Why we like the Plancius
- Following the ship’s rebuild she combines the authenticity of an expedition ship on the outside with the comfort and amenities of a well-appointed 3* hotel on the inside
- The ship's diesel-electric propulsion system greatly reduces noise and vibration, making the journey more comfortable, particularly at night
- A wide choice of different cabin types, including Triples & Quads, all are modern with en-suite bathrooms and flat screen TVs with streamed movies
- Twin gangways on the starboard side allows two zodiacs to be loaded at once which ensures minimal waiting time during embarkation and disembarkation
- Stunning panorama views through the large windows of the observation lounge mean you won’t miss out on wildlife sightings while keeping warm onboard
- Offers a wide range of adventure activities, particularly on the active Basecamp voyages, including being one of the few ships to offer diving
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What our customers think
Highly recommend! The Plancius and her crew, including the fun and knowledgeable guides were perfect for me. Read the full review
Stacey Rieger United States Of America November 2019
First and foremost, the entire crew was excellent. From hotel to kitchen to expedition guides, everyone was professional, knowledgeable and hard working. The food was very good, we were never hungry. Bar prices were very reasonable for a cruise. I can't say enough about the expedition team. What an amazing bunch of people who were so friendly and made sure we all got the most out of the visit.
Nick Canada December 2017
The travel experience on the boat was mind boggling, so many great stories and interesting people and backgrounds. The highlight of the trip was being able to camp on the continent.
Travis & Kalli Texas December 2017
The expedition staff couldn't have been better - each exceptionally well trained, helpful, uniquely interesting individuals. The Plancius staff has somehow managed to create a highly positive, inclusive culture that set the tone for our very diverse group of passengers and made the entire experience a very rewarding one for each of us.
George & Kate Connecticut December 2017
Brilliant itinerary. Early season cruise was fantastic with lovely snow and ice to enjoy. Expedition staff were uniformly excellent with wide areas of knowledge and expertise. Everyone worked smoothly together to get us all ashore quickly, efficiently and safely. The Captain added to our enjoyment by giving us unexpectedly close-up experiences of polar ice.
Colin & Jacqui UK November 2017
The crew on Plancius were fantastic, very knowledgeable, exceptionally professional and very accommodating. I met some great and very interesting people among both divers and passengers. Surprises included the quality of the service, expedition staff on Plancius, and restaurant quality meals!
Erika Australia March 2017
The Plancius was ideal, relatively small, quiet and clean and exceeded expectations. Have already recommended it to like-minded friends of all ages.
Graham and Angela UK March 2017
The services and food on the Plancius were outstanding. The crew even remembered my name, among all the passengers.
Patricia Canada February 2017
Plancius is a brilliant ship, perfect for people who like adventure and exploration and being active when they are on holiday. It is small enough to feel intimate and it means that you get to know lots of people during the trip.
Declan UK December 2016
After a few days, we had made Plancius our home. We had so much fun there and loved every aspect of the trip. We definitely will choose this ship again when we plan to go to the Arctic. Read the full review
Weiling Yang United States Of America February 2020
I will highly suggest choosing a ship size like the Plancius. Read the full review
Alice Chen United States Of America February 2020
The Plancius I would say is probably the best ship for this kind of trip. Cabin Crew and the food was outstanding. Thank you. Read the full review
Rainer Jacobs United States Of America February 2020
Expedition team: guides are knowledgeable, enjoyed the lectures, and the informal hangouts. Read the full review
Richard Liang United States Of America December 2019
The crew and staff of the Plancius were top-notch including the galley staff and excursion guides. Read the full review
Rex - Len Hunt United States Of America December 2019
The porthole cabin was actually more spacious than expected. The food was great, and lots of variation. I would book the Plancius again. Read the full review
Julia Eekels Germany December 2019
Our cabin was actually bigger than I thought. I loved that we each had our own closet and that is was clean. Food was way better than I thought it would be. Loved the variety and always having a vegetarian option. Read the full review
Kayla Kissane United States Of America December 2019
We had a superior cabin and it certainly exceeded our expectations. Space on a ship is always a luxury but our cabin was very spacious. Read the full review
Leon Steyl South Africa November 2019
Excellent crew and staff. Excellent food and they took care of our vegan diets too. Read the full review
Michael Wims United States Of America November 2019
It was absolutely amazing. It exceeded my expectations in every way. The landscape and experiencing the wildlife up close was incredible. The crew was friendly and helpful. The excursions were better than expected. Getting to speak with all the scientist onboard was great. Read the full review
Abhi Pal United States Of America March 2019
Four-star experience! Could not have been better. The food was excellent. The cabin more than adequate. The guide's talks superb, putting everything in context. The highlight was the ship's crew, our guides, and our fellow explorers. Read the full review
Jim Tietjen Malaysia February 2019
I would certainly recommend Plancius. It gives good value for money compared to many other ships. Good atmosphere on the boat, with the dining room and lounge able to accommodate everyone at the same time. Excellent deck space. Expedition staff were enthusiastic, knowledgeable and efficient. Many landings and great basecamp activities, particularly kayaking and mountaineering.
Tony & Jennifer UK January 2018
Fantastic experience, would recommend to anyone interested in wildlife and the history of the area. Great informal atmosphere with no cocktail parties. Expedition staff were generally excellent.
David & Jill UK November 2017
I am struggling to find any words to describe my trip; I absolutely loved every minute of it. I literally could not fault any part of the trip, staff, food, the ship, landings, other passengers. It was absolutely amazing and so surreal.
Beverley UK February 2016
Overall the trip met our high expectations and we loved every minute. We would gladly take another trip with this provider and this crew as both overdelivered.
Samarra Sydney January 2016
We had the time of our lives. We really put very little effort into the research of Antarctica and Patagonia, we relied totally on you both, and we were not let down. I can't thank you enough.
Richard & Claire UK January 2016
We are happy to say how wonderful our trip was to Antarctica. The experience was fantastic, the entire crew was very impressive, the equipment and ship were top notch.
Mike & Trish USA November 2015
Photos of Plancius
Voyages aboard Plancius
Antarctic Basecamp Adventure
The ultimate Antarctic adventure, this trip is specifically for the active traveller. Spend 6 days kayaking, hiking, camping, mountaineering and snowshoeing, all included in the price. A medium-sized expedition ship acts as your floating ‘basecamp’. Great value for money backed…
- 12-13 Days
Onto the Antarctic Ice
With four medium-sized expedition ships and regular departure dates throughout the season, this well priced voyage is a popular option. Across striking landscapes and icy seas your company will include penguins, seals, whales and skuas. For the adventurous, optional kayaking…
- 10-13 Days
South of the Antarctic Circle
By including optional kayaking and diving, these late season voyages offer the chance to maximise your polar crossing experience by exploring Antarctica both on and under the water. Travelling at that time provides excellent photographic and whale watching conditions, alongside…
- 12, 13 or 14 Days
Spring Quest to Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia
Setting sail early in the season, be aboard one of the first ship's to head south as the Southern Ocean re-opens for business. It's a special time in South Georgia with the beaches packed with breeding Elephant Seals, while Antarctica…
- 21 Days
Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Adventure
With a good choice of departure dates through the season across four medium-sized ships, this 19-23 day trip stands out for its value for money and the broad range of cabin categories available, including Quads, which are…
- 19 - 22 Days
*Note that the above measurements are approximate averages and exact cabin size can vary
All cabins aboard the Plancius have a private bathroom, flat-screen TV and writing desk.
- 5 cabins on Deck 6, 4 on Deck 5, 1 on Deck 4
- All Superior cabins have double beds
- Two windows and lounge area with sofa and mini-fridge
- All Superior cabins have a sofa bed and are capable of accommodating 3 people
- Superior cabins 601 & 602 have the added benefit of windows with dual aspect
- Superior cabin 606 is the largest cabin on the ship
- Superior cabin 502's double bed is pushed against one wall
- Both cabins are at the stern corners of Deck 4 and are slightly larger versions of the Twin Window cabin
- Windows facing to the rear and side
- Twin beds
- All 26 cabins are on Deck 4
- Twin beds with windows
- All 9 cabins are on Deck 3
- Twin beds with porthole
- Cabins #302/ #304 & #306 look out onto the zodiac boarding area and people can walk in front of these cabins
Triple / Quadruple Porthole
- All cabins are to the stern of Deck 2
- Bunk-beds and porthole
- Both triples and quads are exactly the same size
- All Quad & Triple berths have their own individual privacy curtain
Onboard Communications & Facilities
If you wish to stay in touch, even in Antarctica, you can choose from the options below:
- WiFi: you can connect your personal device from anywhere on the ship
- Full Internet access: EUR7.50 /20mb; EUR 18 /50mb; EUR35 /100mb; EUR150 /500mb
- Telephone card: EUR25/ approx. 25 mins depending on destination you are calling.
- Ship-based email: EUR5 set up fee + EUR15 for a 7-10 day trip; EUR20 for a 11-12 day trip; EUR25 for an 18 day trip; EUR50 for a 30 day trip.
Please note that this is only for light data traffic and that the above prices are only approximate. You can check your personal emails using the onboard computers to connect to the Internet and also by connecting to WiFi to use your own device.
Other facilities include:
- Plugs: European 220V two-round-pinned sockets
- Towels, toiletries and hair dryers
- Laundry service (additional cost)
“ We were right to keep the Twin Deluxe room – best room on the ship! ”
Declan, UK Customer
“ I overdressed! I should have been more mindful of the temperatures. ”
Patricia, Canada Customer
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