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About the Plancius

Built in 1976 for as an oceanic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy, the MV Plancius was converted into a Polar expedition ship in 2009.

The Plancius has an ice-strengthened hull and accommodates 116 passengers with with 53 cabins, all with en suite toilets and showers. The Plancius boasts a dining hall/lecture room, large lounge (with bar) and good sized deck space. The vessel is also equipped with 10 zodiacs so you never have to wait to go ashore!

Accommodation and ship facilities are simple, but comfortable and modern. The Plancius is not a luxury ship and tends to focus on the educational and photography elements more. You’ll make plenty of shore landings aboard the Plancius ship in which you’ll have ample opportunity to explore, learn and take photos!


Ship Specifications and Activites


  • Ship Type: Research Ship
  • Crew : 45
  • Passengers: 116
  • Cabins : 53
  • Length : 293
  • Speed : 10-12
  • Beam : 47
  • Draft : 16


Camping Option: $180 per person – camping info

Mountaineering: (only on Basecamp itinerary)

Kayaking Option: $465 per person (included on Basecamp itinerary)

Shore-Based Walking: Included in price, attempted most days.

Hiking and Snowshoeing Option: Included in Basecamp itinerary, offered at extra price on other select itineraries.

On Board Facilites

Public Area Facilites

The Plancius is both comfortable and basic. The large dining room has enough space to seat everyone on board and the area is lined with large windows on both the port and starboard sides so you never miss a view! The food is excellent aboard the Plancius and lunch and breakfast is generally a buffet style affair.

The observation lounge is one of the best places on the ship. The large panoramic windows enclose the lounge on the starboard and port sides and there is also a well stocked bar adjoining the lounge. There is also a 24 hour beverage service on board.

There is also a lovely library on board packed with books and information surrounding the Antarctic region. You’ll find books on wildlife, photography, history, geography and much more! If fiction is your thing, the library is also well stocked with novels.

Cabin Facilites

All cabins aboard the Plancius are well equipped and comfortable. All rooms come with private en suite facilities, storage area, desk and chair, flatscreen TV/DVD player and bedding. All cabins have an outward facing porthole or window.

Premium rooms come with more space, better linen and a small amenity kit including shampoo, condition, toothpaste etc. See pictures for more information.

Ship Photos

Public Area Photos

Cabin Photos

Deck Plan and Cabin Information


Deck 2 – generally two bunk beds. Cabin facilities include private en suite, hair dryer, flatscreen t.v, storage facilities.

Decks 3 – Twin Porthole cabin comes with 2 single lower berths, storage, private bathroom, t.v and hair dryer.

Deck 4 – Window cabin with 2 single lower berths, storage, private bathroom, desk, T.V and hair dryer.

Deck 4 – Window cabin with 2 single lower berths, bigger room than standard twin, private bathroom, desk, storage, t.v and hair dryer.

Decks 4, 5 and 6 – Window cabin with double bed and sofa bed, desk, TV, mini fridge, private bathroom, storage and hair dryer.

Prices and Itineraries

Below is a table detailing the Plancius’s trips and prices for the 2017/18 season. All prices are per person and in US dollars. Please note that all prices are estimates only. Antarctica Guide do not sell tours, we simply provide impartial advice. If you would like an exact quote with our recommended specialist then please click here.

Per Person USD – Rates 2017-2018 Quad
Triple Porthole Twin Porthole Twin Window Twin Deluxe Superior
Antarctica via Falklands and South Georgia – from Puerto Madryn – Nov 09 – Nov 29, 2017 (21 days)

$12,160 $13,200 $14,550 $15,300 $16,200(full) $17,950
Antarctica Base Camp Cruise – Dec 18 – Dec 29, 2017 (12 days)

$8,100 $9,100 $9,850 $10,550 $11,100 $11,950
Antarctica Base Camp Cruise – Dec 29 – Jan 09, 2018 (12 days)

$8,100 $9,100 $9,850(full) $10,550 $11,100(full) $11,950
Jan 09 – Jan 19, 2018 (11 days)

$7,960 $8,900 $9,650(full) $10,200 $10,800 $11,800
Antarctica via Falklands and South Georgia – Jan 19 – Feb 07, 2018 (20 days)

$14,955 $16,450 $17,850 $18,950 $19,960 $21,950
Classic Antarctic Cruise –
Feb 07 – Feb 17, 2018 (11 days)

$7,955 $8,950(full) $9,700(full) $10,250 $10,900(full) $11,850
Antarctica via Falklands and South Georgia – Feb 17 – Mar 08, 2018 (20 days)

$14,260 $15,655(full) $16,950 $17,900 $18,950(full) $20,850
Antarctica Circle Cruise – Mar 08 – Mar 19, 2018 (12 days)

$7,955 $8,955(Full) $9,650 $10,250 $10,900 $11,850
Classic Antarctic Cruise – Mar 19 – Mar 28, 2018 (10 days)

$5,545 $6,160(full) $7,055 $7,455 $7,850(full) $8,650

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