In the Wake of the Bering Sea« All Spirit of Enderby cruise options
- Day 1 Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia
- Day 2 Zhupanova River
- Days 3-4 Commander Islands
- Day 5 Verkhoturova Island
- Day 6 Goven Peninsula
- Day 7 Goven Peninsula / Tintikun Lagoon
- Days 8-9 Olyutorskiy Bay
- Day 10 Bukhta Natalii and Bukhta Dezhneva
- Days 11-12 Meinypil'gyno
- Day 13 Bukhta Gavrilla
- Day 14 Port of Anadyr, Russia / Disembark
|Dates||Deck + Cabin Type|
|Heritage Suite||Mini Suite||Superior Plus||Superior||Main deck||Main Deck Triple|
|Jun 21 '13
|Landing fees: $500|
- 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.
- Included in the cruise fare is a pre-departure hotel night, group dinner as well as breakfast the next day prior to embarkation.
Day 1 Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia
Arrive into Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy the capital and administrative centre of the Kamchatka Region and transfer to the port to board the Spirit of Enderby.
After an opportunity to settle into your cabin we will set sail through Avacha Bay, one of the greatest natural harbours in the world and head north-east along the lower Kamchatka coastline.
As we cross the bay, we will look for Spectacled Guillemot, an uncommon species which breeds here in small numbers. Other birds we could see include Red-faced and Pelagic Cormorants, Pigeon Guillemot, Ancient Murrelet and more.
Day 2 Zhupanova River
An expedition by Zodiac up this untamed river takes us among valuable ecosystems that support an immense diversity of wildlife. Teeming in the river are salmon, attracting Brown Bears and other predators; you might also see Yellow-breasted Bunting and Green Shank or the Far Eastern Curlew and Common Tern. Upriver, in the mature birch forests, you may be rewarded with a sighting of the magnificent Steller’s Sea Eagle nesting.
Days 3-4 Commander Islands
Once a bustling colony of seal hunters and fur traders, these islands were first discovered by Commander Vitus Bering and became his last resting place after being shipwrecked; visit his simple grave and the museum in the village of Nikoi’skoye, the one remaining settlement. Land and explore the remote and forbidding bays where over a million seabirds live amid a backdrop of folded-block mountains, volcanic plateaus and sea arches. Home to a myriad of birds, some of the species you might see include several varieties of auklet and albatross plus Thick-billed Murres, Red-legged Kittiwakes and Red-faced Cormorants. You may also spot Steller’s Sealions and seals on the jagged rocks.
Day 5 Verkhoturova Island
On this small and narrow island there is an extensive bird colony, readily-accessible from the sea, where you may see gulls, kittiwakes, guillemots, auklets and Tufted Puffins nesting in the cliffs and wheeling above.
Day 6 Goven Peninsula
Covering much of this rangy peninsula is the Koryaksky Nature Reserve, encompassing a wide range of habitats from raised beach plains to alpine meadows and steep glaciated mountains. Accompanied by Rangers, explore the thickets and rivers looking for Brown Bear and hiking the wetlands gives you a chance to see sedge grass, tundra and flowering wild plants. You may be lucky to spot woodpecker among the aromatic poplar and alder that reach up the slopes before Zodiac cruising the coastline for views of sealions and seals.
Day 7 Goven Peninsula / Tintikun Lagoon
Of the many fiords formed on the Koryak Coast during the last glacial period, few are as picturesque as Tintikun. Exploring the lagoon and the mountains by Zodiac you can be sure that few people have gone before you and may be rewarded with sightings of the common Brown Bear as it hunts for salmon running upriver.
Days 8-9 Olyutorskiy Bay
Begin assisting the Spoon-billed Sandpiper Recovery Team in this almost inaccessible bay that is normally blocked by fast ice. With only limited resources, the team has never been able to survey this area but it is hoped that it might offer good breeding habitat. Dividing into teams and with supervision and guidance you will survey as much of the region as possible.
Day 10 Bukhta Natalii and Bukhta Dezhneva
Another beautiful fiord possessed of a dramatic allure in the low sun of the Subarctic. A Walrus haul-out guards the entrance and you will make a landing to explore the hinterland, surrounded by imposing mountain landscapes and verdant tundra. Nomadic reindeer herders are sometimes encountered in this region.
Days 11-12 Meinypil'gyno
This small settlement clings to a 60km spit on the shore of the Bering Sea and is an area populous with Lesser Sand Plovers and Red Knot. White-billed Diver have been seen here and hope also to encounter the critically-endangered Kittlitz’ Murrelets that breed in the cliffs nearby. However, your main reason for visiting is to meet with members of the Spoon-billed Sandpiper Recover Team who will carefully escort you to nearby known breeding pairs of the rare species. Unless your work of the previous days have discovered a population at Olyutorskiy Bay then this area represents the last real stronghold of this charismatic species.
Day 13 Bukhta Gavrilla
Between the previous stop and Cape Navarin lies a Walrus haul-out that you will investigate before making landfall to explore the lagoon behind an expansive beach for waterfowl and waders. Once forming a land-bridge to North America, this fertile area enjoys an abundance of food; sightings of Grey Whales and many seabirds are common.
Day 14 Port of Anadyr, Russia / Disembark
Sailing up the harbour keep a look out for Beluga Whales which can often be seen close to the anchorage by the city. Say farewell to your fellow voyagers when you arrive in port and enjoy a complimentary transfer to the airport or to your hotel.
Itinerary NotesNot included in cruise fare:
Government landing fees: $500 per person
Circumstances may be encountered during your voyage which will make it necessary or desirable to deviate from the proposed itinerary. These circumstances include poor weather and opportunities for making unplanned excursions. Your Expedition Leader will keep you fully informed during the voyage.
Deposit & Payment
Initial deposit is 30%, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at: https://www.adventure-life.com/forms/fourways.php
Final payment is due 100 days prior to departure.
Final payment by bank transfer, check or Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or Amex. Credit Card payments subject to 3% convenience fee and maximum $15,000 charge.
Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 100 days prior to departure.
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|Days Prior to departure||Fee|
|180 Days or more||$950 per person|
|90 days or less||100% trip cost|
Spirit of Enderby
- Ship Highlights
- Passengers : 48
- Ice Breaker Ship
The Spirit of Enderby is perfect for expedition travel. It carries just 48 passengers in very comfortable accommodations with semi-private and private bath facilities. The cuisine is excellent and is prepared by top New Zealand and Australian chefs. The Spirit of Enderby measures 72 meters in length and is fully ice-strengthened. Powered by two 1,560 horse power diesel engines. It is capable of speeds of up to 12 knots.
The real focus and emphasis of every expedition aboard the Spirit of Enderby is getting you ashore as often as possible for as long as possible with maximum safety and comfort. Expeditions are accompanied by some of the most experienced naturalists and guides, who have devoted a lifetime to field research in the areas that you visit. The ship is crewed by a very enthusiastic and most experienced Russian Capitan and crew.
Life onboard Spirit of Enderby
The Spirit of Enderby was designed and built as a Research Vessel and still undertakes some research work when not involved with passenger cruises. Ship amenities and services include:
The Bar: ‘Globe’
Situated on the Middle deck aft (400 level cabins), enjoy the range of beverages available (beers, wines, soft drinks and spirits). Opening hours are variable, depending on the activities of the day onboard (e.g. lectures, landings). Opening hours are indicated on daily program.
Dining Room: ‘Ice Culture’
Australian and New Zealand chefs will delight you with international cuisine, prepared with the freshest products available. The chefs onboard can prepare food according to your special dietary needs (providing this information in advance of departure date, specified on the booking form). The Spirit of Enderby regrets to inform that Kosher, Halal and Vegan meals are NOT available onboard.
Carried on the Spirit of Enderby is a fleet of RIB’s, (rigid inflatable boats) sometimes referred to as zodiacs. These extremely safe and stable craft will land you at some of the most amazing places. Also, specially designed and built Hovercraft give you unprecedented capability in Antarctica, allowing you to land in places that are inaccessible to other ships.
A well stocked library is located on the Middle Deck. Guests are welcome to use it at any time. The Library carries card and board games and is equipped with electricity outlets to facilitate the use of laptops, video cameras and digital cameras.
This room has seating for all the passengers to attend lectures and films screened during the voyage. It is well equipped for Power Point presentations, slide shows, video films and similar. It is located below the Lower Deck.
The Spirit of Enderby carries a Medical Adviser and a well-equipped medical clinic situated on the Middle Deck. The medical adviser is available 24 hours a day.
The Spirit of Enderby is equipped with the Iridium satellite phone for phone calls and for receiving and sending emails.
Accommodations aboard the Spirit of Enderby
Large lounge area, separate bedroom with double bed, single bed in the lounge, writing desk, wardrobe, drawers, and fridge. There is a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. Large forward and side facing windows with great views.
A small bedroom with a 3/4 bed and a single bed in the lounge, wardrobe, drawers, a desk and a private bathroom with shower. toilet and washbasin. This suite has windows.
Cabins have two lower berths, wardrobe, drawers, a desk and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. These cabins have windows.
Cabins have one bunk (an upper and lower – two), wardrobe, drawers, a desk, a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. These cabins have windows.
Cabins have two lower berths, wardrobe, drawers, a desk, washbasin. The nearby showers and toilets are shared with other Main deck cabins.
Main Deck Triple
This cabin has one bunk (one upper and one lower) and one lower berth, wardrobe, drawers, a desk and washbasin. The nearby showers and toilets are shared with other Main deck cabins.
The History of Spirit of Enderby
The name Spirit of Enderby honors the work and the vision of the Enderby Brothers of London. The Enderby Captains were at the forefront of Antarctic exploration for almost 40 years in the early 1800’s. It also celebrates Enderby Island, arguably the greatest Sub-antarctic Island in the world.
Upper Deck, large lounge area, separate bedroom with matrimonial bed, private bath facilities and panoramic windows
Upper deck, small bedroom with a 3/4 bed and a single bed in the lounge, private bath facilities and windows
Upper and Middle Decks, two lower berth accommodations with private bath facilities and window
Middle Deck, upper and lower berth accommodations, private bath facilities and window
Main Deck, two lower berth accommodations with shared bath facilities.
|Main Deck Triple|
Main Deck, triple accommodations with shared bath facilities.