Akademik Vavilov

Designed for polar research, the Akademik Sergey Vavilov is modern, comfortable, safe and ice-strengthened. From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, we have public spaces onboard the ship ideally suited for each and every need. A separate bar and lounge located on deck 6 with expansive 180 degree views, as well as a library provide ideal places to sit and relax or catch up on some reading.

Enjoy the sumptuous meals prepared for you by our culinary team in our dining room, which can host all clients in a single seating with ample room.

Other facilities include the theatre style presentation room, gift-shop, fitness room, massage room, hot water spa, sauna, and salt water plunge pool.

Ship Specs

  • Registered Name & Flag Akademik Sergey Vavilov – Russia
  • Built 1988 – Rauma – Finland
  • Length 117 meters
  • Breadth 18.2 meters
  • Draft 6.0 meters
  • Propulsion Diesel Twin Engines 6,700 HP
  • Cruising Speed 14.5 knots in open water
  • Ice Class L1
  • Lifeboats 2 fully enclosed
  • Crew & Staff 63
  • Passengers 100

Ak Vavilov Diagram

Comfort and Stability

Designed and built as a scientific research vessel in Finland, the Akademik Sergey Vavilov is very stable, quiet and comfortable. Refitting and refurbishment over the last two 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 Sergey Vavilov 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 Sergey Vavilov 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  Twin Semi Private_2

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
  • Hair dryer
  • 
Coffee/tea maker
  • 
Bathrobes

Twin Private  Vavilov_Twin Private

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

Located on Deck 3 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  Shackleton Suite_Bedroom

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  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

Located on deck six,  the bar is easily accessible to all passengers via a stairwell, also leading up to the bridge deck.  With 180 degree outside views through expansive windows and a door out onto deck six, 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.

Lounge

The lounge is situated in the same space as the bar, located on deck 6. Depending on the time of day, this bright and multi purpose gathering area changes form and function depending on our schedule. Outside where a large viewing and seating area is located you can enjoy the beautiful Polar vistas and wildlife. Be sure to take a cozy blanket with you from the lounge while you go out to sit and enjoy the view from either side of the ship.

A 24-hour coffee and tea station can be found in the lounge, and remember to join us in the lounge/bar for Happy Hour and after dinner card games.

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 sightsee and 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 Adventure03 Mar 2018
13 Mar 2018
10
CampingSea KayakingWalking / HikingExpedition PhotographyWhale Watching

$8,295

Antarctica Ultimate Whale Adventure23 Mar 2018
02 Apr 2018
10
Sea KayakingWalking / HikingExpedition PhotographyWhale Watching

$8,295

Classic Northwest Passage12 Aug 2018
24 Aug 2018
12
Sea KayakingWalking / HikingWhale Watching

$9,595

Classic Northwest Passage24 Aug 2018
05 Sep 2018
12
Sea KayakingWalking / HikingWhale Watching

$9,595

Spitsbergen Explorer19 Jun 2018
28 Jun 2018
9
Sea KayakingWalking / HikingExpedition PhotographyWhale Watching

$5,695

Spitsbergen Explorer28 Jun 2018
07 Jul 2018
9
Sea KayakingWalking / HikingWhale Watching

$5,695

Greenland and Baffin Island05 Sep 2018
15 Sep 2018
10
Sea KayakingWalking / HikingExpedition PhotographyWhale Watching

$6,695

Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica21 Jan 2019
09 Feb 2019
19
Sea KayakingWalking / HikingExpedition PhotographyWhale Watching

$19,095

Antarctic Circle Quest29 Dec 2018
08 Jan 2019
10
CampingSea KayakingSnow ShoeingWalking / HikingExpedition PhotographyWhale Watching

$11,195

Antarctic Circle Quest09 Feb 2019
19 Feb 2019
10
CampingSea KayakingSnow ShoeingWalking / HikingExpedition PhotographyWhale Watching

$11,195

Antarctic Circe Quest19 Feb 2019
03 Mar 2019
12
CampingSea KayakingSnow ShoeingWalking / HikingExpedition PhotographyWhale Watching

$13,095

Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica13 Dec 2018
29 Dec 2018
16
Sea KayakingWalking / HikingExpedition PhotographyWhale Watching

$15,995

South Georgia in depth03 Nov 2018
17 Nov 2018
14
Sea KayakingWalking / HikingExpedition PhotographyWhale Watching

$9,895

South Georgia in Depth17 Nov 2018
03 Dec 2018
16
Sea KayakingWalking / HikingExpedition PhotographyWhale Watching

$10,595

Antarctica Ultimate Whale Adventure03 Mar 2019
13 Mar 2019
10
Sea KayakingWalking / HikingExpedition PhotographyWhale Watching

$8,695

Antarctica Ultimate Whale Adventure23 Mar 2018
02 Apr 2018
10
Sea KayakingWalking / HikingExpedition PhotographyWhale Watching

$8,695

Spitsbergen Explorer07 Jul 2018
18 Jul 2018
11
Sea KayakingWalking / HikingExpedition PhotographyWhale Watching

$7,795

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