Life at Sea
Welcome aboard the MS Ocean Endeavour!
Overall length: 137 meters (450 feet)
The Ocean Endeavour is the perfect vessel for expedition cruising. Outfitted with twenty Zodiacs, advanced navigation equipment, multiple conference rooms, workshop spaces, a library and a top deck observation room, she is purpose-built for expedition experiences in remote environments. The Ocean Endeavour boasts a 1B ice class, enabling her to freely explore throughout the Arctic summer. Ocean Endeavour’s crew is experienced, and friendly. Her shallow draft and maneuverability allow her to access isolated fiords, bays and secluded communities. Launched in 1982, she has had numerous upgrades, most recently in 2010 and 2014. At 137 meters (450ft) in length, Ocean Endeavour has plenty of space for our education program to thrive. Enjoy multiple decks offering a variety of programming spaces and plentiful deck space for wildlife observation. The interior spaces allow for multiple seminars and events to occur simultaneously. The Hub, Science Lab, and Art Studio aboard Ocean Endeavour are fantastic spaces for presentations, workshops and dialogue. Community is at the heart of the SOI expedition experience.
Of course, strict operational procedures and safety precautions are adhered to at all times. All passengers will need to complete and sign a ship registration form and waiver before embarkation. This will be provided to you as part of your SOI Expedition Registration Forms.
Download the Shipboard Information Package here.
Embarkation & Disembarkation
Upon arrival to our expedition vessel, the Ocean Endeavour, you will be shown to your cabin by a crew member. Your luggage will be brought on board by the crew, and please ensure that your correct bag has been delivered to your cabin prior to sailing. There will also be an introductory briefing in the main lounge before we set sail.
Upon disembarkation, we ask that you have your luggage packed and ready to go within an hour of the scheduled docking time at the conclusion of our expedition. Your gear will be off-loaded by crew and will accompany you to the airport. Please check that you have left nothing behind and all your bags are clearly labelled with your name, home address and phone number.
Cabins & Cleanliness
All passenger cabins have private washroom facilities, and individual climate control. There will be 2 passengers per cabin with male and female students separated. Expedition staff will be in cabins spread around the ship. Daily housekeeping service is provided to all cabins. However, all participants are expected to keep their cabins clean and tidy!
The electricity on-board is 220AC electrical outlets, with European 2 pin round holes (see image below). Please bring your own adapter for outlets, but do NOT bring transformers, and please do NOT bring any hairdryers, hair straighteners, electric shavers, etc.
The ship is equipped with central air conditioning and heating throughout.
The Hub & Presentation Room
The hub is the main meeting space with ample seating for all passengers on board. Outfitted with digital slide and video projectors, video monitors, a speaker’s podium and public address system, this space is ideal for presentations, lectures, a variety of workshops, and socializing.
Equipped with ample seating for all passengers on board. American and Continental cuisine and full table service is provided for the evening meal. Tables are unassigned. Our chefs on board can prepare food according to your special dietary needs, so please indicate any allergies or restrictions on your Passenger Registration Forms. Water is served with all meals and juices, coffee and tea will also be available.
Health Conditions and Medical Services
If you have any health conditions or disabilities, or if your health condition changes prior to expedition, please let us know right away. Should a condition become apparent that we believe will jeporadize your, or other participants’, safety on board the ship we reserve the right to decline embarkation. Our vessel is not equipped to handle serious medical conditions and expedition members are required to obtain medical insurance that covers emergency medical evacuation. A doctor will be on the expedition to look after participants’ basic health needs. If you require specific medications, please ensure that you bring a supply adequate to last you the whole expedition. All participants will submit health and medical details in their Registration Forms and will also sign a health statement and medical waiver.
We encourage participants to bring a bar of laundry soap, or a small amount of detergent, to hand wash their clothing in their private bathroom.
Please leave all non-essential valuables at home. Students on Ice cannot be held responsible for the loss or theft of any jewelry, cash, cameras, etc. When traveling abroad it is important to travel safely and wisely. We recommend a money belt or pouch that you can hide inside your clothing, which will hold your important documents and some of your funds while you are in transit. Your passports will be collected by SOI staff upon embarking the ship and will be returned upon disembarkation.
All garbage and sewage waste is stored on board until the ship reaches a port with suitable disposal facilities. Together we will all ensure that there is no littering during shore excursions.
Safety at Sea
Safety at sea is a major objective aboard the Ocean Endeavour. The ship contains the latest in fire fighting equipment and fully complies with the strict provisions of the 1974 International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and its 1981, 1983, and 1988 Amendments. In addition, all officers are specially trained in emergency procedures; and regular drills are held to instruct the crew in their emergency duties. For passengers, a lifeboat drill is held within 24-hours of embarkation on each voyage. Attendance at this drill is mandatory.
Cabins are equipped with an emergency life preserver for each passenger. Separate life vests, which are more comfortable and light-weight are provided for use in the Zodiacs on all landings and cruises. Life vests must be properly secured before you begin to descend the ship’s gangway.
Water and Water Conservation
Tap water on board is safe to drink. There may be times during the expedition when you will be asked to conserve water in order to extend our fresh water supply. With everyone’s co-operation, no real hardship will be noticed. In line with this, if you would like to retain your towel for another day, simply hang it up. When you are ready for a clean towel, place it on the floor. This is a signal to your cabin attendant.
Each morning, SOI staff will post the expedition plan for the day, time of excursions, lecture presentations, other activities and hours of meals. Please keep in mind that “Flexibility is the key” and each day our plan of events and their hours may be altered depending on weather, ice conditions or amazing wildlife encounters!
Open Bridge Policy
Participants may have the opportunity to visit the bridge during a scheduled tour. The captain and crew are generally pleased to answer all questions regarding operations of the ship.
All sightings will be announced over the ship’s P.A. system, and entered in the official expedition logbook. Please let the bridge know of any sightings so that other students and staff can be informed.