Purpose built for polar exploration, the Akademik Ioffe is a 383ft. ice-strengthened expedition ship which lies at the forefront of adventure cruising. Specially designed to carry out sensitive hydro-acoustic research, the ship is exceptionally stable, a fact greatly appreciated by passengers when crossing the notorious Drake Passage. Fast and extremely manoeuvrable, the Ioffe’s unique design creates little if any ambient noise and allows passengers to fully appreciate the pristine beauty and tranquility of the Antarctic.
Russian in look and feel, the Ioffe boasts an abundance of space inside and out and carries a maximum of 96 passengers. Spread across three decks, the cabins are simple yet comfortable and offer a mix of beds, bunks and private/semi-private facilities. Categories start from the triples with bunks, portholes and shared bathrooms and lead up to superior cabins and suites with picture windows for breathtaking views of the outside world.
The Ioffe has been painstakingly transformed for expedition cruising. There is a spacious dining room, lounge and bar which opens onto the deck as well as library, infirmary and presentation room.
The Ioffe offers a range of traditional and ground-breaking expeditions and was the first to introduce camping, kayaking and snowshoeing. The crew are highly experienced and lead excursions by foot or by zodiac to experience the magnificent scenery and wildlife. Back on board, there are daily presentations or guests can take advantage of the gym, sauna, wellness centre or plunge pool or simple spot whales and sea birds from the observatory deck.
The Ioffe has set the standard for Antarctic cruises. The facilities, voyages and service are second to none and though the cabins are relatively simple, its unique design makes this, along with her sister-ship the Vavilov, our favourite expedition vessel in the Antarctic.
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