All the cabins onboard Akademik Ioffe, which are serviced daily, are comfortable with special attention paid to maximizing space. There are lots of cupboards for storage and, once unpacked, suitcases are stored by the crew elsewhere. All cabins have mini-fridges, French press coffee maker, hair dryers and power adapters so everyone can use the European-style outlets, as well as heavy curtains to block out the midnight sun. There are no locks on the doors, for safety reasons, and there are no safes. Valuables can be stored with the hotel manager.
Bathrooms are simple and functional with a sink, toilet and shower (except in suites) that is separated with a curtain. Environmentally sensitive soap, bath gel, shampoo and conditioner are all provided.
There are several cabins characterized by the line as accessible (though we don't see how a wheelchair user could do this cruise), and connecting cabins perfect for families. Cruisers can upgrade cabins, while onboard, depending on availability.
Main Deck Triple Share: Located on Deck 3, these 90-square-foot cabins feature two lower berths and one upper berth. One lower berth can be converted to a comfortable sofa during the day. There is a washbasin in the cabin, as well as a writing desk and chair and ample storage for all cabin occupants; a separate bathroom has a toilet and shower. These cabins are efficient and well-appointed with two portholes with the option to open one.
Twin Semi-Private: Located on Deck 4, these 120-square-foot 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. Bathroom facilities are semi-private -- meaning you share the washroom with the adjacent cabin.
Twin Private: Located on Decks 4 and 5, these 140-square-foot, well-appointed cabins feature two beds fixed in place, 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: These large cabins, measuring 180 square feet, are located on Deck 6, and feature two fixed beds, a loveseat, writing desk and chair, ample storage and private bathroom facilities. All have a window that can be opened. These cabins provide great access to the outer observation decks and ship's bridge.
Shackleton Suite: Located on decks 4 and 5, these cabins are separated into two spacious rooms that total 200 square feet. There is a lounge area 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 bed with upgraded linen/pillows, night light, private facilities, iPad loaded with region specific material, mini stereo, capsule coffee maker, fully stocked mini-bar and iPod alarm clock with audio line.
One Ocean Suite: Located on Deck 5, this cabin is separated into two very spacious rooms that total 300 square feet. A large lounge area features a sofa (convertible to bed), large table, writing desk and 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 and pillows, night-light, and windows over the port (left) side of the ship. The bathroom has a bathtub and shower. There is also an iPad, mini-stereo, capsule coffee maker, fully stocked and complimentary mini-bar, iPod alarm clock with audio line and several armchairs.