Plancius Liveaboard, Arctic


  • Special Polar Bear expedition in Spitsbergen
  • Whale watching, trips to Scoresby Sund
  • Polar diving with ice floes and marine life
  • Shallow dives from shore, zodiac, wrecks

The M/V Plancius is an 89m expedition vessel offering adventure cruises to the Arctic annually from May to June. 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. Whichever Arctic itinerary you choose, it will surely be a lifetime trip.

Topside, the comfortable M/V Plancius caters to 108 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 on Deck 3 and the lounge and bar on Deck 5. There are also large open deck areas 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, including 8 expedition staff, is on hand 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), ranging from shore diving to zodiac dives and wrecks. Divers will dive next to and under ice floes and see interesting marine life, such as lobster, crabs, sea hedgehogs, and kelp walls. The ever-changing spectrum of colors creates a fantastic variety of shades. There is also the chance to dive with sea lions around Spitsbergen. Dives are led by highly qualified dive leaders who are experts in their field and aim to offer 1 - 2 dives per day depending on ice and weather conditions. Divers must be experienced in cold water and dry suit diving and bring their own dive gear.

Don't hesitate to book your Arctic cruise aboard the M/V Plancius; book online today.

From November - April, the M/V Plancius will move to explore the Antarctic.


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Included: VAT, Port Fees, Airport Transfer, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Welcome Cocktails, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Land Excursions, Naturalist Guide, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries.

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Diving Package, Extra Dives, Nitrox, Laundry / Pressing Services, WiFi internet.

Book now, pay later: You can easily place your booking online. We will then hold the spaces for you and you can confirm with a payment later.

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Boat features

  • Laundry Service
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Paid Internet
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Kayaks On-Board
  • Observation Deck
  • Bar
  • Naturalist Guide

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Vegan Options
  • Fine Wines Selection
  • Wine Available
  • Set Menu Dinner
  • Welcome Cocktails

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.


The crew speaks English.

Drawings & Vessel Layouts

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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 108
  • 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