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A Purpose-built Ice-strengthened Research Vessel transformed into an excellent small expedition ship

The Akademik Ioffe was designed and built as a polar scientific research vessel in Finland; this makes her an ideal ship for exploring Antarctic waters with features few other ships in Antarctica can match! The ship is one of the most stable and quiet, which means she can expertly maneuver close to the action. There is plenty of outside deck space for observing Antarctica and because the ship carries just 96 passengers, it means everyone can set foot on the ice at the same time, with no restrictions. This makes her one of the most popular choices for those looking to spend as much time on land as possible.

On-board, the Ioffe offers a basic but comfortable interior with plenty of space to find a spot to yourself. For those looking to learn even more, you can head to the lecture theatre and join a series of presentations held by the on-board expedition in addition to the daily briefings. If you are looking to relax, you will find a refreshing beverage in the ship’s bar or you can catch up on your photos in the on-board library. You will also find a selection of films and documentaries in the lounge too. In the dining room, you can enjoy tasty meals prepared by the culinary team; everyone can be hosted in a single seating and a large television screen streams live images from the bridge, so you won’t miss what’s going on outside! Other facilities include a gift-shop, fitness room, sauna and polar plunge pool. There is a range of accommodation on-board and all cabins have exterior views, a writing desk, radio with iPod dock and plenty of storage. Cabins have either shared, semi-private or private facilities. 

Features Include:

6 categories of accommodation, private and shared bathrooms with hot water (depending on cabin category), lounge, restaurant, bar, presentation room, library, gift shop, plunge pool, gym, sauna, mud room, fleet of zodiacs, experienced expedition staff.

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