Plancius, Antarctica

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    Join the M/V Plancius for a trip of lifetime aboard an Antarctica cruise. Originally an oceanographic research vessel built in 1976 for the Royal Dutch Navy, she was completely refurbished in 2009 to accommodate 116 passengers for Polar adventure cruises. The 'Ice Class' MV Plancius has 53 en-suite cabins on board, all with lower berths, with the exception of the 2 triple and 4 quadruple cabins, which have bunk beds. There are 5 decks, and social areas include the large observation lounge and bar located on deck 5, restaurant and lecture room on deck 3, as well as large open deck spaces with the possibility to fully walk around deck 4 and enjoy the scenery and wildlife views. M/V Plancius is also fitted with a diesel-electric propulsion system, to reduce the noise and vibration of the vessel.

    Antarctica cruises aboard the M/V Plancius range from short 7-day trips to Ascension Island to full 37-day expeditions exploring the Antarctic Peninsular. Activities and highlights on these voyages can include soft climbing mountain ranges, rare photo opportunities, kayaking the shorelines, getting up close with Gentoo & King Penguins, seeing Killer Whales cruise by or watching Leopard Seals hunt.

    Plancius also offers dive trips to the Antarctic Peninsular for the chance to see penguins, sea lions and possibly even leopard seals underwater. Diving is shallow, around 20m/60ft, and ranges from zodiac and shore diving. Diving next to amazing ice floes is a once in a lifetime experience and something to be remembered forever. The dives are lead by a highly experienced dive team leader and guides who are experts in their field. They aim to offer 1-2 dives per day, but this can change due to local ice and weather conditions. Divers need to be experienced in cold water and dry-suit diving, and also need to bring all their own gear (tanks/weights provided onboard).

    Dive trips are limited to a maximum of 24 divers and spaces fill up fast. Call us or book online today to reserve your place.



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    Included: VAT, Accommodation, Transfers/pickups from airport, Tanks, Weights, All meals, Towels Provided, National Park Fees

    Excluded: Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre- and post- land arrangements; transfers to / from the vessel outside Spitsbergen; transfers to the vessel in Ushuaia and Ascension and from the vessel in Ascension and Praia; passport and visa expenses; Government arrival and departure taxes; meals ashore; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory); 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), dive gear

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    Boat features

    • Laundry Service
    • Leisure Deck
    • Daily housekeeping
    • Library
    • TV in cabins
    • Air Conditioned saloon
    • Aircon Cabins
    • Sun Deck
    • Paid Internet
    • En-Suite bathrooms
    • Observation deck

    Food & Drinks

    • Western Food
    • Vegetarian Options
    • Buffet style
    • Selection of wines
    • Vegan Options

    If you have specific diet requests you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies. The liveaboard serves great food and you will be hungry after a full day of diving!


    The crew speaks English.

    Drawings & Vessel Layouts

    Plancius Deck Plan floorplan


    Boat Specifications

    • Year built:1974
    • Year renovated:2004
    • Length:89 meters (293 feet)
    • Beam:145 meters (47 feet)
    • Top speed:12 Knots
    • Cruising speed:10 Knots
    • Engines:3x Diesel-Electric
    • Max guests:116
    • Number of cabins:53
    • Number of bathrooms:58
    • Tenders:10 Mark V zodiacs

    Boat Navigation and Safety

    • Radar
    • Depth Sounder
    • GPS
    • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
    • Emergency Rafts
    • Life Vests
    • Oxygen
    • First Aid Kits
    • Satellite & mobile phones
    • Crew trained in first aid
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