Antarctica Cruises on the Plancius
M/v "Plancius" was built in 1976 as an oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy and was refurbished in January 2010, completely rebuilt as a 114 passenger vessel, complying with the latest SOLAS-regulations (Safety Of Life At Sea). The vessel is ice-strengthened and was specially built for oceanographic voyages.
M/v "Plancius" is comfortable and nicely decorated, but is not a luxurious vessel. Our voyages in the Antarctic regions are and will still be primarily defined by an exploratory educational travel program, spending as much time ashore as possible.
M/v "Plancius" can accommodate 116 passengers in 53 passenger cabins with private toilet and shower.
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 starboard side, guaranteeing a swift zodiac operation.
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.
Specials: 5% discount on all USD rates Antarctica voyages until September 1, 2019 (which may be extended after that date). This is valid only on new bookings on the Plancius and Ortelius
Descriptions of Optional Activities
B = Bilingual voyage: English (ship language) - German (second language)
C = Camping: Group size: minimum 8,maximum 30 campers. Supplement: US $ 125 per person per night.
Camping is free of charge during "Basecamp Plancius" voyages.
D = Diving. Group size: minimum 8,maximum 24 divers. Supplement: US $ 490 per person.
H = Hiking. Hikes of approx. 2-3 hours or longer. The activity is free of charge.
K = Kayaking. Group size: minimum 4, maximum 14 kayakers. Supplement: US Dollar 400 per person.
Kayaking is free of charge during "Basecamp Plancius" voyages.
M = Mountaineering is free of charge during "Basecamp Plancius" voyages.
P = Photo Workshop is free of charge during "Basecamp Plancius" voyages and during voyage PLA32.
S = Snowshoeing. No surcharge, free use of snowshoes.
T = Trekking for skiers. Group size: minimum 6, maximum 12 skiers. Supplement: US Dollar 5,980 per person.
These Antarctica cruise itineraries include the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), South Georgia and the South Orkney Islands. The itineraries have been meticulously researched to offer exciting, rewarding and incredibly varied experiences but above all else the crew and expedition staff believe that flexibility is the key to a successful voyage. By constantly assessing and responding to environmental conditions at the time, they are confident of fulfilling visitors' well-deserved expectations of an experience of a lifetime.
Plancius - the "base camp" offers an exploratory educational travel program in the polar regions spending as much time ashore as possible. During "Basecamp Plancius" departures, all offered activities (including camping, kayaking, snowshoe/hiking, mountaineering, photo workshops as well as standard included shore shore excursions and zodiac cruises) are free of charge, except for scuba diving .Plancius is equipped with all specialist gear needed to enjoy the outdoor activities: Tents, Sleeping bags, Snowshoes, Kayaks, Rubber boots with grip sole, Outdoor jackets Etc.
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 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). Fuel surcharge.