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Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Depart Port of Fremantle, Australia
Days 2-10 : At Sea
Days 11-13 : Heard Island
Days 14-24 : At Sea
Day 25 : Port of Albany, Australia


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Explore the lush flora and fauna A remote sandy bay filled with sea lions View an abundance of birds on your expedition cruise Remote and scenic landscapes Board your zodiacs for shore excursions on these remote shores

Day 1 Depart Port of Fremantle, Australia

Embark the vessel in Fremantle, Western Australia, complete formalities and set sail.

Day 2-10 At Sea

You are invited to join the officers and crew on the bridge as you sail west then south. Indulge in some birding and wildlife spotting or experience first-hand the work that goes into running our expedition vessel. Learn about the Southern Ocean, the Subantarctic Islands and their flora and fauna in lectures from our experts, or just relax in the ship’s bar and library.

While at sea there will be many opportunities to watch for seabirds and cetaceans. This is a seldom visited region so it is not certain just what species encountered. You will be mapping and recording those that are seen. Sail as close as allowed to Iles Amsterdam and Iles St Paul where you can hope to get sightings of the Amsterdam (Wandering) Albatross along with the Yellow-nosed Albatross, Sooty Albatross, Flesh-footed Shearwater, Little Shearwater, Broad-billed Prion, White-bellied Storm Petrel, Antarctic Tern, Soft-plumaged Petrel and many other pelagic bird species.

Cross the Antarctic convergence before reaching Heard Island.

Day 11-13 Heard Island

The human history of these islands is short and predictably brutal, but these natural wildlife havens have been around for many centuries. Australia operated a research station in the 1940s but it is now uninhabited and visited very infrequently, it remains one of the few places on earth believed to contain no species directly introduced by humans. The number of tourist landings can be counted on one hand: the last expedition of any significance was the Spirit of Enderby's own 2002 expedition which spent two magnificent days exploring an ecosystem like no other. It is a mountainous and wild environment where recent satellite images show glaciers alongside active lava flows. Antarctic Fur Seal, Southern Elephant Seal and King Penguins, all previously heavily exploited, are now found lolling (or scurrying) on the volcanic beaches; Gentoo, Macaroni and Rockhopper Penguins also breed here and you may spot prions, petrels and several species of albatross. With favourable conditions land at Atlas Cove, abandoned site of the ANARE base and at Spit Beach where you may find the ghosts of sealers and the home of the Lesser Sheathbill and endemic Heard Island Cormorant.
* Please note the planned landings at Heard Island will require all ship’s staff and passengers who go ashore to be wearing completely sterile clothing and boots, the vessel will provide these for all and the cost of this is reflected in the landing fees for the voyage.

Day 14-24 At Sea

Continue back to Albany and hopefully with strong westerlies behind anticipate a fast sailing. Traveling along the Antarctic convergence for part of this maintain high vigilance for the all the sea and bird life you will encounter along the way.

With favourable weather you might find yourself out on deck enjoying the sun and you have time to relax and reflect on an amazing journey into a wilderness on the edge of the earth. Recap the highlights with the crew and enjoy a farewell dinner as you sail the last leg of our journey.

Day 25 Port of Albany, Australia

Finding final harbour once more in the deep water Port of Albany, disembark and your adventure ends with fond farewells and memories that will be long-treasured. After clearing Australian Customs, a coach will transfer you to the airport or to the nearby bustling town.

For travel arrangements post expedition, make bookings after 1 p.m. to allow time for disembarkation procedures and the vagaries of the weather.

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Main Deck Triple
Main Deck, triple accommodations with shared bath facilities.
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Main deck
Main Deck, two lower berth accommodations with shared bath facilities.
Spirit of Enderby's Superior Cabin.
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Middle Deck, upper and lower berth accommodations, private bath facilities and window
Spirit of Enderby's Superor Plus Cabin.
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Superior Plus
Upper and Middle Decks, two lower berth accommodations with private bath facilities and window
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Mini Suite
Upper deck, small bedroom with a 3/4 bed and a single bed in the lounge, private bath facilities and windows
Spirit of Enderby's Heritage Suite.
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Heritage Suite
Upper Deck, large lounge area, separate bedroom with matrimonial bed, private bath facilities and panoramic windows


This Add-on is available only for our travelers extending or customizing their itinerary.

- Travel Insurance is mandatory for all passengers aboard the Spirit of Enderby.
- Single clients are matched with a sharer of the same sex in a twin-share cabin. Payment of a single supplement guarantees a single cabin. The single supplement is 1.8 times the price of the voyage with the exception of the suites which are double the single rate.

Please note: Fares do not include landing fees, please add $850 per person.
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