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Antarctica: Akademik Sergey Vavilov

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Akademik Sergey Vavilov

MV Akademik Sergey Vavilov (One Ocean Voyager) looks a bit ungainly from the outside; recalling her origins (built in 1988 in Finland as a polar research ship operating under the Russian flag) but once you are on board you will find that that is where any similarity to the style of the old Soviet bloc ends. 

She’s 117m long with 6 decks (there’s a lift) and has a top speed of 14.5 knots - quite speedy for an expedition ship. She welcomes 92 guests: the ship operator’s claims a commitment to top quality service, are 62 crew and expedition staff to look after you. Highly qualified scientific and naturalist guides facilitate daily excursions and offer entertaining presentations. Conditions permitting you can choose between a daily menu of different excursions. 

The ship offers the comfort and facilities of a good quality hotel. All have ample storage, comfy beds and windows. Public areas include restaurant, bar and lounge, theatre style presentation room, gift-shop, infirmary, fitness room, massage room (masseur and fitness instructor are on board), hot water spa, sauna, and salt water plunge pool. There’s no internet but computers are available so that you can sort out your photos on board. There’s an open bridge policy so you are welcome to stand alongside the well-informed crew and monitor the ship’s progress almost 24/7. 

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