FOR MORE DETAIL, INCLUDING CABIN PLANS, PLEASE SEE THE INFORMATION
FOR THE NEAR IDENTICAL SISTER SHIP, THE AKADEMIK
The Akademik Ioffe is a modern, ice strengthened vessel that is
very comfortable and ideally suited for polar exploration. There
is ample space for meetings of the full group as well as smaller
rooms for more intimate meetings. Slide and video projection equipment
are available, as well as overhead projection. There is a separate
bar, lounge, library, video room, and dining space for the full
passenger complement in one seating. There is also a gymnasium,
sauna and swimming pool.
|Deck Plans courtesy
of Quark Expeditions/Peregrine
a relatively new Scandinavian-built exploration vessel, the Akademik
Ioffe is very comfortable, especially following refitting and refurbishment
over the last five years. All passenger areas are thoroughly heated
and air-conditioned. Cabins are tastefully and pleasantly decorated.
The vessel is maintained to the highest standards and is kept immaculately
clean. As the ship was built to perform delicate and sensitive hydroacoustic
work, she is also designed to run very quietly. In cabins and public
spaces there is very little if any ambient noise from engines or
machinery. Further, most passenger cabins (except the Main Deck
cabins) are on a separate deck from the well-used public spaces
and lounge areas, so noise is seldom a bother.
vessel has external stabilizers on her hull. She also has a built-in
trimming system which is operated by the flow of water ballast from
tanks in either side of the ship. A series of valves causes the
water to flow to the side where its presence guarantees greatest
stability. Added to her modern hull design, these systems make for
a very stable ship. The Akademik Ioffe carries all current certifications
required by law for ensuring passenger safety and wellbeing. All
equipment and systems are inspected and tested regularly. A lifeboat
briefing anddrill will be conducted early in each expedition to
ensure that all passengers are familiar with the location of life
jackets and lifeboats, and the procedures to be followed in the
highly unlikely event of an emergency. With her two powerful engines
this ship rarely suffers significant delays due to inclement weather.
She has a cruising speed of 14.5 knots in still-wind/sea conditions.
The ship's speed capabilities allow us added flexibility in planning
the main deck to the aft of the lobby there is a separate room which
is operated as a bar, with an adjacent lounge area. It is a very
comfortable room with outside views and an exit to the main outer
deck and has seating for about 25 people in comfortable sofas, armchairs.
There are also a number of traditional bar stools surrounding a
large semi–circular bar. There is a stereo with CD player
in the bar area. If you are interested in where we are going, there
is also a television monitor showing video of the view from the
bridge at all times as well as a modern chartplotter located in
Deck 6 the ship's bridge is open to passengers virtually 24 hours
each day. With an officer and sailor (and often the captain) on
watch, you are always able to learn something. The chart and navigation
room is open to everyone, as are places to view the equipment and
instruments. The bridge is a fascinating part of the ship and often
a great place for sightseeing and bird watching – it provides
a great view!
ship carries all required communications and navigation facilities
and equipment. She has Immarsat telephone and fax equipment as well
as a variety of shortwave, SSB, and VHF radio systems. She also
carries fully current GMDSS (Global Marine Distress and Safety System)
on the main deck our dining room seats all passengers comfortably
in one sitting. It is attractively lit and comfortably furnished.
There are outside windows and it is immaculately maintained. In
one corner there is a bar which is used for meal times. There is
also a comfortable lounge area in this corner. Lunches and dinners
are served to the table by our ship's stewards, and breakfast is
served here also but is buffet style. In the dining room there is
also a television monitor relaying video images of the view from
the bridge at all times.
addition to the stairs between decks, there is one lift/elevator
on the ship operating between all passenger deck levels and to the
bridge level. (Please note that this does not remove the need for
passengers to have a reasonable level of mobility, as ship access
to and from zodiacs is by way of a staired gangway (please see Trip
the Main Deck there is a small kiosk and gift shop. It carries a
selection of souvenir items such as postcards, hats, t-shirts, and
books to bring home from a voyage. It also has a basic supply of
toiletries such as sunscreen, lip balm, usually some film and some
camera batteries. It is open each day.
is a small gymnasium on the ship with a set of free weights, exercise
bike, rowing machine, and step trainer.
Deck 5 there is a basic infirmary and crew doctor available for
passengers. As the ship was designed for extended projects, she
carries an impressive list of equipment and supplies. However, passengers
are reminded that this facility is intended as a basic or emergency
service. While the inventory of medicines and equipment is extensive,
passengers should bring their own basic first aid kit for any minor
problems, and if using specific medications should ensure they bring
a supply adequate to last the entire journey. If there is a need
to consult the ship's doctor and to receive medications, etc., from
the infirmary passengers will be invoiced for the cost of any items
deck five and forward, situated in a quiet part of the ship, there
is a library area. With a large conference table, comfortable chairs,
and sophisticated decor this serves as a great, quiet space to read
from our selection of expedition reference materials, atlases, magazines,
novels and the like. There are attractive wooden bookcases and quality
lighting. There are also windows which overlook the bow of the ship
for good sightseeing from indoors. Just outside the library itself
there is another quiet area with good lighting and very comfortable
armchairs which is usually also reserved as a reading room. The
library also has a slide screen and whiteboard for smaller discussions
and meetings. It seats about 20.
the aft part of the ship and reached through the bar is the television
lounge. It seats about 25 and has an exit to the main outer deck
space. It also has outside views. There is a television and VCR
for educational and entertainment programming as well as watching
the relayed video images of the view from the bridge. There is a
collection of games and puzzles, maps, and a piano. This area, along
with our bar, serves as the main social area of the vessel.
the aft section of the main deck, and not far from where you will
disembark from the zodiacs, there is a "mud room" where
you can change out of your wet-weather gear on returning from shore
excursions and leave your waterproof rubber boots.
presentations take place in the dining room. All passengers can
be seated there at the same time and it has a PA system to ensure
everyone can hear talks and announcements. It has a TV and VCR to
help in programming as well as modern projection facilities and
and Swimming Pool
Deck 5 there is a small swimming pool and a sauna. A plunge pool
really, the former is filled on special occasions or on request
and is on the outer deck just outside the sauna. It gets a certain
level of use, even in the Antarctic waters! The sauna is open each
afternoon and evening and seats about six people – it is a
great place to relax after your shore excursions. It also has a
change room and shower room.
is also a spacious open top deck; from here you can enjoy spectacular