Antarctica expedition cruises

Akademik Sergey Vavilov

Akademik Sergey Vavilov was originally built in Finland to provide a stable, quiet platform for Russian marine research. Converted for expedition cruising she offers good stability and manoeuvrability, plenty of deck and lounge space, good sized cabins, and an excellent team of crew and guides.

Class: Antarctic Category 1
Style: Polar expedition
Passengers: 92 maximum
Length: 384 ft
Cruising speed: 14 knots

Cabin prices: ££, £££, ££££

Introducing 'Akademik Sergey Vavilov'

The Akademik Sergey Vavilov can accommodate a maximum of 92 guests and meets the latest marine environmental protocols. There are six different cabin categories ranging from triple cabins with shared bathrooms to suites.

There are plenty of social spaces on board including a dining room, which can host all passengers in a single seating, library and a lounge and bar with panoramic views. Other facilities include the theatre style presentation room, gift-shop, fitness room, medical clinic, 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 Sergey Vavilov'


Akademik Sergey Vavilov cabin One Ocean Suite

One Ocean Suite

Number of cabins of this type: 1

Bed configuration: double bed, plus sofa bed

Akademik Sergey Vavilov cabin Shackleton Suites

Shackleton Suites

Number of cabins of this type: 5

Bed configuration: double bed, plus sofa bed

Akademik Sergey Vavilov cabin Superior cabin

Superior cabin

Number of cabins of this type: 3

Bed configuration: twin beds only

Akademik Sergey Vavilov cabin Twin private cabins (private washroom)

Twin private cabins (private washroom)

Number of cabins of this type: 20

Bed configuration: twin beds only

Akademik Sergey Vavilov cabin Twin semi private (shared washroom with adjacent c

Twin semi private (shared washroom with adjacent c

Number of cabins of this type: 12

Bed configuration: twin beds only

Akademik Sergey Vavilov cabin Main deck triple cabin (shared washroom)

Main deck triple cabin (shared washroom)

Number of cabins of this type: 2

Bed configuration: twin beds, plus sofa bed


Akademik Sergey Vavilov deck Deck 3

Deck 3

(Deck level: 4)

Akademik Sergey Vavilov deck Deck 4

Deck 4

(Deck level: 3)

Akademik Sergey Vavilov deck Deck 5

Deck 5

(Deck level: 2)

Akademik Sergey Vavilov deck Deck 6

Deck 6

(Deck level: 1)

Voyages in detail


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)

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.

  • Comfortable Bar
  • Bridge
  • Communications
  • Dining Room
  • Fitness and Fitness Room
  • Gift Shop
  • Wellness Centre
  • Presentation Room
  • Top Deck and Observatory
  • Multimedia Room
  • Massage room
  • Plunge pool
  • Hot water spa
  • wildlife identification
  • sea kayaking
  • educational talks and presentations on ornithology, marine biology, geology and history
  • fitness and yoga classes
  • trekking and hiking
  • whale watching
  • zodiac cruising
  • snowshoeing

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Naturalist guides

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Other technical information

  • Launched: 1988 -- 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: 92
  • 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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Special offers

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Cruise Starts Ends Nights One Ocean Suite Shackleton Suites Superior cabin Twin private cabins (private washroom) Twin semi private (shared washroom with adjacent c Main deck triple cabin (shared washroom)