Akademik Shokalskiy was originally designed and built in Finland for polar and oceanographic research. The ship is small, nimble, and ice-strengthened, capable of reaching the nooks and crannies of Antarctica that many larger ships cannot. The vessel is equipped with Zodiacs. On select departure camping, kayaking, cross-country skiing and mountaineering adventure options are offered.

48 Guests

All prices are per person.

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Cabins and Amenities

  • 26 outside cabins, all featuring private or shared facilities.
  • Two dining rooms with unreserved seating: buffet-style breakfast with table service; table-service lunch and dinner with main course choices, from a menu that changes daily; cakes served in mid-afternoon; coffee and tea available 24 hours from a self-serve station.
  • Newly-renovated 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.
  • Please note: there is no passenger elevator between decks.
Ship Specifications
Staff & Crew: 30
Guests: 48
Length: 65.9 m
Breadth: 12.8 m
Draft: 4.5 m
Propulsion: 2 Diesel ME 3,076-horsepower engines
Ice Class: AS
Cruising Speed: 10 knots in open water
Registered: Russia

Deck Plans

Triple (shared facilities) 2 lower/1 upper berth, shared facilities, cabin, sink, opening porthole, desk/chair
Twin (shared facilities) 2 lower berths, shared facilities, cabin sink, opening portholes, desk/chair
Twin (private facilities) 2 lower berths or 1 upper and lower berth, private facilities, opening window, desk/chair, sofa in some cabins
Superior 1 double bed, 1 sofa bed, private facilities, 3 opening windows, table/chairs, TV/VCR/DVD
Amundsen Suite 1 double bed, 1 sofa bed, private facilities, 5 opening windows, table/chairs, TV/VCR/DVD