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Akademik Sergey Vavilov

The Akademik Sergey Vavilov is a 383 foot ice-strengthened expedition ship, originally designed for hydro-acoustic research within frozen, polar waters. She is fast and particularly stable - a huge plus when crossing the notorious Drake Passage! Best of all, the Vavilov’s design creates little ambient noise and allowing passengers to fully immerse themselves in the pristine tranquility of the Antarctic.

The Vavilov’s stark, Russian design has been painstakingly transformed for expedition cruising and now emanates space inside and out. She carries a maximum of 96 passengers across four 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 spacious suites. 

Additional areas include a spacious dining room, lounge and bar as well as library, infirmary and presentation room.

The Vavilov offers a range of cruises and together with the Ioffe was the first to introduce camping, kayaking and snowshoeing. Highly experienced guides lead excursions by foot or by zodiac to experience the magnificent scenery and wildlife. Each evening, there are daily lectures or guests can take advantage of the gym, sauna, wellness centre or plunge pool. A separate bar/lounge spills onto the observation deck, perfect for spotting whales and sea birds. 

The height of professionalism and service, the Vavilov lies at the forefront of Antarctic cruising. The cabins are simple yet its unique design makes both the Ioffe and Vavilov, our favourite expedition vessels in the Antarctic.

This is just one of the cruises that we recommend in this area. If your favourite is not featured just let your consultant know - we will be happy to book it for you.