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
2020
Quadruple PrivateTwin PortholeTwin WindowTwin DeluxeSuperior
North Spitsbergen
Jun 17 - Jun 24, 2020 (8 days)
$4,100
1 Berth
$5,700
Full
$6,200$6,600
1 Berth
$7,450
North Spitsbergen
Jun 24 - Jul 01, 2020 (8 days)
$4,100
1 Berth
$5,700
Limited
$6,200
Limited
$6,600
Full
$7,450
Around Spitsbergen
Jul 01 - Jul 10, 2020 (10 days)
$5,050
1 Berth
$7,400$7,900$8,450
Full
$9,500
Around Spitsbergen
Jul 19 - Jul 28, 2020 (10 days)
Bilingual trip: English - German
$5,050
Full
$7,400
1 Berth
$7,900
Limited
$8,450
Full
$9,500
Around Spitsbergen - Kvitoya
Aug 15 - Aug 24, 2020 (10 days)
$5,050
Full
$7,400
Full
$7,900
Full
$8,450
Full
$9,500
Full
North Spitsbergen – 82 Degrees North, 8-day
Aug 24 - Aug 31, 2020 (8 days)
$4,100
Limited
$5,700
Limited
$6,200$6,600
Full
$7,450
Spitsbergen - Northeast Greenland, Aurora Borealis
Aug 31 - Sep 13, 2020 (14 days)
Bilingual trip: English - German
$6,600
Limited
$9,400
1 Berth
$10,250
1 Berth
$10,850
Full
$12,250
Limited
Scoresby Sund and Aurora Borealis
Sep 13 - Sep 20, 2020 (8 days)
Bilingual trip: English - German
$4,100
Limited
$5,700
1 Berth
$6,200$6,600
Full
$7,450
Limited

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.