Sea Endurance Review and Specifications
Specifications of Sea Endurance
|Year built||1992 / Age : 27|
|Builder||Orskov Christensens Staalskibsværft AS (Frederikshavn, Denmark)|
|Class||ice-strengthened expedition ship|
|Owner||SunStone Ships Inc|
|Operator||Noble Caledonia, Albatros Travel|
|Speed||11 kn / 20 kph / 13 mph|
|Length (LOA)||50 m / 164 ft|
|Beam (width)||11 m / 36 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||1268 gt|
|Passengers||26 - 60|
|Decks with cabins||2|
|Former names||MS Quest|
Review of Sea Endurance
MS Sea Endurance cruise ship (formerly MS Quest) is a converted ferry built in Denmark (Frederikshavn) in 1992, fully reffited and refurbished in 2004-2005. The vessel accommodates just 53 passengers in 26 outside cabins. Its small size allows navigation where bigger ships cannot access. Yet, due to its substantial build and design, the ship cruises easily the Svalbard's wilderness and the tranquil Scottish lochs. Sea Endurance cruises on 7-night one-way Alaskan itineraries between Seattle WA and Sitka AK.
The vessel's current owner is the Copenhagen-based Albatros Travel company, that specializes in polar expedition cruises and tours. Noble Caledonia operates the Sea Endurance cruise ship under charter. The list of other Albatros Travel-owned ships also includes Ocean Adventurer, Ocean Atlantic, Ocean Diamond, Ocean Endeavour.
Passenger cabins are situated on two decks and are priced according to location and size. All feature outside views, individually controlled air-conditioning, private toilet and shower. They are well designed with pleasing colours and typical Scandinavian light woods. The superior grade staterooms on decks three and four are quite spacious and feature a seating area. The owner’s stateroom on deck four has armchairs and a small table, as well as two large picture windows.
The Panorama lounge is located on the top deck of MS Sea Endurance and affords excellent views. It is the main meeting place onboard and here the team provides informative and informal briefings and talks. A small library and the bar are also found in the lounge. The elegant dining room seats all travelers in a single sitting and pampers with delicious meals with a mixture of buffet and table service. Breakfast and lunch are buffet style affairs and dinner combines a salad and starter buffet with served main course and dessert. All meals offer a choice of meat, fish and vegetarian options.
The Bridge is open to passengers and Scandinavian officers provide charts and sailing information for those interested in ship’s navigation and operation. A doctor is also at hand onboard. There is ample space to relax and take in the surroundings, but communal spaces are buzzy following a wildlife sighting. Adventure cruising is all about exploration and this is the reason why an itinerary aboard Sea Endurance ship is never fixed. Cruises appeal to those with adventurous streak, keen to get off the beaten track and experience destinations removed from civilization.
The vessel is equipped with 5 Zodiacs (large inflatable motorboats used for passenger transportation / landings in remote areas. Each Zodiac boat is served by its own tour guide. Onboard tour guides are bilingual (speaking Swedish and English). Onboard atmosphere is consequently informal. Most time onboard is spent on Panorama Deck.
As source market, most passengers are from Scandinavian countries, also groups from USA, Germany and Japan. Cruise itineraries are flexible, with routes often depending on weather and ice conditions.