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  Akademik Ioffe

Akademik Ioffe |
R/V Akademik Ioffe in the Frobisher Bay, Baffin island, Canada
Photograph by Victor Morozov. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)


Originally designed as a research vessel, the ship actually travels extremely quietly as acoustic research was to be done while it was cruising. She now takes passengers on Arctic Cruises and Antarctic cruises. This is great for passengers, as there little noise from engines or machines, allowing guests to enjoy the tranquility of the majestic scenery. The ship can reach 14.5 knots as a cruising speed but is also capable of going faster and can turn very quickly. Another notable aspect of the ship is the fact that it is extremely stable, a result of being designed to protect sensitive equipment from movement. The hull has also been strengthened specifically so and it can make its way through ice.

The ship cruises in the Arctic, and sail the Antarctic during the northern hemisphere winter. The main appeal of this cruise is to see some of the majestic ice formations and wildlife in the area

The vessel was originally built in the 1988 as a research ship.

The focus is not particularly on food on this ship, but the chef and crew on board ensure that passengers are well catered for, with a range of enjoyable meals. The dining room also is used as a lecture area.

On board there is a theatre-style presentation room, well equipped gym, swimming pool and sauna. There it is a bar to relax and have a drink. Foe excursions there are Zodiac landing craft and kayaks.

This is a smaller ship with just 55 cabins, and can cater fro up to 110 passengers. Cabins are functional and comfortable rather than luxurious. All the cabins have outside views with either a window or porthole.

Ship Summary
Built by:built in Scandinavia by the Russian Academy of Science
Date Completed:1988
Gross Tonnage:6450
Length:117 m
Width:18.28 m