Akademik Sergey Vavilov: Ship Details and Overview


*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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Akademik Sergey Vavilov Ship Overview


  • Ship Type: Research Ship
  • Crew : 63
  • Passengers: 92
  • Length : 384
  • Speed : 14.5
  • Beam : 60
  • Draft : 20

Cabin Options

Triple Cabin (Deck 3)

Twin Semi-private (Deck 4)

Twin Private (Deck 3, 4 and 5)

Superior (Deck 3)

Shackleton Suite (Deck 4 and 5)

Ocean Suite (Deck 5)

On-Board Facilities

Public Area Facilities

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.

Cabin Facilities

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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Ship Photos

Activities Offered





$180 per person on average – camping info


$795 per person on average - selected itineraries


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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