Plancius (boat)Completely rebuilt as a passenger vessel in 2009, Plancius was originally an oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy. Although comfortable and nicely decorated she is not a luxury vessel. Voyages in the Antarctic regions are primarily defined by an exploratory educational travel program, spending as much time ashore as possible. The vessel offers a restaurant/lecture room, an observation lounge with bar and large open decks.


Plancius offers 53 passenger cabins with private toilet and shower. There are quadruple porthole cabins, 2 triple porthole cabins, 9 twin porthole cabins, 26 twin cabins with window and 2 twin deluxe cabins, (approx. 15 square meters) and 10 twin superior cabins (approx. 21 square meters).

Superior cabins have one queen-size bed and Twin cabins have side by side lower single beds. The 4 quadruple cabins contain 2 upper and 2 lower beds, and 2 triple cabins have 1 bunk bed (upper and lower) plus 1 lower bed.


Diving in Antarctica offers not only ice, but also interesting marine life, such as seals, kelp walls, sea snails, crabs, sea butterflies, various Antarctic fish, shrubby horsetails, jelly fish, sea hedgehogs and starfish. You may also encounter swimming penguins, sea lions and if you are lucky, a leopard seal.

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