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Plancius

Ship Overview

Operated by: Oceanwide Expeditions

M/V Plancius was launched in 1976 as an oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy a role she maintained until June 2004, at which time she was purchased by current operator Oceanwide Expeditions. She was completely rebuilt and refurbished as a 116-passenger expedition vessel in 2009 and complies with the latest SOLAS (Safety Of Life At Sea) regulations. Plancius is classed by Lloyd’s Register with an ice-rating of 1D and flies the Dutch flag. Limited to no more than 116 passengers and 53 cabins, her size ensures a flexible polar experience with maximum wildlife opportunities. She is 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. Plancius is comfortable and well-decorated, but is not a luxury vessel. Her voyages in the Arctic and Antarctic regions are primarily defined by an exploratory educational travel programme, spending as much time ashore as possible.

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Key Facts

Crew
47
Officers
International
Guests
116
Tonnage
3211
Length
293 Feet / 89 Metres
Width
47 Feet
Speed
12 Knots
Passenger Decks
5
Built
1976
Registry
Netherlands
Room Grades

Superior

SIZE:21m2 / 226sqftSLEEPS:2

Plancius's ten Superior cabins are located across decks four, five and six. Each Superior cabin features two windows, 1 double bed, 1 sofa bed, private en suite, desk & chair, small refrigerator, coffee & tea making facilities, ample storage space and telephone / internet access (additional cost).

Superior

Twin Deluxe

SIZE:13m2 / 140sqftSLEEPS:2

The two Twin Deluxe cabins are located at the stern of deck four and feature two windows, 2 lower berths, private ensuite, desk & chair, flatscreen tv and telephone / internet access (additional cost). These cabins are corner cabins and are slightly more spacious than the normal twin window/porthole cabins.

Twin Deluxe

Twin Window

SIZE:12.50m2 / 135sqftSLEEPS:2

The 26 Twin Window cabins are located on deck four and feature one window, 2 lower berths, private ensuite, desk & chair, flatscreen tv and telephone / internet access (additional cost).

Twin Window

Twin Porthole

SIZE:12.50m2 / 135sqftSLEEPS:2

The 9 Twin Porthole cabins are located on deck three and feature one circular porthole, 2 lower berths, private ensuite, desk & chair, flatscreen tv and telephone / internet access (additional cost).

Twin Porthole

Triple Porthole

SIZE:12.50m2 / 135sqftSLEEPS:3

Ideal for families or friends, the two Triple Porthole rooms accommodate three guests and are located on deck two. Features include one circular porthole, 2 lower berths, 1 upper berth, private ensuite, desk & chair, flatscreen tv and telephone / internet access (additional cost).

Triple Porthole

Quadruple Porthole

SIZE:12.50m2 / 135sqftSLEEPS:4

Ideal for families or friends, the four Quadruple Porthole rooms accommodate four guests and are located on deck two. Features include one circular porthole, 2 lower berths, 2 upper berths, private ensuite, desk & chair, flatscreen tv and telephone / internet access (additional cost).

Quadruple Porthole
Dining

Three meals of international cuisine are served in the dining room and prepared by the ship's six experienced chefs. The meals are not quite to Michelin-star standard, however they are healthy, hearty and will warm your insides after a busy day exploring.

 

Features

Plancius offers a restaurant/lecture room on deck 3 and a spacious observation lounge (with bar) on deck 5 with large windows, offering full panorama view. She has large open deck spaces (with full promenade walk-around possibilities on deck 3), giving excellent opportunities to enjoy the scenery and wildlife. 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.

Plancius' diesel-electric propulsion system reduces the noise and vibration of the engines considerably. The 3 diesel engines generate 1.230 horse-power each, giving the vessel a speed of 10 - 12 knots. The vessel is ice-strengthened and was specially built for oceanographic voyages.

Plancius is manned by an internation crew of 47, including 17 nautical crew, 19 hotel staff (6 chefs, 1 hotel manager, 1 steward-barman and 11 stewards / cabin cleaners), 8 expedition staff (1 expedition leader and 7 guides-lecturers) and 1 doctor.

 

Plancius Expeditions

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Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula

From USD $17850.00 Per Person

DURATION:20 Days/ 19 Nights REGION:Antarctica SHIP:Plancius

This Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula cruise is an animal-lover's dream come true. The expedition explores one of the last untamed areas on Earth a land of ruggedly beautiful landscapes and amazingly varied wildlife.

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Scoresby Sund & Aurora Borealis

From USD $4450.00 Per Person

DURATION:8 Days/ 7 Nights REGION:Arctic SHIP:Plancius

This Scoresby Sund expedition crosses the Arctic Circle into the home waters of multiple species of whale as it journeys into the largest and deepest fjord system in the world. The Northern Lights guide the way.

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Expedition to the Polar Circle

From USD $9650.00 Per Person

DURATION:12 Days/ 11 Nights REGION:Antarctica SHIP:Plancius

This voyage will take you further south of Antarctica, crossing the Polar Circle through waters travelled by Humpback, Minke and Fin whales.

The Polar Bear Special

From USD $5540.00 Per Person

DURATION:8 Days/ 7 Nights REGION:Arctic SHIP:Plancius

This seven night expedition aboard the Plancius cruises along the pack-ice of North Spitsbergen, ensuring the best opportunities to spot the King of the Arctic; the iconic polar bear.

Around Spitsbergen and Kvitøya

From USD $7000.00 Per Person

DURATION:10 Days/ 9 Nights REGION:Arctic SHIP:Plancius

Circumnavigate Spitsbergen and cut through the ice to visit Kvitøya on this ten day Arctic expedition aboard the Plancius.

Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Plancius

From USD $9650.00 Per Person

DURATION:12 Days/ 11 Nights REGION:Antarctica SHIP:Plancius

The 12-day expedition promises myriad ways to explore and enjoy the Antarctic Peninsula. From 'Basecamp Plancius' hike, snowshoe, kayak, go mountaineering, and even camp out under the Southern Polar skies.

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