Akademik Sergey Vavilov is modern, comfortable, safe, and ice strengthened. From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, we have public spaces onboard the ship ideally suited for each and every need. A separate lounge and bar with panoramic views, as well as a library, provide ideal places to sit and relax or catch up on some reading. A selection of movies and documentaries can also be watched in the lounge. The sumptuous meals prepared for you by our culinary team are enjoyed in our dining room, which can host all passengers in a single seating and will keep you feeling healthy and strong for the myriad of activities offered throughout the voyage. Other facilities include the theatre style presentation room, gift-shop, fitness room, massage room, Jacuzzi, sauna and plunge pool. There’s also a dedicated expedition ‘mud-room’ where you prepare for your off-ship excursions.

Stability and Strength: Vavilov's original design brief dictated that the vessels offer a very high level of stability. This is achieved through a sophisticated internal trimming system, controlled via a series of gyroscopic sensors around the vessel. The result? Our ships are the most stable vessels navigating polar waters. This stability feature is something you will greatly appreciate should we encounter less than ideal sailing conditions.

Maneuverable, Quiet, and Fast: With both bow and stern thrusters and twin reversible propellers, the ship can spin on its own axis—greatly assisting embarkation of the zodiacs in windy conditions. You will notice there is little—if any—ambient noise or vibration, which makes for a quiet ship. Vavilov is fast, with a top speed of 14.5 knots in open water. Unmatched stability, coupled with superior speed allows for more time at your destination (rather than ‘at sea’) and more flexibility with itinerary planning—a critical factor in polar waters where ice and weather conditions sometimes dictate our daily itinerary.

Superb Design and Layout: Throughout the ship there are spaces ideally suited to every need. Spacious outer decks provide 360° views of the stunning polar landscapes—as well as a great place for an outdoor barbecue, which usually happens once on every voyage. Inside there are comfortable presentation spaces for lectures and film screenings and there’s a multimedia computer lab with several large screen workstations where guests can download and back up photos.

Six Different Cabin Categories: All cabins feature outside windows allowing ample natural light to filter in. Cabins all have lower berths (some triple share cabins have one upper/lower bunk scenario and feature port holes). Specifics on each cabin type are just below. Akademik Sergey Vavilov carries a maximum of just 90 guests, but we’ll have approximately 75, due to people taking single cabins. This makes 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. We fall under this limit and that means we have maximum time ashore at all locations. Most ships carry more than 100 guests and compromise your time ashore.

Enjoy Great Dining? So do we! On our expedition, you are guaranteed to work up a serious appetite. Although the ship operates in some of the most remote locations in the world, you can expect an exceptional variety of tasty meals, prepared by a team of professional international chefs.

Breakfasts are usually buffet style. Lunches offer a great choice of light meals—as well as more substantial options for those who are hungry—and each evening there is a hearty three-course meal offering both variety and choice. There’s also an excellent wine list featuring a range of international wines. You can get a cup of tea or coffee at any time of the day or night and we always offer afternoon tea with cakes and biscuits. Guests with dietary restrictions or special meal requirements are also well catered for.

Join us on the Bridge: There is an open-bridge policy and guests are welcome to meet the navigating crew at virtually any time of day; there’s always something to learn from the officers on watch and the bridge is one of the best places on the ship for spotting whales and sea birds.

Operational Safety: There are no compromises here. The expedition staff and crew onboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov have the deepest respect for changeable weather in the polar regions and the varying sea and ice conditions. That respect is apparent in every decision made throughout the voyage. The ship carries the most extensive inventory of safety equipment on all excursions and requires leaders to undergo vigorous and effective safety training programs. Your expedition team are well prepared, so you can relax and enjoy your voyage.

Relax,You're on Holiday: The ship also features a Finnish dry-heat sauna, a plunge pool, a hot water Jacuzzi, a small gymnasium and day spa with massage therapist.


An expedition gear package is included. An expedition cruise requires a fair bit of planning and some special items of clothing and equipment are needed. You will have use of an expedition wet weather gear package free of charge, which includes a quality waterproof/windproof jacket and bib-pants as well as insulated, comfortable rubber boots designed for extended walking. A set of expedition binoculars and a walking pole are also available for the duration of your voyage. This saves you buying expensive items you may only ever use once and eliminates the need to carry such cumbersome gear all the way to the ship. If you do have your own gear, of course you are welcome to bring it. Make sure it is wind and waterproof. If you have questions about gear, feel free to ask.

Traveling Alone? No problem — many expedition guests do: If you are traveling solo, single cabins are available. Or we can match you up with a fellow expeditioner of the same gender. The choice is yours!


Six Different Cabin Types

Twin Share: Located on deck 3, two bunk beds with two long drawers that pull out for storage of goods, sink with hot and cold running water, medicine cabinet, 2 tall cupboards for clothes storage, desk, chair, bookshelf, sofa, 2 porthole windows (one of which can be opened). Please note that all bathroom facilities are shared on this deck. Washrooms and showers are for men or women only and are clearly labelled. These cabins are efficient and well appointed.

Twin Semi-Private: Located on deck 4 these cabins have two lower berths, one of which can be converted to a sofa during the day. These cabins have tall wardrobes with internal shelving for storage, a writing desk, chair, bookshelf, and a window that can be opened. Facilities are semi-private, meaning you share the bathroom (toilet, shower) with the adjacent cabin.

Twin Private: Located on decks 3, 4 and 5 these spacious, well-appointed cabins feature two lower berths, with private washroom facilities (sink, shower, toilet, and bathroom cabinet). There are tall wardrobes with internal shelving for storage, a writing desk, chair, bookshelf, and a window that can be opened. Twin Private cabins on deck 3 feature portholes instead of windows.

Superior: There are three superior cabins, all located on Deck 3. These spacious and well-appointed cabins feature two lower berths, a writing desk and chair and plenty of storage space. Washroom facilities are private (sink, shower, toilet) and all cabins have a porthole, which open. These cabins provide great access to the outer decks, the dining room and gangway.

Shackleton Suite: Located on decks 4 and 5 these cabins are separated into two spacious rooms, one that is ideal for relaxation with a sofa (convertible to bed), large table, writing desk, chair, ample storage and a large window that can be opened. A separate private bedroom has a double berth with upgraded linen/pillows, night light, private facilities, a region specific iPad, mini stereo, capsule coffee maker, fully stocked mini bar, iPod alarm clock with audio line.

One Ocean Suite: Located on deck 5 this cabin is separated into two very spacious rooms. A spacious lounge area is perfect for relaxation and features a sofa (convertible to bed), large table, writing desk, ample storage, plus large pictures windows overlooking the bow (forward facing) which can be opened. The separate bedroom features a double bed with upgraded linen/ pillows, night light, and windows over the port side of the ship. The bathroom has a bathtub and shower. There is also a region specific iPad, mini stereo, capsule coffee maker, fully stocked mini bar, iPod alarm clock with audio line, and several arm chairs.

All Inclusive Prices, Per Person

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY CABINS (Price is per person. Don't worry, we can match you up with a cabin-mate no problem.)
$11,995 Twin Share
$12,995 Twin Semi-Private
$13,995 Twin Private
$14,995 Superior
$16,995 Shackleton Suite
$18,995 One Ocean Suite

SINGLE OCCUPANCY CABINS (price is for the whole cabin, but it's just you!)
$20,995 Twin Share as single cabin
$23,495 Twin Semi-Private as single cabin
$24,995 Twin Private as single cabin

There is an early registration discount of $1,000 USD which comes off of those prices. This discount expires July 31, 2019.

Contact us with any questions or give us a call any time at +1 917-854-8118