins, approximately half of which have private facilities. All cabins have outside windows or portholes and ample storage space.

It is important to note that both ships were not built as tourist ships, and therefore the onboard facilities are rudimentary. There is a combined bar/library lounge area and a dedicated lecture room. The cuisine is very good and is prepared by New Zealand and Australian chefs. What is lacking in the way of onboard luxuries is more than made up for by the ships' tough construction, which includes an 1A ice-rating.

The real focus and emphasis of every expedition is getting you ashore as often as possible for as long as possible with maximum safety and comfort. These expeditions are accompanied by some of the most experienced naturalists and guides, who have devoted a lifetime to field research in the areas that we visit. The ships are crewed by a very enthusiastic and most experienced Russian Captain and crew.

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Key Facts

Crew
30
Officers
Russian
Guests
50
Tonnage
1750
Length
234 Feet / 71.60 Metres
Width
42 Feet
Speed
10 Knots
Passenger Decks
3
Built
1984
Registry
Russia
Room Grades

Heritage Suite

SIZE:22.50m2 / 242sqftSLEEPS:2

The single Heritage Suite offers a separate bedroom, lounge area, writing desk and private en-suite with shower, toilet and washbasin. It also features large forward and side facing windows for great views.

Mini Suite

SIZE:17m2 / 183sqftSLEEPS:2

The two Mini Suites include a separate bedroom and lounge area as well as large windows to enjoy the views. Each suite also feature a private en-suite.

Mini Suite

Superior Plus Cabin

SIZE:12m2 / 129sqftSLEEPS:2

Superior Plus cabins sleep two people in lower bunks and feature private bathrooms. They are located across the upper and middle decks.

Superior Plus Cabin

Superior Cabin

SIZE:12m2 / 129sqftSLEEPS:2

The Superior Cabins can accommodation two people in a lower and upper bunk. Each cabin features a private bathroom and lounge, and are located on the ship's middle deck.

Superior Cabin

Main Deck Cabin (shared bathroom)

SIZE:9.80m2 / 105sqftSLEEPS:2

Located on the main deck, these cabins accommodate two people in lower bunks. Bathrooms are located on the same deck and shared with other main deck cabins.

Main Deck Cabin (shared bathroom)
Dining

All meals are included in your expedition fare. The onboard cuisine is prepared by Australian and New Zealand chefs and is hearty and homely.  Meals are served in two dining rooms, where you are free to sit where and with whomever you like.

Features

Outside decks are open to you most of the time so you can enjoy limitless views. They are also the perfect place to keep watch for wildlife. The inside observation areas are also great for enjoying the landscapes in comfort.

Expeditions are accompanied by some of the most experienced naturalists and guides, who have devoted a lifetime to field research in the areas that are visited. They offer a range of talks on topics that related to our destinations. Join them in the lecture room, around the dining table or out on the deck.

The ship is crewed by a very enthusiastic and most experienced Russian Captain and crew. Russians are regarded as the world’s best ice navigators, and they work tirelessly to ensure we reach our destinations.

Travelling ashore on excursions is easy. A fleet of Zodiacs ferry you ashore to land or take you further afield to enjoy cruises under bird cliffs, near geological wonders, or up close to other wildlife. The real focus and emphasis of every expedition is getting you ashore as often as possible for as long as possible with maximum safety and comfort.

 

Spirit of Enderby & Shokalskiy Expeditions

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Kamchatka Coast: Jewel of the Russian Far East

From USD $7800.00 Per Person

DURATION:13 Days/ 12 Nights REGION:Asia SHIP:Spirit of Enderby & Shokalskiy

On this expedition from Anadyr to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy make numerous landings along the remote coastline and discover for yourself the untamed and beautiful landscapes of Russia's Far East.

Wrangel Island: Across the Top of the World

From USD $11200.00 Per Person

DURATION:15 Days/ 14 Nights REGION:Asia SHIP:Spirit of Enderby & Shokalskiy

The wildlife adventure of a lifetime. Explore Wrangel Island - the home of Polar Bears - in the Russian Arctic. Also see Polar Bears, walrus, Snowy Owls, Snow Geese and more.

East Antarctica: In the Wake of Mawson

From USD $16000.00 Per Person

DURATION:26 Days/ 25 Nights REGION:Antarctica SHIP:Spirit of Enderby & Shokalskiy

Over 26 days voyage from Invercargill, New Zealand to the remote and infrequently visited Commonwealth Bay in East Antarctica. This is also the site of the historic hut of early Australian Antarctic explorer Douglas Mawson at Cape Denison.

New Zealand's Sub-Antarctic Islands

From USD $5000.00 Per Person

DURATION:8 Days/ 7 Nights REGION:Australia, New Zealand & Pacific SHIP:Spirit of Enderby & Shokalskiy

Discover New Zealand's World Heritage listed sub-Antarctic Islands. This 8-day voyage is timed to coincide with the flowering of the megaherbs which paint the landscape vivid colours.

Ross Sea: In the Wake of Scott & Shackleton

From USD $22300.00 Per Person

DURATION:30 Days/ 29 Nights REGION:Antarctica SHIP:Spirit of Enderby & Shokalskiy

Explore Antarctica's Ross Sea on this 30 day expedition which also includes the New Zealand Subantarctic Islands and Macquarie Island. Visit penguin rookeries, explore historic huts, visit scientific bases, field camps & Zodiac cruise the ice edge.

Chukotka: Where Russia's Day Begins

From USD $8900.00 Per Person

DURATION:15 Days/ 14 Nights REGION:Asia SHIP:Spirit of Enderby & Shokalskiy

Meet the people of Chukotka; see and listen to their stories and learn of their love for and strong connection with the land and sea. Celebrate with them at their annual Regatta and Festival before cruising to Wrangel Island.

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