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Akademik Sergey Vavilov - Arctic Cruise
Best for: Off the beaten track, Spectacular scenery, Wildlife
The Akademik Sergey Vavilov is a comfortable ice-strengthened ship offering expedition wildlife cruises in the Arctic. Stable and quiet, the ship has a superb team on board to help you maximise your time in this incredible polar region.
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Fitted to the highest specifications, the Akademik Sergey Vavilov, also known as the One Ocean Voyager, is a fully refurbished scientific research vessel that offers excellent polar cruises with a real focus on wildlife expedition. Cabins and suites spread across three decks and all have exterior views. The two entry level cabins have shared or semi-private bathrooms, while all other categories are en-suite. Ambient engine noise is very low, and the ship also has one of the most advanced stability systems around.
Public spaces on board the ship are excellent. Meals are hosted by the Adventure Concierges and served in one sitting and to a high standard. There is also a bar and lounge with 180-degree outside views through expansive windows. Other facilities include a gift shop stocking essential supplies and souvenirs, a fitness room and a wellness centre where you can receive massages, steam treatments, or enjoy a sauna or yoga session. A library stocked with numerous polar reference books is a great place to relax and learn about the region being visited and is often used for small group focus sessions and discussions. A multimedia room will allow you to download all your photos, and there is also an infirmary aboard should the need arise.
The Vavilov’s bridge is open to passengers virtually 24-hours a day and makes an excellent place from which to sightsee and view wildlife. Binoculars and wildlife identification guidebooks are here, and an expedition guide will be watching for wildlife from the bridge. The chart room is a fascinating place to visit and expedition staff or ship’s crew are often available to answer questions about the equipment and instruments. An expert team of guides are on hand to make sure you maximise every moment of your trip to the Arctic, and a fleet of zodiac boats is used to get you close to the incredible wildlife and majestic scenery of the northerly fjords.
When to go
Cruises depart for Svalbard, Greenland and the Russian High Arctic during the northern hemisphere's summer, when explorers enjoy 24 hour days and favourable conditions. Travel in June and July and you'll admire spectacular frozen sculptures and seas of pack ice. From late July to August, the wildlife is most active and whale watching trips to the west coast of Greenland and voyages to the Russian High Arctic begin. In late August and September, sail through magnificent fjord scenery and catch the aurora borealis as the nights descend. Whether you travel early on in mid June or in September as the season draws to a close, you have good chances of spotting the iconic polar bear.
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Akademik Sergey Vavilov - $1000 Travel Credit Offer
Book an Arctic voyage on the Akademik Sergey Vavilov and receive $1000 USD travel credit per person for 2019 departures.
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Located in the High Arctic wilderness, the dramatic Svalbard archipelago is the last piece of land separating Norway from the North Pole. Vast glaciers, soaring mountains and swathes of eerie terrain peppered with slabs of rock and hungry polar bears, this remote cluster of islands is a true Arctic frontier. Cruises around Spitsbergen offer a real Arctic highlights itinerary and generally last between 12 and 14 days.