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Among the smaller vessels in the expedition fleet, the M/V Plancius can carry just 116 passengers in simple but comfortable style. The ship is run by a Dutch company and there’s a definite European feel on board. The Plancius offers a great variety of routes: it can take you into the Weddell Sea in Antarctica or up toward Kvitøya in the Arctic.

Passengers116Crew47Decks4Length292mWidth48mKnots10.5Built1976Refitted2013
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The M/V Plancius joined the expedition fleet in 2009 after a complete refurbishment. A former Dutch Royal Navy boat, she’s fully ice strengthened and adapted to ride the seas of the Southern Ocean. Each cabin has exterior views and en suite facilities, with a range from shared four berths to spacious superiors. The Plancius is also equipped with the latest safety systems, including its communication and navigation equipment, and the most modern fire and flood prevention systems. With both bow and stern thrusters, the ship can move safely in and out of the most interesting places. The ship also operates ‘basecamp’ trips, where you can trek, snowshoe, climb, kayak, camp or dive.

Cabins

The cabins on the Plancius are relatively simple and range from four-berth shared options to superiors. But, each and every cabin is en suite and they all have exterior views. While they’re perfectly comfortable, the cabins are primarily designed as a place to lay your head, but on deck is the best place to be.

Dining

  • Buffet breakfast and lunch served in the main restaurant
  • À la carte dinner in the main restaurant
  • Bar serving all-day snacks, tea and coffee

Routes

  • Northern Svalbard and circumnavigation of Svalbard
  • Expeditions to Kvitøya, Svalbard
  • Svalbard and Northeast Greenland
  • Scoresbysund and the Northern Lights
  • Active expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctica
  • Antarctic Peninsula, the Falklands and South Georgia
  • Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands
  • Antarctic Circle
  • Whale watching in Antarctica
  • Pelagic West Africa 

Suggested itineraries

A Polar Bear edges its way round a Walrus colony, Svalbard

Our specialists suggest: 7 nights aboard M/V Plancius as part of our 9-day "North Spitsbergen: 7-night cruise" itinerary, from £3,280pp. Read more »

South Georgia

Our specialists suggest: Our 24-day "Shackleton's Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands" itinerary, from £22,515pp. Read more »

Adelie penguins, Antarctica

Our specialists suggest: Our 15-day "Antarctic Peninsula cruise" itinerary, from £8,900pp. Read more »

Arctic Walrus

Our specialists suggest: 9 nights aboard M/V Plancius as part of our 11-day "Spitsbergen circumnavigation 9-night cruise" itinerary, from £6,140pp. Read more »

Musk Oxen in the Arctic

Our specialists suggest: Our 15-day "Spitsbergen and north east Greenland: 12-night cruise" itinerary, from £6,995pp. Read more »

Activities

  • Daily landings
  • Zodiac cruising
  • Trekking
  • Kayaking
  • Camping
  • Wildlife viewing
  • On-board lectures
  • Photography trips
  • Snowshoeing
  • Diving
  • Mountaineering

Facilities

  • Observation deck
  • Open bridge
  • Internet access (where possible)
  • Medical clinic
  • Library
  • Audio-visual facilities for lectures
  • Laundry
  • Complimentary boot hire
  • Mud room