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.
On Dec. 4, 2021, you have the rare opportunity in one trip to experience two of the greatest natural wonders available: a cruise to Antarctica, and a total eclipse of the sun.
Ships will maneuver the ice-bound waters of Antarctica for positioning in the center of the moon shadow during the eclipse, using technology to find the best possible viewing area in the Weddell Sea.
Departures are round-trip from Ushuaia, Argentina, with explorations of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula. Photography experts will share information about special equipment you’ll need if you want to create an image of the eclipse. A naturalist team and guest speakers will provide insight and background on eclipses and other astronomical features one might encounter in the Southern Hemisphere.
The following Antarctica cruises, will be even more awesome with the added thrill of the total eclipse of the sun.
20-Day Voyages: (Rates and itineraries)
Nov. 23-Dec. 12, 2021 – Polar Solar Eclipse, aboard 116-guest Plancius
Nov. 26-Dec. 15, 2021 – Polar Solar Eclipse, aboard the brand-new 170-guest Hondius
There are also cruises available on slightly longer voyages. There are groups already booked on these ships, but there is still some space on them. But you should book soon if you are interested because they will sell out way before 2021.
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.
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.