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Akademik Sergey Vavilov


Akademik Sergey Vavilov and Akademik Ioffe are sister ships built in 1988 and 1989 respectively. They were designed for polar research and are now the only scientific vessels still conducting marine science. With extensive upgrades and expansions, these ships are not only safe and ice strengthened, but also modern, comfortable and very spacious. Both carry less than 100 passengers. They transit open water crossings with ease due to their speed and integrated internal ballast system, resulting in a tremendous reduction from severe rolling in heavy seas. As a result, they are the most stable vessels travelling to Antarctica.
The spacious outer decks provide 360 degree views of the stunning landscapes. Inside they have comfortable presentation rooms for lectures and there is a multimedia room equipped with iMac computers to download your photos. The open bridge policy means you are welcome to meet the navigating crew at virtually any time of the day. Both ships offer a range of cabin configurations, comfortable lounge areas, library, a spacious dining room, a sauna, plunge pool, hot water Jacuzzi, fitness room and day spa with massage therapist. With safety in mind there is a small but well equipped medical clinic on each ship with an experienced wilderness doctor accompanying every voyage. The Akademik Sergey Vavilov presents herself as the ideal marine wilderness lodge and a perfect platform to explore Antarctica.

Why we like it:

"With a cold war history and stories of a different world, this ship is one for the ages. I personally love the true expedition feel of this vessel, the scientific rooms, cranes and winches on the deck really make you feel like you are on a research mission!. We love the cosy bar, and Sergey makes a mean cocktail! Whilst cabins and amenities are not quite the same as some of the custom build expedition cruise ships – The Akademik is a ship that will please the true adventure seeker looking for that real, authentic Antarctic “Expedition”."

Chad Carey - Co-Founder of Chimu Adventures



Length: 117 metres

Breadth: 18.2 metres

Draught: 6 metres

Speed: 15 knots

CRUISE SPEED: 13.5 knots

Passengers: 92

Zodiac & RIBs: 12 Zodiacs onboard

Electrical Outlets: 220 Volts/European Pin

Classification: Ice Strengthened

Ice Class: Lloyds 1A

Bow Thrust: Bow thrusters

Ship Region:Antarctica

ITINERARIES ABOARD THE The Akademik Sergey Vavilov

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