ABOUT THE SHIP

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Originally built for the Russia Academy of Science, the Vavilov is understandably not a luxury vessel but perfect for folks who like a combination of comfort and authentic expeditionary feel. She has one dining room with unreserved seating, a theatre-style presentation room, a Lounge/bar, and a well-stocked Polar Library. She is also ice-strengthened, has a fast open-water speed of 14.5 knots, and as such is a great option for trips to the polar regions. 

  • Expedition Staff & Crew: 53
  • Guests: 92
  • Length: 117.04m
  • Draft: 6.09m
  • Ice Class: KM*L1(1)A2, Canadian Type B
  • Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots (in open water)
  • Elevator between passenger deck levels to the Bridge level

WHY WE LIKE HER

  • STABILITY

    The Vavilov is super-stable. She has external stabilizers and a built-in trimming system so that you stay as comfortable as possible while on open crossings 
     

  • QUIET

    She was Scandinavian-built and designed to travel quietly during hydro-acoustic research for the Russian Academy of Science, meaning you’ll be creating minimal disturbance for the wildlife.

  • AMENITIES

    She has a Finnish dry-heat sauna, a plunge pool, a hot water Jacuzzi, a small gymnasium and day spa with massage therapist. Not bad for a research vessel!

PHOTOS OF THE SHIP

RATES & DATES

Per Person USD Rates
2019
Triple SharedTwin Semi PrivateTwin PrivateSuperiorShackleton SuiteOne Ocean SuiteCharter Air
Spitsbergen Explorer
June 8th - June 19th, 2019 (12 days)
Kayak
$8,095$9,095
Limited
$10,395
Limited
$12,395$13,595
Limited
$15,495
Full
Spitsbergen Encounter
June 19th - June 28th, 2019 (10 days)
Photography, Kayak
Special Photography Symposium
$5,895$7,395
Full
$8,495
Limited
$9,795
Limited
$10,895
Limited
$12,695
Full
Spitsbergen Encounter
June 28th - July 7th, 2019 (10 days)
Kayak
$5,895
Full
$7,395$8,495
Limited
$9,795
Full
$10,895
Limited
$12,695
Full
Spitsbergen Explorer
July 7th - July 18th, 2019 (12 days)
Kayak
$8,095
$9,095
Limited
$10,395
Limited
$12,395
Limited
$13,595
Limited
$15,495

INSIDER ADVICE

We’re a different kind of agency. We work on the ships, with the teams, and are currently active in the polar regions. Our insider advice is truly that - straight from the field - and it's updated in real time if things change.

ANTARCTICA

Everything you need to know about traveling to Antarctica. Including what time of the season is best for what you’re most keen to see.

ARCTIC

Everything you need to know about traveling to the Arctic. Which is a bit like our proverbial backyard/second home (because we’ve lived there).

WHAT TO BRING

Everything you need to know about what to bring on your trip. Including unusual stuff like why you might want goggles in Antarctica, or extra batteries in Svalbard.