Akademik Ioffe


The Akademik Ioffe had been under long-term charter from the Russian Academy of Sciences, however it has now returned to Russia and is no longer offering polar voyages. If you are looking for a vessel that is similar to the Akademik Ioffe we recommend the following as good alternatives. If you have any questions please contact our experienced travel consultants.

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Akademik Ioffe

Akademik Ioffe was built in Rauma, Finland in 1988 and was designed for polar research and is now only 1 of 2 scientific vessels still actively participating in marine science. With extensive upgrades and expansions, the Akademik Ioffe is safe and ice-strengthened, and is now a modern, comfortable and very spacious ship. With a maximum of 96 guests (with room for more) everyone can go ashore at one time.


She transits open water crossings with ease due to her mass and integrated internal ballast system, resulting in a tremendous reduction from rolling in heavy seas. Once along the Antarctic Peninsula the technical features of the Ioffe shine for the advantages they offer to the passenger experience. With bow and stern thrusters, it can spin on its axis and the multiple pitch propellers offer immediate reduction in speed when a wildlife opportunity presents itself.


Camping One Ocean

Camping (complimentary)

Imagine spending a night as the first explorers of Antarctica did, camping on the ice. All the equipment to camp is onboard and all that is needed is a sense of adventure and good weather.

Please note – camping is less likely to happen on the longer voyages to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica itineraries or on March voyages. This activity is not offered on South Georgia in Depth voyages. Camping is always subject to suitable weather and ice conditions.

Kayaking (US$795)

Imagine the swish of water as it passes your hull, or the clack of brash ice against your paddle blade. Sea kayaking in Antarctica allows you to experience another side of this magnificent destination. You will be accompanied by a kayak guide who will take you to interesting locations, many that can only able to be reached by kayaks. As spaces are limited kayaking must be booked in advance.
This activity is available on all voyages.

Akademik Ioffe Cabins

Located on deck 5 the One Ocean Suite is separated into two very spacious rooms. The lounge areas is perfect for relaxation and has a sofa, large table, writing desk, ample storage, plus large picture windows overlooking the bow (forward facing) that can be opened. The separate bedroom features a double bed with quality linen & pillows, night light and windows over the port side of the ship. The bathroom has a bathtub and a shower. There is also a region specific iPad, mini stereo, capsule coffee maker, fully stocked mini bar, iPod alarm clock with audio line and several arms chairs.

Located on decks 4 and 5 the Shackleton Suites have two spacious rooms, one that is ideal for relaxation with a sofa , large table, writing desk, chair, ample storage and a large window that can be opened. A separate private bedroom has a double berth with quality linen & pillows, night light, private facilities, iPad loaded with region specific material, mini stereo, capsule coffee maker, fully stocked mini bar, iPod alarm clock with audio line.

These very large cabins are located on deck 6, and feature two lower berths, a loveseat, writing desk and chair, ample storage and private washroom facilities. All cabins have a window that can be opened. These cabins provide great access to the outer observation decks and ship’s bridge.

Akademik Sergey Vavilov Twin Private

Located on decks 4 and 5 these spacious, well-appointed cabins feature two lower berths, with private washroom facilities (sink, shower, toilet and bathroom cabinet). There are tall wardrobes with internal shelving for storage, a writing desk, chair, bookshelf, and a window that can be opened.

Akademik Sergey Vavilov Twin Semi Private

Located on deck 4 these cabins have two lower berths, one of which can be converted to a sofa during the day. These cabins have tall wardrobes with internal shelving for storage, a writing desk, chair, bookshelf, and a window that can be opened. Facilities are semi-private — meaning you share the washroom with the adjacent cabin.

Akademik Sergey Vavilov triple-share

Located on deck 3 these cabins feature two lower berths and one upper berth. One lower berth can be converted to a comfortable sofa during the day. Washroom facilities are shared. There is a washbasin in the cabin, a writing desk and chair and ample storage for all cabin occupants. These cabins are efficient and well-appointed with two portholes with the option to open one. One triple cabin is reserved for female guests, the other is for male guests. Triple cabins can also be booked by groups of three travelling together.

Deck Plan


Ship Details

Lounge and separate bar

Library well stocked with polar books & DVDs

Large dining room

Theatre-style presentation room

Gift shop

Fitness room and massage room

Hot water spa, sauna and plunge pool

For the duration of the voyage, choice of loan of:
a) Wet weather gear (waterproof jackets, bib pants, and rubber boots) OR

b) Binoculars, waterproof backpack and rubber boots

Zodiac excursions and landings (guided hikes/walks) with expert expedition team

Accommodation aboard

All meals aboard ship, afternoon teas

Educational programme on board

Emergency Room trained English-speaking doctor

Access to multimedia room and download stations

Complimentary tea and coffee 24 hours

Akademik Sergey Vavilov Outer-Deck

Staff and Crew: 63

Guests: 96

Lifeboats: 2 fully-enclosed & 4 life-rafts

Dimensions: Length: 117m Width: 18.2m Draft: 6m

Propulsion: Twin engine, 5,000kw diesel, twin propeller

Speed: 14.5 knots maximum

Built: 1989

Operator: One Ocean Expeditions

We will tailor the perfect holiday to suit your needs.
We will tailor the perfect holiday to suit your needs.