Plancius Liveaboard, Arctic

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The M/V Plancius is a 89m expedition vessel offering adventure cruises to the Arctic from May to June each year. Itineraries vary from 5-days to 2 weeks, and will explore the best areas located in the Arctic region. Join the MV Plancius in Spitsbergen on a special Polar Bear expedition, where the experienced crew will take you to the best locations for Polar Bear sightings. Or sail from Iceland to Spitsbergen and enjoy whale watching, trips to Scoresby Sund, getting up close with walrus and stunning views of the Aurora Borealis along the way. Whichever Arctic itinerary you choose, it is sure to be a trip of a lifetime.

Topside, the comfortable M/V Plancius caters to 116 guests in 53 en-suite cabins. All cabins have lower twin or queen berths, except for the 2 triple and 4 quadruple cabins which all have bunks. Spread over 5 decks, there are ample social areas on board. These include the restaurant and lecture room found on deck 3 and the lounge and bar on deck 5. There are also large open deck areas located around the ship, and deck 4 offers full walk around possibilities allowing you to take advantage of the stunning scenery & wildlife outside. An international crew of 37 is on hand, including 8 expedition staff, to help create this trip of a lifetime.

The Plancius expedition ship also offers Polar diving around Spitsbergen and to Scoresby Sund during limited periods each year. Diving is shallow (30 - 60 feet) and ranges from shore diving, zodiac dives and wrecks. Divers will get the chance to dive next to and under ice floes, as well as seing interesting marine life such as lobster, crabs, sea-hedgehogs and kelp walls. The ever changing spectre of colours creates a fantastic variety of shades. There is also the chance to dive with sealions around Spitsbergen. Dives are lead by highly qualifies dive leaders who are experts in their field, and aim to offer 1 - 2 dives per day depending on ice and weather conditions. Divers need to be experienced in cold water and dry suit diving, and also need to bring their own dive gear.

Don't hesitate to book your Arctic cruise aboard the M/V Plancius, and call us or book online today.

From November - April the M/V Plancius wil move to explore the Antarctica.

 


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Included: VAT, Accommodation, Transfers/pickups from airport, Tanks, Weights, 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
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Paid Internet
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Observation deck

Food & Drinks

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

If you have any specific dietary requirements whilst on-board your cruise, 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.


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