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The Akademik Ioffe was originally designed for polar research, and is a modern, comfortable, safe and ice-strengthened vessel, operating in Antarctica and the Arctic.

A separate bar and lounge, as well as a library are ideal places to sit and relax or catch up on some reading. You can also watch a selection of movies and documentaries in the lounge. There are public spaces suitable for small group sessions or briefings for all passengers.

Enjoy the high quality meals prepared by the chefs in the dining room, which is large enough to host all passengers in a single sitting. Other facilities include a theatre-style presentation room, gift shop, fitness room, massage room, sauna and plunge pool. Kayaking, camping, hiking, snowshoeing, skiing and photography are available on most voyages.

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Key info

  • Length: 117m (384 feet) metres
  • Passengers: 96 in 48 cabins
  • Crew and staff: 63

wildlife trips

Akademik Ioffe offers the following cabin classes:

Triple with shared facilities

  • Location: Deck 3
  • Beds: Bunks beds and a sofa bed
  • External view: Two portholes
  • En suite facilities: Wash basin, iPod dock

Twin with semi-private facilities

  • Location: Deck 4
  • Beds: 1 lower berth and 1 sofa bed
  • External view: Window
  • En suite facilities: Hairdryer, Kettle, iPod dock

Twin with private facilities

  • Location: Decks 4 & 5
  • Beds: 2 lower berths
  • External view: Window
  • En suite facilities: Hairdryer, Shower, Toilet, Kettle, iPod dock

Twin superior with private facilities

  • Location: Deck 6
  • Beds: 2 lower berths
  • External view: Window
  • En suite facilities: Private bathing facilities, Hairdryer, Kettle, iPod dock

Shackleton suite with private facilities

  • Location: Deck 4 & 5
  • Beds: 1 double berth and 1 sofa bed
  • External view: Large window
  • En suite facilities: Private bathing facilities, Hairdryer, Fridge, Kettle, Lounge, iPod dock, Hi-fi

One Ocean suite with private bath

  • Location: Deck 5
  • Beds: 1 double berth and 1 sofa bed
  • External view: Large window overlooking the bow
  • En suite facilities: Private bathing facilities, Bath, Hairdryer, Toilet, Fridge, Kettle, Lounge, iPod dock, Hi-fi

Wildlife trips

This cruise vessel is featured in the following itineraries:

Around Spitsbergen

Sail through a wonderland of mountain and glacial scenery and enjoy spectacular wildlife encounters in this polar bear and birdwatchers paradise. Highlights include an exhilarating ride along the spectacular 14th of July Glacier, where large numbers of kittiwakes and Brunnichs guillemots nest on the nearby cliffs.

  • When to go: May-Oct
  • Duration exc. flights: 10-11 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £4,785 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Classic Antarctica

This voyage is a perfect introduction to the Antarctic, visiting prime wildlife sites along the Peninsula and in the nearby South Shetland islands. Encounter huge rookeries of gentoo, chinstrap and Adelie penguins, beaches adorned with wallowing elephant seals, and whales and dolphins along the way.

  • When to go: Nov-Mar
  • Duration exc. flights: 10-11 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £4,590 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Crossing the Polar Circle

The aim of this voyage is to reach as far south as weather and ice conditions will permit, and cross the Antarctic Circle, a feat that only a few will ever accomplish. En route you will navigate awe-inspiring waterways, littered with giant icebergs, whilst being followed by an array of seabirds and several whale species.

  • When to go: Nov-Mar
  • Duration exc. flights: 12-14 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £6,390 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Great Antarctic Voyage

This ultimate Antarctic experience marries the phenomenal wildlife of the sub-Antarctic islands of the Falklands and South Georgia to the pristine beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula. Explore dramatic wilderness areas and visit huge penguin colonies, all amongst hauntingly beautiful polar scenery.

  • When to go: Nov-Mar
  • Duration exc. flights: 19-20 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £10,870 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour