Akademik Ioffe

A 348 foot ship built in Scandinavia by the Russian Academy of Science in 1988-89 for hydro-acoustic ocean research and refurbished over the past few years. The ship is particularly stable due to a sophisticated stabilisation and trimming system built into the ice-strengthened hull. She is also manoeuvrable, quiet and fast with a maximum cruising speed of 14.5 knots. Although she can carry a maximum of 110 passengers she will only carry 96. On board there is also a theatre-style presentation room, small gym, sauna and swimming pool, lounge, bar, dining room, library and infirmary.

 

Ship Specs

  • Staff & Crew: 53
  • Guests: 110
  • Length: 117.04m
  • Breadth: 18.28m
  • Draft: 6.09m
  • Propulsion: 5,000 KW diesel twin engine
  • Ice Class: KM*L1(1)A2, Canadian Type B
  • Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots in open water
  • Registered: Russia

Akademik Ioffe diagram

 

Comfort and Stability

Designed and built as a scientific research vessel in Finland, the Akademik Ioffe is very stable, quiet and comfortable. Refitting and refurbishment over the last five years oriented towards her role as an expedition cruise vessel has greatly improved the comfort and calibre of the facilities aboard the ship.

There is little if any ambient noise from engines or machinery and with most of the public spaces on a separate deck from the majority of the cabins there is little issue with passenger-generated noise.

Vessel stabilization is gained through a combination of internal stabilizers and a built-in ballast trimming system. The rapid transfer of ballast between special trimming tanks reduces vessel motion and coupled with a modern hull design gives us a stable platform for science and exploration.

Marine Safety

The Akademik Ioffe is a Russian-flagged vessel and carries all current certifications required by Russian and international maritime law for ensuring passenger safety and wellbeing. An extremely experienced captain, crew and an ice-strengthened hull ( Lloyds Register 1A, Canadian Type B) provides an exceptionally safe combination for polar expedition cruising.

Safety and emergency equipment onboard the vessel is inspected and tested on a regular basis and a passenger lifeboat briefing and drill will be conducted on the first day of each voyage to ensure that passengers are familiar with onboard emergency procedures. The emergency equipment onboard the vessel includes two fully-enclosed lifeboats with a total capacity of 132 and four life rafts with a total capacity of 200.

The Akademik Ioffe has two main engines and twin propellers to propel the vessel through the polar waters at up to 14.5 knots. Coupled with a bow-thruster and a stern multi-directional propulsion unit, this fine vessel is extremely manoeuvrable and has a built-in propulsion back up.

 

Cabin Description

Main Deck Triple Share AI-cabin-Triple Share main deck

Located on Deck 3 these cabins have bunk beds and a sofa bed. Facilities are shared. There is a washbasin with cold/hot water in the cabin, a writing desk/chair, in-room clock radio with ipod connector kit, and ample storage space. All cabins have a porthole.

Additional features and amenities: 

  • Bathrobes

Twin Semi-Private  AI-cabin-Twin Semi Private

Located on Deck 4 these cabins have one lower berth and one sofa bed, a writing desk,in-room clock radio with ipod connector kitand ample storage. Facilities are semi-private (one bathroom between two cabins). All cabins have a window which opens.

Additional features and amenities:

  • Toiletry kit
  • Hairdryer
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Bathrobes

Twin Private  AI-cabin-Twin Private-Deck 5

These cabins are located on Deck 4 and 5. All cabins have two lower berths, a writing desk/chair, in-room clock radio with ipod connector kit and ample storage. Facilities are private and all cabins have a window.

Additional features and amenities:

  • Toiletry kit
  • Hairdryer
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Bathrobes

Superior  Daisy Ioffe Superior

Located on Deck 6 these cabins have two lower berths, a sofa, a writing desk/chair, in-room clock radio with ipod connector kit and ample storage. Facilities are private and all cabins have a window.

Additional features and amenities:

  • Toiletry kit
  • Hairdryer
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Vanity kit
  • Upgraded bed linen/duvets

Shackleton Suite  AI-cabin-Shackleton Suite

These cabins are located on Deck 4 and 5. All cabins have one double berth, one sofa bed, separate sleeping quarters, a writing desk/chair, ipad with polar literature and access to various media, IPod Dock Alarm Clock. Facilities are private and all cabins have windows, which can be opened.

Additional features and amenities:

  • Upgraded bed linen/duvets
  • CD player/mini stereo system with connection for Ipod™/mp3 player
  • Use of our CD selection
  • Mini bar/ice bucket
  • Hairdryer
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Toiletry kit
  • Vanity kit
  • Organic cotton luxury bathrobes
  • Arrival gift basket with healthy snacks and a bottle of wine
  • Binoculars and wildlife reference book

One Ocean Suite  AI-cabin-One Ocean Suite

Located on Deck 5 this cabin has a double berth, one sofa bed and separate sleeping quarters, up-graded bedding, a writing desk/chair, ipad with polar literature and access to various media, IPod Dock Alarm Clock and IPod Speaker System for main room. Facilities are private and have a bathtub. This cabin has windows overlooking the bow, which can be opened.

Additional features and amenities:

  • Upgraded bed linen/duvets
  • CD player/mini stereo system with connection for Ipod™/mp3 player
  • Use of our CD selection
  • Mini bar/refrigerator
  • Hairdryer
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Toiletry kit
  • Vanity kit
  • Organic cotton luxury bathrobes
  • Arrival gift basket with healthy snacks and a bottle of wine
  • Binoculars and wildlife reference book

 

Public Areas

Bar

Having undergone an extensive renovation in 2011 to expand the size and comfort of the bar, we have found the bar to be one of the best gathering places onboard.   Located aft of the lobby on the main deck the bar is easily accessible to all passengers.  With outside views through portholes and a door out onto the main deck, the bar is a comfortable place to enjoy a fresh fruit smoothie before breakfast, grab a bottle of water before an excursion or enjoy a cocktail before dinner. A stereo with MP3 player dock and a monitor showing live video footage of the view forward from the bridge at all times can be found in the bar.

Lounge

Adjacent to the bar on the main deck, the lounge has a piano, television, board games and puzzles and is connected to our popular bar. Outside where a covered viewing and seating area is located you can enjoy the beautiful vistas of Antarctica. Be sure to take a cozy blanket with you from the lounge while you go out to sit and enjoy the view from the starboard side of the ship.

A 24-hour coffee and tea station can be found in the lounge, which also serves as an overflow area for the bar during Happy Hour and for after dinner card games. Of course, what lounge would be complete without a fireplace?

Bridge

The ship’s bridge is located on Deck 6 and is open to passengers virtually 24-hours a day. The officer on watch and a helmsman can always be found on duty on the bridge and it is also the best place to meet the master of the vessel. The chart room is a fascinating place to visit and expedition staff or ship’s crew are often available to answer questions about the equipment and instruments found on the bridge.

In addition, the bridge is an excellent place to view wildlife from. Binoculars and wildlife identification guidebooks can be found on the bridge and during much of the day, an expedition guide will be watching for wildlife from the bridge.

Top Deck and Observatory

The top deck enjoys 360 degree views around the ship. A great place to enjoy calm sea days and spectacular Polar scenery, the top deck also has a small observatory where a spotting scope is stored as well as warm blankets and a comfortable bench.

Bring your travel mug with you to the top deck on pleasant afternoons and our Adventure Concierges will bring carafes of steaming hot chocolate or other hot beverages to you. Refill your travel mug as often as you like.

Dining Room

With buffet breakfasts, buffet and/or plated lunches and plated dinners, the dining room can seat all passengers in one sitting. Attractively lit and comfortably furnished, it is served by our ship’s stewards and hosted by our Adventure Concierges. Our culinary team includes four chefs who are creative and outstanding in their commitment to quality, outstanding taste, and healthy preparation.

To keep up to date with the view from the bridge, live streaming video can be viewed on a television screen in the dining room during meals. A small lounge can be found in the forward part of the dining room along with a small bar used during meal service.

Sauna, Hot Water Spa and Polar Salt Water Plunge Pool

Following a day of excursions, a sauna with complimentary aromatic oils can be a wonderful way to unwind. Located on Deck 5, the sauna and adjacent plunge pool is open each afternoon and evening. The sauna seats approximately six people and the plunge pool can be filled with polar water on demand or for special events. There is a change room with towels and a shower room between the sauna and the plunge pool. On our upper deck you will find out newest addition to health and wellness, in our hot water spa.

Wellness Centre

With our registered massage therapist, fitness trainer, yoga instructor (on select departures) sauna and hot water spa,  your mind and body will be rejuvenated and ready for either the next round of activities or a chance to curl up in a cozy spot in front of our fireplace. Having the option to start and end each day with healthy and whole food options, provide the base for your system to be running optimally.

Fitness & Fitness Room

Our onboard fitness program allows even the most dedicated enthusiast or those interested in starting a new regime, the opportunity to keep up or start their individual or group fitness. The fitness room onboard the vessel has a set of free weights, exercise bike and rowing machine. Exercise mats and balls are also available in the fitness room, as is a stereo with an MP3 player dock.

Library

The library is located on Deck 5 and has wonderful forward viewing windows. A quiet part of the ship containing a large conference table, seating for about 18 and numerous polar reference books, the library is a great place to relax and learn about the region being visited. Just outside the library, there is additional seating in wingback chairs, another great place to sit and read.

The library has a slide screen and whiteboard and is often used for small group focus sessions and discussions.

Presentation Room

Our presentation room can be found on Deck 1, the lowest and most stable deck on our vessel. With seating for all passengers and elevator access, the presentation room is equipped with theatre style seating and modern multi-media presentation system.

Multimedia Room

Our multimedia room contains Apple Macintosh computers with the latest software for photo management and manipulation. External hard drives, a battery recharging station (110 V and 220 V powerbars for plugging in your charger), multi-card readers and a selection of cables for connecting various cameras to the computer can be found here. Manage your rapidly expanding polar image library, burn DVD’s or prepare slide shows to entertain fellow passengers or family at home. In addition we have available a portable 4”x6” photo printer to print out copies of some of your favourite photos.  We do recommend that you bring your own recharger cables and download cables, as well as spare memory cards for your camera.

Communications

The ship carries all required communications and navigation facilities and equipment. An Iridium satellite communication system is in place for both voice and personal email use. Equipped with Inmarsat telephone and fax equipment as well as a variety of shortwave, SSB, and VHF radio systems, she also carries fully current GMDSS (Global Marine Distress and Safety System) equipment.

Infirmary

Located on Deck 5, the infirmary can cater to basic medical needs. Although containing an impressive quantity of medical supplies, passengers with pre-existing medical conditions requiring medication or supplies should come self-reliant. We will carry an English speaking emergency physician on every voyage.  If there is a need to consult the ship’s doctor and receive medications from the infirmary, passengers will be invoiced for the cost of any items supplied.

Mud Room

An expedition requires expedition gear and a place to keep it. Our passenger mudroom is the ideal spot to prepare for excursions and keep your gumboots and foul weather gear separate from your cabin. Shelves on the aft wall of the mudroom help in the storage of gumboots and a pegboard is in place for drying gloves.

The mudroom is on the main deck, between the reception area and the bar and we use this direct access to outside for boarding the zodiacs via the gangway.

Elevator

A lift (or elevator) services Deck 1 through 5, allowing access to and from the presentation room on Deck 1. The bridge and bar/lounge on Deck 6 are not accessible by lift. Access to the zodiacs is by way of gangway stairs from the main deck (Deck 3).

Gift Shop

The gift shop carries a supply of souvenirs and sundries and is open most days of the voyage and can be opened at anytime for your convenience. From warm hats and gloves to polar books and t-shirts, the gift shop has something for everyone.  In addition a small selection of toiletries and sundries can be purchased from the gift shop.

 

Voyages

VoyageDatesDaysAdventure OptionsPrices from
Antarctic Peninsula Adventure20 Feb 2018
02 Mar 2018
10
CampingSea KayakingWalking / HikingExpedition PhotographyWhale Watching

$9,195

Antarctic Peninsula Adventure02 Mar 2018
12 Mar 2018
10
CampingSea KayakingWalking / HikingExpedition PhotographyWhale Watching

$8,295

Antarctic Peninsula Adventure22 Mar 2018
01 Apr 2018
10
CampingSea KayakingWalking / HikingExpedition PhotographyWhale Watching

$8,295

Baffin Island Jewel of the Arctic03 Aug 2018
14 Aug 2018
11
Sea KayakingWalking / HikingWhale Watching

$7,295

High Arctic Explorer14 Aug 2018
23 Aug 2018
9
Sea KayakingWalking / HikingWhale Watching

$6,795

High Arctic Explorer23 Aug 2018
01 Sep 2018
9
Sea KayakingWalking / HikingWhale Watching

$6,795

Classic Northwest Passage01 Sep 2018
13 Sep 2018
12
Sea KayakingWalking / HikingWhale Watching

$9,595

Maritimes Fins & Fiddles04 Jul 2018
14 Jul 2018
10
Sea KayakingWalking / Hiking

$3,395

Maritimes Fins & Fiddles14 Jul 2018
24 Jul 2018
10
Sea KayakingWalking / Hiking

$3,395

Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica20 Oct 2018
07 Nov 2018
18
Sea KayakingWalking / HikingExpedition PhotographyWhale Watching

$13,595

Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica29 Nov 2018
17 Dec 2018
18
Sea KayakingWalking / HikingExpedition PhotographyWhale Watching

$14,295

Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica27 Dec 2018
12 Jan 2019
16
Ski TouringWalking / HikingExpedition PhotographyWhale Watching

$16,295

Falkalnds, South Georgia and Antarctica02 Feb 2019
18 Feb 2019
16
Sea KayakingWalking / HikingExpedition PhotographyWhale Watching

$16,295

Antarctica Off the Beaten Track07 Nov 2018
19 Nov 2018
12
CampingSea KayakingSki TouringSnow ShoeingWalking / HikingExpedition Photography

$8,895

Antarctic Peninsula Adventure19 Nov 2018
29 Nov 2018
10
CampingSea KayakingWalking / HikingExpedition PhotographyWhale Watching

$8,695

Antarctic Peninsula Adventure04 Mar 2019
14 Mar 2019
10
CampingSea KayakingWalking / HikingExpedition PhotographyWhale Watching

$8,695

Antarctic Peninsula Adventure24 Mar 2019
02 Apr 2019
9
CampingSea KayakingWalking / HikingExpedition PhotographyWhale Watching

$8,695

Christmas in Antarctica17 Dec 2018
27 Dec 2018
10
CampingSea KayakingWalking / HikingExpedition PhotographyWhale Watching

$11,195

Antarctic Circle Quest12 Jan 2019
22 Jan 2019
10
CampingSea KayakingSnow ShoeingWalking / HikingExpedition PhotographyWhale Watching

$11,195

Epic Antarctica12 Jan 2019
02 Feb 2019
21
CampingSea KayakingSnow ShoeingWalking / HikingExpedition PhotographyWhale Watching

$19,290

Antarctica, Weddell Sea & Falklands22 Jan 2019
02 Feb 2019
11
CampingSea KayakingSnow ShoeingWalking / HikingExpedition PhotographyWhale Watching

$12,095

  • Camping Camping
  • Sea KayakingSea Kayaking
  • Ski TouringSki Touring
  • Snow ShoeingSnow Shoeing
  • Walking / HikingWalking / Hiking
  • Photography Special DeparturePhotography Special Departure
  • Whale WatchingWhale Watching

 

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