General Information

photo of The Akademik Ioffe ship
The Akademik Ioffe

The Akademik Ioffe was built in Rama, Finland in 1989. Originally designed for polar research, the Ioffe is modern, stable, comfortable, and safe. Vessel stabilization is gained through a combination of external stabilizers on the hull and a built-in ballast trimming system, giving us a stable platform for science and exploration. The experienced captain and crew and an ice-strengthened hull provides an exceptionally safe combination for polar expedition cruising.

Refitting and refurbishment over the last five years have greatly improved the ship's facilities, providing comfortable accommodation for 96 passengers. From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, there are public spaces suited for each and every need. A separate bar and lounge, as well as a library, provide ideal places to sit and relax or catch up on some reading. A selection of movies and documentaries can also be watched in the lounge.

The bridge is always open to passengers and the decks are ideal for photography and wildlife watching. 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. 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. The top deck and its small observatory enjoy 360-degree views around the ship making it great place to enjoy calm sea days and spectacular Antarctic scenery.

Enjoy sumptuous meals in the dining room, which can host all passengers in a single seating, keeping us warm and full of energy for the next wildlife encounter. Other facilities include the theatre-style presentation room, fitness room, massage room, sauna, and plunge pool. Landings are made possible by a small fleet of Zodiacs with outboard motors.

Ship Specifications:

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Electrical Outlets

Cabins have 220V/50Hz European style electrical outlets.

Deckplan

Cabin Details Approximate Size Cabin Numbers
Triple with shared bath in hall Two lower berths and one upper berth (bunk bed and sofa bed), two portholes (one opens), sink. Shared facilities in hall are marked for men or women only. 80 sq. ft. 306, 327
Double with shared bath in hall Upper and lower berths (bunk bed), two portholes (one opens), sofa, sink. Shared facilities in hall are marked for men or women only. 80 sq. ft. 324-326, 307-314
Double with semi-private bath Two lower berths (one twin bed, one sofa bed), opening window, shared bathroom with shower between two cabins (private door from each). Pullman bed available as upper berth alternative to sofa bed. 106 sq. ft. 401, 403, 404, 406, 441, 443, 444, 446, 447, 449, 450, 452
Double with private bath Two lower berths (one twin bed, one sofa bed), opening window, bathroom with shower. Pullman bed available as upper berth alternative to sofa bed. 132 sq. ft. 407, 410, 411, 414, 415, 437, 440, 501, 506, 509, 510, 513, 514, 531, 532, 535, 536
Superior Double with private bath Two lower twin beds in one spacious room, opening window, sofa, bathroom with shower. 172 sq. ft. 601-610
Suite with private bath Two separate rooms: one with double bed and window plus adjacent bathroom with shower; the other room with sofa bed, coffeetable, refrigerator, TV, opening window. 190 sq. ft. 419, 422, 434, 516, 529
Luxury suite with private bath Two separate rooms: one with double bed and window (port side of ship) plus adjacent bathroom with bathtub; the other room with desk and chairs, sofa bed, coffeetable, bank of storage cabinets, refrigerator, TV, two opening windows (front side). 293 sq. ft. 521

All cabins have wardrobes, drawers, and other storage spaces; at least one desk and chair.

Akademik Ioffe deck plan
Note: Cabins are not drawn to exact size.

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