*The Akademik Vavilov has now been de-commissioned
In May 2019, One Ocean Expeditions (who operated the vessel) were told suddenly and unexpectedly by the Russian authorities that the Valvilov would no longer be available for passenger service. This broke the long-term charter contract and the dispute is now a legal matter.
Built in Scandinavia for the Russian Academy of Science, the Akademik Sergey Vavilov is one of the most impressive research vessels in Antarctica.
Like its sister ship the Akademik Ioffe, the Vavilov has an ice strengthened hull and comes complete with external stabilizers for added smoothness and security. With only 92 passengers, the ship is fairly small and can easily negotiate some of the shallower landing spots.
Although far from a luxury vessel, the Vavilov offers excellent facilities for a research cruise ship. On board you’ll find a gym, sauna, plunge pool and wellness program which includes yoga sessions and a massage therapist!
There is plenty of deck space around the ship and the captain operates an open bridgeset up so you get the best views possible. The interior is light and spacious – perfect for adventure cruising. The ship is designed to go places many ships can’t and, as such, the Akademik Sergey Vavilov has developed a reputation for excellent wildlifewatching. You are guaranteed many shore landings and activities when travelling on board.
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Deck 3 – Bunk bed and a sofa bed. Cabin comes with writing desk, chair, washbasin with cold and hot water, excellent storage space, clock/radio with iPod connector. shared bathroom and a porthole.
Deck 4 – Lower berth and sofa bed. Cabin comes with writing desk, excellent storage, clock/radio with iPod connection and a window that opens. Bathroom facilities are shared with one other cabin.
Deck 3, 4 and 5 – Two lower berths. Cabin comes with writing desk, chair, excellent storage, in-room clock/radio with iPod connector, private en suite and window.
Deck 3 – Two lower berths. Cabin comes with sofa, writing desk, chair, excellent storage, in-room clock/radio with iPod connector, private en suite and a window.
Deck 4 and 5 – Double berth and one sofa bed. Cabin comes with separate sleeping quarters, writing desk, chair, excellent storage, iPad with polar media, iPod dock and alarm clock, windows which can be opened and private en suite bathroom.
Deck 5 – Double berth and sofa bed. Cabin comes with separate sleeping quarters, private en suite facilities with bathtub, writing desk, excellent storage, iPad with access to various Polar media, iPod dock and speaker system for main room, windows that overlooks bow and can be opened.
The Akademik Sergey Vavilov boast excellent facilities usually only found on expedition ships and has built up an outstanding reputation for value.
The on board facilities include large Dining Room, Bar/Lounge, Polar Library, excellent Presentation Room, Spa, Gym, Sauna, Multimedia Center – computer with DVDand CD burners and printer.
The Vavilov also offers a wellness program on board which includes yoga sessions, massage therapist, daily meditation and healthy food prepared by the on board expert chefs.
Deck space is excellent throughout the ship and the captain operates an open bridge so you get the epic views from above.
Like the public areas, the cabins are light, spacious and comfortable.
Each cabin comes with an outward facing window or porthole, great storage space, private en suite or shared bathroom, writing desk with chair and memory foam toppers on the mattresses. The suites come with more facilities.
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$180 per person on average – camping info
$795 per person on average - selected itineraries
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Hiking and snowshoeing
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Polar Plunge and Zodiac Trip
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