Ocean Endeavour

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Quark Expeditions

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9 nights / 10 days, round-trip Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent
15 Nov, 2017 - 25 Nov, 2017

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Ocean Endeavour Review and Specifications

Specifications of Ocean Endeavour

Year built 1982  /  Age : 35
Flag state Bahamas
Builder New Szczecin Shipyard (Szczecin, Poland)
Class ice-strengthened expedition ship
Owner SunStone Ships Inc
Operator Quark Expeditions, Albatros Travel
Speed 16 kn / 30 kph / 18 mph
Length (LOA) 137 m / 449 ft
Beam (width) 21 m / 69 ft
Gross Tonnage 12907 gt
Passengers 300 - 450
Crew 124
Passengers-to-space ratio 64
Decks 9
Cabins 193
Decks with cabins 6
Last Refurbishment 2017
Former names Konstantin Simonov, Francesca, The Iris, Kristina Katarina

Review of Ocean Endeavour

MS Ocean Endeavour cruise ship was lanched in 1982 under the name "Konstantin Simonov" and operated in Baltic Sea. In 1988, the vessel underwent a major drydock refit (complete makeover) transforming it into an expedition cruise ship. In the period 1996-2001, the ship was deployed in the Mediterranean Sea (southern Europe) and operated as "MS Francesca".

The vessel is owned by the Copenhagen-based Albatros Travel company, that specializes in polar expedition cruises and tours. Quark Expeditions (USA-based polar cruise travel company) operates the vessel under charter. The list of other Albatros Travel-owned ships also includes Ocean AdventurerOcean Atlantic (sister-ship), Ocean DiamondSea Endurance.

MS Ocean Endeavour cruise ship (Quark Expeditions)

The vessel was built in Szczecin Poland as a Ro-Ro ship (passenger and car ferry) ship "MS Konstantin Simonov" for the USSRS (Soviet Union / Russia) Black Sea Shipping Company. The ship was launched as the 4th in a series of all 7 "Dmitriy Shostakovich-class" ferries (project B-492/B-493). The list of sister-ships includes Dmitriy Shostakovich (1980, scrapped 2016 as Royale Star), Georg Ots (1980, illegally scrapped in 2014), Lev Tolstoy (1981, scrapped in 2014 as Ocean Life), , Konstantin Simonov (1982, now Ocean Endeavour), Mikhail Suslov (1982, scrapped in 2013 as Ocean Jewel of St Petersburg), Mikhail Sholokhov (1986, scrapped in 2011 as Phoenix) and Konstantin Chernenko (1986, now Ocean Atlantic). Originally, each of these ferry ships was designed with passenger capacity around 400, crew capacity around 170, power (4 marine diesel engines model Sulzer-Skoda / combined power output 12,800 kW), propulsion (2 fixed propellers), max speed 20 kn (23 mph / 37 kph), and all 9 decks (6 of which passenger accessible).

Until 2010, the shipowner Mano Cruise (Israel-based travel company, subsidiary of Mano Maritime) operated it under the name "The Iris" on eastern Mediterranean itineraries. In late 2010, it was refurbished again and became the flagship of Kristina Cruises (renamed "Kristina Katarina") replacing the smaller Kristina Regina. On January 8, 2014, the vessel was sold and renamed to "Ocean Endeavour". Currently, the ship cruises along Canada's east coast (Atlantic Ocean) and Greenland. Canadian Arctic cruises are offered during northern summer season. Antarctica cruise itineraries leaving out of Ushuaia (with optional fly-cruise deals from Buenos Aires) are offered during southern summer season.

The vessel's draft is only 18 ft (5,6 m) allowing access to remote islands and unique coastal destinations. The ship is powered by two MAN marine diesel engines (total power output 5400 HP). The hul is ice class 1B. The ship has all 6 lifeboats, which are fully enclosed. Ship-to-shore communications are via Inmarsat Capsat Fleet 77 (satellite phone and Internet).

Ocean Endeavour is the only Antarctica-visiting cruise ship with a focus on health and wellness. Onboard amenities include a day spa, yoga room, swimming pool, hot tub, gym, saunas (for men and women) and a wellness cafe (with juice bar). Passengers can go on with the wellness theme off the vessel by participating in snowshoeing, stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking tours (the latter two for additional fee).

MS Ocean Endeavour cruise ship (Quark Expeditions)

Staterooms come in numerous categories. Most feature exterior views via portholes or windows. The one exception is a block of interior single cabins on Deck 5. Booking one of these allows solo travelers to avoid rooming with a stranger or paying single supplement. Twin cabins come in variety of layouts and sizes due to the ship's older design. Passengers can choose one or two portholes, single or two picture windows. Some windows are with obstructed views. Another option is one double bed or two single beds. Triple cabins are also available.

MS Ocean Endeavour cruise ship (Quark Expeditions)

Largest staterooms on Ocean Endeavour are the Owner's Suite and the Junior Suites. While the Juniors are similar-sized (approx 30 m2 /320 ft2), the Owner's Suite boasts two large windows facing forward (the bow), plus a bathroom with hot tub. All Junior Suites are with single windows, and most bathrooms are shower only. All accommodations are equipped with DVD players and flat TVs. For onboard relaxation, the ship has two lounges (Aurora  and Nautilus) plus the top-deck Meridian Club.

Quark cruise deals

Quark Expeditions cruise deals are inclusive of:

  • 1-night pre-cruise hotel stay, group transfers (airport-hotel on the day prior departure, and hotel-ship on embarkation day)
  • onboard accommodation (daily housekeeping service)
  • all onboard meals (breakfasts, lunches, dinners) - know that the ship's galley / kitchen can't prepare kosher meals
  • all Zodiac landings (daily, weather permitting) and Zodiac transfers and cruising (daily)
  • media presentations by Expedition Team members and special guest lecturers
  • waterproof expedition boots (on shore landings)
  • complimentary Quark Expeditions logoed parka
  • lifejackets and immersion suits
  • complimentary coffee, tea and cocoa (24 / 7)
  • hairdryer and bathrobe (in all cabins)
  • pre-departure materials (including maps)
  • all service taxes and port fees
  • all onboard luggage handling
  • emergency evacuation (medevac) insurance to a max benefit USD 100,000 pp
  • Fly-cruise deals are inclusive of complimentary house wines (by the glass), beers and spirits on the ship, also of all gratuities (staff and crew) and all domestic flights (prior to embarkation).
  • Shipboard laundry and Ironing services are available at additional cost.
  • Ship-to-shore communications are via Inmarsat Capsat Fleet 77 (satellite phone and Internet) and cost extra.

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Ocean Endeavour Itineraries 2017

The below listed Ocean Endeavour cruise prices on 2017 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Quark Expeditions fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure
Itinerary ports
Ushuaia cruise port

06 November 2017 9 nights / 10 days, round-trip Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent
Prices starting
from $7263
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06 Nov      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
08 Nov - 09 Nov     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
10 Nov     Half Moon Island, Antarctica   
11 Nov     King George Island, Antarctica   
11 Nov     Livingston Island, Antarctica   
12 Nov     Deception Island, Antarctica   
12 Nov     Paradise Harbor, Antarctica   
13 Nov     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica   
13 Nov     Lemaire Channel, Antarctica   
14 Nov - 15 Nov     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
16 Nov      Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina   

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Ushuaia cruise port

15 November 2017 9 nights / 10 days, round-trip Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent
Prices starting
from $7263
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15 Nov      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
17 Nov - 18 Nov     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
19 Nov     Half Moon Island, Antarctica   
20 Nov     King George Island, Antarctica   
20 Nov     Livingston Island, Antarctica   
21 Nov     Deception Island, Antarctica   
21 Nov     Paradise Harbor, Antarctica   
22 Nov     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica   
22 Nov     Lemaire Channel, Antarctica   
23 Nov - 24 Nov     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
25 Nov      Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina   

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Ushuaia cruise port

24 November 2017 18 nights / 19 days, round-trip Explorers and Kings
fly-cruise (Buenos Aires)
Prices starting
from $14763
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24 Nov      Departing from Buenos Aires (flight)   
24 Nov      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
26 Nov     At Sea   
27 Nov     Carcass Island, Falkland Islands   
27 Nov     New Island, Falkland Islands   
28 Nov     Port Stanley, East Falkland Island   
29 Nov     At Sea   
30 Nov     At Sea   
01 Dec     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)   
02 Dec     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)   
03 Dec     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)   
04 Dec     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)   
05 Dec - 06 Dec     At Sea   
07 Dec     South Shetland Islands, Antarctica (Exploring)   
08 Dec     South Shetland Islands, Antarctica (Exploring)   
09 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
10 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
11 Dec     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
12 Dec     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
13 Dec     Ushuaia, Argentina   
13 Dec      Arriving in Buenos Aires (flight)   

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Ushuaia cruise port

24 November 2017 18 nights / 19 days, round-trip Explorers and Kings
Prices starting
from $13842
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24 Nov      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
26 Nov     At Sea   
27 Nov     Falkland Islands (Exploring)   
28 Nov     Falkland Islands (Exploring)   
29 Nov - 30 Nov     At Sea   
01 Dec     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)   
02 Dec     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)   
03 Dec     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)   
04 Dec     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)   
05 Dec - 06 Dec     At Sea   
07 Dec     South Shetland Islands, Antarctica (Exploring)   
08 Dec     South Shetland Islands, Antarctica (Exploring)   
09 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
10 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
11 Dec     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
12 Dec     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
13 Dec      Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina   

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Ushuaia cruise port

12 December 2017 8 nights / 9 days, round-trip Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent
Prices starting
from $6456
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12 Dec      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
14 Dec - 15 Dec     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
16 Dec     Half Moon Island, Antarctica   
17 Dec     King George Island, Antarctica   
17 Dec     Livingston Island, Antarctica   
18 Dec     Deception Island, Antarctica   
18 Dec     Orne Islands, Antarctica   
19 Dec - 20 Dec     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
21 Dec      Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina   

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Ushuaia cruise port

20 December 2017 9 nights / 10 days, round-trip Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent
Prices starting
from $8072
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20 Dec      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
22 Dec - 23 Dec     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
24 Dec     Half Moon Island, Antarctica   
25 Dec     King George Island, Antarctica   
25 Dec     Livingston Island, Antarctica   
26 Dec     Deception Island, Antarctica   
26 Dec     Paradise Harbor, Antarctica   
27 Dec     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica   
27 Dec     Lemaire Channel, Antarctica   
28 Dec - 29 Dec     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
30 Dec      Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina   

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Ushuaia cruise port

29 December 2017 9 nights / 10 days, round-trip Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent
Prices starting
from $8072
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29 Dec      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
31 Dec - 01 Jan     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
02 Jan     Half Moon Island, Antarctica   
03 Jan     King George Island, Antarctica   
03 Jan     Livingston Island, Antarctica   
04 Jan     Deception Island, Antarctica   
04 Jan     Paradise Harbor, Antarctica   
05 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica   
05 Jan     Lemaire Channel, Antarctica   
06 Jan - 07 Jan     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
08 Jan      Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina   

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Ushuaia cruise port

31 December 2017 21 nights / 22 days, round-trip Crossing the Circle via Falklands & South Georgia
fly-cruise (Buenos Aires)
Prices starting
from $16148
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31 Dec      Departing from Buenos Aires (flight)   
31 Dec      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
02 Jan     At Sea   
03 Jan     Falkland Islands   
04 Jan     Port Stanley, East Falkland Island   
05 Jan - 06 Jan     At Sea   
07 Jan     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica   
08 Jan     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica   
09 Jan     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica   
10 Jan     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica   
11 Jan - 12 Jan     At Sea   
13 Jan     South Shetland Islands, Antarctica   
14 Jan     South Shetland Islands, Antarctica   
15 Jan     South Shetland Islands, Antarctica   
16 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Antarctic Circle)   
17 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Antarctic Circle)   
18 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Northbound)   
19 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Northbound)   
20 Jan     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
21 Jan     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
22 Jan     Ushuaia, Argentina   
22 Jan      Arriving in Buenos Aires (flight)   

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Ocean Endeavour Itineraries 2018

The below listed Ocean Endeavour cruise prices on 2018 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Quark Expeditions fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure
Itinerary ports
Ushuaia cruise port

07 January 2018 18 nights / 19 days, round-trip Explorers and Kings
Prices starting
from $13840
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07 Jan      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
09 Jan     At Sea   
10 Jan     Falkland Islands (Exploring)   
11 Jan     Falkland Islands (Exploring)   
12 Jan - 13 Jan     At Sea   
14 Jan     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)   
15 Jan     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)   
16 Jan     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)   
17 Jan     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Exploring)   
18 Jan - 19 Jan     At Sea   
20 Jan     South Shetland Islands, Antarctica (Exploring)   
21 Jan     South Shetland Islands, Antarctica (Exploring)   
22 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
23 Jan     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
24 Jan     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
25 Jan     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
26 Jan      Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina   

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Ushuaia cruise port

12 February 2018 8 nights / 9 days, round-trip Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent
Prices starting
from $6687
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12 Feb      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
14 Feb - 15 Feb     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
16 Feb     Half Moon Island, Antarctica   
17 Feb     King George Island, Antarctica   
17 Feb     Livingston Island, Antarctica   
18 Feb     Deception Island, Antarctica   
18 Feb     Orne Islands, Antarctica   
19 Feb - 20 Feb     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
21 Feb      Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina   

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Ushuaia cruise port

20 February 2018 8 nights / 9 days, round-trip Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent
Prices starting
from $6687
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20 Feb      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
22 Feb - 23 Feb     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
24 Feb     Half Moon Island, Antarctica   
25 Feb     King George Island, Antarctica   
25 Feb     Livingston Island, Antarctica   
26 Feb     Deception Island, Antarctica   
26 Feb     Orne Islands, Antarctica   
27 Feb - 28 Feb     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
01 Mar      Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina   

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Ushuaia cruise port

28 February 2018 12 nights / 13 days, round-trip Crossing the Circle Southern Expedition
fly-cruise (Buenos Aires)
Prices starting
from $9802
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28 Feb      Departing from Buenos Aires (flight)   
28 Feb      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
02 Mar     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
03 Mar     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
04 Mar     South Shetland Islands, Antarctica   
05 Mar     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
06 Mar     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Exploring)   
07 Mar     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Antarctic Circle)   
08 Mar     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Antarctic Circle)   
09 Mar     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Northbound)   
10 Mar     Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (Northbound)   
11 Mar     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
12 Mar     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
13 Mar     Ushuaia, Argentina   
13 Mar      Arriving in Buenos Aires (flight)   

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