13 January, 2021
11 February, 2021
Period 1st Jan 20
- 31st Mar 20
Main Deck Twin USD $23,000.00
Superior USD $25,000.00
Superior Plus USD $28,300.00
Mini Suite USD $29,400.00
Heritage Suite USD $32,000.00
Landing Fees USD $880.00
The Expedition Vessel Spirit of Enderby (Professor Khromov) is one of the best run ships of it kind.
On board the atmosphere is peaceful and warm, more akin to a private yacht than a cruise ship. With just 48 passengers a very tangible camaraderie is created amongst passengers and crew. The ship is under the command of an experienced team of Russian Officers, with a passionate and knowledgeable expedition team.
Built in 1984, the Spirit of Enderby measures 72 metres in length and is fully ice-strengthened. Powered by two, 1,156 horse power, diesel engines. It is capable of speeds of up to 12 knots.
The vessel is fitted with stabilisers, making travel much more comfortable. Excellent accommodation is provided in twin share cabins, approximately half of which have private facilities and the remainder shared facilities. All cabins have outside windows or portholes and ample storage space.
On board is a bar, library and lounge. You are encouraged to spend time on the bridge to witness the experienced captain and officers in action, recognised as experts in polar navigation. The team of expert staff are always on hand to assist with every need and question.
Some expeditions will be on board the Akademik Shokalskiy. This is an identical sister ship to Spirit of Enderby with the same specifications, performance and like Spirit of Enderby has been tastefully redecorated. Cabin numbers and configurations are the same with a couple of small exceptions … please ask reservation staff if requesting a specific cabin to ensure that it is what you want. Like Spirit of Enderby an experienced Russian Crew and an enthusiastic, experienced and knowledgeable team of lecturers and Zodiac drivers will be on board.
Throughout the voyage the crew maintain a lookout for seabirds, dolphins or whales and keep an expedition log, a bound copy of which will be sent to everybody at the conclusion of the expedition.
The key to these expeditions is the fleet of semi rigid inflatable Naiad (Greek for water nymph) craft, also known as Zodiacs. These extremely safe and stable craft will land you at some of the most amazing places, where few others have ever been.
There are also specially designed and built Hovercrafts which give unprecedented over ice capability in Antarctica allowing us to land in places that are inaccessible to other ships.
Not included in expedition fee:
Airfare to and from your home to the port of departure or arrival in New Zealand.
Items of a personal nature such as insurance, and excess baggage charge.
Passport, visa and vaccination fees.
On board the ship: beverages, communication charges, medical supplies, laundry, sea shop purchases.
General good health necessary.
No specific fitness requirements.
Clients must be in good general health to join our expeditions. The expedition is ship-based, and physically not very demanding.
Although you spend as much time as possible ashore, you are welcome to remain aboard the ship if you like. To join the voyage, you must be able to get up and down steps between the different ship levels and up and down the gangway to board the zodiacs for the excursions ashore.
Has a large lounge area, a separate bedroom with double bed, a single bed in the lounge, writing desk, wardrobe, drawers, fridge. There is a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. There are large forward and side facing windows with great views.
Has a small bedroom with a 3/4 bed and a single bed in the lounge, wardrobe, drawers, a desk and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. This suite has windows.
Cabins have two lower berths, wardrobe, drawers, a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. These cabins have windows.
Cabins have one bunk, wardrobe, drawers, a desk, a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. These cabins have windows.
Cabins have two lower berths, wardrobe, drawers, a desk, washbasin. The nearby showers and toilets are shared with other Main deck cabins. These cabins have a porthole.
On board the ship:
The ship is heated throughout with the normal temperature 17-25C. In keeping with the expedition’s atmosphere, dress on board is informal. Bring casual and comfortable clothing. Keep in mind that much of the spectacular scenery can be appreciated from deck, which can be slippery. Bring sturdy shoes with no-slip soles and make sure a jacket is never far away in case the call, “whales” comes over the loud speaker and you have to dash outside. Wear layers since it is comfortably warm on board the ship – and cold out on deck. There may be an occasion, i.e. Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve or a spontaneously Posh Night where you may require clothing that is a little more formal.
Tips to stay comfortable & warm in cold weather:
Dining is informal and relaxed, and the cuisine outstanding. Award winning chefs prepare delicious meals and are able to cater for any special dietary requirements. A selection of fine New Zealand and Australian wines is available.
Rodney trained with and worked for the New Zealand Wildlife Service (now Department of Conservation) as a “Protected Species Officer” – responsible for the management and conservation of rare and endangered bird species.
His work took him the length and breadth of New Zealand and to the Sub Antarctic Islands. He left the department to further his studies at the University of Otago – where he completed a double degree in New Zealand and Pacific History and theology.
He became more passionate about the need to share the natural world with people, emphasising the need for advocacy in a successful conservation strategy. In addition to New Zealand Expeditions Rodney has led expeditions to the Pacific and Asia and more recently to South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula. His goal in everything that he does is to provide opportunities which enhance travellers’ experience and understanding of the natural world.
The Expeditions are also led by some of the most experienced Southern Ocean naturalists, who have devoted a lifetime to research in this region.
What type of ship to shore communication facilities does the ship have?
The Spirit of Enderby is equipped with the Iridium satellite phone for phone calls and for receiving and sending emails.
What currency is accepted on board?
The U.S. dollar is the standard currency on board. New Zealand and Australian currency will be accepted at the current exchange rate.
Can you cater to specific dietary requirements?
Chefs can prepare food according to special dietary needs providing requirements are noted at the time of final payment. Unfortunately, kosher, halal and vegan meals cannot be offered.
Can I recharge my batteries and use electrical appliances on board (e.g. hairdryer)?
Power on board is 220V (AC current) with outlets being recessed, round 2 pronged European type. If you plan to bring the American standard 110V equipment with flat pronged plug, you will need to bring a converter and a round 2 pronged European type adaptor plug. Please check your equipment to be sure you bring what is necessary for your personal needs.
Special note for video equipment battery packs: Please check with a camera source and bring with you a convertor adequate for recharging your pack if your equipment is 110V and needing to be converted to the 220V on board.
How sea sick will I be?
All people wonder if they will be sea sick, the answer to this is difficult as it depends entirely on the individual. A small percentage of people do get sick and then recover for the remainder of the voyage. If you think you are susceptible to sea sickness then it is a good idea to be prepared. Motion sickness tablets or Scopolamine patches (Scopoderm) can be purchased from your local chemist. Please remember if you are concerned, commence these before the voyage starts (as directed on the information for each medication) rather than after you are already sick.
Single travellers who wish to share their cabin/hotel room should so indicate on the booking form. The published per person double occupancy fare is guaranteed in this case, whether or not a cabin mate is available.
Single travellers who require sole occupancy of cabins will be charged 1.8 x the published fare on all cabins except suite cabins which will be charged at 2 x the published fare.
You may request to pay for this tour in US or NZ dollars. You may do so either by credit card or directly into our US or NZ dollar account.
US and NZ bank account details can be found on our booking form, or we can send them to you by email. Please specify if you wish to take this option when you make your booking.
Your bank will charge a set fee for telegraphic transfers but you will not incur any exchange fees. If you pay by credit card, your bank may charge a currency conversion fee (usually between 1% and 3%).
If paying in NZ$ the current exchange rate on the day of booking will be used. As exchange rates are constantly changing there is no guarantee that your credit card bill will come out to the exact US dollar price as advertised.
A deposit of 25% of the expedition fee is required upon booking to confirm participation. The balance of the fee is payable 120 days prior to departure date. On forwarding the deposit you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions found here.
Cancellations must be received in writing. For cancellations received more than 180 days before departure date, a full refund will be made less $US750.00 per person administration/handling fee. For cancellations received within 179 days and 121 days of your embarkation date, the full deposit is forfeited. Within 120 days of your departure date, the full expedition fee is forfeited. If cancellation occurs within 120 days and full payment has not yet been received, the total price will still apply and any unpaid monies are due immediately.
The operator reserves the right to alter prices should there be substantial changes in tariffs, exchange rates, cost of fuel, labour or materials.
Due to the nature of the expedition, weather, ice or government regulations may require changes to be made to the itineraries and/or the cancellation of certain shore excursions. Every attempt will be made to adhere to the itineraries described within the limits of safety and time. The ship’s Captain has the last word on any decision made with regard to the vessel’s itinerary and it is understood that such a decision will be made in the interest of safety of the vessel and of all the passengers on board. In the event of changes, passengers have no right to any refund or other compensation. Expedition fees are based on group participation. Should you choose not to take part in any activity or make use of services provided, no refund will be made.
We suggest clients take out a comprehensive travel insurance.
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