Designed and built as a scientific research vessel in Finland, the Akademik Ioffe is very stable, quiet and comfortable. External stabilizers and a built-in trimming system provide exceptional stability while still allowing her to be maneuverable. Akademik Ioffe has an ice-strengthened hull and a maximum cruising speed in open water of 14.5 knots. She accommodates 96 guests and has been refitted and refurbished over the last five years to improve her comfort and caliber of facilities.
2014/2015/2016 Itinerary, Dates & FeesPlease click on the dates below to see the specific dates, fees, itinerary, map, inclusions, and exclusions.
Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctica ItineraryYou may feel, as we do, that if you make the journey to the bottom of the world you may as well stay awhile. On this far-reaching expedition to the islands of the South Atlantic Ocean and the Antarctic mainland, you will revel in 18 eye-popping days of exploration. Busybody penguins in rookeries by the thousands, behemoth icebergs reflecting startling greens and blues, humpback whales feeding on krill and of course the continent-sized sweeping ice sheet of Antarctica.
- Jan 31-Feb 18, 2015 ($13,895-$22,695)
- Oct 23-Nov 10, 2015 ($12,695-$20,595)
- Nov 22-Dec 10, 2015 ($12,695-$20,595) *Photography Symposium
- Dec 30, 2015-Jan 18, 2016 ($15,895-$25,295)
Regal Antarctica: Falkland Islands, Antarctic Peninsula, & the Weddell SeaAfter spending 12 nights on board our vessel exploring this wonderful part of the world, we are certain our guests will leave Antarctica with a completely different perspective than when they arrived. After all, it would be impossible to feel quite the same after gazing upon an unimaginable profusion of penguins tobogganing and waddling their way across the snow - or watching yet another species of whale crest the waves in close proximity. And then there is the awe you will feel when you first glimpse the sweeping ice sheet that spans an entire continent. Antarctica gets under your skin unlike any other place on earth.
- Dec 28, 2014-Jan 9, 2015 ($9,295-$15,295)