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

Year Built1976, Refurbished 2009
Port of EmbarkationUshuaia, Argentina
Vessel’s RegistryNetherlands
Type of VesselExpedition Cruise Ship
Ice Class1D
Length293 ft. / 89 Meters
Beam47 ft. / 14.5 Meters
Draft16 ft. / 5 Meters
Propulsion3x Diesel-Electric
Cruising Speed10-12 Knots
Crew Members45 including a physician

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