Kapitan Khlebnikov

The Kapitan Khlebnikov will be your home away from home during your expedition. No mincing words: this ship can practically go anywhere—and you’re going with it. Not only was it the first in the world to circumnavigate Antarctica with passengers—it did it twice. No other vessel has transited the Northwest Passage more often.

The Kapitan Khlebnikov was constructed in 1981 by the Warstsila Company, Finland, the world’s leading builder of icebreakers. Not simply an ice-reinforced ship, the Khlebnikov is a powerful working icebreaker designed for the challenging conditions of frozen polar seas. It was refurbished to accommodate passengers in 54 outside cabins and suites, all with en suite facilities. Cabins are spacious and comfortable. Public areas include a lounge, two dining rooms, digitally equipped lecture room, a small heated indoor pool and gymnasium, library, and sauna. Views are excellent from the bridge and large open decks. In addition to its fleet of Zodiacs, the Khlebnikov uses two helicopters for ice reconnaissance and passenger excursions.


  • 51 cabins and suites
  • All cabins featuring private facilities and large windows
  • All cabins come equipped with a desk, hair dryer, robes and large closets
  • All suites have sitting room separated from the bedroom, TV and DVD player


  • Dining room with unreserved seating
  • Chef-prepared meals (all meals and daily snack included)
  • Coffee, tea and snacks served around the clock
  • Lounge and bar staffed by a professional bartender
  • Passenger elevator
  • Heated indoor plunge pool
  • Sauna
  • Theater-style auditorium with state of the art equipment, for daily presentations from the Expedition Team
  • Polar Library stocked with books and DVDs
  • Polar Boutique
  • Clinic with licensed doctor



  • Zodiac Cruise
  • Helicopter sightseeing tours

Ship Specifications

Staff & Crew: 70
Guests: 110
Length: 435 feet
Breadth: 87 feet
Draft: 28 feet
Propulsion Diesel-Electric Engines, 24,000 horsepower
Ice Class: LL3
Cruising speed: 15 knots in open water
Registered: Vladivostok
Lifeboats: 4 fully enclosed

KLB Deckplan

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