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Tour Details

Start

Invercargill, Kelvin Hotel

Finish

Bluff/Invercargill

DEPARTURE DATES

23 December, 2020

Prices

Period 1st Dec 20 - 1st Feb 21
Main Deck Triple USD $4,600.00
Main Deck Twin USD $5,000.00
Superior USD $5,200.00
Superior Plus USD $5,600.00
Mini Suite USD $6,000.00
Heritage Suite USD $6,500.00
Landing Fees USD $400.00

Days

8 days

Fitness grade

Grade: A
(you need to be in reasonably good health)

Expedition Vessel ‘Spirit of Enderby’ is one of the best-run ships of it kind. On board the atmosphere is peaceful and warm.  With just 50 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.

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 is always on hand to assist with every need and question.

Throughout the voyage a log is recorded of seabirds, dolphins or whales and an expedition log is kept, 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.

Not included in expedition and landing 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.

Grade: A
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 we 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.

Heritage Suite:

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.

Mini Suite:

Has a separate bedroom with a double bed, a single bed or sofa in the lounge, wardrobe, drawers, a desk and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. This suite has windows.

Superior Plus:

Cabins have two lower berths, wardrobe, drawers, a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. These cabins have windows.

Superior:

Cabins have one bunk (an upper and lower berth), wardrobe, drawers, a desk, a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. These cabins have windows.

Main deck:

Cabins have two lower berths, wardrobe, drawers, a desk and a wash-basin. The nearby showers and toilets are shared with other Main deck cabins. These cabins have a porthole.

Main Deck Triple: 

This cabin has one bunk (an upper and a lower berth), and one lower berth, wardrobe, drawers, a desk and a wash-basin. The nearby showers and toilets are shared with other Main deck cabins. This cabin has 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 your raincoat is never far away in case of 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 cooler 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 and warm in cold weather:

  • Avoid overdressing to reduce perspiration. Wear water repellent outer garments that will keep you dry on the outside and still breathe enough so that moisture from your body can escape. Body heat is most likely to be lost from parts that have a lot of surface area in comparison to total mass – namely, the hands and feet. Keep them warm and dry. For hands, mittens are better than gloves.
  • If the rest of your body is covered, as much as 90% of heat can come from your head, so be sure to wear a hat, beanie or balaclava. These items can be pulled down to protect your ears, forehead, neck and chin. The neck also needs protection with a woollen or synthetic scarf that can be wrapped around the face, when travelling against the wind.
  • Dress in comfortable, loose layers. For anyone out in the cold, it is far better to wear layers of relatively light, loose clothing than one thick, heavy item. Between each layer there is a film of trapped air which, when heated by your body, acts as an excellent insulator. Keep from overheating.
  • Wool and silk are superior to cotton because they can trap warm air. Synthetic fabrics that spring back into shape after compression are also good. When damp or wet, polyester down is better insulator than goose or duck down.
  • Polar fleece is popular and recommended.

What to Take:

  • Warm Trousers
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Thermal Underwear
  • Sweaters/Jerseys
  • Turtlenecks
  • Mittens and Gloves
  • Woollen Hat or Balaclava
  • Warm Socks
  • Rubber Boots (Gumboots or Wellingtons as we commonly call them)
  • Waterproof & Windproof Jacket
  • Backpack
  • Sunglasses
  • A pair of Binoculars – highly recommended

Other:

  • Sandals or similar (slip on sandals) are very useful to wear around the ship
  • Earplugs may be useful if sharing a cabin with a snorer

Dining is informal and relaxed, and the cuisine outstanding. Award winning chefs prepare delicious meals and are able to cater to most dietary requirements. A selection of fine New Zealand and Australian wines is available. Unfortunately, Kosher, Halal and Vegan meals are NOT available onboard.

Rodney Russ – Expedition Leader

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 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 enhances the traveller’s experience and understanding of the natural world.

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. Emails can be sent to the ship’s e-mail address. There will be a charge for all redirected e-mail messages and this will show on the relevant ship board account. It is possible to send e-mails to any address anywhere in the world from the ship and a charge will appear on your ship account for any e-mail sent.

What currency is accepted on board?

The U.S. dollar is the standard currency on board. We will however accept New Zealand and Australian currency at the current exchange rate.

Can you cater to specific dietary requirements?

The chefs can prepare food according to special dietary needs providing we are notified at the time of final payment. Unfortunately, Kosher, Halal and Vegan meals are NOT available onboard.

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 converter 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?

Seasickness depends entirely on the individual. From experience a small percentage of people to get sick and then recover for the remainder of the voyage. If you think you are susceptible to seasickness 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.

Booking Conditions

Single Travellers

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.

Payment 

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.

Deposit

A deposit of 25% of the expedition fee is required upon booking to confirm participation. The balance of the fee is payable 95 days prior to departure date.

Cancellations

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 91 days of your embarkation date, the full deposit is forfeited.
Within 90 days of your departure date, the full expedition fee is forfeited.
If cancellation occurs within 90 days and full payment has not yet been received, the total price will still apply and any unpaid monies are due immediately.
On forwarding the deposit you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions found here.

Price Changes

We reserve the right to alter our prices should there be substantial changes in tariffs, exchange rates, cost of fuel, labour or materials.

Itinerary Changes

Due to the nature of this expedition, weather 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 vessels 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.

 

Travel Insurance

We suggest clients take out a comprehensive travel insurance.

World Nomads Travel Insurance provides online quotes.