Spirit of Enderby Review and Specifications
Specifications of Spirit of Enderby
|Builder||Laivateollisuus Oy (Meyer Turku, Finland)|
|Speed||12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph|
|Length (LOA)||72 m / 236 ft|
|Beam (width)||13 m / 43 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||1750 gt|
|Passengers||29 - 48|
|Decks with cabins||3|
|Former names||Professor Khromov|
Review of Spirit of Enderby
MV Spirit of Enderby cruise ship is an ice-strengthened research vessel, launched in 1984 under the name "Professor Khromov". The ship is one of the original ex-USSR research vessels which opened up the world to merchant polar cruising in the early 1990s. Its sister-ship MV Polar Pioneer is also part of the Aurora Expeditions' fleet.
Spirit of Enderby is one of all 10 Akademik Shuleykin-class Russian ships built in the mid-1980s in Finland for the Soviet Union's oceanographic research purposes. Around half of these ended up as chartered for polar cruise tours ships.
The vessel is polar (1A ice class) rated, purpose-built and small as far as modern expedition cruise ships are concerned, It is configured for 48 passengers in 6 cabin categories. The charm of this ship is not in luxury appointments, but rather in its utilitarian construction and the Russian crew who operates it with an efficient discipline.
The ship focuses on enrichment and exceptional itineraries. Most excursions are organized by Zodiac rigid inflatable tenders powered by 60hp 4-stroke outboard motors that give good speed and manoeuvrability. The Spirit of Enderby ship spends plenty of time in the open ocean. Her 'sea keeping' is quite good for a small ship with active ballast stabiliser system for the worst conditions.