Spirit of Enderby

The name Spirit of Enderby honours the work and the vision of the Enderby Brothers of London. The Enderby Captains were at the forefront of Antarctic exploration for almost 40 years in the early 1800’s. It also celebrates Enderby Island, arguably the greatest Subantarctic Island in the world.

As the sister ship to our Polar Pioneer, she is near identical in layout and onboard facilities. Built in 1984 as a fully ice-strengthened expedition vessel for polar and oceanographic research, she was refurbished in 2009 as a passenger expedition ship. She carries just 50 passengers and features a range of cabin options, a combined bar and library lounge a dedicated lecture room.

Ship Features

  • Ice-strengthened hull
  • Twin share cabins and suites
  • Viewing platforms and outside decks
  • Fleet of Zodiacs
  • Combined bar and library lounge
  • Lecture space
  • Passengers: 50
  • Cruising speed: 10 knots
  • Built: 1984
  • Refurbished: 2013
  • Length: 71.6 metres
  • Beam: 12.8 metres
  • Draft: 4.5 metres
  • Classification: Russian register KM ice class
  • Registry: Russian
  • Bunker capacity: 320 tons


The Spirit of Enderby provides a range of comfortable twin share accommodation, with approximately half of which have private bathroom facilities. All cabins feature outside windows or portholes, and include ample storage space for your belongings. See below for detailed cabin information and deck plan.

Heritage Suite

Private Bathroom

Only one Heritage Suite offers a separate bedroom, lounge area and private en-suite. It also feature large forward and side facing windows for great views. 

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Mini Suite

Private Bathroom

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. 

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Superior Plus Cabin

Private Bathroom

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

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Superior Cabin

Private Bathroom

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.

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Main Deck Cabin

Shared Bathroom

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.

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Main Deck Triple

Shared Bathroom

Only one Triple Cabin is located on the ship, on the main deck. Sleeping three people, the cabin utilises the shared public bathrooms located on the same deck.

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Ship Life


Our on-board cuisine is prepared by top Australian and New Zealand chefs.  Meals are served in our two dining rooms, where you are free to sit where and with whomever you like.

Observation Decks

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

Learning and Lectures

Our 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.  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.

Captain and Crew

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.

Getting Ashore

Our fleet of Zodiacs ferry us ashore to land or take us 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.

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