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Designed and built as a scientific research vessel in Finland, Akademik Sergey Vavilov is an ice-strengthened vessel which has been recently refitted and refurbished.

There are various public areas suitable for small group sessions and briefings, a separate bar and lounge located on deck 6 with 180 degree views, as well as a large dining room, with live video of the views from the bridge during meals. The ship’s bridge is open to passengers virtually 24 hours a day, and expedition staff or ship’s crew are often available to answer questions about the equipment and instruments found on the bridge; this is also an excellent place from which to view wildlife.

Akademik Servey Vavilov operates several itineraries in Antarctica and the Arctic. Kayaking, camping, hiking, snowshoeing, skiing and photography are available on most voyages, and there is even a hot tub on board! 

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Key info

  • Length: 117m (384 feet) metres
  • Passengers: 92 in 45 cabins
  • Crew and staff: 63

wildlife trips

Akademik Sergey Vavilov offers the following cabin classes:

Triple with shared facilities

  • Location: Deck 3 (main deck)
  • Beds: Bunk beds and a sofa bed
  • External view: Porthole
  • En suite facilities: Wash basin, iPod dock

Twin with semi-private facilities

  • Location: Deck 4
  • Beds: 1 lower berth & 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 3
  • Beds: 2 lower berths
  • External view: Porthole
  • En suite facilities: Private bathing facilities, Hairdryer, Kettle, iPod dock

Shackleton suite with private facilities

  • Location: Decks 4 & 5
  • Beds: 1 double berth and 1 sofa bed
  • External view: Large window
  • En suite facilities: Private bathing facilities, Hairdryer, Wash basin, 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
  • En suite facilities: Private bathing facilities, Bath, Hairdryer, Wash basin, 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

Festival of Wildlife Photography

Rightly referred to as ‘the most staggering wildlife show on earth’, South Georgia in spring during the breeding season is like being immersed in your very own private wildlife documentary. Join us on a Festival cruise for a celebration of Antarctica's wildlife, under the guidance of expert photographers.

  • When to go: Oct-Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 19 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £8,895 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

North Spitsbergen

This one week voyage provides an intoxicating mix of astonishing landscapes, stunning coastline and spectacular wildlife, including huge colonies of seabirds, walruses, whales, Arctic foxes and polar bears. The long daylight hours offer maximum time to appreciate this breathtaking land of ice to the full.

  • When to go: May-Oct
  • Duration exc. flights: 8 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £3,995 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

South Georgia

Embark on a superb voyage to South Georgia, the remotest and wildest of the UK's Overseas Territories. After exploring the abundant wildlife of the Falkland Islands, it is a two day journey to South Georgia, where you will find snow-capped mountains, glaciers, and a huge numbers of seabirds and marine mammals.

  • When to go: Nov-Mar
  • Duration exc. flights: 15-20 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £9,580 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour