MS Ocean Endeavour

MS Ocean Endeavour is a cruise ship built in Poland in 1981.

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Expedition ship, MS Ocean Endeavour, at Qeqertarsuaq Island (Karrat Fjord), Greenland
  • Konstantin Simonov (1982–1996)
  • Francesca (1996–2001)
  • The Iris (2001–2010)
  • Kristina Katarina (2010–2014)
  • Ocean Endeavour (2014–)
Owner2010–2014: Achieva SF-One Ltd
OperatorKristina Cruises
Port of registry
BuilderStocznia Szczecinska im Adolfa Warskiego Warskiego,[3] Szczecin, Poland
Yard number492/03[3]
Launched17 April 1981[2]
Maiden voyageApril 1982
Statusin active service
General characteristics
Tonnage12,907 GT[6][4]
Length137.61 m (451 ft)[3]
Beam21.01 m (68.9 ft)[3]
Draught5.6 m (18.4 ft)[3][4]
Decks9 total, 6 passenger decks[4]
Installed power12,800kW
PropulsionTwo fixed propellers
Speed15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)[4]
Capacity199 passengers[4]


The ship was built by Stocnia Szczecinska im A Warskiego in Szczecin, Poland in 1981 and operated as Konstantin Simonov in the Baltic Sea from construction, undergoing a refit in 1988. From 1996 to 2001, the ship operated as Francesca in the Mediterranean Sea. Until 2010, the ship was owned by Israeli Mano Cruise (after a refit in 2001) and operated in the eastern Mediterranean Sea under the name The Iris, during which time she was registered in Malta.

The ship was refitted again and joined Kristina Cruises as Kristina Katarina in late 2010, taking over as flagship from the much smaller Kristina Regina.[7][8][9] On 8 January 2014,[10] the ship was sold and renamed Ocean Endeavour with a capacity of 199 passengers.[5]

Current operationEdit

She is currently[when?] being operated in the northern summer season on the east coast of Canada, Greenland and the Canadian Arctic by Adventure Canada, and in the southern summer season to Antarctica from Ushuaia by a joint venture between Intrepid Travel and Chimu Adventures.[11] Adventure Canada is an independent, family-owned expedition cruise company from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Chimu Adventures and Intrepid Travel are Australian-owned Adventure travel companies.

Wreck of the Erebus visitEdit

On 5 September 2019, passengers of Adventure Canada on Ocean Endeavour were the first members of the public to visit the site of the wreck of HMS Erebus, one of the two ships of the ill-fated Franklin expedition which aimed to traverse the North-West Passage through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.[12]

The wreck site is within the Wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror National Historic Site and is managed by Parks Canada, which does not normally permit public access to the site.[13] The visit by Adventure Canada passengers was a trial by Parks Canada in creating a visitor experience for the wreck site.[12]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Второе пришествие Константина Симонова[permanent dead link] (in Russian) Аркадий Гринберг. Моряк Украины № 24. 2002 г.
  2. ^ a b "M/S KONSTANTIN SIMONOV (1982)".
  3. ^ a b c d e "Ocean Endeavour (ex. Konstantin Simonov) , IMO 7625811".
  4. ^ a b c d e "M/S Kristina Katarina / Specifications". Kristina Cruises. Retrieved 11 April 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Ocean Endeavour overview". Peregrine Adventures. Archived from the original on 19 October 2019. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  6. ^ Equasis
  7. ^ "Kristina Katarina". Archived from the original on 8 July 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2010. (German)
  8. ^ "Kristina Cruises shipping company to acquire a new flagship". Transport Weekly. 18 December 2009. Retrieved 13 March 2010.
  9. ^ "M/S Kristina Katarina / Introduction". Kristina Cruises. Retrieved 13 March 2010.
  10. ^ "Kristina Cruises lays off 150, sells ship". Yle Uutiset.
  11. ^ "Adventure Canada". Adventure Canada.
  12. ^ a b Bain, Jennifer. "Northwest Passage cruise stops to see Franklin's shipwrecked Erebus". Vancouver Courier. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  13. ^ Parks Canada Agency, Government of Canada (6 June 2019). "Wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror National Historic Site". Retrieved 4 October 2019.

External linksEdit

  Media related to IMO 7625811 at Wikimedia Commons