Antarctica - Off the Beaten Path« All Akademik Ioffe cruise options
|Dates||Deck + Cabin Type|
|Main Deck Triple||Twin Semi-Private||Twin Private||Superior||Shackleton Suite||One Ocean Suite|
|Nov 8 '13
|Optional Kayaking: $795
Optional Camping: Complimentary
- Standard twin cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.5 times the shared price, suites for 2 times the shared price.
Day 1 Embark in Ushuaia
Today is the first day of your adventure. As you board the One Ocean Navigator in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city at the tip of Argentina, and start to become familiar with your home for the next 13 days you cannot help but wonder about the exciting journey ahead. In the early evening, set sail and begin your voyage leaving behind Ushuaia and charting a course through the Beagle Channel.
Days 2-3 Drake Passage
Crossing the Drake Passage, there is so much excitement in the air as you make your way ever closer to the white continent. Guests eagerly soak up the friendly atmosphere onboard, as numerous Polar experts and educational professionals prepare you for your adventures with presentations and courses on everything Antarctic, from wildlife and history, to first aid and snow safety. Eventually, cross the Antarctic Convergence where you will notice a distinct drop in temperature as you enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean. Along the way, witness many spectacular sights from icebergs to an array of seabirds and even several whale species some of which are known on occasion to breach from the sea.
Days 4-10 Antarctic Peninsula
In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, take as much time as possible to explore by inflatable Zodiacs to incorporate the expedition goals and marvel up close at nature’s glory. Planned excursions may include Neko Harbour, Wilhelmina Bay and the southerly Petermann Island, where you will observe Weddell, crabeater and elephant seals, skuas and other seabirds as well as a shocking abundance of penguins including some very large colonies of the comical Adélie penguin.
Amongst these varied landing sites and extraordinary bays for cruising, find ourselves delving into expedition field photography program as well as the hiking, snow shoeing, sea kayaking, cross country skiing and mountaineering/ski touring. Using the weather as our guide, endeavor to extend yourselves beyond the standard limits of expedition cruising itineraries. With a flexible hospitality team you are able to spend more time onshore in a chosen environment to meet all of your expeditionary goals.
Once alongside the peninsula plan to launch for an overnight kayaking experience. After packing the kayaks with the necessary gear for this adventure leave the ship and paddle into a chosen
destination. Once you land expect to spend about 2/3 hours stretching legs and exploring. Some may ascend to a walk-able summit to take in the views, and massive icebergs in every direction. You will also look for a possible campsite and assemble tents for the wonderful experience of overnight kayak camping in Antarctica.
The next morning pack the gear, jump into the kayaks and paddle for a few hours before rejoining the fellow travelers on board the ship. Specifics for the mountaineering and ski touring program will also depend on weather and avalanche safety. With a focus on the experience rather than the number of penguins seen, you have the flexibility to take your time to launch outdoor pursuits in the right area for the required length of duration.
Days 11-12 Drake Passage
As you leave this magical place and make your way north, heading again across the Antarctic
Convergence and the Drake Passage before rounding Cape Horn, no doubt that time will be spent sharing and reflecting on the wonderful experiences of the last few days. This sailing time is optimal for reviewing your newfound ‘field photography’ skills and learning more from our onboard presentation staff and educational experts. Sailing up the Beagle Channel, celebrate the conclusion of your Polar expedition with a special dinner onboard.
Day 13 Disembark in Ushuaia
In the early morning, arrive back in Ushuaia. It is time to say farewell to your crew and fellow
travelers. Guests will be transported to their hotels or to the airport for return flights home.
Itinerary NotesSpecial Adventure Activities
Sea Kayaking – pre-booked option, fee of $750 US
Overnight Sea Kayaking – pre-booked option for those already enrolled in the standard sea kayak program. Additional fee of $300 US, sea kayak and camping experience is necessary and participation in this option is dependent upon OOE Sea Kayak Guide approval onboard.
Mountaineering/Ski Touring – pre-booked option, fee of $750 US, experience essential and participation in this option is dependent upon OOE Mountaineering/Ski Touring Guide approval onboard. Gear is not provided by OOE. Please review the required gear list prior to departure.
Snowshoeing – pre-booked option, fee of $45 US, gear is provided.
Expedition Field Photography - pre-booked option, fee of $45 US.
Overnight Camping - no pre-booking necessary, no additional fee, gear is provided
Hiking - no pre-booking necessary, no additional fee
Deposit & Payment
Initial deposit is $1700 for Antarctic Voyages, $2100 for Arctic Voyages, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at: https://www.adventure-life.com/forms/fourways.php
Final payment is due 100 days prior to departure.
Final payment by bank transfer, check or Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or Amex. Credit Card payments subject to 3% convenience fee and maximum $15,000 charge.
Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 100 days prior to departure.
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|Days Prior to departure||Fee|
|91 days or more||Full deposit|
|90 days or less||100% trip cost|
- Ship Highlights
- Passengers : 96
Designed for polar research, the Akademik Ioffe is modern, comfortable, safe and ice-strengthened. From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, she has public spaces onboard ideally 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. Enjoy the sumptuous meals prepared for you by the culinary team in the dining room, which can host all clients in a single seating.
Comfort and Stability
Designed and built as a scientific research vessel in Finland, the Akademik Ioffe is very stable, quiet and comfortable. Refitting and refurbishment over the last five years oriented towards her role as an expedition cruise vessel has improved the comfort and caliber of the facilities aboard the ship.
There is little if any ambient noise from engines or machinery and with most of the public spaces on a separate deck from the majority of the cabins there is little issue with passenger-generated noise.
Vessel stabilization is gained through a combination of external stabilizers on her hull and a built-in ballast trimming system. The rapid transfer of ballast between special trimming tanks reduces vessel motion and coupled with a modern hull design gives us a stable platform for science and exploration.
All cabins are comfortable and well appointed with private or semi-private facilities and a variety of beds (either bunks or double). All cabins have ample storage facilities and a writing desk and chair, as well as bathrobes. Suites feature upgraded linens/duvets, toiletry kits and arrival gift baskets.
Located aft of the lobby on the main deck and with a seating capacity of about 25 and/or sufficient standing room for many more, the bar becomes one of the activity hubs on the ship. With outside views through portholes and a door out onto the main deck, the bar is a comfortable place to enjoy a fresh fruit smoothie before breakfast, grab a bottle of water before an excursion or enjoy a cocktail before dinner. A stereo with MP3 player dock and a monitor showing live video footage of the view forward from the bridge at all times can be found in the bar.
The ship’s bridge is located on Deck 6 and is open to passengers virtually 24-hours a day. The officer on watch and a helmsman can always be found on duty on the bridge and it is also the best place to meet the master of the vessel. 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.
In addition, the bridge is an excellent place to sightsee and view wildlife from. 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.
During select breakfasts during your voyage, join the dining room for an omelet bar. With buffet breakfasts, buffet and/or plated lunches and plated dinners, the dining room can seat all passengers in one sitting. Attractively lit and comfortably furnished, it is served by our ship’s stewards. A culinary team includes three chefs as well as up to three culinary students on each journey.
To keep up to date with the view from the bridge, live streaming video can be viewed on a television screen in the dining room during meals. A small lounge can be found in the forward part of the dining room along with a small bar used during meal service.
Sauna and Polar Plunge Pool
Top Deck and Observatory
Registered name: Akademik Ioffe
Built: 1989, Rama, Finland
Length: 117 m
Breadth: 18.2 m
Draft: 6 m
Power: twin engine, 5,000Kw diesel, twin propeller
Maximum speed: 14.5 knots
Crew and staff: 56
|Main Deck Triple|
Deck 3, bunk beds and a sofa bed. Shared facilities, in cabin washbasin, writing desk/chair, ample storage, bathrobes & porthole.
Deck 4, one lower berth and one sofa bed, a writing desk and ample storage. Semi-private facilities (one bathroom between two cabins). Opening window.
Deck 4 and 5. All cabins have two lower berths, a writing desk/chair and ample storage. Facilities are private and all cabins have a window.
Deck 6 these cabins have two lower berths, a sofa, a writing desk/chair and ample storage. Facilities are private and all cabins have a window.
Deck 4 & 5, 1 double berth, 1 sofa bed, separate sleeping quarters, writing desk/chair, TV/DVD, IPod alarm clock. Private facilities, window & deluxe amenities.
|One Ocean Suite|
Deck 5, 1 double berth, 1 sofa bed & separate sleeping quarters, up-graded bedding, a writing desk/chair, TV/DVD, IPod station. Private facilities with tub. Windows overlooking the bow. Deluxe amenities.