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M/V Plancius started life as an oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy. After a change of owner, the ship underwent a complete refit and refurbishment to be converted into a comfortable ice-strengthened Antarctic vessel.

Accommodating up to 116 passengers, M/V Plancius has 53 cabins, all with private toilet and shower. The cabins range from quadruple, triple and twin porthole cabins to twin cabins with windows, twin deluxe cabins and twin superior cabins that are 21 square metres and feature a queen-size bed. Quadruple cabins include two bunk beds, triple cabins feature 1 bunk bed plus 1 single bed, whilst twin cabins are fitted with 2 single beds.

The ship has a large restaurant/lecture room and a spacious observation lounge with bar and huge panoramic windows. There are large open deck spaces, including full walk-around possibilities on one deck, providing excellent opportunities for wildlife spotting and to feast on the spectacular scenery.

The 10 Zodiacs and 2 gangways ensure a swift Zodiac operation, so no time is wasted getting you ashore to explore the stunning beauty and amazing wildlife of the Antarctic.


Length: 89 m / 293 feet

Breadth: 14.5 m / 47 feet

Draught: 5 metres

Speed: 12 knots

CRUISE SPEED: 10 knots

Passengers: 116

Electrical Outlets: 240 volts

Classification: Ice Strengthened

Ice Class: 1D

Ship Region:Polar

Designed to Ice Class 1D specification for service in sea ice. MV Plancius complies with the latest SOLAS-regulations (Safety of Life At Sea). Strengthened bow and stern designed for icy conditions.


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