Tour Dates
Arctic Explorer - Crossing the Circle
Northwest Passage - An Eastward Journey

The Ioffe was built in Finland in 1989 as a state-of-the-art research vessel. The 382 ft., 1A2 Ice Rated, ship has been converted to a very comfortable passenger vessel carrying only 110 passengers, all in outside cabins. The ship is certainly no newcomer when it comes to the Antarctic, having traveled there for many seasons.

Combination Dining room/lecture room, bar, library, lounge, sauna, gift shop, hospital, and laundry, complete the picture. World-class chefs prepare an International menu, and an expert staff from Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, and USA make sure passengers have a total experience. There is a fleet of Zodiac inflatables onboard. The Ioffe and her sister ship, the Akademik Vavilov are two of the most stable, advanced vessels in the expedition cruise business.


Designed for polar research, the Ioffe is modern, comfortable, safe and ice-strengthened. From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, the public spaces on board the ship ideally suited for adventure cruising. A separate bar and lounge, 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.

Enjoy meals prepared for you by our culinary team in our dining room, which can host all clients in a single seating. Other facilities include the theater style presentation room, gift-shop, fitness room, massage room, sauna and plunge pool.

Designed and built as a scientific research vessel in Finland, the One Ocean Ioffe is very stable, quiet and comfortable. Refitting and refurbishment over the last five years oriented towards her role as an expedition cruise vessel and has greatly improved the comfort and caliber of the facilities aboard the ship.

There is little if any ambient noise from engines or machinery and with most of the public spaces on a separate deck from the majority of the cabins there is little issue with passenger-generated noise.

Vessel stabilization is gained through a combination of external stabilizers on her hull and a built-in ballast trimming system. The rapid transfer of ballast between special trimming tanks reduces vessel motion and coupled with a modern hull design gives us a stable platform for exploration.

Expert and very experienced staff, Adventure Concierges cater to passengers every need.

A fleet of Zodiac inflatable boats are used to shuttle passengers to landing sites and on scenic cruises through the majestic bays and channels of Antarctica. A true adventure ship, both kayaking and camping is available onboard the Akademik Ioffe.

Ship Specifications

Staff & Crew: 63
Guests: 96
Length: 117m
Breadth: 18 m
Draft: 6m
Propulsion: 5,000 KW diesel twin engine
Ice Class: KM*L1(1)A2, Canadian Type B
Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots in open water

Cabins and Amenities:

* All cabins have exterior views.
* Cabins have either shared, semi-private or private facilities (See deck plan).
* One dining room with unreserved seating.
* Theater-style presentation room.
* Lounge and bar, open late afternoon and evening with a wide selection of wines and spirits.
* Library with a collection of polar-themed books.
* Ship-to-shore communications via satellite.
* Clinic with licensed doctor.
* Gym, sauna and swimming pool.
* One elevator between passenger deck levels and to the Bridge level.

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Photography, Kayak

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Rates are per person, based on twin-share. Single Supplement for twin cabins is 1.5 times the twin rate. Mandatory Emergency Evacuation insurance is required on all trips. Optional Kayaking $695 per person. Price does not include charter flight cost which is $925 one way where applicable.

There is always a possibility of an added fuel surcharge if marine oil prices raise significantly.

Adventure options must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Space is subject to availability. Some activities require experience.