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Accommodating up to 114 passengers in a variety of cabins, the Plancius is an excellent choice for wildlife cruises in the Polar region.

Built in 1976, she has a long history as a hydrographic research vessel in the service of the Dutch government, and underwent a total refit and refurbishment in 2006 to prepare her to carry passengers to both Antarctica and the Arctic. With both bow and stern thrusters, the ship can manoeuvre in and out of the most interesting places safely. 

Cabins range from triple to superior, all with outside view and private facilities. The large open deck spaces offer excellent opportunities to watch wildlife, and the two starboard-side gangways guarantee smooth Zodiac operations.

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Key info

  • Length: 89 m (293 feet) metres
  • Passengers: 116 in 53 cabins
  • Crew and staff: 45

wildlife trips

Plancius offers the following cabin classes:

Quadruple with private facilities

  • Location: Deck 2
  • Beds: 2 upper & lower berths
  • External view: Porthole
  • En suite facilities: Hairdryer, Shower, Toilet, TV

Twin with private facilities

  • Location: Deck 3
  • Beds: 2 lower berths
  • External view: Porthole (cabins with window on Deck 4 available at a supplement)
  • En suite facilities: Hairdryer, Shower, Toilet, TV

Triple with private facilities

  • Location: Deck 2
  • Beds: 1 upper berth & 2 lower berths
  • External view: Porthole
  • En suite facilities: Hairdryer, Shower, Toilet, TV

Twin deluxe with private facilities

  • Location: Deck 4
  • Beds: 2 lower berths
  • External view: 2 windows
  • En suite facilities: Hairdryer, Shower, Toilet, TV

Double superior with private facilities

  • Location: Decks 4 & 5
  • Beds: 1 double bed and 1 sofa bed
  • External view: 2 windows
  • En suite facilities: Hairdryer, Shower, Toilet, Fridge, TV

Wildlife trips

This cruise vessel is featured in the following itineraries:

Around Spitsbergen

Sail through a wonderland of mountain and glacial scenery and enjoy spectacular wildlife encounters in this polar bear and birdwatchers paradise. Highlights include an exhilarating ride along the spectacular 14th of July Glacier, where large numbers of kittiwakes and Brunnichs guillemots nest on the nearby cliffs.

  • When to go: May-Oct
  • Duration exc. flights: 10-11 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £4,785 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Classic Antarctica

This voyage is a perfect introduction to the Antarctic, visiting prime wildlife sites along the Peninsula and in the nearby South Shetland islands. Encounter huge rookeries of gentoo, chinstrap and Adelie penguins, beaches adorned with wallowing elephant seals, and whales and dolphins along the way.

  • When to go: Nov-Mar
  • Duration exc. flights: 10-11 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £4,590 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Crossing the Polar Circle

The aim of this voyage is to reach as far south as weather and ice conditions will permit, and cross the Antarctic Circle, a feat that only a few will ever accomplish. En route you will navigate awe-inspiring waterways, littered with giant icebergs, whilst being followed by an array of seabirds and several whale species.

  • When to go: Nov-Mar
  • Duration exc. flights: 12-14 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £7,085 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

East Greenland

Sailing north from Reykjavik, this voyage explores Greenland and its surrounding waters, home to an impressive array of wildlife – you will undoubtedly be accompanied by fulmars, kittiwakes and rafts of guillemots. The autumn scenery is dramatic, with vivid colours by day and the spectacular northern lights by night.

  • When to go: May-Oct
  • Duration exc. flights: 8 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £3,695 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Great Antarctic Voyage

This ultimate Antarctic experience marries the phenomenal wildlife of the sub-Antarctic islands of the Falklands and South Georgia to the pristine beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula. Explore dramatic wilderness areas and visit huge penguin colonies, all amongst hauntingly beautiful polar scenery.

  • When to go: Nov-Mar
  • Duration exc. flights: 19-20 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £11,900 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

North Spitsbergen

This one week voyage provides an intoxicating mix of astonishing landscapes, stunning coastline and spectacular wildlife, including huge colonies of seabirds, walruses, whales, Arctic foxes and polar bears. The long daylight hours offer maximum time to appreciate this breathtaking land of ice to the full.

  • When to go: May-Oct
  • Duration exc. flights: 8 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £3,995 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Spitsbergen, Greenland & Iceland

Sailing amid awe inspiring scenery of fjords and glaciers, this comprehensive itinerary starts in Spitsbergen, home to the world's highest population of polar bears. Continuing across the Greenland Sea, orcas and dolphins follow in your wake, and there are chances to see walrus, Arctic hare and musk ox.

  • When to go: May-Oct
  • Duration exc. flights: 13-14 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £6,345 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour