Tour Dates

Falklands, South Georgia, Antarctica - 20 Days
Base Camp Plancius - Antarctica - 11 Day
Antarctic Peninsula with S. Shetlands
Classic Antarctic Peninsula - 11 Day
Falklands, South Georgia, South Sandwich, Antarctica
Antarctica and the Polar Circle
Atlantic Odyssey: South Georgia to Ascension Island
Atlantic Odyssey Part 2: Ascension to Cape Verdes


M/v "Plancius" was built in 1976 as an oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy and was named "Hr. Ms. Tydeman". The ship sailed for the Dutch Navy until June 2004.  The vessel was completely rebuilt as a 116-passenger vessel in 2009 and complies with the latest SOLAS-regulations (Safety Of Life At Sea). M/v "Plancius" is classed by Lloyd's Register in London and flies the Dutch flag.

Perfect for any expedition

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 (ca. 15 square meters) and 10 twin superior cabins (ca. 21 square meters). All cabins offer lower berths (one queen-size bed in the superior cabins and two songle beds in the twin cabins), except for the 4 quadruple cabins (for 4 persons in 2x upper and lower beds), and 2 triple cabins (1 bunk bed plus 1 lower bed).

Comfort and character

The vessel offers a restaurant/lecture room on deck 3 and a spacious observation lounge (with bar) on deck 5 with large windows, offering full panorama view. M/v "Plancius" has large open deck spaces (with full walk-around possibilities on deck 3), 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 and 2 gangways on the starboard side, guaranteeing a swift zodiac operation.

M/v "Plancius" is comfortable and nicely decorated, but is not a luxury vessel. The voyages in the Arctic and Antarctic regions are and are still be primarily defined by an exploratory educational travel program, spending as much time ashore as possible. This vessel will fully meet our demands to achieve this.

The vessel is equipped with a diesel-electric propulsion system which reduces the noise and vibration of the engines considerably. The 3 diesel engines generate 1.230 horse-power each, giving the vessel a speed of 10 - 12 knots. 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.

Guest Comfort and Cabin Accomodations

Part of the two-year refurbishment of this vessel included the addition of substantial new super structures creating more comfortable passenger areas. Today, the Plancius emerges as one of the most modern and well-appointed expedition cruise vessels on the ocean.

All of the cabins are comfortable and well-appointed with private facilities and all lower beds (either twin or double). All cabins have ample storage facilities and a writing desk and chair, as well as a flat screen TV for viewing movies. Premium cabins are furnished with upgraded linens. A small amenity kit contains soap, shampoo and moisturizer in case you need it. All cabins have outside views through either a porthole or window.

While the staff makes every effort to conserve water, bed linens will be laundered every three days or as needed. Your friendly cabin steward will take care of that.

Dining Room

The Dining Room comfortably seats the full complement of passengers and program staff. With large windows on both the starboard and port sides, you will not miss any extraordinary sightings while enjoying the company and the food.

Breakfast and some lunches (when onboard) are buffet style, while other lunches and dinners are normally served to your seat. All meals are prepared by a team of experienced, professional chefs. You will find the food delicious and the atmosphere relaxed and informal. Dress is always informal in the dining room, but many people like to wear a sweater.

Observation Lounge/Bar and Library

From here, guests will be treated to some of the most spectacular views of their lives. Panoramic vistas from the bow, port and starboard side surround you in the observation lounge. This area serves as the ship's primary meeting place onboard. It is where you will find our well-stocked and tended bar, making the observation lounge a comfortable, friendly place to take in nature’s wonders. You can sit in one of the comfortable lounge chairs near a window and sip an evening cocktail while watching the incredible scenery go by, or you take it all in with a hot coffee, tea or hot chocolate, available 24 hours a day.

After a day of Polar exploring, many guests cannot wait to learn more about this spectacular region, making the library a popular place. It is packed with comprehensive resources on everything Polar - from the wildlife and history to geography and geology. We also have many books on landscape and wildlife photography, as well as maps and navigational charts for budding mariners. If you're looking for escapist literature, the library is stocked with a collection of novels and other fun reading for onboard bookworms.

Leica Akademie Photo Workshop

On selected voyages and “Basecamp Plancius” voyages photo workshops for beginners and advanced photographers will be offered under the supervision of a photo expert on board. Everybody is welcome to participate, no previous experience required, but you MUST SIGN UP in advance. The workshop group (up to 20 participants per guide per landing, and up to 14 participants per guide on supplemented voyages) will be accompanied by the photo expert during activity ashore. Participants with a special interest in photography will bring their personal photo equipment. During cruise days everybody will be able to listen into photo lectures and workshops in order to learn more about objects, exposures and photo composition. The workshop does not intend to instruct on how to use specific camera models, but more to give an insight on better photo results by respecting basic rules of photography. Photographers can also take part in other activities of their choice. Photo workshops are free of charge on Basecamp voyages and on voyages. The photo workshop must be pre-booked prior to departure.


  • Voyage aboard the designated vessel as indicated in the itinerary.
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
  • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes aboard ‘Plancius’.
  • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation).
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.

Not Included

  • Any airfare whether on scheduled or charter flights.
  • Pre- and post land arrangements.
  • Transfers to the vessel.
  • Passport and visa expenses.
  • Government arrival and departure taxes.
  • Meals ashore.
  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended).
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • All items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
  • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).
  • Possible fuel surcharges
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Rates 2015-2016
Quadruple Private
Triple Porthole
Twin Porthole
Twin Window
Twin Deluxe
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
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Bi-Lingual English/Chinese
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Camp, Kayak, Snowshoe
- Very Limited Availability -
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
- Limited Availability -
Camp, Kayak
- Very Limited Availability -
Camp, Kayak
- Limited Availability -
Whale Watching Voyage
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Single Supplement is 1.7 times the standard rate. We can pair you with another person of the same gender in Twin Deluxe and below cabins without the Single Supplement pricing.  Mandatory Emergency Evacuation insurance is required. Airfare is not included in these prices.

Adventure options must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Space is subject to availability. Some activities require experience.

Camping - $180 per night, max 30 people
Kayaking - $465 per trip, max 14 people
Snowshoe - No charge but sign up required 

Activities are Free for the “Basecamp Plancius” voyages (incl. Camping, Kayaking, Snowshoeing/Hiking, Mountaineering & Photography Workshop)

All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

Note: 10% Discount when booking back-to-back voyages Antarctic Peninsula Whale Watching (Mar 17-26, 2016) & Atlantic Odyssey (Mar 26 - Apr 22, 2016).

Plancius Deck Plan