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M/V Plancius


ex Ushuaia (Antarctic cruises, Antarctica)


Quick facts - Level: First class | Passengers: 114 | Duration: 9-20 nights | Length: 293 feet | Cruising speed: 10.5 knots | Operator: Oceanwide Expeditions

Plancius was built in 1976 as an oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy. She was bought by Oceanwide Expeditions in 2006 and has been re-built as a comfortable ice-strengthened passenger ship with a restaurant/lecture room, a spacious observation lounge with panoramic views, large open deck spaces, a library, small gym, sauna and an infirmary.


114 passengers


International expedition staff lead shore excursions and give daily lectures on board. Wellington boots and snow shoes are provided, and an expedition jacket can be pre-ordered at an additional cost. Sea kayaking, diving and camping are all available as optional activities on some cruises, at an additional cost. Hiking is also offered as an optional extra activity, free of charge.


53 cabins, spread across 4 decks, all with private bathrooms and either a porthole or a window.

When to go

Mid November to mid March.

Client comments and reviews

Open QuoteAntarctica was fabulous and Plancius, the expedition leaders and the activities were generally excellent. Our biggest challenge was knowing what kit and clothes to take but in the end we got it right!Close Quote - ME (February 2012)

Most itineraries either follow or are close variants of our standard Antarctica itineraries (

Cruises start and end in Ushuaia (Argentina) unless indicated otherwise.

For exact details of specific cruise departures please just contact us.

During all Basecamp Plancius voyages, complimentary optional activities include kayaking, camping, mountaineering snowshoe/hiking and photo workshops.

Twin Cabin with Window

26 cabins (12.5 square metres) with two lower berths and a window.

Quadruple Cabin

4 cabins (12.5 square metres) on the lower deck (Deck 2) with two lower berths and two upper berths (bunks), and a porthole.


There are 10 spacious Superior Cabins (21 square metres); 9 are on the upper decks (Deck 5 and Deck 6) and 1 is on Deck 4. All cabins have a queen bed plus a single sofa bed, and a window.

Triple Cabin

2 cabins on the lower deck (Deck 2) with one bunk bed (upper and lower berth) and one single lower berth, and a porthole.

Twin Cabin with Porthole

9 cabins (12.5 square metres) with two lower berths and a porthole.

Prices per person. Where entries are not shown for all cabin/room types we have chosen an entry level example, so please just ask us for other types. See below for more price notes.
From To Nights Room type Price
Plancius: Ultimate Antarctica (Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula)
17 Jan 2021 4 Feb 2021 18 Twin Cabin with Porthole 14,950
Plancius: Classic Antarctica (Antarctic Peninsula)
4 Feb 2021 14 Feb 2021 10 Twin Cabin with Porthole 8,400
14 Feb 2021 25 Feb 2021 11 Twin Cabin with Porthole 8,400
Crossing the Polar Circle
Plancius: Classic Antarctica (Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp)
25 Feb 2021 8 Mar 2021 11 Twin Cabin with Porthole 8,400
8 Mar 2021 19 Mar 2021 11 Twin Cabin with Porthole 8,400
Plancius: Classic Antarctica (Antarctic Peninsula)
19 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 12 Twin Cabin with Porthole 5,700
Whale watching

All prices quoted for the Plancius are in Euros (€).

Single travellers can choose between "single occupancy" at a supplement of 70% of the twin or superior cabin rate, or "sharing basis" in a twin, triple or quadruple cabin at no additional cost.

Children under 16 may (on certain voyages) receive a 40% discount in superior, triple (sharing with 2 parents) and quadruple (sharing with 3 adults) cabins.

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