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  • Plancius

  • Plancius

  • Plancius

  • Plancius

  • Plancius

  • Plancius

  • Plancius

  • Plancius

Plancius: An ice-strengthened expedition vessel with comfort and character

Days: 10-19 | From: $5,900/per person

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 when it was completely rebuilt as a 116-passenger vessel. The ice-strengthened vessel is an excellent vessel for Antarctica expedition cruises.

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Vessel Information

Accommodations

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. 12,5 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 single 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).

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 4), 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 Antarctic regions are primarily defined by an exploratory educational travel program, spending as much time ashore as possible. The vessel is equipped with a diesel-electric propulsion system which reduces the noise and vibration of the vessel 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 an international crew of 37 (18 nautical crew and 19 hotel crew), 8 expedition staff (1 expedition leader, 1 assistant expedition leader and 6 guides/lecturers), and 1 doctor.


Vessel Specifications

Staff & Crew: 47
Guests: 116
Length: 293 feet, 89 meters
Breadth: 47 feet, 14,5 meters
Draft: 16 feet (5 meters)
Ice class: 1D (Plancius has a Lloyds class notation 100A1 Passenger ship, Ice Class 1D at a draught of 5 meters)
Speed: 10.5 knots (average)
Displacement: 3211 tonnes
Propulsion: 3x Diesel-Electric

Itineraries & Pricing

Antarctic Peninsula (10 or 11 days)

Day 1
Embarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina

Days 2 & 3
Drake Passage

Days 4 – 8 (Subtract 1 day on shorter itinerary)
Antarctic Peninsula

Days 9 & 10
At Sea

Day 11
Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina

Antarctic Peninsula with South Shetlands (11 days)

Day 1
Embarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina

Days 2 & 3
Drake Passage

Days 4 to 7
Antarctic Peninsula

Day 8
South Shetland Islands

Days 9 & 10
At Sea

Day 11
Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina

Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula (21 days)

Day 1
Embarkation in Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Days 2 & 3
At Sea

Days 4 & 5
Falkland Islands

Days 6 & 7
At Sea

Days 8 to 11
South Georgia

Day 12
At Sea

Day 13
South Orkney

Day 14
At Sea

Days 15 to 18
Antarctic Peninsula

Days 19 & 20
At Sea

Day 21
Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina

Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula (19 or 20 days)

Day 1
Embarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina

Day 2
At Sea

Days 3 & 4
Falkland Islands

Days 5 & 6
At Sea

Days 7 to 10
South Georgia

Day 11
At Sea

Day 12
South Orkney

Day 13
At Sea

Days 14 to 17 (14 to 16 on shorter itinerary)
Antarctic Peninusla

Days 18 & 19 (17 & 18 on shorter itinerary)
At Sea

Day 20 (19 on shorter itinerary)
Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina

Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp (12 days)

Day 1
Embarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina

Days 2 & 3
Drake Passage

Days 4 to 9
Antarctic Peninsula

Days 10 & 11
At Sea

Day 12
Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina

Antarctic Peninsula - Polar Circle (12 days)

Day 1
Embarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina

Days 2 & 3
Drake Passage

Days 4 to 9
Antarctic Peninsula

Days 10 & 11
At Sea

Day 12
Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina

Weddell Sea Discoverer (12 days)

Day 1
Embarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina

Days 2 & 3
Drake Passage

Days 4 to 8
Antarctic Peninsula & Weddell Sea

Day 9
South Shetland Islands

Days 10 & 11
At Sea

Day 12
Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina

Questions?

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Displayed itineraries are just summaries. Our travel specialists will help you select the best cruise based on your interests, timing and budget.

Pricing

Pricing varies based on departure date, trip length, and cabin type. Listed pricing is per person, based on double occupancy (unless otherwise noted) and subject to change. Please contact us for current pricing and availability.

Included: All meals on board, guides & activities

Not included: International airfare, domestic airfare, gratuities, adventure activities such as sea kayaking or camping

Single Supplement: 70% (Twin or Superior cabin rate)

Child discount: 40% in Superior, Triple, and Quadruple Cabins (1 child per cabin)

2019-2020 Season

DatesItineraryDaysQuadruple PortholeTriple PortholeTwin PortholeTwin WindowTwin DeluxeSuperior
Nov 1 – 10, 2019Falklands10$5,900$6,650$7,050$7,500$8,100$8,650
Nov 10 – 20, 2019Antarctica11$7,250$8,150$8,900$9,300$9,950$10,700
Nov 20 – 30, 2019Antarctic Peninsula11$7,250$8,150$8,900$9,300$9,950$10,700
Nov 30 – Dec 18, 2019Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica19$12,750$13,900$15,350$16,100$17,200$18,400
Dec 18 – 29, 2019Antarctic Peninsula – Basecamp12$8,400$9,450$10,300$10,750$11,550$12,150
Dec 29, 2019 – Jan 9, 2020Antarctic Peninsula – Basecamp12$8,400$9,450$10,300$10,750$11,550$12,150
Jan 9 – 19, 2020Antarctica11$7,950$8,950$9,850$10,250$10,900$11,800
Jan 19 – Feb 6, 2020Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica19$14,600$15,800$17,500$18,250$19,450$20,950
Feb 6 – 16, 2020Antarctic Peninsula11$7,950$8,950$9,850$10,250$10,900$11,800
Feb 16 – 27, 2020Polar Circle12$7,950$8,950$9,850$10,250$10,900$11,800
Feb 27 – Mar 9, 2020Antarctic Peninsula – Basecamp12$7,950$8,950$9,850$10,250$10,900$11,800
Mar 9 – 20, 2020Antarctic Peninsula – Basecamp12$7,950$8,950$9,850$10,250$10,900$11,800
Mar 20 – 29, 2020Antarctic Peninsula – Whale10$5,950$6,700$7,150$7,550$8,150$8,800

Extras:
Camping: $190 per person
Kayaking: $465 per person

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