Antártida

El límite geofísico norte de la Antártida está determinado por el paralelo 60º latitud sur, conocido como la Convergencia Antártica.

Sus 14 millones de kilómetros cuadrados permanecen durante todo el año bajo el hielo. Además de ser un continente extenso la Antártida es el más alto de todos los continentes , con una altura media aproximada de 2.050 metros sobre el nivel del mar, esto se debe a la gruesa capa de hielo que cubre este continente.

La mayoría de los animales que habitan Antártida, están adaptados para vivir en un mar helado. Las focas cangrejeras y las focas de Ross alternan sobre y bajo la capa de hielo, también se encuentran las focas leopardos que permanecen mucho tiempo fuera del agua. El pinguino Emperador vive en el mar helado durante el invierno, los demás pinguinos viven sobre el hielo en el verano pero se acercan al borde de la capa helada del mar durante el resto del año. Muchas aves marinas se desenvuelven sobre el hielo para cazar y alimentarse.

Sólo 1.000 Km. separan a Ushuaia de la Península Antártica, lo que ubica a nuestra ciudad en un plano fundamental para la parte logística operativa en todo lo que hace a la conexión con el Continente Blanco. Por esta razón Ushuaia es vista como "La Puerta de Entrada a la Antártida".

La temporada turística antártica comienza de Noviembre y finaliza hacia finales de Marzo. Durante estos meses del verano austral distintas embarcaciones, principalmente cruceros y en menor proporción veleros, ofrecen a los amantes de la aventura y la naturaleza la posibilidad de viajar hacia el Continente Blanco. Luego de zarpar del puerto de Ushuaia los buques ponen proa al sur para cruzar el Pasaje Drake en dirección al extremo noroeste de la península antártica, a dos días de navegación, donde los turistas tienen la posibilidad de visitar sitios de singular belleza paisajística.

Una vez en área antártica y de acuerdo a las condiciones climáticas, se realizan desembarcos, en general en botes de goma y con un tiempo de permanencia en tierra de algunas horas. Los pasajeros se alojan y comen siempre a bordo mientras el buque se traslada diariamente a nuevos sitios, permitiendo así recorrer y conocer una gran cantidad y variedad de lugares.

La duración del viaje y los itinerarios son variables, desde un mínimo de 10 días hasta más de tres.

Akademik Ioffe 

The Akademik Ioffe is modern, comfortable, safe and ice strengthened. From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, we have public spaces onboard the ship ideally suited for each and every need.
A separate lounge and bar, as well as a library provide ideal places to sit and relax or catch up on some reading. A selection of movies and documentaries can also be watched in the lounge.
The sumptuous meals prepared for you by our culinary team are enjoyed in our dining room, which can host all passengers in a single seating and will keep you feeling healthy and strong for the myriad of activities offered throughout the voyage.
Other facilities include the theatre style presentation room, gift-shop, fitness room, massage room, hot water spa, sauna and plunge pool. There’s also a dedicated expedition ‘mud-room’ where you prepare for your off-ship excursions

Specifications
Launched 1989 — at Hollming Shipyards, Rauma, Finland
Length 117 metres
Beam 18.2 metres
Draught 6 metres
Gross Tonnage 6230
Speed (Max) 14.5 knots
Cruise Speed 13.5 knots
Passengers 96
Staff & Crew 65
Zodiac Boats 10 Zodiacs onboard
Electrical Supply 220 Volts/European Pin
Hull Classification Ice Strengthened
Ice Class Lloyds 1A
Vessel Stability Internal 450t water ballasted stabilizer system
Bow Thrust Bow thrusters + multi-directional stern thruster

Deck Plan

Deck Plan

Cabins

Main Deck Triple
Located on deck 3 these cabins feature two lower berths and one upper berth. One lower berth can be converted to a comfortable sofa during the day. Washroom facilities are shared. There is a washbasin in the cabin, a writing desk and chair and ample storage for all cabin occupants. These cabins are efficient and well-appointed with two portholes with the option to open one. One triple cabin is reserved for female guests, the other is for male guests. Triple cabins can also be booked by groups of three travelling together.
Twin Semi Private
Located on deck 4 these cabins have two lower berths, one of which can be converted to a sofa during the day. These cabins have tall wardrobes with internal shelving for storage, a writing desk, chair, bookshelf, and a window that can be opened. Facilities are semi-private – meaning you share the washroom with the adjacent cabin
Twin Private Cabins
Located on decks 4 and 5 these spacious. Well-appointed cabins feature two lower berths (one which can be converted to a sofa during the day), with private washroom facilities (sink, shower, toilet and bathroom cabinet). There are tall wardrobes with internal shelving for storage, a writing desk, chair, bookshelf, and a window that can be opened
Superior Cabins
Onboard Akademik Ioffe these very large cabins are located on deck 6, and feature two lower berths, a sofa, writing desk and chair, ample storage and private washroom facilities. All cabins have a window that can be opened. These cabins provide great access to the outer observation decks and ship’s bridge
Shackleton Suites
Located on decks 4 and 5 these cabins are separated into two spacious rooms, one that is ideal for relaxation with a sofa (convertible to bed), large table, writing desk, chair, ample storage and a large window that can be opened. A separate private bedroom has a double berth with upgraded linen/pillows, night light, private facilities, iPad loaded with region specific material, mini stereo, capsule coffee maker, fully stocked mini bar, iPod alarm clock with audio line
One Ocean Suites
Located on deck 5 this cabin is separated into two very spacious rooms. A spacious lounge areas is perfect for relaxation and features a sofa (convertible to bed), large table, writing desk, ample storage, plus large pictures windows overlooking the bow (forward facing) that can be opened. The separate bedroom features a double bed with upgraded linen/ pillows, night light, and windows over the port side of the ship. The bathroom has a bathtub and shower. There is also a region specific iPad, mini stereo, capsule coffee maker, fully stocked mini bar, iPod alarm clock with audio line and several arms chairs