This class of vessel is renowned for polar exploration, because of its strength, manoeuvrability and small passenger numbers.
The Akademik Shokalskiy is a fully ice-strengthened expedition vessel built in 1984 for polar and oceanographic research. This class of vessel is world renowned for polar exploration, because of its strength, maneuverability, and small passenger numbers. Despite the Akademik Shokalskiy's impressive strength and maneuverability, it is still surprisingly comfortable and luxurious. There is only enough accommodation for 50 passengers, but all the cabins are exceedingly comfortable for this kind of expedition vessel. The Shokalskiy is an extremely capable vessel; this is why it is able to travel through the world's most difficult seascapes, on numerous Antarctic and Arctic cruises.
The Akademik Shokalskiy is as safe as a polar exploration vessel can get, but there's so much more to it. For one thing, it provides passengers with a lecture theatre in order to listen to the onboard experts and academics talk about the environment and ecology of the incredible places it visits. It also has a lounge and library where passengers can swap stories or catch up on a little reading between excursions out on the water or on land. Keep an eye on our polar cruise deals page if you'd like to snap up an early-bird or last-minute deal, and please don't be afraid to get in touch if you have any questions about the Shokalshiy or any of its cruises you find here at Expeditions Online.
The Shokalskiy provides comfortable accommodation in double and twin cabins with private facilities. All cabins have outside windows and ample storage space. On board there is a combined bar/library lounge area and a dedicated lecture room, where the science team and expedition staff will present a programme of talks.
A range of berths are available.
Heritage Suite: Has a large lounge area, a separate bedroom with double bed, a single bed in the lounge, writing desk, wardrobe, drawers. There is a private bathroom with shower, toilet, and washbasin. There are large forward and side facing windows to allow great views
Mini Suites: Have a separate bedroom with a double bed and a single bed or a sofa in the lounge, wardrobe, drawers, a desk and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. The Mini Suites have windows
Superior Plus cabins: Have two lower berths, wardrobe, drawers, desk, a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. These cabins have windows.
Superior cabins: Have bunks (an upper and lower berth), wardrobe, drawers, a desk, a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. These cabins have windows.
Main deck cabins: Have two lower berths, wardrobe, drawers, a desk, washbasin, and porthole. The nearby showers and toilets are shared with other Main deck cabins.
Main deck triple: Has one bunk (one upper and one lower) and one lower berth, wardrobe, drawers, a desk and wash basin. The nearby showers and toilets are shared with other Main deck cabins.
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