Why we like the Akademik Shokalskiy cruise ship

  • A legendary ice-strengthened ship renowned as much for her popularity amongst past travellers as for her manoeuvrability
  • Travelling to remote areas with only 48 people on board, The Shokalskiy embodies the true spirit of expedition cruising
  • Explore some of The Arctic’s least travelled places accompanied by world renowned polar specialists who make up the expeditionary staff
  • Typically attracting an international clientele of like minded adventurous travellers makes for stimulating conversations at meal times

Trips aboard Akademik Shokalskiy

Terra Incognita: The Northeast Passage

An odyssey from Anadyr to Murmansk - retrace the route of legendary explorer Nordenskiöld across the top of Russia. Navigate narrow fjords, search for unique wildlife, glimpse into the past and experience the warmth of Arctic hospitality in local villages…

  • 27 Days
  • $21,900
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Loli says

The ship has lots of outside space and a really informal feel. We had cocktails on the bow deck and with a small group of crew and passengers, we all got to know each other really well.

Loli Figueroa Polar Specialist

Technical Specifications

  • ​Passenger capacity: 48 passengers
  • Ice​ class rating: RMRS UL
  • Size​: 71.06m long x 12.82m wide
  • Built: 1982

Cabin Categories

Captain's Suite

  • Large lounge area, writing desk, wardrobe, drawers
  • Separate bedroom with double bed
  • Large windows facing forward and to the side to allow great views
  • Private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin

Mini Suite

  • Large lounge area, writing desk, wardrobe, drawers
  • Separate bedroom with double bed
  • Windows
  • Private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin
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Superior Plus

  • Two lower berths
  • Wardrobe, drawers, writing desk
  • Windows
  • Private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin
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  • Bunk beds (upper and lower berth)
  • Wardrobe, drawers, writing desk
  • Windows
  • Private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin

Main Deck Porthole

  • Two lower berths
  • Wardrobe, drawers, writing desk
  • Washbasin with nearby shared toilets and showers
  • Porthole window
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Deck Plan

Onboard Communications & Facilities

If whilst in the Arctic you wish to stay in touch, there are a number of options to choose from:

  • Email: You can set up a personal email address on board for $10, enabling you to send and receive emails using your laptop in the bar area. Each email you send and receive will be charged to your onboard account. You will only be able to receive plain text emails and will be unable to access your own personal email or the internet in general. Attachments are billed in whole megabits, one megabit is US$20.00.
  • Phone: Calls received are free of charge (the ship does not accept reverse charge calls). Prepaid GoChat Cards are available to use on the ship's Iridium phone, different denominations are available to purchase.

Other facilities include:

  • Plugs: European 220V two-round-pinned sockets
  • Towels, toiletries and hair dryers
  • Laundry service (additional cost)

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