• Plancius

  • Plancius

  • Plancius

  • Plancius

  • Plancius

  • Plancius

  • Plancius

Plancius: An ice-strengthened expedition vessel with comfort and character

The Plancius was built in 1976 as an oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy and was previously named Hr. Ms. Tydeman. The ship sailed for the Dutch Navy until June 2004 when it was completely rebuilt as a 108-passenger vessel destined for Artic and Antarctic destinations. As an ice-strengthened vessel, it is an excellent option for Polar expedition cruises when the primary focus is on wildlife viewing and activity opportunities.

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Vessel Information

Accommodations

M/v “Plancius” accommodates 116 passengers in 53 passenger cabins, each with a private toilet and shower. This includes 4 quadruple porthole cabins, 2 triple porthole cabins, 9 twin porthole cabins, 26 twin cabins with a window, and 2 twin deluxe cabins (ca. 12.5 square meters) and 10 twin superior cabins (ca. 21 square meters). All cabins offer lower berths (one queen-size bed in the superior cabins and two single beds in the twin cabins) except the 4 quadruple cabins which accommodate 4 people in 2 upper and 2 lower beds, and 2 triple cabins which are set up with 1 bunk bed and 1 lower bed.

The vessel offers a restaurant/lecture room on Deck 3 and a spacious observation lounge (with bar) on Deck 5 with large windows, offering a full panorama view. The Plancius has large open deck spaces (including full walk-around possibilities on Deck 4) providing excellent opportunities to enjoy the scenery and wildlife in both the Arctic and Antarctica. She is furthermore equipped with 10 Mark V zodiacs, including 40 HP 4-stroke outboard engines and 2 gangways on the starboard side, guaranteeing a swift zodiac operation for excursions.

The Plancius is comfortable and nicely decorated but is not designed as a luxury vessel. The voyages in the polar regions are primarily defined by exploratory educational travel programs, spending as much time ashore as possible. The vessel is equipped with a diesel-electric propulsion system which reduces the noise and vibration of the ship considerably. The 3 diesel engines generate 1.230 horsepower each, giving the ship a speed of 10 – 12 knots. It is ice-strengthened and was specially built for oceanographic voyages. The Plancius is manned by an international crew of 37 (18 nautical crew and 19 hotel crew), 8 expedition staff (1 expedition leader, 1 assistant expedition leader, and 6 guides/lecturers), and 1 doctor.


Yacht Specifications

Staff & Crew: 49
Guests: 108 in 50 cabins
Length: 293 feet (89 meters)
Breadth: 47 feet (14.5 meters)
Draft: 16 feet (5 meters)
Ice class: 1D (Plancius has a Lloyds class notation 100A1 Passenger ship, Ice Class 1D at a draught of 5 meters)
Speed: 10.5 knots average
Displacement: 3211 tonnes
Propulsion: 3x Diesel-Electric

Itineraries & Pricing

Note: Depending on season, this vessel services both the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Please select which itineraries you would like to view below.

View Antarctic Itineraries aboard the Plancius

Antarctica - Discovery and Learning Voyage (11 days)

From: $10,700/per person

Day 1
Embarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina

Days 2 & 3
Drake Passage

Days 4 – 8
Antarctic Peninsula

Days 9 & 10
At Sea

Day 11
Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina

Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula (19 days)

From: $16,500/per person

Day 1
Embarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina

Day 2
At Sea

Days 3 & 4
Falkland Islands

Days 5 & 6
At Sea

Days 7 to 10
South Georgia

Day 11
At Sea

Day 12
South Orkney

Day 13
At Sea

Days 14 to 17
Antarctic Peninsula

Day 18
At Sea

Day 19
Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina

Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp (12 days)

From: $12,150/per person

Day 1
Embarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina

Days 2 & 3
Drake Passage

Days 4 to 9
Antarctic Peninsula

Days 10 & 11
At Sea

Day 12
Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina

Antarctic Peninsula - Polar Circle & Whale Watching (12 days)

From: $9,450/per person

Day 1
Embarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina

Days 2 & 3
Drake Passage

Days 4 to 9
Antarctic Peninsula

Days 10 & 11
At Sea

Day 12
Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina

View Arctic Itineraries aboard the Plancius

Spitsbergen - Northeast Greenland - Aurora Borealis (14 days)

From: $9,800/per person

Day 1
Arrive to Longyearbyen and embarkation

Day 2
Spitsbergen

Days 3 & 4
Sail to Eastern Greenland

Days 5-12
Exploring Greenland

Day 13
Day at Sea

Day 14
Disembark in Akureyri, Iceland

Around Spitsbergen - In the Realm of Polar Bear & Ice (10 days)

From: $7,700/per person

Day 1
Arrive to Longyearbyen and embarkation

Days 2-9
Circumnavigate the Spitsbergen archipelago

Day 10
Disembark in Longyearbyen

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Displayed itineraries are only summaries. Our travel specialists will help you select the best cruise based on your interests, timing and budget.

Pricing

Pricing varies based on departure date, trip length, and cabin type. Listed pricing is per person, based on double occupancy (unless otherwise noted) and subject to change. Please contact us for current pricing and availability.

Included: All meals on board, guides & activities

Not included: International airfare, domestic airfare, gratuities, adventure activities such as sea kayaking or camping

Single Supplement: 70% (Twin or Superior cabin rate)

Child discount: 40% in Superior, Triple, and Quadruple Cabins (1 child per cabin)

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