Ocean Endeavour Antarctic Cruises
Expedition cruises with a focus on wellness and adventure
A polar cruise on board the Ocean Endeavour
The Ocean Endeavour is a breath of fresh air compared to some of the Antarctic cruise ships of old and it’s quickly become one of our favorites thanks to the things they do differently on board.
Firstly, the Ocean Endeavour provides a class-leading ratio of 1 crew member per 8 passengers, giving you a more personal, informative, and comfortable Antarctic adventure.
The ship also features a focus on health and wellness. The onboard spa, gym, and sauna are overseen by the ship’s health and wellness expert, and there is a dedicated medical center with a permanent onboard doctor and paramedic.
Life aboard Ocean Endeavour is as relaxed or as engaged as you want it to be. The onboard spa, library, hot tub, sauna, gift shop, multiple lounges, and viewing areas offer comfort and relaxation. Her fleet of modern Zodiac boats will bring you closer to the wildlife and stunning beauty of Antarctica than you thought possible, while her unique fly deck offers unobstructed 360° views from a high vantage point.
Ocean Endeavour certainly has a cool vibe about her, and yet her programming is designed to enhance your understanding and appreciation of the Antarctic regions you’ll visit. Presentations, workshops, entertainment, and special events complete the excursions.
From dances to polar plunges, from lounge concerts to theme parties, you'll have a great time with your fellow passengers and crew members!
Key features of Ocean Endeavour
This ship can cater to 500 passengers, but only allows up to 198, leaving plenty of space to enjoy in between excursions.
Offers 4 different lounges
There are 4 zodiac disembarkation points onboard, for getting on and off the ship efficiently and quickly.
Included yoga classes.
Known for having a great gym onboard.
Pictures and Deck Plans of the Ocean Endeavour
Dates & Prices of Ocean Endeavour
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Book now, pay later: You can easily place your booking online. We will then hold the spaces for you, and you can confirm with a payment later. Prices are per person, based on double occupancy, include taxes, and can be subject to fluctuation and change. The routes are fixed, but can be changed due to weather or breeding behavior of the animals. Could not find your preferred date?
Cabin Categories on board the Ocean Endeavour
All expedition cruises on board the Ocean Endeavour
Amenities on board the Ocean Endeavour
Ocean Endeavour's take on sustainable traveling
Foremost among our sustainability goals are actively reducing the impact and emission of our vessels, investing in new technology, and continuously improving our existing resources. We have also installed a new low-emission engine in our veteran vessel, Ortelius. This engine complies with all the latest environmental legislation. Another of our important commitments to sustainability is our use of low-sulfur marine gas oil (LSMGO), which has a sulfur content of less than 0.1 percent.
We limit onboard waste production by recycling as often as we can as well as banning single-use plastics. This ship does not use straws, plastic cups, or any individually wrapped butter, yogurt, and jam. This vessel has a water treatment system and desalination system that uses reverse osmosis, allowing us to eliminate the use of plastic water bottles on board. Rather, guests receive a reusable water bottle they can refill on the vessel. Bathrooms are equipped with biodegradable shampoo and soap in recycled packing, further limiting our use of plastics.
More info about the Ocean Endeavour
Mid Range Ship
Large Ship (151-240 Guests)
4 x Skoda Sulzer 6ZL40/48
6 fully enclosed lifeboats and 8 life rafts. The ship has an ice-strengthened hull and the lifeboat and life raft capacity exceeds SOLAS requirements with at least 25% additional capacity above the number of people on board.
Food & Drinks on board the Ocean Endeavour
Like everything else about Ocean Endeavour, mealtimes are all about enjoyment, relaxation, and learning. Enjoy open-seating meals in the roomy Polaris Restaurant, surrounded by ocean views, while the expert guides and crew happily mingle and share their expertise with you.
Breakfast and lunch include a wide variety of tasty and healthy choices. Globally inspired à la carte suppers to offer options to suit every taste, including fish and vegetarian options. Desserts, made fresh daily, are a highlight! Food allergies, special diets, and personal choices can all be accommodated by our skilled chefs with advance notice.
Early-bird breakfast, afternoon tea, late-night snacks, and treats round out the offerings. And tea, coffee, and cookies are always freely available.
Reviews of Ocean Endeavour
I started off my Antarctica trip with a three night stay in Ushuaia before departure March 8. Staying at Hotel Albatros I only had to go across the street to the parking lot for the Rumbo Sur buses waiting to take us to our ship. Upon entering Ocean Endeavor I was pleasantly surprised to find the triple share room had two bathrooms as well as more than enough storage to hold the belongings for three people. We spent four glorious days in Antarctica before cutting our voyage short due to flight ban possibly being put in place. Quark got us in before the ban but we had to stay until the 23 due to a quarantine by the government. Crew staff especially Laurie was awesome in keeping us briefed about the changing situation. Quark got extra provisions aboard and we were given free wi fi and telephone cards during our quarantine in Ushuaia. Quark went over and aboard by arranging for two charter flights to take passengers and crew from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires. I was among second charter group and Quark arranged for passengers and crew members to stay at Sheraton in Buenos Aires. Quark is amazing company and they went way beyond the normal in a difficult situation caused by the coronovirus. The kitchen was kept running and provided amazing meals and there was always plenty of activiites aboard the ship. (Copied from Trip Advisor)
We travelled to Antarctica on the Ocean Endeavour and had an amazing trip. The ship is comfortable and the staff very friendly and attentive. The food was good and there was a nice variety of choices, something for every palate. The crew provided informational talks which we found very interesting. The zodiac tours and landings were well coordinated. The itinerary is flexible due to landing conditions but even when the plans change, there is a great substitute. (Copied from Trip Advisor)
We had 21 night amazing voyage from Ushuaia to Falklands, South Georgia and crossing Antarctic circle in February/March 2020. The expedition team led by Laurie was great, as well as excellent food in the restaurant. I was a solo passenger, but was matched with another female. We had a suite with two bathrooms and it was plenty of space for two of us. However, the ship was a bit dated and it was used by Quark for the last season. I like on other modern ships better lounges with huge windows for observations, which was not the case on this one. Sauna was very good. Pool is available in theory, but was filled only for 1 day. It depends on ocean conditions. Overall, we were very lucky with the weather with all our landings in South Georgia, it was not so good when we crossed the Circle. However, they still were able to organise the Arctic plunge there. We saw more than 300 whales including a rare blue whale, southern right whales, orcas, minky whale and plenty of humpbacks. Laurie even convinced the Captain to change the program a bit and visit currently the largest iceberg A68A. In some days, we had two landings and two zodiac cruises, thus it was good to have 1-2 dasy at sea afterwards to relax. Overall, the professionalism of the crew and expedition team made this trip unforgettable. (Copied from Trip Advisor)
My husband and I went to Antarctica with Quark in March 2020. The expedition was the best we've ever been on. — Interesting, friendly, and intelligent staff who were more than happy to answer my billion questions about penguins — Plenty of fun activities no matter your interests — Excellent communication from leadership, and an obvious effort to make the trip everything we've ever dreamed of — The hotel crew was attentive and friendly. The crew knew our names by the 3rd day and remembered that I tend to like my white wine glass full (thank you, Mary Lou!) — The sea kayaking program was INCREDIBLE. I have only been river kayaking a couple of times, yet Ryan and Cam (the two leaders) got me comfortable in the sea kayak very quickly. My husband and I were nervous about joining, but I couldn't have imagined a better way to see Antarctica than in a sea kayak. ^^ and this was just the trip that we signed up for. While we were on board, COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. Quark not only went above and beyond for us during our planned trip, but when Argentina ordered a 14-day quarantine, they contacted everyone's embassies to help us get home, brought on needed medications and provisions, and planned more fun activities. When everyone's flights continually got canceled, they brought us on a charter flight (free of charge) and paid for our hotel in BA for one night. Laurie, the expedition leader, continually got standing ovations with her leadership and communication with us. She handled the crisis phenomenally, and I left the ship MORE likely to book another Quark Expedition, despite the global pandemic. We'll probably wait another year or so before we do it though. lol. (Copied from Trip Advisor)
The 13 night trip of a lifetime, I could not fault the experience with Quark Expeditions on 'Crossing the circle' with 3 nights inside the Antarctic circle. The ship was excellent for the purpose with amazing expedition crew, twice daily zodiac cruises around the ice, landings onto penguin colonies and bays with amazing wildlife. Scenery,glaciers and ice blew me away. Science lectures on board. Plus this ship had a heated pool and sauna and ran yoga classes. Food was five star plus so much better than I expected. (Copied from Trip Advisor)