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The Plancius Bar and observation Plancius lounge area. Bar and observation room Modern and comfortable lounge Dining room Plancius' Library
Lemaire channel reflection
$7,950
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Antarctic Peninsula

11 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • Sail across the Drake Passage
  • Cruise between icebergs & fjords
  • Observe penguins, albatross & more
  • Enjoy trips ashore each day
The great star-actors of Antarctica are the penguins and in total seven species could appear before your very own eyes on this special 11-day Antarctic cruise. This classic Antarctic cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula is a popular way to maximize your polar voyage experience.
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctica Peninsula, Cuverville Island, Deception Island Antarctica, Drake Passage, Half Moon Island, Neko Harbor, Paradise Bay Antarctica, Petermann Island, Pleneau Bay, Port Lockroy, Port of Ushuaia, South Shetland Islands
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Stunning views from your zodiac cruise
$7,200
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Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Plancius

11 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
Take part on this unique 11-day Antarctic expedition cruise, where the ship becomes a base camp throughout your voyage. “Base camp” by definition is a temporary storing and starting place, from which an activity starts. "Activity modules,” which go beyond normal shore programs, are provided throughout the duration of your voyage.
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, Drake Passage, Neumayer Channel, Paradise Bay Antarctica, Port of Ushuaia
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Ski the Arctic.
$7,950
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Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Plancius

12 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • Encounter humpback & minke whales
  • Hike near shore & up hilltops
  • View Adelie & gentoo penguins
  • Kayak between icebergs
With the MV Plancius as your basecamp, explore Antarctica by land and sea on this 12-day polar adventure. Spend each day ashore participating in wide-ranging activities such as hiking, kayaking, mountaineering, and camping. Experience all Antarctica has to offer!
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Photography, Scuba Diving, Trekking & Hiking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Drake Passage, Port of Ushuaia, Waddington Bay Antarctica, Wiencke Island
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A group of travellers sail around a penguin colony off the shores of Antarctica
$5,550
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Antarctic Peninsula - Whale Watching Voyage

10 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • Sail across the Drake Passage
  • Set foot on the Antarctic Continent
  • Zodiac cruise by alpine peaks
  • Observe humpback and minke whales
Embark on this 10-day classic Antarctic cruise to wondrous landscapes found in one of the harshest environments on Earth… and yet teeming with an amazing variety of wildlife found in the air, swimming under the clean clear waters, and across the land.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Scuba Diving, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Drake Passage, Port of Ushuaia, South Shetland Islands
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Giant whale jaw in the arctic
$4,900
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Around Spitsbergen

10 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • Visit an important research center
  • Discover former whaling settlements
  • Board Zodiacs for shore excursions
  • Encounter a vast array of wildlife
Board the MV Plancius for an exciting 10-day Arctic expedition cruise around Spitsbergen. Visit former whaling sites, a research center, and historical sites to learn about the treacherous past of arctic exploration. Marvel at the dynamic landscapes of the region and observe the unique wildlife that call the arctic home.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Arctic, Asia, Canada, Europe, Greenland, Iceland, North America, Norway, Scandinavia, Svalbard, Western Europe, Ahlstrandhalvøya, Andoya, Freemansundet, Hinlopen Strait (Hinlopenstretet), Hornsund, Laagoya, Longyearbyen, Ny Alesund, Phippsoya
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A single home in the desolate arctic.
$4,900
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Around Spitsbergen with Kvitøya

10 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • Visit Ny-Alesund
  • See reindeer, walrus, and whales
  • Climb Soraberget to view the icecap
  • Explore rarely-visited Kvitøya
This 10-day cruise around Spitsbergen gives you a great chance to see whales, foxes, reindeer, seals, and polar bears. The expedition makes a landing on the island of Kvitøya, a site of historical significance, and home of a large walrus population.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Ahlstrandhalvøya, Freemansundet, Hornsund, Krossfjorden, Kvitøya, Longyearbyen, Nordaustlandet, Phippsoya
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Local market located on the Cape Verde Islands.
$1,050
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Atlantic Odyssey

7 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • Observe the sooty tern colony
  • Witness avian spring migration
  • Cross the equator line
  • Stroll around the city of Praia
Take part in this 7-day expedition through the Atlantic Ocean aboard the MV Plancius. On your way to Cape Verdes Island witness the northbound spring migration of northern birds such as arctic terns and long-tailed skuas.
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Ascension Island, Praia
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Town on the Cape Verde Islands.
$1,050
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Atlantic Odyssey, Ascension to Praia

7 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • Witness avian northbound migration
  • Visit remote islands as you cruise
  • Observe Cidade Velha´s fortress
  • Explore Praia´s history
Experience a 7-day Atlantic voyage to Praia, Cape Verde and witness the northbound spring migration of northern birds aboard the MV Plancius vessel.
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Ascension Island, Praia
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A settlement on the island of Saint Helena.
$11,550
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Atlantic Odyssey, including Antarctic Peninsula

37 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • View four species of albatrosses
  • Enjoy alpine peaks and icebergs
  • See whales, penguins, and seabirds
  • Meet the king penguins on eggs
  • Visit Shackleton's grave site
  • View Napoleon's Longwood House
Sail on the MV Plancius through the most remote islands in the world on this 37-day voyage exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and the Southern Atlantic Islands. Cross paths with the migratory routes of species such as the arctic tern & the long-tailed skua, enjoy the the scenic waterways, and spot icebergs on your way to Ascension Island.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia, Ascension Island, Drake Passage, Gough Island, Port of Ushuaia, St. Helena Island, Tristan da Cunha
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Penguins gather by the ocean.
$11,000
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Atlantic Odyssey, including Antarctic Peninsula

33 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • Sail across the Drake Passage
  • Meet gentoo penguins & brown skuas
  • Set foot on the Antarctic Continent
  • View humpback, minke and fin whales
  • Visit Shackleton's grave site
  • View Napoleon´s Longwood House
Explore the world´s most remote islands on this 33-day cruise aboard the MV Plancius, an ice-strengthened vessel. Sail through the Antarctic Peninsula and the Southern Atlantic Islands. Enjoy the scenic waterway and the incredible variety of wildlife on your way to St. Helena.
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Snorkeling, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia, Drake Passage, Gough Island, Port of Ushuaia, St. Helena Island, Tristan da Cunha
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Leaving Ushuaia behind
$7,250
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Atlantic Odyssey: Ushuaia to Ascension Island

28 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • View four species of albatrosses
  • Meet king penguins & elephant seals
  • Enjoy amazing scenery and wildlife
  • Explore St. Helena island
  • Visit several remote islands
Take part in this unique 28-day voyage through the South Atlantic Ocean. Embark the MV Plancius for an exploration of South Georgia, Tristan da Cunha, St. Helena, and Ascension Island. Prepare yourself to view rare species such as the king penguin, elephant seal, and egg-laying green turtle.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Africa, Antarctica, South Georgia, Ascension Island, Drake Passage, Gough Island, Port of Ushuaia, St. Helena Island, Tristan da Cunha
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Birds of Ascension Island
$6,700
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Atlantic Odyssey: Ushuaia to Ascension Island

24 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • Cross the Antarctic Convergence
  • Visit colonies of penguins & seals
  • Zodiac cruise in Quest Bay
  • Observe millions of seabirds
  • Explore St. Helena Island
Join the MV Plancius for this unique 24-day cruise exploration of South Georgia, Gough Island, Tristan da Cunha archipelago, and St. Helena. Discover rare and unprecedented wildlife and enjoy the spectacular scenic waterway.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Africa, Antarctica, South Georgia, Ascension Island, Drake Passage, Gough Island, Port of Ushuaia, St. Helena Island, Tristan da Cunha
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Hiking through the Falkland Islands.
$12,400
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Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula

19 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • Hike along Carcass Island's shore
  • See multitudes of southern seabirds
  • Visit Shackleton's grave site
  • Enjoy wonderful glacier views
  • Zodiac cruise among giant icebergs
Embark on the M/V Plancius for an unforgettable 19-day polar voyage exploring all of the best sub-Antarctic highlights and the Antarctic Peninsula. Meet at least six penguin species, visit Port Lockroy, and pay your respects at Shackleton's grave on this expedition cruise voted #1 to observe all of Antarctica and the South Atlantic islands.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Light Hiking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, Falkland Islands, South America, South Georgia, Cuverville Island, Deception Island Antarctica, Drake Passage, Gold Harbor, Grytviken, Port of Ushuaia, Salisbury Plain, Scotia Sea, South Orkney Islands, Stanley
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The sun sets over polar mountains
$13,100
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Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula

20 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • Meet six species of penguin
  • Visit sites of past explorers
  • Explore the South Shetland Islands
  • Bird watch across the Drake Passage
Experience the best Antarctica has to offer on this awe-inspiring 20-day cruise. Embark the MV Plancius for an exploration of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and the Antarctic Peninsula. These rugged landscapes provide a stunning backdrop for the voyage and play host to unique wildlife including penguin, seal, walrus, seabirds and more.
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Scuba Diving, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Cuverville Island, Deception Island Antarctica, Drake Passage, Gold Harbor, Grytviken, Port of Ushuaia, Salisbury Plain, Saunders Island, South Orkney Islands, Stanley
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Macaroni penguin close up
$12,150
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Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula

21 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • Observe southern right whales
  • Discover the Falkland´s culture
  • Bird watch a multitude of seabirds
  • Set foot on the Antarctic Continent
Discover the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula aboard the MV Plancius on this 21-day adventure cruise. The marvelous scenery, unique wildlife, and exploration of great historical sites are some of the highlights that wait for you on Antarctica.
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Cuverville Island, Deception Island Antarctica, Drake Passage, Gold Harbor, Grytviken, Port of Ushuaia, Puerto Madryn, Salisbury Plain, Saunders Island, South Orkney Islands, Stanley
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A mother bear and her two cubs
$3,900
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Polar Bear Special - North Spitsbergen

8 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • Explore Longyearbyen
  • View & photograph polar bears
  • Navigate through deep fjords
  • Search for Arctic wildlife
Begin your 8-day polar exploration in Longyearbyen, Svalbard. Sailing along the pack-ice of North Spitsbergen provides the best opportunities to spot the King of the Arctic, the polar bear, while on this expedition cruise aboard the small ship, MV Plancius.
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Scuba Diving, Trekking & Hiking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Arctic, Asia, Canada, Europe, Greenland, Iceland, North America, Norway, Scandinavia, Svalbard, Western Europe, Alkefjellet, Andoya, Hinlopen Strait (Hinlopenstretet), Kongfjord, Longyearbyen, Phippsoya, Prins Karls Forland, Raudfjord
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Albatross in the arctic.
$7,950
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Polar Circle - Antarctic Peninsula

12 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • Cross the Drake Passage
  • Meet Antarctica´s wildlife
  • Navigate through icebergs & fjords
  • Sail across the Polar Circle
Experience this 12-day voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula, crossing the Polar Circle on the MV Plancius, an ideal vessel for polar expedition cruises. Enjoy the scenic waterway and observe the unique wildlife including albatrosses, petrels, penguins, seals and whales.
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctic Polar Circle, Deception Island Antarctica, Drake Passage, Lemaire Channel, Port of Ushuaia
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An arctic fox searches the rocks of the Arctic
$3,900
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Scoresby Sund - Aurora Borealis

8 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • See the Northern Lights
  • Explore Scoresby Sund
  • View cathedral-like icebergs
  • Zodiac cruise to get close up views
Experience an 8-day arctic voyage to the Scoresby Sund and witness the Aurora Borealis aboard the expedition vessel, the Plancius.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Arctic, Asia, Canada, Europe, Greenland, Iceland, North America, Scandinavia, Western Europe, Akureyri, Danmarkso, Ittoqqortoormiit, Jameson Land, Reykjavik, Sydkap, Volquart Boons Coast
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Hiking through the arctic tundra.
$6,000
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Spitsbergen to Northeast Greenland

13 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
Embark on a 12-night Arctic voyage starting in Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen), sailing along the Northeast coast of Greenland, and ending in Akureyri (Iceland). Aboard the expedition vessel, the Plancius, explore the amazing colors of Greenland, hike the Greenland tundra, and view abundant wildlife on this Arctic cruise.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Arctic, Asia, Canada, Europe, Greenland, Iceland, North America, Norway, Scandinavia, Svalbard, Western Europe, Antarcticahavn, Blomster Bugt, Cape Hofmann Halvø, Illoqqortoormiut, Longyearbyen, Myggebugten, Raudfjord, Reykjavik, Scoresby Land, Scoresbysund
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Hiking the snowy hillsides of Greenland.
$5,950
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Spitsbergen to Northeast Greenland, Aurora Borealis 2017

14 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • View the Northern Lights
  • Visit Ittoqqortoormiit settlement
  • Watch whale and seabird migration
  • Observe cathedral-like icebergs
This 14-day Spitsbergen and Northeast Greenland cruise sails waters filled with breath-taking scenery. The expedition passes through areas that are home to seals, seabirds, whales, and polar bears, topped off with nighttime viewing of the Northern Lights.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarcticahavn, Blomster Bugt, Cape Hofmann Halvø, Illoqqortoormiut, Longyearbyen, Myggebugten, Raudfjord, Reykjavik, Scoresby Land, Scoresbysund
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Passengers: 112
Ship Type: Expedition Cruise Ship

M/V “Plancius” started her life in 1976 as an oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy and was named “Hr. Ms. Tydeman”. In June 2004, the vessel was taken out of active service for rebuilding.

The vessel was completely rebuilt in 2009 as a 112-passenger polar expedition ship, complying with the latest SOLAS-regulations (Safety Of Life At Sea), is classed by Lloyd’s Register in London and will fly the Dutch flag.

The vessel is comfortable and nicely decorated, but is not a luxurious vessel. Our cruises in the Arctic and Antarctic regions are primarily defined by an exploratory educational travel program, spending as much time ashore as possible. This vessel fully meets our demands to achieve this.

M/V “Plancius” can accommodate 112 passengers in 54 passenger cabins with private toilet and shower in 4 Quadruple private cabins , 40 twin private cabins (ca. 15 square meters) and 10 twin superior cabins (ca. 21 square meters).

The vessel is manned by 30 international crew members (inc. 10 stewardesses/cabin cleaners), 6 hotel staff (4 chefs, 1 purser and 1 steward-barman), 6 expedition staff (1 expedition leader and 5 guides-lecturers) and 1 doctor.
Plancius' Quadruple Cabin.
Quadruple Porthole
4 cabins with private facilities, 2 bunk beds. (ca. 15 m2)
The quadruple porthole cabin
Triple Porthole
2 cabins with private facilities, 1 bunk bed and 1 lower berth. (ca. 15 m2)
Plancius' Twin Porthole Cabin.
Twin with Porthole
9 twin private cabins with porthole. Two Lower berths. (ca. 15 m2)
Plancius' Twin Window Cabin.
Twin with Window
26 twin private cabins with window. Two Lower berths (ca. 15 m2)
Plancius' Twin Deluxe Cabin.
Twin Deluxe
2 twin private deluxe cabins. Lower berths - two single beds.(ca. 15 m2)
Plancius' Superior Cabin.
Superior
10 twin superior cabins. Lower berths (either two single beds or one queen-size bed (ca. 21 m2)
Plancius deck plan
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