Life On Board

Find out what to expect on board the Ocean Endeavour in 2022.

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The Ocean Endeavour

Many of you are already familiar with the Ocean Endeavour. You can find the deck plan and other interesting information about the ship on our website.

The Ocean Endeavour vessel has a capacity of 420 persons onboard. Adventure Canada charters the vessel with up to 198 passengers and approximately 135 staff and crew, allowing the vessel to operate at around seventy-nine per cent (79%) of maximum capacity. We have a lot of space to work with.

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

The Ocean Endeavour employs a 100% fresh air HVAC system equipped with MERV 3 filtration. It does not have a re-circulated air system on board. The 100% fresh air system provides excellent mitigation of COVID-19, as air is continuously supplied from outside, being drawn in from one side of the ship, and exhausted out the other side or from both upper and lower decks of the vessel.

This continuous flow of fresh air replaces the air in the Ocean Endeavour’s public spaces fourteen times an hour and up to thirteen times an hour in cabins. Additionally, the intake and exhaust flows use independent duct works, keeping air in continuous (non-circulated) flow.

The Ocean Endeavour does not utilize Heat Recovery Coils, which is a circulation system that recycles air inside the vessel to regulate temperature. The air in cabins is drawn into the exhaust system through the cabin bathroom and exited to the outside exhaust, helping to mitigate cabin air from flowing to other parts of the vessel.

What to Expect on Board

Whether you are new to Adventure Canada or a returning member of our League of Adventurers, we know you are curious about what your expedition will be like. We always strive to offer inspiring, thoughtful, and transformative travel experiences, and this year is no exception. We wish to be transparent and upfront about what your experience on board the Ocean Endeavour will be like in the summer of 2022.

Single-use plastics:

  • Adventure Canada is a leader in regenerative travel practices and has made a commitment to achieve net zero waste operations in the coming years. However, as much as we wish to avoid single-use plastics whenever possible, some of these will be unavoidable this summer as we follow the necessary health and safety precautions. Protective masks, gloves, and other protective personal equipment will be recycled whenever possible.


  • Medical-grade masks will be required in indoor public places on board, except in your personal cabins or while eating and drinking in the ship’s dining room.
  • Adventure Canada will determine our specific on-board masking policy on a per itinerary basis, depending on the regulatory and safety context of the COVID-19 pandemic during the time of your sailing.

Physical distancing:

  • Our daily program will be thoughtfully planned to allow for physical distancing on board. Examples could include staggered mealtimes in the dining room and the option to attend educational offerings spread out at different areas throughout the ship.
  • We ask for and appreciate your patience and understanding in giving others a bit of extra space to make sure we all feel comfortable travelling together.

Common areas and recreational facilities:

  • Some facilities may require the use of a timetabled sign-up system.
  • To minimize the risk of cross-exposure with our ship’s hard-working crew, bridge tours and guest access to other crew areas will not be possible this year.

Heightened vigilance during embarkation and disembarkation:

  • Our embarkation and disembarkation procedures may be prolonged and extended whenever necessary to allow for sufficient social distancing in the ship’s mudroom and gangway, and while on board Zodiacs and ashore.

Heightened vigilance during community visits:

  • The needs and requests of our valued community hosts will always be put first; this means that certain visits may be cancelled if the community requests we do not visit, is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases, or if cases are detected aboard the ship.
  • Masks will be worn ashore to community visits and interactions in indoor spaces will be minimized or eliminated altogether.

Expedition landings in remote areas:

  • Hiking and shoreside activities carry a very low risk of COVID-19 transmission due to the natural ventilation and easy opportunity to physically distance outdoors.
  • There may be some enhanced safety procedures in place during embarkation and disembarkation, including in the mudroom and on your Zodiac rides.

On-board program:

  • Our presentation and workshop plans will leverage our available broadcast technology, multiple presentation facilities, and outdoor learning environments.

Randomized antigen testing and daily screening measures:

  • Our ship’s medical team may undertake daily randomized temperature and antigen rapid testing of guests, staff, and crew. This means you will not be tested and screened every day on board but may be screened at any time.
  • You may be required to complete and submit a symptom self-audit form each day.

Heightened cleaning and sanitization procedures:

  • Medical-grade virucidal cleaning agents will be used to clean and sanitize all cabins, public areas, crew areas, and ship's equipment on an increased cleaning schedule.
  • Increased sanitization procedures of high-touch areas, such as handrails, elevator buttons, table-tops, and door handles, will be undertaken by our trained housekeeping crew.
  • Hand sanitization stations will be placed throughout the ship, including in the mudroom and on ship gangways, and at our restaurant, bar, and public lounge areas for easy access.
WTTC TIAO Safe Travels

Adventure Canada is a Certified Safe Travels Operator

Adventure Canada has been awarded a Safe Travels certificate by the World Travel & Tourism Council and the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario. This accreditation recognizes us as a global leader in our adopted health and hygiene protocols and confirms our commitment to putting the safety, health, and security of our clients, staff, and crew before all else.