Western Pacific Odyssey« All Spirit of Enderby cruise options
- Day 1 Port of Lyttelton
- Day 2 Kaikoura and the Cook Strait
- Days 3--5 At Sea
- Day 6 Norfolk Island
- Days 7-8 At Sea
- Day 9 New Caledonia
- Days 10-12 At Sea
- Day 13 Rennell Island
- Day 14 Makira Island
- Day 15 Honiara
- Day 16 Kolombangara Island
- Day 17 At Sea
- Day 18 New Ireland
- Day 19 Kavieng, New Ireland
- Day 20 Port Moresby
|Dates||Deck + Cabin Type|
|Heritage Suite||Mini Suite||Superior Plus||Superior||Main deck||Main Deck Triple|
- 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 Port of Lyttelton
Arrive into the city of Christchurch and transfer to the Port of Lyttelton where you will join the Spirit of Enderby. After settling into your cabin you will be introduced to your Expedition Team and there will be some on board safety briefings. The ship will depart this evening.
Day 2 Kaikoura and the Cook Strait
Arrive in the early morning off the shore of the small fishing village of Kaikoura, made famous with its whale watching and pelagic birding tours. There will be no landings here, however, the ship will cruise along the Kaikoura Trench, known by many birders for the albatross species seen here. You will be looking for certain species in particular including Gibsons, Southern, Northern Royal and Salvins Albatross, Westland and White-chinned Petrel.
Days 3--5 At Sea
En route to Norfolk Island, you will have a good chance of spotting Gould’s Petrel, Black-winged Petrel, White-naped Petrel, Grey-faced Petrel, Tahiti Petrel and Black Petrels.
Day 6 Norfolk Island
After clearing Australian Customs, spend most of the day at Norfolk Island’s Botanical Gardens, home to the two endemics – the Norfolk Island Parakeet and the Norfolk Gerygone.
Days 7-8 At Sea
At sea on a northward course, cross a large underwater seamount, a productive area for seabirds including Tahiti, Kermadec and Grey-faced Petrels, plus the first of the Polynesian Storm Petrels.
Day 9 New Caledonia
In the early morning pick up your pilot for the journey into the Port of Noumea and travel to the Parc de la Rivière Bleue. Located 60 kilometres from Noumea, the provincial park of the Blue River occupies an area of 9,045 hectares, its purpose to protect and conserve the natural heritage, provide recreation, education and scientific research facilities.
Home to many bird species they include New Caledonia's national bird, the Cagou (or Kagu). We will look for Kagu and Crow Honey-eater. Other birds to be on the lookout for include the Crested Parakeet, Cloven-feathered Dove, Yellow-bellied Robin, New Caledonian (Goliath) Imperial Pigeon and many more.
Days 10-12 At Sea
Enjoy these leisurely days at sea. There will be a series of lectures from your experts, or you can simply relax in the ship’s bar, catch up with some reading in the library or have a sleep in your cabin. If you have brought your laptop with you, there will be time to download and edit photos while they are fresh in your mind.
Day 13 Rennell Island
The southernmost of the Polynesian islands in the Solomon Island group, a raised coral atoll, 86 kilometres long and 15 kilometres wide, Rennell is the largest example of this in the world. With the largest freshwater lake in the Pacific, Te Nggano attracts a unique habitat for many endemic bird species and is a nominated site for World Heritage status.
This morning go ashore at Rennell Island and hope to see the Rennell Starling, Rennell Shrikebill, Bare-eyed White-eye, Rennell Fantail and Rennell White-eye. Other species you may come across include the Imperial Pigeon, Silver-capped Fruit Dove, Singing Parrot, Melanesian Flycatcher, Cardinal Myzomela, Finsch’s Pygmy Parrot and Island Thrush. There is the chance to experience the culture and interact with the locals and possibly a snorkelling opportunity.
Day 14 Makira Island
Makira Island holds its own treasures, including the endemic Sooty Myzomela, San Cristobal Melidectes, White-collared Monarch, Mottled Flowerpeckers, White-headed Fruit Dove and Rufous Fantail. Other species could include Rainbow Lorikeets, Red-knobbed and Imperial Pigeon, San Cristobal Singing and Metallic Starling, Pied Goshawk, Pacific Baza, and Cardinal Myzomela. You will also enjoy the hospitality of the people in nearby Anuta Village.
Day 15 Honiara
Anchor off Honiara and depart in the early morning for nearby Mt. Austin. Birds that you might see include Yellow-eyed, White-bellied and Solomon’s Cuckoo-shrikes, Cicadabird, Brown-winged and Singing Starlings, Yellow-faced Myna, Chestnut-bellied and Black-and-white Monarchs and also the Steely Blue Fly-catcher.
From the top of Mt. Austen there is a spectacular view out to sea and across the mountain ranges. The location of the Henderson Airfield and its surrounds was one of the key focal points of attention, during World War II.
Day 16 Kolombangara Island
Make land at Kolombangara Island in the early afternoon. There hope to see White-capped Monarch, Solomon White-eye, Yellow-vented Myzomela and, hopefully, the Roviana Rail. Other species could include Blyth’s Hornbill, Superb Fruit Dove, Red-knobbed Imperial Pigeon, Steely Blue Fly-catcher, Melanesian and Yellow-eyed Cuckoo-shrikes, Metallic and Singing Starlings and the Solomon Sea-Eagle.
Day 17 At Sea
Having departed the Solomons, spend time over a deepwater canyon near Bougainville-New Britain Trench – experience reveals that it is a very productive area. There, hope to see Heinroth’s Shearwater.
Day 18 New Ireland
To the north-east of mainland Papua New Guinea lies the mysterious and beautiful New Ireland Province. New Ireland is the long narrow island north of New Britain. Spend the day cruising off the coast, where your target for the day is the Beck’s Petrel. Other species could include Wedge-tailed and Streaked Shearwaters.
Day 19 Kavieng, New Ireland
Arriving in Kavieng, Papua New Guinea disembark from the Spirit of Enderby. Situated at the northern tip of New Ireland, Kavieng is nestled against a beautiful harbour surrounding islands ringed with sandy beaches and coral reefs. Spend the day this area where the ancient art of shark calling is practiced. Tonight stay in a hotel for your final night together before passengers disperse the following morning.
Day 20 Port Moresby
It is an early start today with an early morning transfer to Kavieng airport. Daily flights leave for Port Moresby to allow you to connect with international flights.
Itinerary NotesPlease Note:
Cruise fare does not include governmental landing fees, please add an additional $500 USD pp
This trip includes:
Pre/Post cruise transfers, all on board ship accommodation and meals; all expedition shore excursions, 1 nights accommodation in Kavieng.
This trip does not include:
All items of a personal nature, laundry, drinks, gratuities. International/domestic flights, visas and travel insurance.
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.