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Sailing through the Arctic waters Akademik Shokalskiy ship photos Capitan Dining Room View the stunning aurora borealis from the deck of your expedition cruise ship Lecture hall of the Akademik Shokalskiy Cruising around icebergs in the Arctic Superior Room
Travelers trek across the arctic landscape.
$16,000
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East Antarctica: In the Wake of Mawson

27 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Shokalskiy
  • Explore remote East Antarctica
  • Experience Mawson's Hut
  • See penguins on Macquarie island
  • Zodiac cruise rugged coastlines
  • Pass the Antarctic Circle
Channel your inner explorer as you follow in the footsteps of Sir Douglas Mawson on this 27-day expedition cruise into the heart of East Antarctica. Along the way, visit Subantarctic islands, bird and wildlife watch, and discover relics of Mawson's early expedition.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctica, New Zealand, South Pacific, Auckland Islands, Campbell Island, Commonwealth Bay Antarctica, Invercargill, Macquarie Island, Port of Bluff, The Snares
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Albatrosses squack at the sky.
$22,300
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In the Wake of Scott & Shackleton

30 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Shokalskiy
  • Visit the Ross Sea region
  • Experience nature on a grand scale
  • View relics of early exploration
  • Observe penguins, seals, and whales
Embark the Akademik Shokalskiy for an unforgettable 30-day Antarctica expedition cruise. Discover one of the most fascinating and remote places on the planet. Guided by expert naturalists and skilled navigators, explore the frozen landscapes and observe the wildlife that calls Antarctica home.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctica, New Zealand, Ross Sea, South Pacific, Auckland Islands, Campbell Island, Christchurch, Invercargill, Macquarie Island, Port of Bluff, The Snares
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Hike along the coastal Russian mountains
$19,800
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Northeast Passage: The Northern Sea Route

28 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Shokalskiy
  • Be part of a history-making voyage
  • Cruise between the Pacific & Arctic
  • Encounter Arctic wildlife
  • View archaeological sites
  • Journey to remote islands
Few expedition vessels have ever transited the route through the Northwest Passage. Be a part of history as you explore remote and uninhabited islands, encounter abundant Arctic wildlife, enjoy the hospitality and culture of indigenous peoples, and learn about early exploration attempts on this 28-day voyage.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Arctic, Asia, Canada, Eastern Europe, Europe, Greenland, Iceland, North America, Norway, Russia, Scandinavia, Svalbard, Western Europe, Anadyr, Cape Dezhnev, East Siberian Sea, Franz Josef Land, Kolyuchin Islands, New Siberian Islands, Severnaya Zemlya, Uelen Village, Whale Bone Alley, Wrangel Island
Cruise Details
Passengers: 48
Ship Type: Research Ship

This classic ice-strengthened ship was built in 1984 specifically for research in the polar region. As the sister to the Spirit of Enderby, it is an ideal vessel for Antarctic expeditions. Recently refurbished with capacity for just 48 passengers, it provides comfortable accommodations in an intimate atmosphere.

Cabins
All cabins have either private or shared facilities, ample storage space and portholes or windows that face outside. 

Onboard Amenities
You will also find a lounge area that includes a bar and library and a small lecture hall. In the dining area, you will enjoy meals prepared by some of the best chefs from Australia & New Zealand.

The Shokalskiy Experience
One thing that defines cruises aboard the Akademik Shokalskiy is the focus of onshore exploration. With a team of expert naturalist guides to accompany you, you'll have plenty of time to visit all of the unique Antarctic destinations and maximize your time. Your enthusiastic captain and crew will also make your stay one of a kind.

Specifications:
-Classification: Russian register KM ice class
-Year built: 1984
-Accommodation: 48 berths expedition
-Shipyard: Finland
-Main engines: power 2x1560 bhp (2x 1147 Kw)
-Register: Russia
-Maximum speed: 12 knots (2 engines),
-Cruising speed: 10 knots(one engine)
-Bunker capacity: 320 tons
Triple Cabin
Triple Main Deck Cabin
Have three beds, wardrobe, drawers, a desk, washbasin and porthole. The nearby showers and toilets are shared with other Main deck cabins.
Twin Cabin
Main deck cabins
Have two lower berths, wardrobe, drawers, a desk, washbasin and porthole. The nearby showers and toilets are shared with other Main deck cabins.
Superior Room
Superior cabins
Have bunks (an upper and lower berth), wardrobe, drawers, a desk, a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. These cabins have windows.
Twin Private Cabin
Superior Plus cabins
Have two lower berths, wardrobe, drawers, desk, a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. These cabins have windows.
Superior Cabin
Mini Suite
Have a separate bedroom with a double bed and a sofa in the lounge, wardrobe, drawers, a desk and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. The Mini Suites have windows.
Capitan
Heritage Suite
Has a large lounge area, a separate bedroom with double bed, writing desk, wardrobe, drawers. There is a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. There are large forward and side facing windows to allow great views.
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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