Akademik Sergey Vavilov


The Akademik Sergey Vavilov 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 Sergey Vavilov we recommend the following as good alternatives. If you have any questions please contact our experienced travel consultants.

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Akademik Sergey Vavilov

Akademik Sergey Vavilov was built in Rauma, Finland in 1988 and was designed for polar research. With extensive upgrades and expansions, the Akademik Sergey Vavilov is safe and ice-strengthened, and is now a modern, comfortable and very spacious Expedition style cruise ship.  With a maximum of 92 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 Akademik Sergey Vavilov shine for the advantages they offer to the passenger experience. With bow and stern thrusters, she can spin on her axis and the multiple pitch propellers offer immediate reduction in speed when a wildlife opportunity presents itself.

Akedemik Sergey Vavilov People on Zodiac


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.
Available on all voyages.

Akademik Sergey Vavilov Cabins

Akademik Sergey Vavilov Ocean Suite

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.

Akademik Sergey Vavilov Shackleton Suite

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.

Akademik Sergey Vavilov Superior

There are three Superior cabins, all located on Deck 3. These cabins feature two lower berths, a comfortable sofa, a writing desk and chair and plenty of storage space. Washroom facilities are private and all cabins have a several portholes, which open. Additional features and amenities include: toiletry kit; hairdryer; coffee/tea maker; vanity kit; quality linen and duvet, luxury cotton bathrobes. These cabins provide great access to the outer decks, ship reception and dining room and the expedition mudroom where you prepare for your off-ship excursions.

Akademik Sergey Vavilov Twin Private

Twin Private cabin are located on decks 3, 4 and 5.  They are spacious and well-appointed and feature two lower berths (one which can be converted to a sofa during the day), 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. Twin Private cabins on deck 3 feature portholes instead of windows.

Akademik Sergey Vavilov Twin Semi Private

Located on deck 4. Twin Semi Private 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 bathroom facilities with the adjacent cabin (the door into each cabin can be locked from both sides for privacy).

Akademik Sergey Vavilov triple-share

Located on deck 3 Triple 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 (not en-suite). 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

Akademik Sergey Vavilov BBQ

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:                92

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:                      1988

Operator:             One Ocean Expeditions

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