The Ioffe was built in Finland in 1989 as a state-of-the-art research vessel. The 382 ft., 1A2 Ice Rated, ship has been converted to a very comfortable passenger vessel carrying only 110 passengers, all in outside cabins. The ship is certainly no newcomer when it comes to the Antarctic, having traveled there for many seasons.

Combination Dining room/lecture room, bar, library, lounge, sauna, gift shop, hospital, and laundry, complete the picture. World-class chefs prepare an International menu, and an expert staff from Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, and USA make sure passengers have a total experience. There is a fleet of Zodiac inflatables onboard. The Ioffe and her sister ship, the Akademik Vavilov are two of the most stable, advanced vessels in the expedition cruise business.

Chuck's Comments:

"The Ioffe and it's sister ship, the Vavilov, are 2 of the most advanced research vessels afloat. The Ioffe is impressive and neat as a pin,..which is refered to as 'Bristol Condition' in sailing terms. The ship is operated by one of the largest and oldest shipping companies. Polar Cruises have sailed on this ship many times and are always impressed with the service and the ship."

Ship Specifications

Staff & Crew: 53
Guests: 109
Length: 117.04m
Breadth: 18.28 m
Draft: 6.09m
Propulsion: 5,000 KW diesel twin engine
Ice Class: KM*L1(1)A2, Canadian Type B
Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots in open water

Rates Include:

* All cabins have exterior views.
* Cabins have either shared, semi-private or private facilities (See deck plan).
* One dining room with unreserved seating.
* Theater-style presentation room.
* Lounge and bar, open late afternoon and evening with a wide selection of wines and spirits.
* Library with a collection of polar-themed books.
* Ship-to-shore communications via satellite.
* Clinic with licensed doctor.
* Gym, sauna and swimming pool.
* One elevator between passenger deck levels and to the Bridge level.