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Kapitan Khlebnikov Review

Kapitan Khlebnikov
Kapitan Khlebnikov
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Sarah Schlichter
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Kapitan Khlebnikov Overview

After spending the past few years as a research vessel, Russian icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov returns to passenger service in summer 2016.

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About Kapitan Khlebnikov


Sails unique Arctic itineraries and offers aerial sightseeing via onboard helicopter


Dated decor and no massages or other spa treatments

Bottom line

Older but comfortable ship sails to places few other vessels can

There are two helicopters aboard the ship, which serve dual purposes: They help the bridge crew scout ice conditions up ahead and enable passengers to get unforgettable aerial views of the Arctic landscape. Passengers also explore their surroundings via Zodiac boats, piloted by experienced naturalist guides.

Kapitan Khlebnikov offers four cabin types, all with exterior views and en suite bathrooms. The largest cabins are the three suites and four corner suites; rooms in both categories each feature a double bed and a sofa bed, as well as a refrigerator, separate sitting area, TV/DVD player and two windows. Corner suites have bathtubs, while all other cabin types feature only showers. Twin cabins each have a lower berth and a sofa that converts to a bed; triple cabins add a pull-down upper berth.

All passengers eat together in a single dining room with open seating, and the expedition team gives daily presentations in a theater-style auditorium. On Deck 3 are a gym, sauna and small indoor plunge pool. Other areas to relax include a bar, lounge and library. Unlike some other vessels in the Quark fleet, this ship offers an elevator for passengers.

Kapitan Khlebnikov Member Reviews

Kapitan Khlebnikov
Calgary Explorer
Sail Date: Sep 2016
Embarkation from Resolute Bay was a bit of a melee as our Arctic clothing, needed to wear between the airport and the KK Icebreaker, was delivered to the airport in bulk packages. Passengers had to remember what...Read More
Kapitan Khlebnikov
Sail Date: Jul 2016
Two days delay at the departure , 4 days "lost" because have to go 36 hours in Murmansk for Russian territory check-out (at least what have been said to pax ) Quark staff does best as he can do onboard - Many...Read More

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