ABOUT THE SHIP

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Built in 1976 as an oceanographic deep sea research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy, the M/V Plancius went through a 2 year refurbishment in 2008 which resulted in much more comfortable passenger areas and a significant improvement to amenities making it one of the most well-appointed expedition cruise vessels visiting Antarctica today.

  • 116 passengers
  • En suite toilet and shower in all cabins
  • A full complement of Mark V zodiacs
  • 2 gangways on starboard side
  • Diesel-electric propulsion system reducing noise and vibrations from engine
  • Average speed 10-12 knots
  • Ice-strengthened
  • Total crew of 45 (17 crew, 19 hotel staff, 8 expedition staff and one doctor)

WHY WE LIKE HER

  • ACTIVITIES

    She offers a wide range of adventure activities, especially on the active Basecamp voyages which include camping, kayaking, mountaineering and hiking for free. They’re also one of the few ships that offer polar diving.

  • COMFORT

    She’s comfortable (though not luxury), with en suite bathrooms, a writing desk, ample storage space and a flat screen TV with streaming movies in every cabin.

  • VIEWS

    She has full walk-around possibilities on Deck 3, and an Observation Lounge and Library on Deck 5 with large windows offering a panoramic view for those who love to view wildlife or enjoy the surreal view as we sail past icebergs the size of office buildings here.

  • SPEED

    Swift zodiac operations using two gangways means minimal wait time to get off the ship and out onto landings or adventure activities...an ideal vessel for active expedition cruising in the polar regions.

PHOTOS OF THE SHIP

RATES & DATES

Per Person USD Rates
2019-2020
Quadruple PrivateTriple PortholeTwin PortholeTwin WindowTwin DeluxeSuperior
Falkland Islands
Nov 01 - Nov 10, 2019 (10 days)
$5,900
Full
$6,650
Full
$7,050
Full
$7,500
Full
$8,100
Full
$8,650
Full
Antarctic Peninsula - The Antarctic pioneering voyage
Nov 20 - Nov 30, 2019 (11 days)
Camp, Kayak
$7,250
Full
$8,150
Full
$8,900
Limited
$9,300
1 Berth
$9,950
Full
$10,700
Limited
Falklands, South Georgia, Antarctica - 19 Days
Nov 30 - Dec 18, 2019 (19 days)
$12,750
Full
$13,900
Full
$15,350
Full
$16,100
Full
$17,200
Full
$18,400
Full
Basecamp Plancius - Antarctica
Dec 18 - Dec 29, 2019 (12 days)
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
$8,400
Full
$9,450
Full
$10,300
Full
$10,750
Full
$11,550$12,150
Full
Basecamp Plancius - Antarctica
Dec 29 - Jan 09, 2020 (12 days)
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
$8,400
Full
$9,450
Full
$10,300
1 Berth
$10,750
Full
$11,550
Full
$12,150
Full
Antarctica Peninsula with S. Shetlands
Jan 09 - Jan 19, 2020 (11 days)
Camp, Kayak
$7,950
Full
$8,950
Full
$9,850
Full
$10,250
1 Berth
$10,900
Full
$11,800
Falklands, South Georgia, Antarctica - 19 Days
Jan 19 - Feb 06, 2020 (19 days)
$14,600
Limited
$15,800
1 Berth
$17,500
Full
$18,250
Full
$19,450
Full
$20,950
Full
Antarctic Peninsula - The Antarctic pioneering voyage
Feb 06 - Feb 16, 2020 (11 days)
$7,950
Full
$8,950
1 Berth
$9,850
$10,250

$10,900
Full
$11,800
Antarctica and the Polar Circle
Feb 16 - Feb 27, 2020 (12 days)
Camp, Kayak
$7,950
Full
$8,950
Full
$9,850
Full

$10,250
Limited
$10,900
Full
$11,800
Basecamp Plancius - Antarctica
Feb 27 - Mar 09, 2020 (12 days)
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
$7,950
Full
$8,950
Full
$9,850
Full
$10,250
Limited
$10,900
Full
$11,800
Basecamp Plancius - Antarctica
Mar 09 - Mar 20, 2020 (12 days)
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
$7,950
Full
$8,950
Full
$9,850
Full
$10,250$10,900$11,800
Antarctica - Whale watching voyage
Mar 20 - Mar 29, 2020 (10 days)
$5,950
Limited
$6,700
Full
$7,150$7,550
Limited
$8,150
Full
$8,800
Atlantic Odyssey: Antarctica & South Georgia to St. Helena
Mar 20 - Apr 22, 2020 (34 days)
$11,800
Limited
$13,200
Full
$14,350
Limited
$14,950
Limited
$15,950
Full
$17,200
Atlantic Odyssey: South Georgia to St. Helena
Mar 29 - Apr 22, 2020 (25 days)
$7,150
Limited
$7,950
Full
$8,800
Limited
$9,150
Limited
$9,650
Full
$10,300
Atlantic Odyssey Part 2: St. Helena to Cape Verde
Apr 22 - May 02, 2020 (11 days)
$1,650
1 Berth
$1,900
1 Berth
$2,200
Limited
$2,400$2,500$2,750

INSIDER ADVICE

We’re a different kind of agency. We work on the ships, with the teams, and are currently active in the polar regions. Our insider advice is truly that - straight from the field - and it's updated in real time if things change.

ANTARCTICA

Everything you need to know about traveling to Antarctica. Including what time of the season is best for what you’re most keen to see.

ARCTIC

Everything you need to know about traveling to the Arctic. Which is a bit like our proverbial backyard/second home (because we’ve lived there).

WHAT TO BRING

Everything you need to know about what to bring on your trip. Including unusual stuff like why you might want goggles in Antarctica, or extra batteries in Svalbard.