Ocean Endeavour (Quark Expeditions) Review

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Ocean Endeavour Out of the North West passage with Adventure Canada

Review for the Arctic Cruise on Ocean Endeavour (Quark Expeditions)
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6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Sep 2017

Cruise chosen because of its itinerary through the legendary North West Passage. This ship is owned by Adventure Canada and used also by Quark Expeditions. We were dur to fly from Edmonton to Coppermine but as the previous cruise Into the North West passage had been held up by ice and needed the assistance of an icebreaker we flew to Cambridge bay instead with a refuelling stop at Yellowknife. The gravel landing at Cambridge bay was exciting in a 737.Adventure Canada had done well to organise new plans in a couple of days and all went well. The organisation during the cruise was exceptional especially with so many passengers of older years. Unfortunately due to bad weather we were not able to land near the site of the Erebus wreck but the onboard team made up for it with several lectures including from a member of the dive team. A highlight was the landing at Parks Canada's newest national park where we brought the number of visitors from 4 to 202. This is not a luxury cruise but a marvellous way to see the Arctic close up, cruising in a zodiac amongst icebergs at Illiusiat will stay in my memory forever.

The food was excellent, the whole crew could not do more for one. The expedition crew in partnership with Parks Canada staff were wonderful, I also congratulate the ships crew who made sure we transferred from ship to shore and back safely, at one landing the seas came up whilst we were ashore and they were wading waist deep in the freezing water to ensure we got safely into the zodiacs. The bear control guards who walked up to high vantage points and remained there for hours looking for bears also did a great job.

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Cabin 4

An outside double with a porthole, small but adequate, the shower cubicle was however a little to tight at one end. The mudroom was a good idea as all the wet, muddy boots and cold weather clothing could be stored there and not in the room. Not a lot of storage but adequate and 2 suitcases can be stored under 1 bed. The other bed has the survival gear under it. This is a cruise where you truly do not spend time in your cabin so fancy facilities are unnecessary. There are also higher grades of cabin available with more room.

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