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.
A deposit of 20 % of the total price is required to confirm. The remainder of the price must have been received 60 days before departure date. If the travel contract has been agreed within 60 days of departure, the full price must be paid immediately.
After full payment has been received, the travel documents will be sent to the contracting party.
The contracting party may cancel the travel contract (exclusively in writing) at any time before the beginning of the trip. In the case of cancellation by the contracting party, operator is entitled to charge the following cancellation fees to the contracting party:
- up to and including 90 days prior to departure: 20 % of the total price;
- from 89 days up to and including 60 days prior to departure: 50 % of the total price;
- from 59 days up to and including the day of departure: 100 % of the total price .
Operator reserves the right to cancel any trip prior to or during the departure for compelling reasons, in which case the payment will be paid back to the contracting party and operator does not accept any claims, that may be related to such a cancellation, such as but not limited to loss of joy, loss of opportunities, etc. Operator is also not liable for and does not accept any claims for any costs made by the contracting party, such as but not limited to other travel elements such as but not limited to flights, hotels, connecting programs, (travel) insurance’s etc.
Operator has the right to cancel the scheduled trip up to 30 days before departure, if the minimum number of participants has not been achieved. Any payment already achieved from the contracting party will be paid back by operator if the contracting party is not in agreement with an alternative offered by operator.
Operator has the right in the case of force majeure (such as but not limited to war, uprising, natural disasters, abnormal / exceptional weather and ice conditions, legal stipulations of the local/regional authorities and other events and situations that are beyond the control of operator) to cancel the trip and may not be held liable for force majeure. If situations of force majeure occur before departure date and operator should cancel the trip, payments made in advance will be paid back to the contracting party. If situations of force majeure occur during the trip, operator will try to offer an alternative program. If this is not possible, either operator or the contracting party is entitled to cancel the trip. In such a case, operator may not be held financially liable. Operator is obliged to assist the contracting party in obtaining a return trip/flight. The contracting party him/herself is responsible for the costs of this.
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 excursions and zodiac cruises) are free of charge, except for scuba diving . A person can do active excursions every day or they can choose to do standard excursions for 1 or more days. 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.
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.