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Kayak-Ship Trips

Our ice-strengthened ship, the Polar Pioneer, and sister ship, the Spirit of Enderby, provide a comfortable base for our paddlers in polar, subantarctic and tropical environments.


Polar Pioneer

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Polar Pioneer in Spitsbergen

Polar Pioneer was built in Finland in 1985 as an ice-strengthened research vessel. In 2001 she was refurbished in St Petersburg to provide comfortable accommodation for 54 passengers.

CABINS

There are five classes of cabins on board the Polar Pioneer:

  • Triple Cabins have two lower bunks and one upper bunk, porthole, wash basin, desk, storage. Shower and toilet facilities located conveniently just outside the cabins.
  • Twin Share Cabins have two lower bunks, porthole, wash basin, desk, storage. Shower and toilet facilities located conveniently just outside the cabins.
  • Twin Private Cabins have two lower berths, two have upper & lower berths. All cabins have private bathroom (shower and toilet), window, desk, ample storage.
  • Mini-Suites have one double bed and one fold down couch in separate sleeping areas, private bathroom, (shower & toilet), windows, desk, sitting area, refrigerator, TV and video facilities, electric jug. Two only.
  • The Captain’s Suite features a double bed in separate sleeping area, private bathroom (shower & toilet) forward and port windows, desk, large lounge and table area, refrigerator, TV and video facilities, electric jug. One only.

View deck floor plan

General Facilities

Bar/lounge/library area, sauna, laundry service, medical clinic staffed by a doctor, dining area, TV/video (NTSC and PAL systems), lecture room.

Specifications

  • Length: 71.6 metres
  • Beam: 12.8 metres
  • Draft: 4.5 metres
  • Displacement: 2140 tonnes
  • Cruise speed: 10-12 knots
  • Powered by: 2 x 1560 HP diesel engines
  • Captain & Crew: Russian
  • Chef: European, Australian or New Zealand

Polar Pioneer is not a luxury ship, she is homely and strong, built to be a working vessel and refitted to a comfortable passenger standard. The accommodation is simple yet comfortable and the meals are wholesome and simple. The mood on board is definitely casual. A small fleet of Zodiacs (rubber inflatable boats) with outboard motors enable us to travel from ship to shore.


Spirit of Enderby

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Spirit of Enderby

On the Melanesian, subantarctic and Russian coast trips, we work with our partners, Heritage Expeditions. Heritage operates the Spirit of Enderby, a 50-berth expedition ship built in 1984 and refurbished in 2012. All cabins have outside windows or portholes and ample storage space.

CABINS

There are six classes of cabins on board the Spirit of Enderby:

  • Main Deck Triple Cabins have one bunk (one upper and one lower) and one lower berth, wardrobe, drawers, a desk and wash basin. The nearby showers and toilets are shared with other Main deck cabins.
  • Main Deck Cabins have two lower berths, wardrobe, drawers, a desk, washbasin and porthole. The nearby showers and toilets are shared with other Main deck cabins.
  • Superior Cabins have bunks (an upper and lower berth), wardrobe, drawers, a desk, a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. These cabins have windows.
  • Superior Plus Cabins have two lower berths, wardrobe, drawers, desk, a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. These cabins have windows.
  • Mini Suites have a separate bedroom with a double bed and a single bed or a sofa in the lounge, wardrobe, drawers, a desk and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. The Mini Suites have windows.
  • The Heritage Suite has a large lounge area, a separate bedroom with double bed, a single bed in the lounge, writing desk, wardrobe, drawers. There is a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. There are large forward and side facing windows to allow great views. Facilities, electric jug. One only.

View deck floor plan

General Facilities

Bar/lounge/library area, sauna, laundry service, medical clinic, dining area, lecture room. The cuisine is excellent and is prepared by top NZ and Australian chefs.

Specifications

  • Classification: Russian register KM ice class
  • Length: 71.6 metres
  • Beam: 12.8 metres
  • Draft: 4.5 metres
  • Displacement: 2140 tonnes
  • Cruise speed: 10-12 knots
  • Powered by: 2 x 1560 HP diesel engines
  • Captain & Crew: Russian
  • Chefs: Australian or New Zealand

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. 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.

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. The mood on board is definitely casual. A small fleet of Zodiacs (rubber inflatable boats) with outboard motors enable us to travel from ship to shore.