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MV Plancius Arctic & Antarctic Cruise Ship

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Hauling kayaks out for a paddle
$8,500
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Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp

13 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • Cross the infamous Drake Passage
  • Hike, kayak, zodiac cruise, & more
  • Camp ashore on the White Continent
  • Spot whales, penguins, and more
Activities:
Adventure Options, Camping, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Moderate
The Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp cruise offers you a myriad of ways to explore and enjoy the Antarctic Region. This expedition allows you to hike, snowshoe, kayak, go mountaineering, and even camp out under the Southern Polar skies.
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$8,050
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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
Activities:
Adventure Options, Camping, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Easy Active
Expedition and exploration are the focus of these voyages aboard the MV Plancius. The ship becomes a base camp for these polar voyages. “Base camp” is by definition a temporary storing and starting place, from which an activity starts. "Activity modules” are offered which go …
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Gentoo penguin
$8,050
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Antarctica – Whale watching voyage

13 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • Sail across the Drake Passage
  • Set foot on the Antarctic Continent
  • Zodiac cruise by alpine peaks
  • Search for whales in polar waters
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Explore the Antarctic Peninsula and enjoy the most dramatic scenery and biggest variety of wildlife in Antarctica on this special 13-day cruise. In addition, this departure is specially timed to maximize the whale watching opportunity. Voyage polar waters in search of massive and elusive whales. …
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Brilliant blue icebergs in Antarctic waters
$7,250
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Antarctica – Whale watching voyage

12 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • Sail across the Drake Passage
  • Set foot on the Antarctic Continent
  • Zodiac cruise by alpine peaks
  • Search for whales in polar waters
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands cruise delivers you into a landscape of dark rugged rock, pure white snow, and a fantastic variety of wildlife. Come say hello to whales, seals, and thousands of penguins.
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Giant whale jaw in the arctic
$5,050
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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
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on a 10-day arctic voyage around Spitsbergen, where you have chances to see the King of the Arctic, walrus, reindeer, various bird species, and surprisingly beautiful flora. Aboard the MV Plancius, an ice-strengthened vessel that is ideal for polar exploration,discover the remote shores, …
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A single home in the desolate arctic.
$5,050
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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
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Board the expedition ship MV Plancius and explore the shores of Spitsbergen on this unique Arctic cruise. This 10-day voyage 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 …
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Lemaire channel reflection
$7,300
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Classic Antarctica: Including Deception Island

11 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • Sail across the Drake Passage
  • Cruise between icebergs & fjords
  • Observe penguins, albatross & more
  • Enjoy trips ashore each day
Activities:
Adventure Options, Camping, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Begin your 11-day Antarctic adventure in Ushuaia, Argentina where you board the MV Plancius. Cross the infamous Drake Passage and head towards the Antarctic Peninsula. Search for wildlife such as albatross, penguins, whales, and seals while sailing through the Antarctic waters and amongst icebergs. …
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Hiking through the Falkland Islands.
$12,850
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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
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Visit all the sub-Antarctic highlights on this 19-day voyage aboard the M/V Plancius, with spectacular landing sites on the Falkland Islands and encounters with black-browed albatrosses and rockhopper penguins. This voyage also includes four days on beautiful South Georgia. Be prepared for ten …
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The sun sets over polar mountains
$15,500
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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
Activities:
Adventure Options, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This 20-day expedition cruise aboard the MV Plancius showcases the highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula and the sub-Antarctic islands. Enjoy excursions on the Falkland Islands and South Georgia before heading across the Drake Passage to the Antarctic Peninsula. The wildlife watching during this …
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Macaroni penguin close up
$12,600
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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
Activities:
Adventure Options, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This 21-day expedition cruise aboard the MV Plancius showcases the highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula and the sub-Antarctic islands. Enjoy excursions on the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and South Orkney Islands before heading to the Antarctic Peninsula. The wildlife watching during this …
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Fur seal paradise in Antarctica
$16,400
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Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula - Solar Eclipse Voyage

20 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • Disocver Port Stanley
  • Visit Carcass Island,
  • Experience the Solar Eclipse
  • Watch out for King penguins
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Don’t miss the chance to see one of Earth’s most wondrous cosmic events in one of Earth’s most fantastic places! This spectacular 20-day voyage visiting the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and the stunning Antarctic Peninsula, will turn an already-awe-inspiring Antarctica voyage …
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A polar landscape
$4,100
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North Spitsbergen - 82 Degrees North

8 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • Watch seals and walrus on ice floes
  • Walk through Spitsbergen's tundra
  • Explore the spectacular Raudfjord
  • Observe walruses and harbor seals
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Spitsbergen, the land of the Polar Bear, is an Arctic archipelago about 650 kilometers (400 miles) north of Norway and only a 1000 kilometers (600 miles) south of the North Pole. It is by far the largest wilderness area of Europe and offers some of the finest scenery and wildlife experiences in the …
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Glimpse the King of the Arctic
$3,950
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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
Activities:
Adventure Options, Hiking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Spend 8 days along the northern coast of Spitsbergen searching for the King of the North - the polar bear. Board the MV Plancius and navigate north along the western coast of Svalbard and cruise through fjords to spectacular glaciers, through ice-pack, and into remote regions. There are ample …
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A polar landscape
$8,050
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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
Activities:
Adventure Options, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This 12-day expedition cruise aboard the MV Plancius offers a unique possibility to visit the south of Antarctica, crossing the Polar Circle. Enjoy two days sailing across the Drake Passage and observe four species of albatrosses, and spot your first icebergs on your way to Deception Island. Sail …
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Arctic northern lights on a small ship cruise
$4,100
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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
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Voyage to East Greenland, Scoresby Sund, where you may observe the Aurora Borealis on this 8-day cruise. Cross the Arctic Circle and continue north, perhaps seeing whales. In the evening spot your first icebergs as the ship approaches the east coast of Greenland near Kap Brewster.
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The sun sets over polar mountains
$4,500
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Scoresby Sund - Aurora Borealis

9 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • See the Northern Lights
  • Explore Scoresby Sund
  • View cathedral-like icebergs
  • Zodiac cruise to get close up views
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Voyage to East Greenland, Scoresby Sund, where you may observe the Aurora Borealis on this 9-day cruise. Cross the Arctic Circle and continue north, perhaps seeing whales. In the evening spot your first icebergs as the ship approaches the east coast of Greenland near Kap Brewster.
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Hiking the snowy hillsides of Greenland.
$6,600
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Spitsbergen to Northeast Greenland, Aurora Borealis

14 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • View the Northern Lights
  • Visit Ittoqqortoormiit settlement
  • Watch whale and seabird migration
  • Observe cathedral-like icebergs
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This 14-day voyage starts in Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen), sailing along the Northeast coast of Greenland and ending in Akureyri (Iceland). Approaching Greenland attempt to sail through the sea ice into Foster Bugt, making your first landing at Myggebugten. Beyond the old hunters’ hut (in the …
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Beaches of Cape Verde Islands
$1,650
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St. Helena to Cape Verde islands

11 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • Sail along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge
  • Explore Ascension
  • Hike to the top of Ascension
  • Stroll the Praia streets
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Sail along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the submarine mountain range running some 16,000 kilometers (10,000 miles) from the Arctic Ocean. Explore Ascension, this dry volcanic island is a major home for the sooty tern. Hike to the richly vegetated top of Ascension, and visit the shore to watch the green …
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2020
EmbarksDays 
Apr 2211St. Helena to Cape Verde islands
Jun 178Polar Bear Special - North Spitsbergen
Jun 248Polar Bear Special - North Spitsbergen
Jul 0110Around Spitsbergen
Jul 1910Around Spitsbergen
Aug 1510Around Spitsbergen with Kvitøya
Aug 248North Spitsbergen - 82 Degrees North
Aug 3114Spitsbergen to Northeast Greenland, Aurora Borealis
Sep 138Scoresby Sund - Aurora Borealis
Nov 0121Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula
Nov 2112Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Plancius
Dec 0219Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula
Dec 2019Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula
2021
EmbarksDays 
Jan 0711Classic Antarctica: Including Deception Island
Jan 1719Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula
Feb 0411Classic Antarctica: Including Deception Island
Feb 1412Polar Circle - Antarctic Peninsula
Feb 2512Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Plancius
Mar 0812Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Plancius
Mar 1913Antarctica – Whale watching voyage
Jun 048Polar Bear Special - North Spitsbergen
Jun 118Polar Bear Special - North Spitsbergen
Jun 188Polar Bear Special - North Spitsbergen
Jun 258Polar Bear Special - North Spitsbergen
Jul 0210Around Spitsbergen
Jul 1110Around Spitsbergen
Jul 2010Around Spitsbergen
Jul 2910Around Spitsbergen
Aug 0710Around Spitsbergen
Aug 1610Around Spitsbergen with Kvitøya
Aug 2514Spitsbergen to Northeast Greenland, Aurora Borealis
Sep 079Scoresby Sund - Aurora Borealis
Nov 2320Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula - Solar Eclipse Voyage
Dec 1211Classic Antarctica: Including Deception Island
Dec 2213Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp
2022
EmbarksDays 
Jan 0313Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp
Jan 1520Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula
Feb 0311Classic Antarctica: Including Deception Island
Feb 1312Polar Circle - Antarctic Peninsula
Feb 2413Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp
Mar 0813Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp
Mar 2012Antarctica – Whale watching voyage
Max Passengers: 112
Ship Type: Expedition Cruise Ship

This ice-strengthened vessel has been cruising the oceans of the world since 1976, but was renovated in 2004 and completely refitted in 2009. Originally built for oceanic research for the Dutch Royal Navy, it now serves as a 112-passenger expedition ship in the polar regions.

The main focus of cruises aboard the Plancius is educational exploration, with the goal of having as much time ashore as possible. While not among the most luxurious boats that cruise the polar waters, guests do enjoy comfortable accommodations and great food in the company of an international crew and friendly guides. 

Several social and dining areas and various classes of cabins offer a great, warm place to recharge your energy after a fun day of Antarctic exploration out on the ice.
Quadruple Porthole
Quadruple Porthole
4 cabins with private facilities, 2 bunk beds. (ca. 15 m2)
Triple Porthole
Triple Porthole
2 cabins with private facilities, 1 bunk bed and 1 lower berth. (ca. 15 m2)
Twin porthole cabin
Twin with Porthole
9 twin private cabins with porthole. Two Lower berths. (ca. 15 m2)
Twin with window
Twin with Window
26 twin private cabins with window. Two Lower berths (ca. 15 m2)
Twin Deluxe
Twin Deluxe
2 twin private deluxe cabins. Lower berths - two single beds.(ca. 15 m2)
Superior
Superior
10 twin superior cabins. Lower berth - double bed. (ca. 21 m2)
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