Spirit of Enderby

Spirit of Enderby Review and Specifications

Specifications of Spirit of Enderby

Flag state Russia
Builder Laivateollisuus Oy (Meyer Turku, Finland)
Year built 1984
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
Crew 30
Decks 5
Cabins 29
Decks with cabins 3
Last Refurbishment 2013
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.MV Spirit of Enderby cruise ship

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.

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