The ship, designed with a stainless steel ice belt hull 5 metres (18ft) wide, breaks through ice up to 2.5 metres (9.2ft) thick. She is driven by two nuclear reactors that produce an incredible 75,000 horsepower. In open water, top speed can be as much as 21.4 knots. The onboard helicopter is essential for ice navigation and reconnaissance. It is also used for passenger excursions to otherwise inaccessible areas.
Public areas include an Aft Saloon and Forward Lounge in addition the dining room, bar and polar library. The Aft Saloon converts from a presentation room during the day to a place to dance and socialise in the evening with fellow passengers. For relaxing, there is an indoor swimming pool, exercise room with windows and two saunas. There is also an onboard shop and massage services, as well as a small infirmary.
Twin Cabin (48) one lower single berth, one sofa bed
Mini Suite (6) sitting area with sofa bed, separate sleeping area with one lower single berth
Suite (6) sitting area with sofa bed, separate sleeping area with one lower single berth, refrigerator, coffee-maker, safe
Victory Suite (1) sitting area with sofa bed, separate sleeping area with one lower single berth, refrigerator, coffee-maker, safe, bathroom with bath tub
Arktika Suite (5) sitting area with sofa bed, separate sleeping area with one lower single berth, refrigerator, coffee-maker, safe, bathroom with bath tub, daily selection of fresh fruit, drinks, and snacks.
All cabins have private facilities, a window that opens, TV & DVD player and good storage.
The vessel accommodates 128 passengers in first-class outside cabins and suites, all with private facilities and exterior views, as well as a desk, television and other comforts. Public areas include a large dining room (accommodating all passengers in one sitting), library, Aft saloon (which is also used for onboard presentations), forward lounge, gymnasium, heated indoor swimming pool and two saunas. Views are excellent from the Navigation Bridge (where we are almost always welcome) and there are large open decks on several levels. 50 Years of Victory also has a good polar library and a small infirmary.
Expedition staff, officers and crew
The icebreaker is staffed by an experienced crew of Russian officers and engineers. With the world's largest and most modern fleet of icebreakers, the Russians are recognised experts in polar operations. The voyage is directed by a Western expedition leader and highly-qualified staff chosen for their local knowledge and experience.
Excellent European cuisine
European master chefs present an excellent and varied international menu with fine provisions from around the world. A combination of European and experienced Russian staff will serve you aboard. The popular bar is stocked with your favourite spirits, wines and champagnes.
Unique helicopter excursions
Essential for navigation in the ice, 50 Years of Victory carries a helicopter for reconnaissance - which we also use for passenger excursions. The helicopter takes us on sightseeing flights and transports us to inland sites and otherwise inaccessible shores. Seeing the polar landscape from the air - and our ship crashing through ice several metres thick - is a unique feature of this expedition. In addition, the 50 Years of Victory carries Zodiac landing craft which we may use if ice conditions allow.
50 Years of Victory is registered in Russia by Murmansk Shipping Company.