A Complete Retrofit!
Historically, the Plancius was a hydrographic research vessel in the service of the Dutch government. In 2007, the current owner purchased her from the Dutch Government, and since then she has undergone a total refit and refurbishment to prepare her for active service carrying passengers on polar expeditions. In the summer of 2009, the Plancius begins her new life as a modern-day expedition ship carrying passengers to Antarctica and the Arctic for polar adventure.
Safety and Comfort
Using Lloyd’s Registry, the ship now meets the highest safety standards of modern passenger vessels.
The Plancius is equipped with all the top safety systems and operates according to the latest safety procedures. This includes new radar, communication, and other navigation equipment, as well as the most modern fire and flood prevention systems. In addition, the vessel meets the latest SOLAS (Safety of Life At Sea) standards as well as carrying a highly trained crew.
The ship has maximum maneuverability. With three diesel/electric engines, our vessel has the power to explore the farthest reaches of the Polar Regions. With both the bow and stern thrusters at its disposal, the ship has the maneuverability to get in and out of the most interesting places, safely.
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.
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.
All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
On Spitsbergen voyages: Transfers and baggage handling between the airport, hotels and ship only for those passengers on the group flights to and from Longyearbyen.
All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
AECO fees and governmental taxes.
Comprehensive pre-departure material.
Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre- and post land arrangements; transfers to / from the vessel outside Spitsbergen; passport and visa expenses; Government arrival and departure taxes; meals ashore; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended); excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges; and the customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).
|Per Person USD|
Rates Arctic 2015
Bilingual trip: English - German!
Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
All free on this trip!
German language trip
Bilingual trip: English - German
Single travelers can chose between "single occupancy" at a supplement of 1.7 x the Twin or Superior cabin rate , or "sharing basis" in Twin, Triple or Quadruple category at no additional cost.
Kayaking Supplement $380, Snowshoe/Hiking - Free of Charge
Adventure options must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Space is subject to availability. Some activities require experience.
All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.