Plancius

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Built in 1976, the Plancius operated as an oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy until June 2004. She was then sold and completely rebuilt as a 114-passenger vessel in 2009, complying with the latest SOLAS-regulations (Safety Of Life At Sea).

Accommodating 114 passengers, the Plancius is a comfortable and nicely decorated vessel, but is not a luxury vessel. All cabins have private facilities en suite, with porthole or picture windows depending on cabin type. Her voyages are primarily defined by an exploratory travel itinerary, maximizing time on shore, in kayaks or any other way that will enhance the experience (safely).

See below for programs and departure dates. Excursions available on a specific departure are indicated with K (kayaking), Ca (camping), and Sn (Snowshoeing). Prices vary by cabin type; please contact us for specific pricing details on your departures of interest.

Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica Peninsula

A visit to the Falklands (Malvinas), South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula, is a trip unlike any other in the world. You will have the chance to see an array of wildlife, including several different species of penguins, whales, seals and birds. In conjunction with the diverse wildlife you will also learn about the unique history and industries that at different times flourished in the Southern Ocean. For those looking to experience nature at its best, this trip is it.

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Sunday, November 03, 2013 20 $11,500 $16,950 Sn
Monday, December 02, 2013 19 $11,500 $16,950 K
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 19 $13,250 $19,700
Saturday, January 18, 2014 19 $13,250 $19,700

Discovering the Antarctic Peninsula

This expedition offers the chance to discover the best of the magnificent Antarctic Peninsula, the continent’s most northern region. Consisting of a 500 mile long mountain chain that protrudes north towards the southern tip of South America, the Antarctic Peninsula is home to abundant wildlife, including several different species of penguins, seals, whales and marine birds.

Cruising south from Ushuaia, you start by crossing the Drake Passage, often an excellent place to see whales and other marine life. You will then spend the next 4 to 5 days (depending on the exact departure) navigating the ice-laden waters of the Antarctic Peninsula and enjoying the breathtaking scenery in places such as Paradise Bay, Port Lockroy and Petermann Island. You will learn about the natural, geographic and human history of this remote land before sailing back through the Lemaire Channel and returning to Ushuaia.

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Wednesday, February 05, 2014 11 $7,500 $11,150 Ca,K
Saturday, February 15, 2014 11 $7,500 $11,150

Discovering the Antarctic Peninsula “Basecamp”

For the adventurous soul this trip is not to be missed. Following much of the same route as “Discovering the Antarctic Peninsula”, the “Basecamp” departure spends more time in select sites to allow for a truly personal experience on the Peninsula. The extra activities range from camping to kayaking to mountaineering and even scuba diving, giving you a chance to challenge yourself and experience the remoteness of the Antarctic Peninsula.

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Friday, November 22, 2013 11 $6,600 $9,850 Ca,D,K,M,P,Sn
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 12 $7,300 $10,850 Ca,D,K,M,P,Sn

Discovering the Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetlands

Following the “Discovering the Antarctic Peninsula” itinerary, this trip makes its first stops in the South Shetlands, making visits to Deception Island and Neptune’s Bellow. These are welcome sightings after two days at sea. After stretching your legs with a few land excursions you’ll then set off to explore the Antarctic Peninsula, making visits to iconic spots like Paradise Bay, Port Lockroy and Petermann Island.

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Friday, December 20, 2013 12 $7,900 $11,700 Ca,K,Sn

Crossing the Circle: Southern Exploration

This expedition takes your visit to the Antarctic Peninsula a bit further, extending your time on the continent long enough to venture across Latitude 66° 33° South, marking the Antarctic Territory. Along the way you will have the opportunity to see several different kinds of seals, penguins whales and birds, and as you continue south where most vessels turn around, you will also be able to spend time at far less-frequented sites.

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Saturday, March 08, 2014 12 $7,300 $10,850 D,K

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