• Akademik Shokalskiy

About the Akademik Shokalskiy

The Akademik Shokalskiy, sister ship to the Spirit of Enderby, was built in 1984 for polar and oceanographic research, and is now the complete expedition vessel! With room for just 48 passengers, the Akademik Shokalskiy is able to offer true, small ship exploration of the polar regions. The ship is small enough to manoeuvre through specific waters but is ice strengthened, ensuring that all her passengers are extremely safe.

The ship offers an open bridge policy allowing you to enjoy the exceptional views alongside the Captain. In addition, all cabins are outward facing, increasing your chances to view the incredible wildlife!

Ship Details


Carrying just 48 passengers, she provides a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere with a real emphasis on getting you ashore as often as possible.


Far East Russia, Arctic Russia and Antarctica.

Accommodation & Facilities

All cabins range in size and capacity and can accommodate a maximum of 48 passengers. Although each range in size and capacity, they are all outward facing allowing you maximum opportunities to see the incredible wildlife throughout your voyage. There are triples, twins and suites, which will either have shared or private bathroom facilities depending on what you opt for.


All your meals are included during your stay on board the Akademik Shokalskiy. Wherever possible special dietary requirements will be catered for providing there is sufficient notice.

Child Policy

The Akademik Shokalskiy is not designed to cater for children – cribs and cots cannot be provided and there are no facilities specifically for children – but it is still possible for families to travel together. Speak to one of our Destination Specialists for more information on whether your children can accompany you on a voyage.

Russian High Arctic

Your Next Steps

View our Russia safaris, or talk to one of our specialists for more details on travelling to Russia. Please note we recommend a budget of from £7,000 / $10,000 USD per person for our style of trip to this destination.