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

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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

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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