Akademik Sergey Vavilov 2017-01-11T10:21:33+00:00

About the Akademic Sergey Vavilov

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 bridge set 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 wildlife watching. You are guaranteed many shore landings and activities when travelling on board.

Ship Specifications and Activites


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


Kayaking Option: $795 per person – optional on select itineraries.

Shore-Based Walking: Included in price.

Photography workshops: Included on select itineraries.

On Board Facilites

Public Area Facilites

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 Facilites

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.

You can read more about each cabin below the deck plan.

Ship Photos

Public Area Photos

Cabin Photos

Deck Plan and Cabin Information


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.

Prices and Itineraries

Below is a table detailing the Akademic Sergey Vavilov’s trips and prices for the 2017/18 season. All prices are per person and in US dollars. Please note that all prices are estimates only. Antarctica Guide do not sell tours, we simply provide impartial advice. If you would like an exact quote with our recommended specialist then please click here.

Per Person USD – Rates 2017-2018 Main Deck Triple Twin Semi-private Twin Private Superior Shackleton Suite Ocean Suite
South Georgia In Depth and Falklands – Nov 04 – Nov 18, 2017 (15 days)
$9,490 $11,490 $12,690 $13,490 $15,290 $16,990
Classic Antarctica Cruise – Dec 04 – Dec 15, 2017 (12 days)
$9,490 $11,490 $12,690 $13,490 $15,290 $16,990
Antarctica via South Georgia – Dec 14 – Dec 30, 2017 (17 days)
$9,690 $11,990 $12,690 $13,390 $14,690 $15,990
Antarctic Circle Cruise – Dec 30 – Jan 10, 2018 (12 days)
$10,690 $12,690 $13,690 $14,390 $15,790 $17,390
Epic Antarctica – Dec 30 – Jan 20, 2018 (22 days)
$15,290 $18,190 $19,890 $20,890 $22,990 $25,190
Weddell Sea Cruise Via Falklands – Jan 09 – Jan 20, 2018 (12 days)
$11,490 $13,690 $15,290 $16,190 $17,890 $19,490
Antarctica Circle Cruise – Jan 20 – Jan 31, 2018 (12 days)
$10,690 $12,690 $13,690 $14,390 $15,790 $17,390
Epic Antarctica – Jan 20 – Feb 10, 2018 (22 days)
$15,290 $18,190 $19,890 $20,890 $22,990 $25,190
Weddell Sea Cruise Via Falklands – Jan 30 – Feb 10, 2018 (12 days)
$11,490 $13,690 $15,290 $16,190 $17,890 $19,490
Antarctica Deep South – Feb 20 – Mar 03, 2018 (12 days)
$11,490 $13,690 $15,290 $16,190 $17,890 $19,490
Classic Antarctica Cruise – Mar 03 – Mar 13, 2018 (11 days)
$8,290 $10,290 $11,290 $12,290 $13,390 $15,290
Classic Antarctica Cruise – Mar 23 – Apr 02, 2018 (11 days)
$8,290 $10,290 $11,290 $12,290 $13,390 $15,290

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