Akademik Shokalskiy

Polar Tracks Expeditions

MV Akademik Shokalskiy

Expedition Cruise Vessel

About the Ship

Akademik Shokalskiy was built in 1984 as an ice-strengthened, polar and oceanographic research vessel and refurbished in 2008. She carries just 48 passengers and delivers an authentic expedition experience.

  • Guest Capacity: 48
  • Twin share cabins, half with private facilities
  • Cuisine by Australian and NZ chefs
  • Combined bar and library lounge area
  • Open Bridge policy
  • Fleet of 5 Zodiacs
  • Ice Class: Russian register KM ice class
  • Cruising Speed: 10-12 knots

Why We Like Her

  • AUTHENTICITY

    While without the luxury amenities of newer builds, she delivers an authentic expedition experience including an enthusiastic team of lifelong naturalists and a fully Russian crew.

  • ITINERARIES

    Akademik Shokalskiy ventures where most expedition vessels do not, journeying through the Russian Far East to such sought-after destinations as Wrangel Island, the Kamchatka Coast, Kuril Islands and the Sea of Okhotsk, as well as Commonwealth Bay in East Antarctica.

  • INTIMACY

    With just 48 passengers and half the berths sharing facilities, you are bound to make many new friends during your polar expedition.

Photos of the Ship

Insider Advice

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