Akademik Ioffe Akademik Ioffe

Built specifically for polar exploration, Akademik Ioffe is small, fast and manoeuvrable offering Antarctic and Arctic cruises. Great wildlife viewing and photo opportunities.

Akademik Ioffe was purpose built to explore the poles so, as an expedition cruise ship, she has few equals (other than the Sergey Vavilov, of course). She is fast – which means you spend less time getting there, and more time appreciating the wonders of the Antarctic and Arctic. She’s manoeuvrable, so she can bring you up close to the astonishing sights of the White Continent. And – for an expedition-style ship with the emphasis on adventure - she’s surprisingly comfortable.

Expect world class cuisine and a great bar. Expect a piano lounge and a covered, outside decks that are perfect for viewing both wildlife and the stunning scenery. Expect a sauna, hot spa and Polar salt water plunge pool. And expect to be welcomed on the bridge of the ship, where you can ask questions and immerse yourself in the details of your voyage.

Akademik Ioffe, at a glance

  • All cabins with ocean views
  • Just 96 passengers
  • Covered outside viewing decks
  • Lounge and bar
  • Library and clinic
  • Exercise room, saunas, plunge pool
  • Zodiac shore excursions

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  • Although we bothered Lydia on several occasions over small matters, she was always patient and very helpful. The whole organisation from Heathrow and back was seamless and first class. Game watching on this trip surpassed all that we had seen before in the one trip. Our thanks to Ultimate yet again

    Colin & Wendy Crawford October 2013


  • 24/7 emergency contact
  • Established for 25 years
  • ATOL, ABTA, IATA protected


  • First-hand experience to every destination
  • Only the best guides and local partners used
  • All holidays designed to suit individual needs


  • 70% repeat and referral business
  • Support local charities world-wide
  • Access to senior directors 24/7