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
2018-2019
Quadruple PrivateTriple PortholeTwin PortholeTwin WindowTwin DeluxeSuperior
Falklands, South Georgia, Antarctica - from Puerto Madryn
Nov 03 - Nov 23, 2018 (21 days)
$12,150
Limited
$13,300
Full
$14,550
1 Berth
$15,300
Limited
$16,300
Full
$17,550
Full
Antarctic Peninsula with S. Shetlands
Nov 23 - Dec 03, 2018 (11 days)
Camp, Kayak, Snowshoe
$7,200
Full
$8,100
Full
$8,800
Full
$9,200
Full
$9,900$10,650
Falklands, South Georgia, Antarctica - 20 Days
Dec 03 - Dec 22, 2018 (20 days)
$13,100
1 Berth
$14,350
Full
$15,900
1 Berth
$16,650
Limited
$17,800
Full
$19,150
Falklands, South Georgia, Antarctica - 19 Days
Dec 22 - Jan 09, 2019 (19 days)
$13,100
Limited
$14,350
Full
$15,900
Limited
$16,650$17,800
Full
$19,150
Falklands, South Georgia, Antarctica - 20 Days
Jan 09 - Jan 28, 2019 (20 days)
$14,950
Full
$16,300
Full
$17,950
1 Berth
$18,750
Full
$20,150
Full
$21,500
Full
Classic Antarctic Peninsula - 11 Day
Jan 28 - Feb 07, 2019 (11 days)
Camp, Kayak
$7,950
Full
$8,950
Full
$9,650
Full
$10,100
1 Berth
$10,850
Full
$11,700
Limited
Classic Antarctic Peninsula - 11 Day
Feb 07 - Feb 17, 2019 (11 days)
Camp, Kayak
$7,950
Full
$8,950
Full
$9,650
Full
$10,100$10,850
Full
$11,700
Limited
Basecamp Plancius - Antarctica
Feb 17 - Feb 28, 2019 (12 days)
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
$7,950
Full
$8,950
1 Berth
$9,650
Full
$10,100
Full
$10,850
Full
$11,700
Limited
Antarctica and the Polar Circle
Feb 28 - Mar 11, 2019 (12 days)
Kayak
$7,950
1 Berth
$8,950
Full
$9,650
Limited
$10,100$10,850
Full
$11,700
Weddell Sea Antarctic Discoverer
Mar 11 - Mar 22, 2019 (12 days)
$7,950
Full
$8,950$9,650
Limited
$10,100$10,850$11,700
Antarctica – Whale watching voyage
Mar 22 - Mar 31, 2019 (10 days)
$5,750
Full
$6,400
Full
$7,050
Limited
$7,450$7,950$8,600

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.