Max capacity: 128 passengers
This is the largest, most sophisticated, and powerful icebreaker ever constructed. Twenty years in the making, 50 Years of Victory is the first Arktika-class icebreaker to have a spoon-shaped bow. Boosting efficiency is the all-new digital automated control system.
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 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.
Expedition staff, officers and crew
Excellent European cuisine
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.