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Spirit Of Enderby Review

3.0 / 5.0
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9 reviews

Antarctic wildlife and views great, expedition company awful

Review for Spirit Of Enderby to Antarctica
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2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Jan 2017

This cruise company was recommended by many Australian former Antarctic expeditioners (staff of the Aus Gov). It failed in most respects.

The ship was old, the amenities poor. But the biggest failing was safety. There were no grab rails in the cabins and we had 5-9m swells for many, many days. There was no simple holding device (a hydraulic stop? A hook?) to prevent the door slamming closed in a swell thus a medical evacuation on the first night (one hour from Bluff) when a passenger automatically grabbed the only thing she could grab - a door jamb - and consequently lost a thumb!

There was one fractured rib, multiple lacerations and bruises throughout the trip for many older passengers - and some younger ones. We were rarely given any weather data ahead of a particular day and the nature of the sea was downplayed. Most people (a rough estimate being half) were too sick or afraid to move about the ship for days at a time. Some were sick for half or more of the trip. (I should add I was fine for most of the trip).

Cabin Review

Basic. A bunk. No grab rails for swells. Furniture/toilet brush/garbage bin/clothing/shoes flying around the room in a big swell.

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