Why we like the Akademik Vavilov cruise ship

  • The most stable vessel of her class sailing Arctic waters, as well as highly manoeuvrable with a high ice class ranking to boot
  • Renowned for her quietness through the water makes her more comfortable, particularly during overnight sailings
  • Built for purpose as a Russian research vessel, in spite of recent modifications she retains her expeditionary spirit
  • Guests will appreciate this ship’s high staff to passenger ratio and small groups
  • Few Arctic ships can boast such a wide list of complimentary activities and add-ons

Watch our Video Tour of the Akademik Vavilov

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Alex says

Sitting in a hot tub on the upper deck as the icebergs slide by is absolutely amazing!

Alex Mudd Polar Specialist

Technical Specifications

  • ​Passenger capacity: 92 passengers
  • Ice​ class rating: Lloyds Register 1A, Canadian Type B
  • Size​: 117m long x 18.2m wide
  • Built in: Finland, 1988
  • Other key feature: Top Deck for 360 degree views, Spa and Fitness Room

Cabin Categories

*Note that the above measurements are approximate averages and exact cabin size can vary

Captain's Suite

  • Located on Deck 5 with double bed, bathtub and opening windows overlooking the bow
  • Separate lounge area with sofa-bed, mini-bar and mini-fridge, and tablet with polar literature and various media
  • Up-graded bed linen, tea- and coffee-maker and arrival gift basket with wine and healthy snacks

Shackleton's Suite

  • 3 cabins on Deck 4 and 2 on Deck 5
  • Double bed and opening windows
  • Separate lounge area with sofa-bed, mini-bar, and tablet with polar literature and various media
  • Up-graded bed linen, tea- and coffee-maker and arrival gift basket with wine and healthy snacks


  • All 3 cabins are on Deck 3
  • 2 lower berths, portholes
  • Tea- and coffee-maker, up-graded bed linen

Twin Private

  • 2 cabins on Deck 3, 7 on Deck 4, and 12 on Deck 5
  • Twin beds, private bathroom, opening window
  • Tea- and coffee-maker

Twin Semi-Private

  • All 12 cabins are on Deck 4
  • Single bed and full-length, sofa-bed
  • Opening window
  • Semi-private bathrooms shared adjacent cabin
  • Tea- and coffee-maker


  • Both of these cabins are on Deck 3
  • Bunk-bed and full-length sofa-bed
  • Porthole
  • Private, in-cabin washbasin and shared bathroom facilities

Communal Areas

For those feeling inspired by the cold Arctic waters, the Academic Vavilov boasts its very own plunge pool for guests. Embrace the chill then dash to the Jacuzzi or sauna, or take time out in the fitness or massage rooms.

Share stories with other travellers in the lounge and bar, whereby you can also watch films and documentaries. Other common areas include the library and presentation room, and with an on-board gift shop, there's no need to venture far for those perfect token gifts to take home.

Deck Plan

Onboard Communications

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

  • Telephone: $30/60minutes (satellite phone card)
  • Email service: one-time $30 set-up fee. Email can be accessed through wifi using your own device. 

Due to the remoteness of the location, the options available are only suitable for light data traffic, meaning that internet access or the uploading of images is not possible. Email access, however, is still available. 

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What our customers think

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I would not hesitate to travel on this ship again. It was a lot more comfortable than I had expected - all crew were helpful and pleasant. Our room was much larger than I expected. The food was fabulous - the bread was the best bread I have ever had, and the desserts were killer!

Leslie & Nancy Steenbeke (Grossman) United States Of America June 2018

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Our trip was highlighted by a half-day observation of lone young female polar bear and a haul-out of a herd/huddle of bearded walrus.

Rob & Bonnie Lesnick United States Of America June 2018

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