Twenty-Seven Expedition, Adventure and Small Ships On Order, Mainly From Smaller European Shipyards

The Cruise Examiner for 22nd January 2018

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises 230-berth Hanseatic Inspiration and Hanseatic Nature will have stern marinas

Today, instead of the usual column, we have decided to update earlier news on new orders for expedition, adventure and small ships. This number has now reached twenty-seven vessels, twenty-three from European shipyards and four from China. Thirteen of these ships, will be completed in Norway, seven of which are due from Fincantieri affiliate Vard and the others from Kleven and Ulstein.

FOR THIS WEEK’S STORY                                                                                                    (See previous columns)

The Kamchatka Coast: Siberia’s Forgotten Shore – On Heritage Expeditions’ 50-passenger Small Ship Spirit of Enderby

Spirit of EnderbyThe Spirit of Enderby will  take you to discover Siberia’s eastern coastline, one of the most remote and least visited regions of the globe, and the indigenous people that live there, as well as a most diverse array of wildlife and habitats of anywhere on a similar latitude. You will also join a group of naturalists and guides that have devoted their lives to field research on the areas visited by your ship.

KamchatkaDeparting on June 24, 2016, you will be immersed in a 14-day experience on a fully ice-strengthened expedition vessel, built in 1984 for polar and oceanographic research. Newly refurbished, she can carry up to 50 passengers accommodated in six different cabin grades, triple and double, 29 cabins in total.

From Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski to the Port of Anadyr, you will discover many Russian Far East places, encountering several interesting animal species, stopping in local villages, and walking through deep forested fjords.

2016: Available fares from US $8,000 or $9,200 per person, including pre- and post-cruise transfers, all on board ship accommodations, meals and expedition shore excursions. Flights are extra by private  charter. Only main deck triple and main deck accommodation is left.
2017: This same voyage operates from 27 June to 10 July 2017, all cabin categories available. Fares from US $8,000 to $11,900 per person for the Heritage suite.


For further details please contact Giulia Marri at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail

Adventure Canada Announces Its New Ship, Ocean Endeavour, For 2015 Canadian East Coast and Arctic Season

Ocean Endeavour

Toronto-based Adventure Canada announced this week that it would charter the 12,907-ton Ocean Endeavour for its 2015 Arctic expedition season. The Ice Class 1B ship will replace the 4,376-ton Sea Adventurer. Built for passenger service, outfitted with a fleet of 20 Zodiacs, advanced navigation equipment, several lounges and a ship-top observation room, Ocean Endeavour is a vessel perfect for intimate expeditions to remote environments throughout Newfoundland, Labrador, the Canadian Arctic, Greenland and the Northwest Passage.

“Not only will we retain the entertaining and educational expedition programming our guests value, but we’ll be able to invite even more resource staff aboard to further enhance the experience,” said Cedar Swan, Adventure Canada’s Vice President. “Ocean Endeavour allows us to provide more options for our guests.”

Ocean Endeavour’s shallow draft and maneuverability allow her to access isolated fiords, sheltered bays and secluded communities to deliver the routes Adventure Canada is known for. While venturing to some of the world’s last great frontiers, such as the Northwest Passage, guests can appreciate the comforts of a boutique hotel and know their safety is first.

The Ocean Endeavour will comfortably accommodate a maximum of 198 passengers when in service with Adventure Canada. Compared to 118 on the Sea Adventurer this will allow Adventure Canada to accommodate two-thirds more expedition passengers on these popular voyages. Guests can select from a variety of cabin categories, ranging from 100 to 320 square feet. All cabins are en suite with television.

Built in Poland in 1982, the ice-strengthened Finnish-registered vessel was converted for cruising in 2010 and underwent further extensive renovations this year. Passengers will enjoy spectacular views on several decks equipped with comfortable lounge chairs and can take advantage of  amenities including sauna, Jacuzzi, gym and spa. Ocean Endeavour’s three lounges provide spacious public spaces for simultaneous workshops, events and presentations, inviting each guest to tailor their own on board experience.

For further details on Adventure Canada’s Canadian Arctic and East Coast program please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail

Gauchos, Penguins and Glaciers, by Chile’s Cruise Line Australis

AustralisWant a voyage that is completely different? Then try Chile’s cruise line, Australis, for expedition cruises and round-trip programs from Punta Arenas to the marvelous scenery and history of Tierra del Fuego by Land and Sea.  See Cape Horn and Patagonia. Also ask about our coastal connections from Chile through to Ushuaia in Argentina.

Cruise in either the 210-berth Terra Australis or the 136-berth Via Australis – all-inclusive small ships to meet your mood. Round trip voyage in 7 days from either Punta Arenas or Ushuaia or one-way voyages between the two ports in 3 or 4 nights.

For further details please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail

Did the Octopus Salvage the Explorer’s Black Box?


Paul Allen's 414-foot yacht Octopus, owned by Navigea Ltd

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s 414-foot yacht Octopus has been down in southern Argentina and Antarctica this winter and, according to today’s Norwegian shipping paper TradeWinds, on February 8 she may have salvaged the black box recorder from GAP Adventures’ pioneer expedition cruise ship Explorer, lost by sinking in ice on November 27, 2007.

On Wednesday, March 30, Navigea Ltd, owners of the Octopus, filed suit in Seattle against Kelvin-Hughes NDR 2000 Voyage Data Recorder and GAP Shipping Ltd for the cost of salvage, which it is said could be between $2 and $3 million. GAP of course did not sanction this work and will resist any responsibility for this effort. As well as helicopters, the Octopus is outfitted with two submersibles that could have carried out this work.

GAP Adventures' 345-foot expedition ship Expedition replaced the Explorer.

While the merits of this case are debated why not think about a cruise in GAP’s new ship Expedition, commissioned in 2009 to replace the original Explorer. The Expedition cruises the Antarctic by winter and the waters around the British Isles and Svalbard, or Spitsbergen, by summer.

Call The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 for further details.

Photos courtesy of Wikipedia and GAP Adventures.