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Innovative Expeditions & Adventures

Our expedition ship - the Akademik Ioffe As the pride of the Russian scientific fleet, the Akademik Ioffe boasts state-of-theart technology and was designed to be exceptionally stable, manoeuvrable, fast and very quiet. There is little if any ambient noise from engines as she was specifically built to conduct sensitive hydro-acoustic research. Ship stabilisation is gained through a combination of external stabilisers on her hull and a built-in ballast trimming system - known as a ‘Flume Stabiliser System’. As a result, the Akademik Ioffe is THE most stable expedition vessel navigating Antarctic waters today, significantly more so than smaller ships. This stability is something you will greatly appreciate if the ship encounters rough conditions in the Drake Passage. This unmatched stability, coupled with superior speed allows us more time at our destinations, rather than at sea, and more flexibility with itinerary planning – a critical factor in icy Antarctic waters. From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, there are spaces onboard the ship ideally suited to each and every need. There also a number of spacious outer deck areas which provide 360 degree views of the stunning landscapes we experience.

Enjoy the sumptuous meals prepared for you by the experienced team of chefs in the ship’s dining room, which can comfortably accommodate all our guests in a single seating. A separate bar and lounge, as well as a library provide ideal places to sit and relax. There is a tea, coffee, and/or hot chocolate station available 24-hours a day. The open-bridge policy means that guests are welcome virtually any time of day. There’s always something to learn from the officers on watch and the bridge is one of the best places on the ship for spotting whales and sea birds. The ship also features a sauna, a plunge pool, small gymnasium and day spa (see page 7). There is a theatre-style presentation room where we hold our onboard lectures and a computer lab with several workstations for guests to download, manage and burn DVD’s of their precious photographs. With safety in mind, there is a small, but well equipped medical clinic, and an experienced wilderness medical physician accompanies every voyage. When you step aboard in Ushuaia, you will know you made the right decision to experience Antarctica aboard ‘the Ioffe’.

Expedition Historian Ray McMahon Ray McMahon, an Australian Antarctic specialist, received the British Polar Medal awarded from Queen Elizabeth II, for his role as Expedition Leader in the 1963 Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions (ANARE). His remarkable tales of Antarctic exploits, including dog sledding for weeks at a time, are even more impressive due to his self-deprecating manner in discussing his achievements. Ray has returned to the polar regions as histrorian and expedition guide for the last eight seasons and has a mountain in Antarctica named in his honour. 5

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