The Ships

M/V Plancius

The ice-strengthened vessel Plancius is an ideal vessel for polar expedition cruises in the Arctic and Antarctic.
Plancius” was built in 1976 as an oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy and was named “Hr. Ms. Tydeman”. The ship sailed for the Dutch Navy until June 2004 when it was purchased to a Dutch Company.. “Plancius” is Dutch flagged and has beencompletely rebuilt and converted into a 116-passenger vessel. it complies with the latest SOLAS- regulations, classed by Lloyd’s Register in London.

• Comfortable and nicely decorated, but not luxurious. It’s made for explorers
• Spacious yet small ship character, comfort & style and modern technology
• Base camp for active, adventure and wildlife minded modern explorers
• Small ship operation: 116 passengers
• Restaurant/lecture room (deck 3) and a spacious observation lounge (with bar, deck 5) with large windows offer full panorama view
• Large open deck spaces (with full walk-around possibilities on deck 4), giving excellent opportunities to enjoy the scenery and wildlife
• Equipped with 10 Mark V inflatable zodiacs, including 40 HP 4-stroke outboard engines
• 2 gangways on starboard side, that guarantees
a swift zodiac operation
• The ship is manned by 17 nautical crew, 19 hotel staff (6 chefs, 1 hotel manager, 1 steward-barman and 11
stewards / cabin cleaners), 8 expedition staff (1 expedition leader and 7 guides-lecturers) and 1 doctor


53 passenger cabins with private facilities (toilet, sink shower)
4 quadruple porthole cabins, 2 triple porthole cabins, 9 twin porthole cabins,26 twin cabins with window and 2 twin deluxe cabins, - all (ca. 15 m2), and 10 superior cabins ca. 21 m2)
All cabins offer lower berths (either two single beds or one queen-size bed), except for the 4 quadruple cabins (2 bunk beds), and 2 triple cabins (1 bunk bed plus 1 lower bed)
Technical Details
Built:: 1976 / Renovation 2009-10
Passengers: 116 in 53 cabins
Staff & crew: 45
Length: 89 meters (293 feet)
Breadth: 14,5 meters (47 feet)
Draft: 5 meters (16 feet)
Ice Class: ID
Displacement: 3434 tonnes
Propulsion: 3x Diesel-Electric
Speed: 10 - 12 knots maximum
The M/V "Plancius" is equipped with a diesel-electric drive system which considerably reduces the noise and the vibration of the engines. The M/V "Plancius" was not converted into a luxury ship. Much more it impresses with the loose handling of activities in order to provide best opportunities to observe the flora and fauna. The lecture halls are located in the 3rd floor and in thje panoramic lounge on deck 5. There is a doctor on board. The clothing on board is sporty casual.

Services included in the price:
• Cruise in booked category
• All meals on board, including tea and coffee during 24 hours
• All Zodiac excursions
• Popular science lectures on board and ashore
• Detailed travel documentation
• Port taxes