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Akademik Ioffe


ex Ushuaia (Antarctic cruises, Antarctica)


Operator: One Ocean Expeditions. A 348 foot ship built in Scandinavia by the Russian Academy of Science in 1988-89 for hydro-acoustic ocean research. She has since been refurbished to provide high levels of comfort for her passengers. The ship is particularly stable due to a sophisticated stabilisation and trimming system built into the ice-strengthened hull. She is manoeuvrable, quiet and fast with a maximum cruising speed of 14.5 knots. Although she can sleep up to 110 passengers she will only carry 96. On board there is a theatre-style presentation room, small gym, sauna and swimming pool, lounge, bar, dining room, library and infirmary. There is an open-bridge policy.




International expedition staff lead shore excursions and give daily lectures on board. The opportunity for overnight camping is available on all cruises, subject to weather conditions, but is less likely to happen on longer cruises or on late season departures. Sea-kayaking, mountaineering and cross-country skiing are offered on selected departures, at an additional cost. Previous kayaking experience is necessary and places for optional activities must be booked in advance.


Cabins are on 4 decks. They all have an outside view with either a porthole or a window and most have private bathrooms. All cabins have a writing desk and chair.

When to go

Mid November to mid March.

Client comments and reviews

Open QuoteWe were very happy with One Ocean and the icebreaker, Ioffe, was very seaworthy and comfortable.Close Quote - CS (January 2015)
Open QuoteThe boat was great and the crew were very nice and helpful. We fortunately had a very calm crossing of The Drake Passage both ways!Close Quote - JM (January 2014)

Most itineraries either follow or are close variants of our standard Antarctica itineraries (

Cruises start and end in either Ushuaia (Argentina), Stanley (Falkland Islands) or Punta Arenas (Chile). Some departures include a flight between King George Island (Antarctica) and Punta Arenas.

For exact details of specific cruise departures please just contact us.

Twin (private bathroom)

7 cabins on Deck 4 and 11 cabins on Deck 5. They have twin beds, one of which can be converted into a sofa. All cabins have ample storage, private bathrooms and a window.

One Ocean Suite

The 1 One Ocean Suite, on Deck 5, has a double bed and private bathroom. There is a separate sitting area, with a sofa that can be converted into a single bed, and a tablet pre-loaded with movies. The windows overlook the bow, and can be opened.

Shackleton Suite

Deck 4 has 3 Shackleton Suites, each with a double bed and private bathroom. There is a separate sitting area, with a sofa that can be converted into a single bed, a tablet pre-loaded with movies, and windows that can be opened.


Deck 6 has 10 Superior cabins with twin beds, a sofa, window and private bathrooms.

Triple (shared bathroom)

There are 2 Triple cabins on Deck 3 with bunk beds, a sofa bed, porthole, and a bathroom shared with one other cabin (there is a washbasin in the cabin).

Twin (shared bathroom)

12 cabins on Deck 4 with a single bed, a sofa bed and a window that opens. Facilities are semi-private (one bathroom between two cabins).

Prices per person. Where entries are not shown for all cabin/room types we have chosen an entry level example, so please just ask us for other types. See below for more price notes.
From To Nights Room type Price
Ioffe: Classic Antarctica (Peninsula Adventure)
6 Nov 2019 18 Nov 2019 12 Twin (private bathroom) $12,795
Off the beaten track itinerary
Ioffe: Ultimate Antarctica (Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica)
18 Nov 2019 6 Dec 2019 18 Twin (private bathroom) $18,195
Ioffe: Classic Antarctica (Peninsula Adventure)
6 Dec 2019 16 Dec 2019 10 Twin (private bathroom) $12,295
16 Dec 2019 28 Dec 2019 12 Twin (private bathroom) $14,795
Christmas in Antarctica and Weddell Sea
28 Dec 2019 7 Jan 2020 10 Twin (private bathroom) $14,895
Ioffe: Ultimate Antarctica (Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica)
7 Jan 2020 18 Jan 2020 11 Twin (private bathroom) $16,695
Weddell Sea and Falklands
18 Jan 2020 4 Feb 2020 17 Twin (private bathroom) $22,795
4 Feb 2020 15 Feb 2020 11 Twin (private bathroom) $16,695
Weddell Sea and Falklands
15 Feb 2020 4 Mar 2020 18 Twin (private bathroom) $24,495
Ioffe: Classic Antarctica (Peninsula Adventure)
4 Mar 2020 14 Mar 2020 10 Twin (private bathroom) $12,295

Single supplement 50% (100% in suites). There is no single supplement for those willing to share.

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