M/V Plancius

M/V "Plancius" was built in 1976 as an oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy and was named "Hr. Ms. Tydeman". M/V "Plancius" can accommodate 110 passengers in 53 passenger cabins with private toilet and shower: 26 twin cabins with window, 2 twin deluxe cabins, 10 superior cabins, 9 twin porthole cabins, 2 triple porthole cabins, 4 quadruple porthole cabins. All cabins offer lower berths (either two single beds or one queen-size bed), except for the 4 quadruple cabins (2 bunk beds), and 2 triple cabins (1 bunk bed plus 1 lower bed). The vessel offers a restaurant/lecture room and a spacious observation lounge with large windows, offering full panorama view. M/V "Plancius" has large open deck spaces, 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. Voyages in the Arctic and Antarctic regions are primarily defined by an exploratory educational travel program, spending as much time ashore as possible.

Special interest activities are available for everyone: Field Camping, Scuba Diving, Kayaking, Mountaineering, Photo Workshop, Snowshoeing, Zodiac Cruising. Plancius is equipped with all specialist gear needed to enjoy the outdoor activities: Tents, Sleeping bags, Snowshoes, Kayaks, Rubber boots with grip sole, Outdoor jackets, etc. The vessel is equipped with a diesel-electric propulsion system which reduces the noise and vibration of the engines considerably. The vessel is ice-strengthened and was specially built for oceanographic voyages. M/V "Plancius" is manned by 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.

Antarctic Peninsula - "Basecamp Plancius"

from $8300

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Antarctic Peninsula - "Basecamp Plancius"

"Basecamp" activities include: overnight camping, kayaking, mountaineering, snowshoeing.

11 Days and 10 Nights


Price valid on the November 8-18, 2016 cruise. Based on Twin Porthole cabin accommodations. Call us for rates on other 'Basecamp Plancius' cruises and all other Plancius and Ortelius Antarctic cruises.

All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes.
Luggage transfer from pick-up point in Ushuaia to the vessel on the day of embarkation.
Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation).
All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
Comprehensive pre-departure material.
“Basecamp” cruise programs include all offered activities (camping, kayaking, snowshoe/hiking, mountaineering).


Not Included


  • Passengers:  116 in 53 cabins
  • Staff & crew:  47
  • Length:  89 meters/293 feet
  • Breadth:  14.5 meters/47 feet
  • Ice Class:  1D (Plancius has a Lloyds class notation 100A1)
  • Speed:  10 - 12 knots maximum


M/V “Plancius” accommodates 116 passengers in 53 passenger cabins with private toilet and shower in 4 quadruple porthole cabins, 2 triple porthole cabins, 9 twin porthole cabins, 26 twin cabins with window and 2 twin deluxe cabins, all  and 10 twin superior cabins . All cabins offer lower berths (one queen-size bed in the Superior cabins and two single beds in the Twin cabins), except for the 4 quadruple cabins (for 4 persons in 2 upper and lower beds), and 2 triple cabins (1 bunk bed plus 1 lower bed).



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