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The Akademik Sergey Vavilov Shared Lounge on the Vavilov Vavilov lounge Enjoy delicious wines with your meal. The One Ocean Suite. Relax in the luxurious sauna. Gym on the Akademik Vavilov Relax in the ship's hot tub
An ocean of icebergs.
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Antarctic Peninsula Adventure

11 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov
  • Explore the Gerlache coastline
  • Enjoy guided hikes on shore
  • Zodiac cruise among the ice
  • Camp on the Antarctic Peninsula
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Over 11 days visit classic landing locations along the Antarctica Peninsula and Gerlache Strait coastline, including Paradise Harbour, Neko Harbour, Cuverville Island and the Errera Channel, as well as gems such as the Melchior Islands, Fournier Bay, or northerly Cierva Cove and Mikkelson Harbour. …
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Camping in Antarctica
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Antarctica - 'Deep South'

14 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov
  • Hike along Paradise Harbour
  • Discover Petermann Island
  • Visit a working scientific base
  • Camp in the Antarctic
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
This special journey takes you further south than at any other time in the season. By flying to King George Island in Antarctica at the start of the voyage, you save two days on the ocean crossing. The time you save by flying south allows for a more substantial exploration below the Antarctic …
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Antarctica - 'Deep South' (Extended Circle Voyage)

12 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov
  • Encounter Antarctica's wildlife
  • Hike and explore Winter Island
  • Visit an Adelie penguin rookery
  • Sail south of the Antarctic Circle
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Fly Cruise, Hiking, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
This special 12-day journey aboard the Akademik Sergey Vavilov takes youfurther south than at any othertime in the season. By flying to King George Island in Antarcticaat the start of the voyage, you save two days on the oceancrossing. This allows for a moresubstantial exploration below …
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Camping in Antarctica
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Antarctica - 'Deep South' (Extended Circle Voyage)

14 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov
  • Hike along Paradise Harbour
  • Discover Petermann Island
  • Visit a working scientific base
  • Camp in the Antarctic
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Fly Cruise, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
This special journey takes you further south than at any other time in the season. By flying to King George Island in Antarctica at the start of the voyage, you save two days on the ocean crossing. The time you save by flying south allows for a more substantial exploration below the Antarctic …
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Kayakers -- see the Weddell seal to the left?
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Antarctica - 'In Depth' (Extended Peninsula Voyage)

11 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov
  • Admire Gerlache Strait's wildlife
  • Visit incredible wildlife colonies
  • Observe whales at Wilhelmina Bay
  • Hike around Paradise Harbour
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Fly Cruise, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
In early December, Antarctica’s snow and ice is in pristine condition, the penguin rookeries are busy with parents guarding precious eggs, and in some locations, you can witness nature at its very best – observing young penguin chicks emerging into the icy Antarctic world for the first …
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Antarctica – 'In Depth'

Circle Crossing Voyage - 11 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov
  • Encounter Antarctica's wildlife
  • Hike and explore Winter Island
  • Admire Gerlache Strait's wildlife
  • Sail south of the Antarctic Circle
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Fly Cruise, Hiking, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
In early December, Antarctica’s snow and ice are in pristine condition, the penguin rookeries are busy with parents guarding precious eggs, and in some locations, you can witness nature at its very best – observing young penguin chicks emerging into the icy Antarctic world for the first …
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Penguins on the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula
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Antarctica, South Georgia + Falkland Islands

20 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov
  • Discover Southerly Petermann Island
  • Visit an active research base
  • Hike to ‘Neptune’s Window’
  • Explore Grytviken's museum
Activities: Adventure Options, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Explore incredible Antarctica, and the sub-Antarctic Falkland and South Georgia Islands. Encounter a spectacular proliferation of unique wildlife and birdlife on your journey – there are penguin rookeries with more than 100,000 nesting birds, albatrosses, and the beaches are covered in fur …
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Penguin photo opp in Antarctica
$15,995
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Christmas in Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands

17 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov
  • Enjoy a full range of shore visits
  • Zodiac cruise among the ice
  • Visit penguin rookeries
  • Explore South Georgia's coastline
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Fly Cruise, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Join the Akademik Sergey Vavilov crew for a memorable Chirstmas celebration in Antarctica. At this time of the season you can enjoyextended daylight hours, busy wildlife colonies, and as the sea ice continues to break up, yourrange of landing sites expands even further. Start your 17-day expedition …
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An elephant seal peeks out of the water around South Georgia
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Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctica

18 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov
  • Land at Sea Lion Island
  • Discover South Georgia´s beaches
  • Zodiac cruise, hike, and kayak
  • Explore the Peninsula´s bays
Activities: Adventure Options, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Board the well-appointed Akademik Sergey Vavilov as you embark on this far-reaching expedition to the islands of the South Atlantic Ocean and to the Antarctic mainland. Enjoy 18 days of awe-inspiring exploration in the incredible Antarctic, and the sub-Antarctic Falkland and South Georgia …
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An elephant seal trumpets in the midst of King Penguin chicks
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Marine Mammals of Antarctica

11 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov
  • Cross the Drake Passage by ship
  • Explore the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Observe three species of seals
  • Cruise the Bransfield Strait
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Year after year, as the Antarctic summer comes to a close, the marine mammals come to life! Penguin chicks are almost fully grown and quickly shedding their downy coats in preparation to take to the sea before the long winter. March is a time of great activity in and under the water where you can …
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Kayaking close to the seal
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Quest for the Antarctic Circle

12 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov
  • Visit snowy King George Island
  • Sail south of the Antarctic Circle
  • Explore the continent´s coastline
  • Encounter Adelie penguin rookeries
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Fly Cruise, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Explore the historic White Continent on this 11-day small ship Antarctica cruise. Begin your journey in Punta Arenas and fly to Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands to embark Akademik Sergey Vavilov. Set sail for the Drake Passage, King George Island, and legendary Antarctica, itself. As you …
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South Georgia Island, Shackleton walk
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South Georgia In-Depth: Photography Symposium

15 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov
  • Navigate into King Haakon Bay
  • Explore Salisbury Plain
  • See Fortuna Bay's wildlife
  • Visit massive penguin colonies
Activities: Adventure Options, Hiking, Photography Seminars, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Journey to the jewels of the South Atlantic Ocean on this 15-day South Georgia cruise and Photography Symposium. Incredibly remote and wild, the islands are home to an abundance of wildlife. Called 'the most staggering wildlife show on earth,' the islands delight their guests with pristine …
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A baby cub follows its mother across the Arctic ice
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Spitsbergen Encounter

10 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov
  • Explore stunning historic locations
  • Admire the sublime Arctic scenery
  • Sail along the polar pack ice edge
  • Visit a walrus colony
Activities: Adventure Options, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Board the Akademik Sergey Vavilov for a 10-day expedition exploring Spitsbergen and the Svalbard Archipelago - regions rich in wildlife and birdlife, glaciology, and history. From the moment the ship's lines are thrown, enter into the land of the polar bear, beluga whale, walrus, and reindeer. …
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Zodiac tour to see glacier and the arctic landscape.
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Spitsbergen Explorer

12 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov
  • See polar bears
  • Access Svalbard's sites
  • Enjoy a hike to Ingebrigstenbukta
  • Discover Phippsoya
Activities: Hiking, Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Begin your exploration of the Svalbard archipelago in Longyearbyen, capital city of this Norwegian Territory. Following embarkation of the Akademik Sergey Vavilov, your home for thetwelve days, sail out of Isfjorden (Ice Fjord) and begin your polar exploration down the west coast and around the …
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Kayaking the polar waters
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The Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctica

19 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov
  • Visit rockhopper penguin rookeries
  • Explore South Georgia's deep bays
  • Sail among large icebergs
  • Look for leopard seals
Activities: Adventure Options, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Spend your days exploring on shore in the company of expert guides, cruising in inflatable Zodiac boats, enjoying long hikes, or kayaking in Antarctica's icy waterways.This 19-day voyage startsin South America, with aflight fromPunta Arenas, Chile,to the FalklandIslands, saving a full day of …
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Antarctica: Hanging with the Penguins
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Ultimate Antarctica - Weddell Sea and the Falkland Islands

13 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov
  • Explore the Gerlache coastline
  • Cruise the Errera Channel
  • Navigate in to the Weddell Sea
  • Visit a chinstrap penguin colony
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Fly Cruise, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Chart a course through the Drake Passage on your way across the Weddell Sea, the ice-choked region made famous by the saga of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men from the Endurance Expedition. Spend several days exploring the South Shetland Islands, the western and northern sections of the Antarctic …
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Icebergs reflected in Antarctica's Paradise Bay
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Ultimate Christmas in Antarctica

12 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov
  • Explore the Gerlache coastline
  • Zodiac cruise among icebergs
  • Camp on Antarctica's coastline
  • Visit volcanic Deception Island
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Fly Cruise, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
This exciting 12-day Christmas expedition provides great diversity and will appeal to those seeking the complete Antarctic experience. It includes the South Shetland Islands, the western and northern sections of the Antarctic Peninsula, the stunning Weddell Sea region located on the eastern side of …
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2018
EmbarksDays 
Dec 1317Christmas in Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands
Dec 2912Quest for the Antarctic Circle
2019
EmbarksDays 
Jan 0814Antarctica - 'Deep South' (Extended Circle Voyage)
Jan 2120Antarctica, South Georgia + Falkland Islands
Feb 0912Quest for the Antarctic Circle
Feb 1912Antarctica - 'Deep South' (Extended Circle Voyage)
Mar 0311Marine Mammals of Antarctica
Mar 2311Marine Mammals of Antarctica
Jun 0812Spitsbergen Explorer
Jun 1910Spitsbergen Encounter
Jun 2810Spitsbergen Encounter
Jul 0712Spitsbergen Explorer
Oct 2615South Georgia In-Depth: Photography Symposium
Nov 0919The Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctica
Nov 2711Antarctic Peninsula Adventure
Dec 0711Antarctica - 'In Depth' (Extended Peninsula Voyage)
Dec 1712Ultimate Christmas in Antarctica
Dec 2818Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctica
2020
EmbarksDays 
Jan 2013Ultimate Antarctica - Weddell Sea and the Falkland Islands
Feb 0112Quest for the Antarctic Circle
Feb 1111Antarctica – 'In Depth'
Feb 2114Antarctica - 'Deep South'
Mar 0511Marine Mammals of Antarctica
Passengers: 110
Ship Type: Research Ship

The Akademik Sergey Vavilov is widely recognized as the best expedition-style cruise vessel operating in Polar waters. She's a well-equipped, ice-rated ship capable of carrying up to 118 passengers, although normally carrying no more than 110 for extra comfort.

In terms of stability and speed, she is 'state of the art' and, while not luxurious, she's very comfortable and kept in top condition.

As a working scientific research vessel, the ship is the ideal platform from Antarctica travel and Arctic cruises. All the equipment needed for exploring, from zodiac landing craft to kayaks and camping gear is provided on board. Your expedition ship even carries snowshoes.

Cabin Accommodations
All cabins feature outside windows allowing ample natural light to filter in. Cabins all have lower berths (triple share cabins have one upper/lower bunk scenario and feature port holes). The Akademik Sergey Vavilov carries a maximum of just 92 guests – making for true, small-ship expedition cruising. This is particularly important in Antarctica where visitor guidelines dictate that no more than 100 people can be on shore at any one time. 

The ship's facilities include a bar, gift shop, gymnasium, infirmary, library, lounge, presentation room, sauna and swimming pool. Also included onboard is an elevator for easy access between all decks.

For communications, the ship carries an Immarsat telephone and fax equipment as well as a variety of shortwave, SSB, and VHF radio systems. She has fully current GMDSS (Global Marine Distress and Safety System) equipment. You will be in good hands aboard with your crew.

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
Main Deck Triple Cabins
Triple Share
Deck 3. Two lower berths (one which can be converted to a sofa during the day) and one upper berth. Shared facilities, in cabin washbasin, writing desk/chair, ample storage, and two portholes.
Twin Semi Private Cabins
Twin Semi-Private
Deck 4. Two lower berths (one which can be converted to a sofa during the day), a writing desk/chair, bookshelf and tall wardrobes with internal shelving for storage. Facilities are semi-private (one bathroom between two cabins) and all cabins have a window that can be opened.
Twin Private Cabins
Twin Private
Deck 3, 4 and 5. Two lower berths (one which can be converted to a sofa during the day), a writing desk/chair, bookshelf and tall wardrobes with internal shelving storage. Facilities are private and all cabins have a window that can be opened.
The Superior Cabins.
Superior
Deck 3. Two lower berths, a sofa, a writing desk/chair and ample storage. Facilities are private and all cabins have portholes that can be opened.
Shackleton Suites
Shackleton Suite
Deck 4 & 5. One double bed, one sofa bed, separate sleeping quarters, up-graded bedding, a writing desk/chair, IPod alarm clock, mini stereo, capsule coffee maker, mini bar. Private facilities. Large window that can be opened.
One Ocean Suite
One Ocean Suite
Deck 5. One double bed, one sofa bed & separate sleeping quarters, up-graded bedding, a writing desk/chair, IPod alarm clock, mini stereo, capsule coffee maker, mini bar. Private facilities with tub. Windows overlooking the bow.
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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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