Angular and impressive, this looming, nuclear powered ice breaker displaces 23,500 tons and, with a beam of 30 metres against a length of 150 metres, she is an extremely wide and stable ship, capable of scything through as much as five metres of ice at a time.
Yamal operates strictly in the vast wastes of the Arctic, making three round trips each year to the North Pole itself. She carries twin helicopters on the fantail.
Cabins and public rooms are mostly housed in the massive forward tower structure up forward. Yamal has fifty cabins and suites, and her one hundred guests are served by a crew of one hundred and forty.
Creature comforts are far from neglected. There is a forward facing dining room, offering an international menu with open seating, as well as a lounge, library and auditorium for lectures. As the perfect compliment to cold days at sea, Yamal also offers a heated indoor swimming pool and sauna, plus an exercise room, together with a small shop and clinic.
One of a class of five similar ships this sturdy, 1992 built icebreaker is a robust, comfortable way of seeing one of the planet’s last true wildernesses.
Fifty cabins and suites in total, all with private facilities and located in the forward superstructure of the ship, and arranged as follows:
- Twin cabins with one bed and one convertible sofa, from 137- 155 sq. ft. Some cabins have single beds and a convertible sofa
- Mini suites with sitting area, curtained bedroom and shower only, 240 sq. ft
- Suites with views over the bow. Living room with television and video recorder. Separate bedroom, bathroom with full bath and shower. 350 sq. ft.
Mainly revolves around the lecture programmes tailored to the unique environment, but there is also a comfortable lounge with its own bar.
- Indoor heated pool with sauna and gymnasium
- Small shop
- Open seating dining room serving a selection of international favourites
- Panoramic lounge
- Auditorium style theatre for lectures and presentations
- Two helicopters