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An ocean of icebergs.
$9,095
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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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$13,095
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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
$14,195
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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?
$9,695
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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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Penguins on the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula
$19,095
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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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Polar bears lounge in the sun
$9,595
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Classic Northwest Passage and Greenland - From Cambridge Bay to Kangerlussuaq

13 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov
  • Explore remarkable wildlife sites
  • Look for seals and polar bears
  • Visit an migratory bird sanctuary
  • Approach to Jacobshavn Icefjord
Activities: Adventure Options, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
During this 13-day expedition observe spectacular glacial landscapes, encounter outstanding Arctic wildlife, tour historic locations, visit remote Inuit communities, and explorecolorful Greenlandic villages.This iconic voyage aboard the Akademik Sergey Vavilov,explores Canada's remote Northwest …
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An elephant seal trumpets in the midst of King Penguin chicks
$8,695
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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
$11,195
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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
$10,595
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South Georgia - In Depth

17 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov
  • Explore historic Stanley
  • Observe astonishing wildlife
  • Travel with polar experts
  • Visit Drygalski Fjord
Activities: Adventure Options, Fly Cruise, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Indulge in an in-depth exploration of the remote island of South Georgia, called ‘the greatest wildlife show on earth’. This particular departure is timed to coincide with the arrival of spring, a time of intense wildlife activity. Spend eight full days exploring South Georgia. November …
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South Georgia Island, Shackleton walk
$10,295
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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
$5,895
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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.
$8,095
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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 the next nine nights, sail out of Isfjorden (Ice Fjord) and begin your polar exploration down the west coast and around …
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Mingling with the locals in the Falkland Islands
$9,895
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The Falklands and South Georgia In-Depth

15 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov
  • Begin your adventure in Stanley
  • Explore Salisbury Plain
  • Visit king penguin rookeries
  • Discover old whaling stations
Activities: Adventure Options, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Journey to the jewels of the South Atlantic Ocean on this 15-day Falkand Islands and South Georgia cruise. 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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Kayaking through the icy waters.
$6,695
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West Greenland and Baffin Island Explorer

11 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov
  • See spectacular glacial landscapes
  • Discover Ilulissat icefjord
  • Enjoy the unique Arctic wildlife
  • Visit remote Inuit communities
Activities: Adventure Options, Hiking, Kayaking, Village Visit, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
This outstanding voyage explores the icy landscapes and colorful fishing villages of western Greenland before crossing the Davis Strait to witness the stunning fjords and soaring peaks of Baffin Island. Throughout your journey be constantly on the lookout for wildlife - including a variety of bird …
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2018
EmbarksDays 
Aug 2413Classic Northwest Passage and Greenland - From Cambridge Bay to Kangerlussuaq
Sep 0511West Greenland and Baffin Island Explorer
Nov 0315The Falklands and South Georgia In-Depth
Nov 1717South Georgia - In Depth
Dec 0311Antarctica - 'In Depth' (Extended Peninsula Voyage)
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 2711Antarctic Peninsula Adventure
Dec 0711Antarctica - 'In Depth' (Extended Peninsula Voyage)
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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