Akademik Sergey Vavilov

About the akademik Sergey Vavilov

Sister ship to the Akademik Ioffe, the Akademik Sergey Vavilov was built in 1988, designed for polar research, and still actively participates in marine science. Extensively upgraded and expanded, this ship is ice strengthened, navigating easily through some of the most unexplored areas of the Antarctic.

Your ideal marine wilderness lodge, the Akademik Sergey Vavilov features exceptionally personalised service and an ‘active movement’ approach to keeping you motivated whilst onboard.

Modern, comfortable and spacious, the ship stays quiet and relatively steady, making your journey into the extraordinary a relaxing and exciting one. 

Akademik SERGEY VAVILOV details


A scientific research vessel that has been adapted to suite travellers heading down to the Antarctic. Very comfortable and with luxurious amenities, this is the way to travel this icy wilderness in style.


Expeditions usually start and finish in Ushuaia, heading out to some of the most remote parts of Antarctica

Accommodation & Facilities

There are a range of cabins available, from triples, twins and superior rooms, to the Shackleton and Once Ocean Suites. The rooms are spacious and well appointed, with good amenities and a view. The suites have all you could imagine even from the best hotel, separated into two spacious rooms, with sofas for relaxing, large windows, fully stocked mini bar, private bathrooms facilities and ample storage.

The bar has 180 degree views through expansive windows, and there is a wonderful gift shop, dining room, library and infirmary. The lounge is near the bar with some outdoor spaces as well, there is a theatre style presentation room, wellness centre and fitness centre, as well as a sauna, hot water spa and polar salt water plunge pool. For 360 degree views you can head to the top deck/observatory or head to the multimedia room where you will find Apple computers with the latest photo manipulation software. You can also head to the ship’s bridge nearly 24 hours a day if you wish.

There is also a mud room for after expeditions.

The ship has 2 main engines and twin propellers, coupled with a bow-thruster and a stern multi-directional propulsion unite, making it extremely manoeuvrable, travelling through polar waters at up to 14.5 knots. It also carries all required communications and navigation facilities and equipment.


In the dining room there is space for all the passengers in one sitting; a comfortable and attractive area. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served by the experienced and creative culinary team. The view from the bridge can be streamed live so you don’t miss a thing at meal times.


Expedition activities include show-shoeing, sea kayaking, hiking and walking, as well as whale watching or even overnight camping. You will leave the ship in zodiacs to explore sea, ice and land, spot whales and icebergs as you explore the extreme Polar Regions.

On-board you can enjoy the sauna after a day of excursions and the plunge pool is open each afternoon and evening. The plunge pool can be filled with polar water on demand for special events when you’re feeling brave. There is also an on-board fitness program, as well as a massage therapist, fitness trainer, yoga instructor (on selected departures) and a cosy spot in front of the fireplace to relax with a spot of tea.

Child Policy

Travellers under the age of 18 would not usually be allowed on the expeditions, however exceptions can sometimes be made when travelling with a legal guardian.

Want to stay aboard this ship?

Get in touch with us to find out more about travelling on this ship.

Get in touch