Why we like the Akademik Ioffe

  • Superior stability and quietness through water, contributing to a more comfortable voyage
  • High 1A ice class rating with outstanding manoeuvrability from both bow and stern thrusters, and a captain who has been sailing this vessel for over 20 years
  • Authentic expeditionary-style ship on the outside, 5* customer service on the inside
  • Just 96 passengers and a high staff to passenger ratio (1:4/5) mean small groups on landings
  • Dedicated Adventure Concierge personnel on each cabin deck, ensuring everyone is comfortable
  • Spacious interior public areas and exterior decks provide everyone with plenty of space

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What our customers think

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The experts they had on the trip were really experienced; these folks certainly knew their stuff. The Expedition Leader really pulled out all the stops to try to give us the best experience possible. We really liked our cabin and the cleanliness and service of the staff was great.

Cindy & Nor Washington February 2018

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The Akademik Ioffe was excellent with a superb staff and crew.

Fran & Jack New York February 2018

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I absolutely loved the Ioffe, the staff and the beauty of Antarctica. This trip only fuelled my passion in polar exploration. Looking forward to future trips.

Lora & Mitchell Texas January 2018

Highlights came on a daily basis. The trips in the Zodiacs were different every day, seeking whales, penguin colonies, seals on ice, walking on ice, walking up hills, visiting research stations or cruising close to icebergs. The staff were enthusiastic and inspirational.

John & Lesley UK March 2018

All zodiac cruises/landings were well chosen, and safety was always a top priority, excellently handled by the expedition staff. I wouldn't know how to improve.

Per & Maria Sweden January 2018

The trip actually exceeded expectations, thanks to the superb organisation and energy of the crew, combined with a relatively small and friendly group of passengers in such a spectacular place.The ship could not be bettered.

Sheryl & John New Zealand November 2017

Akademik Ioffe was just the right ship for us. I'm very prone to seasickness and was quite apprehensive about the journey, but the Ioffe is a very stable ship for its size and I got off lightly with the help of just some medication, even when we sailed through force 10 winds at the tail end of the storm in the Drake Passage.

Chow Singapore February 2017

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Alex says

Built as solid as a tank, you can feel The Ioffe's superior stability as soon as you walk up the gangway. Once onboard, what really impressed me was the staff's attention to detail - nothing was too much trouble - and how much space everyone had. A very good option, particularly for anxious sailors.

Alex Mudd Polar Specialist

Cabin Categories

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*Note that the above measurements are approximate averages and exact cabin size can vary

All cabins come with a writing desk and chair, a clock radio with iPod connector, and bathrobes.

Captain's Suite (1)

  • Located on Deck 5 with double bed, bathtub and opening windows overlooking the bow
  • Separate lounge area with sofa-bed, mini-bar and mini-fridge, and tablet with polar literature and various media
  • Up-graded bed linen, tea- and coffee-maker and arrival gift basket with wine and healthy snacks
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Ioffe Vavilov Captain Suite

Shackleton Suite (5)

  • 3 cabins on Deck 4 and 2 on Deck 5
  • Double bed and opening windows
  • Separate lounge area with sofa-bed, mini-bar, and tablet with polar literature and various media
  • Up-graded bed linen, tea- and coffee-maker and arrival gift basket with wine and healthy snacks
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Ioffe Vavilov Shackleton

Superior (10)

  • All 10 cabins are on Deck 6
  • 2 lower berths, windows
  • Tea- and coffee-maker, up-graded bed linen
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Twin Private (18)

  • 2 cabins on Deck 3, 7 on Deck 4, and 12 on Deck 5
  • Two lower berths, private bathroom, opening window
  • Tea- and coffee-maker
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Twin Semi-Private (12)

  • All 12 cabins are on Deck 4
  • Single bed with full-length sofa-bed
  • Opening window
  • Bathrooms shared 1 between 2 cabins
  • Tea- and coffee-maker
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Ioffe Vavilov Semi-Private

Triple Share (2)

  • Both of these cabins are on Deck 3
  • Bunk bed, sofa-bed and porthole
  • Private, in-cabin washbasin and shared bathroom facilities
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Deck Plan

Onboard Communications

If you wish to stay in touch, even in Antarctica, you can choose from the options below:

  • Satellite and VoIP phone card: $30/60minutes
  • Ship-based email service: one-time $30 set-up fee (Email can be accessed through wifi using your own device). Please note that the service only supports text, uploading images is unfortunately not possible.

Please note that this is only for light data traffic and that the above prices are only approximate. 

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Customer Tips

A word about the choice of cabins. Being on Deck 5 was good advice - we had enough privacy, with easy access to the bridge, spa and library, which we frequented throughout the trip.

Chow, Singapore Customer

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