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MV Plancius Arctic & Antarctic Cruise Ship

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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.
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Itineraries

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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$9,050
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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, 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 basecamp 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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A group of travellers sail around a penguin colony off the shores of Antarctica
$7,250
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Antarctic Peninsula - 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
  • Observe humpback and minke whales
Activities:
Scuba Diving, 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 12-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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Giant whale jaw in the arctic
$5,150
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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.
$5,150
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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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Beautiful Hornsund, Norway
$5,150
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Around Spitsbergen, In the realm of Polar Bear & Ice

Longyearbyen - Longyearbyen - 10 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • Spot minke whale
  • Catch Arctic fox and bearded seal
  • Discover Monaco Glacier
  • Visit Spitsbergen
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark the MV Plancius for a 10-day expedition cruise around the Spitsbergen archipelago, where you'll likely see the mighty polar bears, walrus, reindeer, various bird species, and surprisingly beautiful flora. Wildlife walks and zodiac explorations will get you up close to the impressive …
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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 this 11-day Antarctic adventure in Ushuaia, Argentina aboard 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. Keep an …
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The sun sets over polar mountains
$13,200
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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 tens of …
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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, 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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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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Walruses huddled together on the ice
$3,850
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North Spitsbergen, In Search of Polar Bear & Pack Ice

8 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • Explore North Spitsbergen
  • Visit the Monaco Glacier
  • See polar bears at Hinlopen Strait
  • Visit St. Johns Fjord
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Start your North Spitsbergen cruise with a trek around historic Longyearben, then join our expedition to the north of the island to take in the fantastically beautiful landscapes, the thousands of seabirds, and of course the star of the show, the polar bear.
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A polar landscape
$7,550
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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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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.
$6,700
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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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Penguin and landscape
$8,400
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Weddell Sea - Antarctic Discoverer

12 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • Discover rarely visited islands
  • Zodiac cruise past giant icebergs
  • Observe a myriad of seabirds
  • Explore the South Shetland Islands
Activities:
Adventure Options, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Moderate
Take part on this unique 12-day expedition cruise aboard the Plancius where your ship becomes your floating hotel for Antarctic adventures. These voyage include shore based walking expeditions, polar diving, zodiac excursions, wildlife viewing, and much more. Depending on the ice conditions, this …
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Dates

2021
EmbarksDays 
Jul 2010Around Spitsbergen
Jul 2010Around Spitsbergen, In the realm of Polar Bear & Ice
Jul 2910Around Spitsbergen
Jul 2910Around Spitsbergen, In the realm of Polar Bear & Ice
Aug 0710Around Spitsbergen
Aug 1610Around Spitsbergen with Kvitøya
Aug 2010Around Spitsbergen with Kvitøya
Aug 2514Spitsbergen to Northeast Greenland, Aurora Borealis
Sep 079Scoresby Sund - Aurora Borealis
Nov 1113Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp
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 2012Antarctic Peninsula - Whale Watching Voyage
Jun 018North Spitsbergen, In Search of Polar Bear & Pack Ice
Jun 088North Spitsbergen, In Search of Polar Bear & Pack Ice
Jun 158North Spitsbergen, In Search of Polar Bear & Pack Ice
Jun 228North Spitsbergen, In Search of Polar Bear & Pack Ice
Jun 298North Spitsbergen, In Search of Polar Bear & Pack Ice
Jul 1510Around Spitsbergen
Jul 2410Around Spitsbergen
Aug 0210Around Spitsbergen
Aug 1110Around Spitsbergen
Aug 2010Around Spitsbergen
Aug 2914Spitsbergen to Northeast Greenland, Aurora Borealis
Nov 1013Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp
Nov 2219Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula
Dec 1013Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp
Dec 2213Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp
2023
EmbarksDays 
Jan 0312Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Plancius
Jan 1419Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula
Feb 0111Classic Antarctica: Including Deception Island
Feb 1112Weddell Sea - Antarctic Discoverer
Mar 0813Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp
Mar 2012Antarctic Peninsula - Whale Watching Voyage
Mar 2012Polar Circle - Antarctic Peninsula

Cabins

Quadruple Porthole
Quadruple Porthole
4 cabins with private facilities, 2 bunk beds. (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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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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