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Akademik Ioffe / Akademik Sergey Vavilov

Ship Overview

Operated by: One Ocean Expeditions

Akademiks Ioffe and Sergey Vavilov are purpose built oceanographic vessels featuring complex internal stabilisers and powerful engines and accommodate just 96 guests. Combined with multi-pitch propulsion and bow and stern thrusters these vessels offer exceptional maneuverability. Expansive observation decks featuring 360 degree views make them the perfect platform for operation in Antarctica and the High Arctic.

Although built as research vessels, both ships offer modern conveniences, are comfortable, safe and ice strengthened (rated Lloyds 1A). From small group sessions to briefings for all expeditioners, there are public spaces onboard ideally suited for each and every need.

A separate lounge and bar, 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 sumptuous meals prepared by the culinary team are enjoyed in the dining room, which can host all passengers in a single seating and will keep you feeling healthy and strong for the myriad activities offered throughout the voyage.

Other facilities include the theatre-style presentation room, gift-shop, fitness room, massage room, hot water spa, sauna and plunge pool. There’s also a dedicated expedition ‘mud-room’ where you prepare for your off-ship excursions.

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Key Facts

384 Feet / 117 Metres
60 Feet
14 Knots
Passenger Decks
Room Grades

One Ocean Suite

SIZE:28m2 / 300sqftSLEEPS:2

Located on deck 5 the One Ocean Suite is separated into two very spacious rooms. A large lounge is perfect for relaxation and features a sofa (convertible to a bed), large table, writing desk, ample storage, plus pictures windows overlooking the bow (forward facing) that can be opened. The separate bedroom features a double bed with upgraded linen/ pillows, night light, and windows over the port side of the ship. The en suite has a bathtub and shower. There is also a region specific iPad, mini stereo, capsule coffee maker, fully stocked mini bar, iPod alarm clock with audio line and several arms chairs.

Shackleton Suite

SIZE:19m2 / 200sqftSLEEPS:2

Located on decks 4 and 5, Shackleton Suites are separated into two rooms, one that is ideal for relaxation with a sofa (convertible to a bed), large table, writing desk, chair, ample storage and a large window that can be opened. A separate private bedroom has a double bed with upgraded linen/pillows, night light, private en suite, iPad loaded with region specific material, mini stereo, capsule coffee maker, fully stocked mini bar, iPod alarm clock with audio line.

Superior Cabin

SIZE:17m2 / 180sqftSLEEPS:2

Superior cabins are located on deck 6 and feature twin beds, a sofa, writing desk and chair, ample storage and private en suite facilities. All Superior cabins have a window that can be opened. These cabins provide great access to the outer observation decks and the ship'™s bridge.

Twin Private Cabin

SIZE:13m2 / 135sqftSLEEPS:2

Located on decks 4 and 5 these well-appointed cabins feature twin beds (one which can be converted to a sofa during the day), with private en suite. There are tall wardrobes with internal shelving for storage, a writing desk, chair, bookshelf, and a window that can be opened.

Twin Private Cabin

Twin Semi Private

SIZE:10m2 / 110sqftSLEEPS:2

Located on deck 4 these cabins have twin beds, one of which can be converted to a sofa during the day. These cabins have tall wardrobes with internal shelving for storage, a writing desk, chair, bookshelf, and a window that can be opened. Facilities are semi-private, meaning you share bathroom facilities with the adjacent cabin.

Twin Semi Private

Main Deck Triple

SIZE:8m2 / 90sqftSLEEPS:3

Located on deck 3, these cabins feature twin lower beds and one upper single berth. One lower berth can be converted to a comfortable sofa during the day. Bathroom facilities are shared. There is a washbasin in the cabin, a writing desk and chair and ample storage for all cabin occupants. These cabins are efficient and well-appointed with two portholes with the option to open one. One triple cabin is reserved for female guests, the other is for male guests. Triple cabins can also be booked by groups of three travelling together.

Main Deck Triple

The exciting schedule of onshore excursions, zodiac cruises and onboard activities are guaranteed to work up a serious appetite. Although the ship operates in some of the most remote locations in the world, you can expect an exceptional variety of tasty meals, prepared by a team of professional international chefs. 

Breakfasts are usually buffet style. Lunches offer a great choice of light meals - as well as more substantial options for those who are hungry - and each evening there is a hearty three-course meal offering both variety and choice. There’s also an excellent wine list featuring a range of international wines. You can get a cup of tea or coffee at any time of the day or night and afternoon tea with cakes and biscuits is available every day. Guests with dietary restrictions or special meal requirements are also well catered for.


Right across the ship there are spaces ideally suited to every need. Spacious outer decks provide 360 degree views of the stunning polar landscapes - as well as a great place for an outdoor barbecue, which usually happens once on every voyage. Inside there are comfortable presentation spaces for lectures and film screenings and there’s a multimedia computer lab with several large screen workstations where guests can download and back up photos.

There is an open-bridge policy and guests are welcome to meet the navigating crew at virtually any time of day; there’s always something to learn from the officers on watch and the bridge is one of the best places on the ship for spotting whales and sea birds.

Throughout the expedition, a fleet of ten heavy duty Mark V Zodiacs paired with Yamaha 60HP four-stroke engines are skillfully driven by a fully qualified driver/guide and used for shore excursions and exploration. Stand up paddle boards and kayaks are also featured on selected expeditions. On every voyage there is a ‘Photographer in Residence’ to help you get the most out of photographic opportunities throughout your expedition.

A journey to the Polar regions requires a fair bit of planning and some special items of clothing and equipment are needed. You will have use of an expedition wet weather gear package free of charge, which includes a quality waterproof/windproof jacket and bib-pants as well as insulated, comfortable rubber boots designed for extended walking. There's also a set of expedition binoculars and a walking pole in your kit. This saves you buying expensive items you may only ever use once and eliminates the need to carry such cumbersome gear all the way to the ship. If you do have your own gear, of course you are welcome to bring it. Make sure it is wind and waterproof.