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Antarctica expedition cruises

Akademik Ioffe

The environmentally friendly Akademik Ioffe is modern, comfortable and ice strengthened with excellent public areas and facilities. It can accommodate 96 passengers on an expedition to Antarctica.

Class: Antarctic Category 1
Style: Polar expedition
Passengers: 96 maximum
Length: 384 ft
Cruising speed: 14 knots

Cabin prices: ££, £££, ££££

Introducing 'Akademik Ioffe'

The ship hosts 96 passengers and 65 staff and crew - one of the lightest pax:staff ratios in the industry and meets the latest marine environmental protocols. The ship's operators are pioneers in the area of environmental responsibility for expedition cruising.

The comfortable communal spaces include a lounge and bar with panoramic views, a library and dining room. A selection of movies and documentaries are available to watch in the lounge.

Other facilities include the theatre style presentation room - there are 8 or 9 experts onboard to deliver presentations on whales, birds, glaciers, geology, history, kayaking, photography - gift-shop, fitness room, massage room, hot water spa, sauna and plunge pool. There's also a dedicated expedition 'mud-room' where guests prepare for off-ship excursions.


On board 'Akademik Ioffe'

Cabins

Akademik Ioffe cabin One Ocean Suite

One Ocean Suite

Number of cabins of this type: 1

Bed configuration: double bed, plus sofa bed

Akademik Ioffe cabin Shackleton Suites

Shackleton Suites

Number of cabins of this type: 5

Bed configuration: double bed, plus sofa bed

Akademik Ioffe cabin Superior Cabins

Superior Cabins

Number of cabins of this type: 10

Bed configuration: twin beds only

Akademik Ioffe cabin Twin Private Cabins

Twin Private Cabins

Number of cabins of this type: 18

Bed configuration: twin beds only

Akademik Ioffe cabin Twin Semi Private

Twin Semi Private

Number of cabins of this type: 12

Bed configuration: twin beds only

Akademik Ioffe cabin Main Deck Triple

Main Deck Triple

Number of cabins of this type: 2

Bed configuration: twin beds, plus upper bed

Decks

Akademik Ioffe deck Deck 3

Deck 3

(Deck level: 4)

Akademik Ioffe deck Deck 4

Deck 4

(Deck level: 3)

Akademik Ioffe deck Deck 5

Deck 5

(Deck level: 2)

Akademik Ioffe deck Deck 6

Deck 6

(Deck level: 1)

Voyages in detail

Important

Everyone visiting Antarctica and the South Atlantic must recognise the obvious: that conditions can intervene at short notice and a voyage's planned itinerary must be altered. Make sure you read 'A very important note on published itineraries' in 'How to choose an Antarctic cruise'.

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Some of the sites that may be visited

Wilhelmina Bay

(planned for Day 5)

Wilhelmina Bay, discovered and named after the Queen of the Netherlands by Adrien de Gerlache’s Belgian Antarctic Expedition 1897 -99, when the latter made a valuable contribution to understanding the geography of the northwest coast of Graham Land. De Gerlache named the whole area Palmer Archipelago after the pioneering sealer and he himself was honoured with Gerlache Strait at the request of other expedition members. After sighting Alexander Island in February 1898 their ship became stuck in ice and they were forced to overwinter with great difficulty in the Bellingshausen Sea – the first men to do so in Antarctica. They eventually returned to Chile.

Kayaking in Wilhelmina Bay

      courtesy Antarctica XXI (Philip Stone)

Neko Harbour

(planned for Day 6)

Along the eastern side of Andvord Bay, the sheer ice cliffs lining the coast are interrupted by a tiny rocky point called Neko Harbour. This is an excellent place for ice-cliff viewing. Ground space is hard to find here but it does not stop a small colony of Gentoo penguins nesting a good distance up the cliff. If you follow them please don’t step in their short legged “websteps” as this will make their icy climb more difficult. Perhaps a last stop on mainland Antarctica but beware straying too far. Extreme care should be taken due not only to hidden glacier crevasses but also huge waves created by falling ice. Other wildlife includes Snowy sheathbill, Skuas and Kelp gull.

Deception Island

(planned for Day 8)

Deception Island is one of the most incredible islands on the planet. It is an active volcano in the South Shetland Islands, off the Antarctic Peninsula. Its unique landscape comprises barren volcanic slopes, steaming beaches and ash-layered glaciers. It has a distinctive horse-shoe shape with a large flooded caldera. This opens to the sea through a narrow channel at Neptune's Bellows, forming a natural sheltered harbour. It is one of the only places in the world where vessels can sail directly into the centre of a restless volcano.

It earned the name of 'Deception' from the concealed horsehoe-shaped harbour. The volcano beneath it was formed 10,000 years ago but erupts still in modern times, with fissures and cones in the late 60s and in 1970 that destroyed UK and Chilean scientific bases. Seismic activity was also detected in 1992 but no eruption occurred. This volcanic activity probably accounts for fewer glaciers on the island than on other islands in the area.

Telefon Bay is a small bay on the north-west coast of Port Foster, Deception Island, in the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica. It is surmounted by Telefon Ridge. The name appears on the chart of the French Antarctic Expedition under Charcot, 1908–10, and derives from the ship SS Telefon, which sat here awaiting repairs.

Points of interest include volcanic caldera, geothermal hot springs, scientific bases, extensive moss beds with the additional wildlife: Chinstrap penguin, Cape petrel, Antarctic fur seal, and Weddell seal, which is the most southerly of the Antarctic seals and lives mostly on fast ice.

  • Pool
  • Sauna
  • Medical room
  • Bridge
  • Chart room
  • Observation decks (two)
  • Dining room (with sufficient capacity for single seating)
  • Bar
  • Lounge
  • Library
  • Fitness room
  • Mud room
  • zodiacs
  • kayaking
  • skiing
  • hiking
  • educational nature presentations
  • camping (only on certain expeditions)

Maximum number of passengers

96

Naturalist guides

Crew members

65

Overall length (ft)

384

Cruising speed

14

Gross tonnage

6230

Draft

Other technical information

Launched: 1989 -- at Hollming Shipyards, Rauma, Finland
Length: 117 metres
Beam: 18.2 metres
Draught: 6 metres
Gross Tonnage: 6230
Speed (Max): 14.5 knots
Cruise Speed: 13.5 knots
Passengers: 96
Staff & Crew: 65
Zodiac Boats: 10 Zodiacs onboard
Electrical Supply: 220 Volts/European Pin
Hull Classification: Ice Strengthened
Ice Class: Lloyds 1A
Vessel Stability Internal 450t water ballasted stabilizer system
Bow Thrust: Bow thrusters + multi-directional stern thruster

This information has been provided by the boat operator and is subject to alteration

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Complete trips

An expedition cruise is only part of your complete trip. Discuss your ideas with us. Our well-travelled experts can arrange your international flights from the UK, and design all the other parts of your trip in Argentina, Chile or elsewhere to fit the exact dates of your cruise and the things you want to do, and to make the best use of your time and budget. There is no obligation until you are ready to go ahead.

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By booking your trip with us you also benefit from our 100% financial protection and the knowledge that if anything goes wrong, or your plans change, our friendly experienced and resourceful travel specialists are here to help you.

Special offers

Special offers are often available (some are very generous) but they may only be open for short periods. Contact us to find out which offers are available now.

Cruise Starts Ends Nights One Ocean Suite Shackleton Suites Superior Cabins Twin Private Cabins Twin Semi Private Main Deck Triple