The Spirit of Enderby (M/S Professor Khromov) is a fully ice-strengthened expedition vessel, built in Finland in 1984 for polar and oceanographic research. Today she is chartered and operated out of New Zealand. Perfect for Expedition Travel she was refurbished in 2013 and carries just 50 passengers. Cabins are comfortable, with windows or portholes, ample storage, and sinks. Roughly half of the cabins have private baths. Common areas include twin dining rooms, a dedicated lecture room, an upper-deck bar/library, and ample outside view decks. The bridge is also nearly always open to tour participants. The cuisine is excellent and is prepared by top New Zealand and Australian chefs.
A fleet of Zodiacs ferry participants ashore, or further afield on exploratory excursions. The real focus and emphasis of every expedition is getting everyone ashore as often as possible for as long as possible with maximum safety and comfort.
The ship is crewed by a very experienced Russian crew, working together with a mostly New Zealand/Australian expedition team.
The name Spirit of Enderby honours 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 1800s. It also celebrates Enderby Island, arguably the greatest Subantarctic Island in the world.
All cabins have an outside view, with portholes or a window, and are comfortably furnished. They have ample storage in addition to a desk/ study area.
· Heritage Suite: Has a large lounge area, a separate bedroom with double bed, a single bed in the lounge, writing desk, wardrobe, drawers. There is a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. There are large forward and side facing windows to allow great views.
· Mini Suites: Have a separate bedroom with a double bed and a single bed or a sofa in the lounge, wardrobe, drawers, a desk and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. The Mini Suites have windows.
· Superior Plus cabins: Have two lower berths, wardrobe, drawers, desk, a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. These cabins have windows.
· Superior cabins: Have bunks (an upper and lower berth), wardrobe, drawers, a desk, a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. These cabins have windows.
· Main deck cabins: Have two lower berths, wardrobe, drawers, a desk, washbasin and porthole. The nearby showers and toilets are shared with other Main deck cabins.
· Main deck triple: Has one bunk (one upper and one lower) and one lower berth, wardrobe, drawers, a desk and wash basin. The nearby showers and toilets are shared with other Main deck cabins.
The Spirit of Enderby spends the bulk of each year in the remote Polar regions, exploring the New Zealand & Australian sub-Antarctic Islands and Ross Sea region from November through March, and the Russian Far East May through September. In between the ship explores the islands of Melanesia - Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu - in April and October.
The ship is smoke-free with the exception of some limited outside deck areas. Smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the ship, including individual cabins. Participants are welcome to visit the Bridge as often as maritime regulations and the safety of the ship permit.
The Russian flagged Spirit of Enderby measures 72 metres in length and 12.8 meters wide (with a draft of 4.5 meters). She is powered by twin, 1,156 horse power diesel engines, with a cruising speed of 10 knots (capable of speeds of up to 12 knots).