Akademik Ioffe: Ship Details and Overview


*The Akademik Ioffe has now been de-commissioned

As of May 2019, the Russian Government suddenly and unexpectedly commandeered the Ioffe. The vessel was on long-term charter from Russian Academy of Sciences to One Ocean Expeditions before the sudden de-commision. 

Built for Polar research, the Akademik Ioffe is widely regarded as one of the toughest and safest vessels in the Antarctic region. The ship offers a whole host of facilities often not found on research vessels including a sauna, hot tub and gym!

Complete with ice-strengthened hull and stabilizers, the ship is ideal for people who struggle a little with sea sickness

There is excellent deck space around the ship and the captain has an open bridge policy which is always nice. The Akademik Ioffe is designed to be very maneuverable and can access many landing sites that larger shops cannot. Because of this, the vessel has a reputation for adventure and excellent wildlife watching. You are guaranteed many shore landings and activities when travelling aboard the Akademik Ioffe.

With excellent on board chefs, a small fleet of zodiacs and quiet, comfortable cabins, the Akademik Ioffe is favorite among passengers looking for an excellent research vessel to cruise on.

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Akademik Ioffe Ship Overview


  • Ship Type: Research Ship
  • Crew : 63
  • Passengers: 96
  • Length : 384
  • Speed : 14.5
  • Beam : 60
  • Draft : 20

Cabin Options

Triple Cabin (Deck 3)

Twin Semi-private (Deck 4)

Twin Private (Deck 4 and 5)

Superior (Deck 3)

Shackleton Suite (Deck 6)

Ocean Suite (Deck 4 and 5)

Ocean Suite (Deck 5)

On-Board Facilities

Public Area Facilities

The Akademik Ioffe has excellent facilities for a research class expedition ship and offers passengers great value for money. Although not a luxury vessel, the ship still comes with a massage room, gym, sauna, plunge pool, nice library area, separate lounge and dining room, bar, gift shop and good sized lecture room.

The ship has a nice friendly feel throughout and passengers become very familiar with each other which creates a lovely relaxed environment.

Cabin Facilities

Like the public areas, the cabins are simple and comfortable.

Each cabin aboard the Akademik Ioffe comes with an outward facing view with a window or porthole. All cabins have excellent storage, writing desk, private en suite or shared bathroom facilities. All beds have memory foam mattress toppers for added comfort.

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Great recommendation, thanks!

Mark W


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Activities Offered





$180 per person on average – camping info


$465 per person on average


Adventure itineraries only

Photography Workshop

Selected itineraries only

Shore-based walking

Included in price

Hiking and snowshoeing

Included in price

Polar Plunge and Zodiac Trip

Included in price

Helicopter Ride

Price varies


Price varies

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