Plancius

Twin Tracks Expeditions

Plancius

Expedition Cruise Vessel

About the Ship

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

Arctic Rates and Dates

Per Person USD Rates
2021
Quadruple PrivateTwin PortholeTwin WindowTwin DeluxeSuperior
North Spitsbergen
Jun 11 - Jun 18, 2021 (8 days)
$3,950
Limited
$5,500$5,950$6,300$7,150
North Spitsbergen
Jun 18 - Jun 25, 2021 (8 days)
$3,950
Limited
$5,500$5,950$6,300$7,150
North Spitsbergen
Jun 25 - Jul 02, 2021 (8 days)
$3,950$5,500$5,950$6,300$7,150
Around Spitsbergen
Jul 02 - Jul 11, 2021 (10 days)
$5,150$7,350$7,950$8,500$9,500
Around Spitsbergen
Jul 20 - Jul 29, 2021 (10 days)
$5,150$7,350
Limited
$7,950$8,500$9,500
Around Spitsbergen
Jul 29 - Aug 07, 2021 (10 days)
$5,150$7,350$7,950$8,500$9,500
Around Spitsbergen - Kvitoya
Aug 16 - Aug 25, 2021 (10 days)
Bilingual trip: English - German!
$5,150$7,350
Limited
$7,950$8,500
Full
$9,500
Spitsbergen - Northeast Greenland, Aurora borealis
Aug 25 - Sep 07, 2021 (14 days)
Bilingual trip: English - German!
$6,700$9,350
Limited
$10,250$10,850
Full
$12,200
Scoresby Sund and Aurora Borealis 9-day
Sep 07 - Sep 15, 2021 (9 days)
Kayak
Bilingual trip: English - German!
$4,500
Limited
$6,300
Limited
$6,800$7,200$8,150

Insider Advice

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