Skip to main content

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.



Speed: 12 knots

CRUISE SPEED: 10 knots

Passengers: 50

Classification: Russian register KM ice class

Ship Region:Antarctica

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.