MV Akademik Shokalskiy

Aurora Expeditions Offers Itinerary of Cruises
Former Names:  None

Akademik Shokalskiy was built for polar and oceanographic research and has an ice-strengthened hull and passive stabilizers. It is good for tough expedition cruising as it is able to navigate scenic areas where many other vessels cannot go.  Akademik Shokalskiy passengers tend to be Mixed around 50 and Australian & International. When all cabins have double occupancy, the ship provides a space ratio of 36.5 tons per passenger and a crew to passenger ratio of one for every 2.1 passengers. At full capacity the space ratio is 31.9 tons per passenger and the crew ratio is one to 2.4 passengers.
Size Very Small
Built 1983
Refit 1998
Tonnage 1753
Passengers (Min/Max) 48/55
Crew 23
Officers Russian
Total  26
Cabins are outside, with opening portholes and a compact bathroom. Cabins are carpeted with ample cupboard and drawer space, desk and piped music. Suites have a separate sitting room 
Balcony  0
Ocean View  26
Inside  0
Single  0
Cabin Details Cabins  
Pools Out/In  0/0
There is plenty of deck space for observing scenery and wildlife. The vessel carries a fleet of sturdy Zodiac craft for beach landings.
Jacuzzis  0
Fitness Centre  No
Sauna  Yes
Steam Room  No
Deck Space  Good
There are two plain but comfortable dining rooms with free seating and serving plenty of good quality solid food. Breakfast is buffet while lunch and dinner are served with a choice of main course. Main Dining Rooms  2
Sittings  1
Non Smoking  Yes
Alternative Dining  0
Lectures by the expedition staff will be given in the lecture hall as well as video documentaries and films. There is also an open bridge policy - an excellent place to watch ship operations and maintain a lookout for wildlife.  Show Lounges 1
Cinema No
Library Yes
Casino No
Shipboard clothing is informal and casual. Jeans, slacks, casual shirts and deck or running shoes are the normal garb. A padded ski jacket or down parka, scarf, balaclava and three pairs of gloves would be good for exploration in polar regions.
We recommend $US7 per passenger per day that you are on the ship.
Wheelchair cabins 0
Wheelchair access is unsuitable. The ship has no special provisions for severely handicapped persons. Doors are heavy and not too wide. Outside doors have sills. Metal decks can be slippery and icy.  Hoists are not provided and passengers will need to bring their own.
Lifts 0
The rating for children is Unsuitable. There are no children's facilities. 

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