Spirit of Enderby

Heritage Expeditions

Heritage Expeditions was formed in 1985, as a way of increasing awareness and conservation of the natural world through responsible expedition travel. Its founder Rodney Russ was a biologist working for the New Zealand Wildlife Service. Through his work on Kakapo, Black Robin and other endangered species he appreciated that rather than locking wilderness areas away, it was important to share them with people so that they might become "ambassadors" advocating and supporting conservation efforts. He has long held the view that conservation and responsible travel are partners, that together can achieve what might otherwise be unachievable.

From those small beginnings the company, which is still family owned, operates its own Polar Research Vessel, Spirit of Enderby, on expeditions to Antarctica, the Subantarctic, through the Pacific and the Russian Far East. Each expedition is meticulously planned and led ensuring that passengers (maximum of 50) maximize every opportunity they have to learn and experience as much as possible about the region, while at the same time minimising the impact of their visit.

Ship Data

Cruise Line
Heritage Expeditions

Ship Profile & Stats

72 metres
Maiden Voyage
Passenger Capacity (dbl)
Crew Nationality
Russian/New Zealand
Officer Nationality
Dining Staff Nationality
Russian/New Zealand
Ship Registration

Ship Facilities

  • Bar
  • Dining Room
  • Lecture Room
  • Lounge/Library
  • Medical Facilities
  • Sauna
  • Wifi
  • Zodiacs
Level Name & Map
01 Main Deck
02 Middle Deck
03 Upper Deck
04 Top Deck
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