Type: Expedition Cruise Ship

Length: 293 ft.

Passengers: 116

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Originally built as an oceanographic vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy, the M/V Plancius is the perfect base camp for wildlife aficionados bound for Antarctica. Its well-appointed interior and up-to-date technology allow passengers to these remote regions to travel in comfort and ease. The ship carries a highly experienced crew of stewardesses, guides, and doctors to help passengers get the most from their Antarctic voyage. A fleet of Mark V inflatable Zodiacs allows adventurers to maximize their time on shore, while its special-activities programs offer kayaking, snowshoeing, ski-trekking, and other sports on selected excursions.


The Plancius offers twin, triple, quadruple, and superior cabins, with a variety of bunk- or double-bed combinations. What’s more, since all cabins have a minimum of two portholes facing outward, you’ll have abundant opportunities to observe wildlife from the privacy of your room. All cabins also come with private showers and toilets.

Common Areas

The Plancius’s on-board amenities cause it to feel like a floating hotel. They include an on-board restaurant serving a variety of international cuisine, as well as a spacious bar on the top deck with large windows for panoramic viewing. There’s also a library and lecture room for educational talks by the ship’s resident naturalists and guides. The deck areas are maximized to allow passengers to go topside during good weather conditions.

Plancius Cruises

Itinerary Maps

M/V Plancius - Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp Plancius Itinerary Map

Antarctic Peninsula – Basecamp Plancius 12 D/11 N

M/V Plancius - Antarctic Peninsula Itinerary Map

Antarctic Peninsula Aboard the Plancius 11 D/10 N

M/V Plancius - Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands Itinerary Map

Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands Aboard the Plancius 11 D/10 N

M/V Plancius - Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and the Antarctic Peninsula Itinerary Map

Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and the Antarctic Peninsula 20 D/19 N

Deck Plan and Technical Specifications

M/V Plancius Deck Plan

Technical Specifications

Year Built 1976, Refurbished 2009
Port of Embarkation Ushuaia, Argentina
Vessel’s Registry Netherlands
Type of Vessel Expedition Cruise Ship
Ice Class 1D
Length 293 ft. / 89 Meters
Beam 47 ft. / 14.5 Meters
Draft 16 ft. / 5 Meters
Propulsion 3x Diesel-Electric
Cruising Speed 10-12 Knots
Crew Members 45 including a physician

Other Antarctica Cruise Ships

Fram / Le Boreal / Ocean Nova / Ortelius / Ushuaia

Antarctica Travel Guide

Antarctica Tours & Cruises / Antarctica FAQ / Antarctica Weather / Antarctica Blog Posts

Top Antarctica Travel Destinations

The Antarctic Peninsula / The South Shetland Islands / The Weddell Sea / South Georgia Island / The Falkland Islands

Top Antarctica Wildlife

Adélie Penguin / Chinstrap Penguin / Emperor Penguin / Gentoo Penguin / Macaroni Penguin / Crabeater Seal / Elephant Seal / Fur Seal / Leopard Seal / Ross Seal / Weddell Seal

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