- 199 guests
- year built
- crew members
- 124 crew members
- 450 feet
- 53 feet
- 18 feet
- cruising speed
- 15 knots
- Marshall Islands
- ice class
The 199-passenger Ocean Endeavour is a comfortable, well-appointed small expedition ship expertly engineered to explore the polar regions. This ship is for people who want it all: great food, excellent guides, lots of wellness options, a salt water pool and even his and her saunas with a large window to watch the floating icebergs. These features in combination with the Ocean Endeavour’s wide variety of exploration activities, make her the perfect home-base for unforgettable on- and off-the-boat experiences on the White Continent.
Ocean Endeavour Review
AdventureSmith Explorations’ Ocean Endeavour review includes a detailed description of the expedition ship including deck plans and a photo gallery. Our polar experts have been aboard the Ocean Endeavour firsthand. Please read our Ocean Endeavour review below then contact our experts to compare the Ocean Endeavour with other ice-class expedition ships offering Antarctica cruises.
Choose the Ocean Endeavour for a comfortable, clean and spacious boat with an experienced and engaging expedition team, great service, excellent food and lots of uncommon adventure options. With her health and fitness features, Ocean Endeavour is uniquely focused on wellness. This Antarctic adventure ship’s contemporary aesthetic provides a bright and spacious feel throughout, and has a wide variety of clean and comfortable cabin categories, from economic cabins to spacious suites and even single cabins, the Ocean Endeavour offers more options than many of her peers. Complementing the array of accommodation options is a wide variety of common areas and deck space all of which offer incredible views of the dramatic landscapes and iconic wildlife.
Sustainability Aboard Ocean Endeavour
The Ocean Endeavour burns Marine Gas Oil (MGO)—a clean burning fuel with a low emission factor that conforms to all international regulations and policies governing disposal of waste at sea. The small polar expedition ship serves only sustainable seafood and uses eco-friendly laundry chemicals and cabin amenities. Every passenger is provided with a reusable water bottle and only recycled, acid-free paper is used on board.
Common Areas Aboard Ocean Endeavour
The ship offers a superb guest experience in part due to her abundant public gathering spaces. The Nautilus Lounge’s couches, tables, chairs and large viewing windows create an inviting space for holding lectures, briefings and events. The Aurora Lounge also offers lectures. The Meridian Club is an additional lounge with panoramic windows and access to an outside deck, which plays host to yoga classes and informal ping pong matches. The library, found in the Compass Club, features polar materials and reference books. The Reception area is staffed 24 hours a day for questions about the ship, activities, etc. Three outside decks with ample space allow for excellent observation of the polar landscape. The Ocean Endeavour also offers the Polar Boutique for gifts and any needed gear. The medical clinic is staffed with an English-speaking doctor. Internet is available for purchase, weather permitting.
Dining Aboard Ocean Endeavour
The Ocean Endeavour’s Polaris Restaurant offers a contemporary approach to cuisine in the newly-refurbished restaurant with large buffets for breakfast and lunch, including a made-to-order food station. Dinner is plated and ordered from a menu with complimentary wine. An assortment of fresh-baked cookies/pastries are offered each afternoon, as is a cocktail hour with hot and cold snacks. The Compass Club offers a tea and coffee station and uniquely offers a juice and smoothie bar, all available for purchase. The ship’s bar is found in the Nautilus Lounge, with a professional bartender serving a selection of soft drinks, juices, liquors, spirits and beer, all of which can be charged to your shipboard account.
Crew & Guides Aboard Ocean Endeavour
The guides and expedition leaders are all polar-passionate and seasoned veterans with rich backgrounds in marine biology, history, geology and more. Many are skilled Zodiac drivers and kayakers. The Ocean Endeavour offers one of the highest staff-to-guest ratios in the expedition world. The guides are professional and often around engaging guests with their knowledge and stories during meals, while on deck and in the common areas. Their enthusiasm is infectious. Throughout expeditions, guides give lectures ranging from Antarctic marine wildlife to photography workshops and the history of the Antarctic Treaty. Guests can also mingle on board with researchers associated with the Scientists in Residence program.
Activities Aboard Ocean Endeavour
One of the unique things about the Ocean Endeavour, is the wide range of adventure activities offered. Her onboard photo library offers a couple laptops for photo uploads (later shared with all guests). A fleet of tandem kayaks and stand-up paddleboards enables regular paddles in the icy cold waters. Aboard the Ocean Endeavour is camping gear, snowshoes, cross-country skis and mountaineering equipment for added cost, off-ship explorations to witness Antarctica from a different perspective. Zodiac cruising and on-shore hiking are included with every departure. All adventure activity groups are lead by three guides and have a designated Zodiac. Every off-ship excursion is accompanied by expedition guides.
Wellness & Activities Aboard Ocean Endeavour
The facilities of this health- and wellness-oriented ship include a spa with treatments and beauty products by spa provider VOYA – Organic Beauty From The Sea; a menu for face, body, hair and nails, including the exclusive Explorer’s treatment; and signature VOYA hand and foot rituals. The Ocean Endeavour also offers his-and-her saunas with a large window to not miss any wildlife sightings or icebergs that may be floating by, a salt water pool and a gym with ellipticals, exercise bike and other exercise equipment. Complimentary wellness activities which include yoga and stretching classes are offered.
Cabins & Deck Plan Aboard Ocean Endeavour
All cabins and suites have private facilities, flat screen TVs, desk and chair, storage areas and 220-volt plugs. Please note that the elevator only services decks 4, 5 and 6.