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5 Heritage Expeditions Cruise Reviews

Heritage Expeditions cemented their reputation for professionalism and sharing their passion for nature. From the first moment I read about the Sub-Antarctic islands (and saw the great exhibition at the Invercargill Museum) I have known I ... Read More
Heritage Expeditions cemented their reputation for professionalism and sharing their passion for nature. From the first moment I read about the Sub-Antarctic islands (and saw the great exhibition at the Invercargill Museum) I have known I had to go, and Heritage gave me the opportunity to do that. The ship was well-appointed, and safety was taken very seriously. Our guides knew their stuff and were excellent communicators and leaders. And the food was outstanding - to produce and serve food of that quality on an expedition ship in the Southern Ocean was extraordinary. I will certainly be travelling with Heritage again! This is definitely not a cruise for people seeking luxury and cocktails by the pool, but there is also no sense in which passengers are "roughing it". It's an expedition where completely inexperienced people get to explore, discover and experience globally-important places and species, that would be entirely beyond us but for the expertise of the company and the crew. What an extraordinary privilege! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
This trip was a fantastic mix of wildlife and culture and was so diverse every day. We had a great group of adventurous people and knowledgeable staff who bought every experience to life. I could not have hoped for a better trip. Wildlife ... Read More
This trip was a fantastic mix of wildlife and culture and was so diverse every day. We had a great group of adventurous people and knowledgeable staff who bought every experience to life. I could not have hoped for a better trip. Wildlife highlights were numerous close up encounters with whales, including Humpback, Minke, Fin, Grey & Orca. Wrangel & Herald Islands offered amazing opportunities to see Polar Bear in the wild (lots of very healthy bears!) and large halouts for Walrus. Meeting reindeer herders of the Tundra of Chukotka was another highlight. The Heritage staff were incredibly friendly and so experienced and they were always happy to share their knowledge and passion for the region with all of us. The boat is a expedition style ship and although it may lack a few of the creature comforts of the bigger ships it is perfectly suited to this style of travel and I thought the small group size made for a more pleasurable experience! An absolute once in a lifetime trip. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
This was an expedition cruise along the Eastern Siberian coast from Petropavlosk Kamchatski in Kamchatka, Russia on the Professor Khromov/Spirit of Enderby The ship was a small 54 passenger ex Russian research vessel with no frills ... Read More
This was an expedition cruise along the Eastern Siberian coast from Petropavlosk Kamchatski in Kamchatka, Russia on the Professor Khromov/Spirit of Enderby The ship was a small 54 passenger ex Russian research vessel with no frills accommodation but it was warm and comfortable. Food was excellent and well presented. The route which followed the coast to Anadyr, allowed us to see the spectacular scenery of mountains and volcanoes in this area within the Pacific Ring of Fire Activities concentrated on landings and cruises in zodiacs where there were multiple good sightings of Brown Bears, spectacular views of Steller's Sea Eagles, close up views of walruses and thousands of sea birds. From the ship there were sightings of Orcas, seals and whales and more seabirds. The expedition staff gave many talks on local wildlife, botany, geology, and history of the indigenous peoples. The passengers on the ship were there to enjoy the remoteness and the wildlife though were treated to a show put on by the local Chukotka people at one of the landings. This was no ordinary cruise! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
I chose Heritage Expeditions, since they offered an expedition to such remote places in the world. And why was this the definition of expedition cruising? Nowadays certain places and destinations are becoming so crowded with tourists, but ... Read More
I chose Heritage Expeditions, since they offered an expedition to such remote places in the world. And why was this the definition of expedition cruising? Nowadays certain places and destinations are becoming so crowded with tourists, but with Heritage Expeditions we visited places that were never visited before by any tourists. The encounters we made on this trip with meeting tribes that never seen tourists, local villages who were so excited to show their homes to us or experience snorkeling in a way that it seems that you are there completely alone. While exploring these remarkable places in New Caledonia and Solomon Islands, I could still enjoy the hospitality of the Spirit of Enderby. Despite, there were quite some sea days I never felt bored and could also really enjoy the time on board the ship. In particular the food that was prepared during this 17-day expedition was from a very high level. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I went because it was a route that few people ever do. I had already been to the Antarctic peninsula, and I was excited to take this more historic route that few people take. I was also super excited to get to the Subantarctic Islands - ... Read More
I went because it was a route that few people ever do. I had already been to the Antarctic peninsula, and I was excited to take this more historic route that few people take. I was also super excited to get to the Subantarctic Islands - so few people even know about them! This is really one of the only cruises that stop there. This route offered an immense amount of wildlife viewing too. I had been on the Spirit of Enderby once before to Russia - so I knew sort of what to expect. Embarkation and Disembarkation: All went as planned from what I could tell. I did explore Invercargill a little bit before leaving - it's a simple town - you don't need more than a day there. The day we left the waters were really, really rough...which was an indication of things to come. Someone had to be evacuated right away even. However the rest of the trip went pretty smooth. This route isn't for the meek when it comes to seasickness. I had a few rough days at first - but after day 4 I had acclimated to the seas! Itinerary and Leadership: The itinerary was fluid and changed quite frequently - but that was exactly as expected - it's Antarctica and the Southern Ocean after all. I felt that Rodney, our expedition leader, mad the appropriate decisions given the weather hand we were dealt. We were unable to get to McMurdo and the Historic huts due to the fact that there was too much ice in the region. However we did cruise all the way down and see the Ross Ice Shelf. Even though it was tough to not get to see the historic huts - there was really nothing they could do about it and instead Rodney and the captain took us to other places that they don't normally get to due to the strange ice patterns and storms last summer. I personally think the key to taking a real expedition cruise like this is to be flexible...so we had to be flexible. I can see how Rodney can be seen as gruff - but I personally liked him and trusted his incredible knowledge of the area. I don't think there's another person out there that knows the Subantarctic Islands and Eastern Antarctica as well as he does. I don't mind if a 'leader' is tough if they are keeping us safe. Wildlife: We saw an immense amount of wildlife - 11 species of penguins! I'm not a birder - but the birders were happy- so I know they saw a lot! We saw fewer whales that I was expecting - but once again it's all luck. Staff: The staff were great - very accommodating and knowledgable. I liked all of the lectures and documentaries we watched. We had a really long time on the ship with this route, so I think they did a nice job of providing lectures and free time. I loved our Anarctic Circle Crossing ceremony we did...it really reminded you of how special this trip and route was. Landings: My favorite stops were Franklin Island, Inexpressible Island and of course MacQuarie Island (so many penguins!!). Ship: The ship is basic. And that's all I needed. It's a small ship and that's what I wanted. I like the feel of smaller ships and smaller groups. It allowed us to stay on landings longer and get around easier and quicker. However it also meant we were tossed around more. This isn't an easy route to take and this isn't a fancy ship. As long as you have those expectations coming in and are willing to be flexible - then I think you'll enjoy it. However if you are looking for a 'cruise' experience - this probably isn't the right ship for you. This was an old research ship - it's not modern or updated like the new cruise ships - but that's what I liked about it...it felt more real in a way. My biggest complaint is that the lecture room is on the lowest level with no windows - so any kind of rough seas makes it really hard to be there listening to a lecture until your body gets used to it. Otherwise - I loved that we could go up on the bridge and develop relationships with the Russian crew! They were great and so nice! Food: The food on our trip was incredible. For 28 days we never had the same dish twice. The chefs were really top notch and they had great portion sizes so it wasn't like I gained weight on the trip! Other Travelers: The other travelers were good. I think some people expected more of a luxury cruise experience for the cost. But honestly I thought the cost was about right for the length of the trip and the complexity of the trip and where we were. Big luxury cruise ships don't come this way for a reason - it's rough, and it's a LONG time at sea. As I mentioned before - if you have your expectations that this is an expedition ship and not a luxury cruise ship...then I think you'll like it. I sure did! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
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