She will next head for Bluff to operate an ‘Unseen Fiordland and Stewart Island’ cruise on November 24.
Spirit of Enderby will undergo some maintenance in Lyttelton in preparation for the company’s upcoming Southern Ocean season.
As Heritage Expeditions is a family-owned New Zealand company, Spirit of Enderby was granted an exemption by the New Zealand government to restart cruising in the country.
NZ$67m cruise berth
She is the first passenger vessel to utilise Lyttelton’s new NZ$67m cruise berth, just days ahead of the official opening on November 25.
The ship was docked by New Zealand’s first and only female marine pilot, Captain Joanne Laing.
All tested negative
There were cheers all round when Spirit of Enderby sailed out of the Port of Vladivostok on October 16, after spending 14 days isolating on anchor in the harbour. All aboard returned two negative COVID-19 tests.