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Spirit of Enderby


Built in 1984 for polar and oceanographic research and refurbished in 2012, the Spirit of Enderby is a fully ice-strengthened expedition vessel, ideally suited to Antarctic expeditions due to its strength, manoeuvrability and small passenger numbers. The ship carries a maximum of only 50 passengers in clean, comfortable twin and triple share cabins, most with en-suite facilities and all with windows or portholes. The ship features a combined bar/library lounge area and a dedicated lecture room. Meals are prepared by Australian chefs who provide excellent international cuisine. The emphasis and focus of every expedition is to get passengers ashore as often as possible for as long as possible with maximum safety and comfort. The ship is manned by an extremely experienced Captain and crew, and expeditions are accompanied by a passionate and knowledgeable expedition team. The Spirit of Enderby is one of the last family operated expedition vessels of her size and ice class in the world.

The Enderby brothers were at the forefront of Antarctic exploration for almost 40 years in the early 1800’s and the name Spirit of Enderby honours their work. It also celebrates Enderby Island, one of the greatest Sub-Antarctic Islands in the world.

COVID - 19 Safety Measures

In light of the current global situation Chimu Adventures continues to monitor both the local and global situation to provide the most up to date information regarding Covid-19 safety. The following measures will be undertaken on the to ensure the upmost degree of safety: 

  • The Enderby will work alongside local health and immigration authorities at destinations and ports to implement any requirements and best practice prior to departure.
  • All embarking guests will be screened as per CLIA pre-boarding protocol which currently includes answering a series of questions, passport check and taking each guests' temperature. Should a guest's temperature exceed 38°C, enhanced screening and medical support will be provided as well as a detailed recent travel history review.
  • The shipboard medical team will closely monitor US CDC Health Alerts for Healthcare Professionals and implement all recommended measures.
  • While on board, should any guest present with any influenza-like illness they will be immediately isolated while crew follows the CDC Interim Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients Under Investigation for COVID-19 Coronavirus.

For more information please see the latest updates from the World Health Organisation and Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. 



Speed: 12 knots

CRUISE SPEED: 10 knots

Passengers: 50

Classification: Russian register KM ice class

Ship Region:Spirit of Enderby

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 worktirelessly to ensure we reach our destinations.


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