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  • Plancius is classed by Lloyd's Register in London and flies the Dutch flag. Photo by Delphine Aures

  • Plancius Superior cabins feature two to three windows, one double bed and a sofa bed.

  • A Plancius Superior cabin with three windows.

  • Plancius Twin Deluxe cabins are more spacious corner rooms.

  • Plancius Twin Window cabin

  • Plancius Twin Porthole cabin. Photo by Jens Meyer

  • Plancius' bridge; the ship is manned by 17 nautical crew. Photo by Heiner Kubny

  • Plancius dining room. Photo by Heiner Kubny

  • Plancius library. Photo by Heiner Kubny

  • Plancius' Observation Lounge features numerous flat-screen TVs and ample seating.

Plancius

114 guests
Year Built: 1976
Renovated: 2009
45 crew members
Length: 293 feet
Beam: 47 feet 
Draft: 16 feet
Cruising Speed: 10-12 knots  
Flag: Dutch  
Ice Class: 1D  

The Plancius is a 114-passenger small ship designed and built exclusively for polar cruises. A wide variety of cabins and ample space on five decks make the Plancius a great option for expedition cruises.

Plancius Review

AdventureSmith Explorations’ Plancius review includes a detailed description of the small ship including deck plans and a photo gallery. Please read our review below then contact our polar cruise experts to compare the Plancius with other small ships crusing Antarctic and Arctic waters.

M/V 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 and was eventually purchased by Oceanwide Expeditions. The vessel was completely rebuilt as a 114-passenger vessel in 2009 and complies with the latest SOLAS-regulations (Safety Of Life At Sea). M/v Plancius is classed by Lloyd's Register in London and flies the Dutch flag.

The Plancius is a comfortable and nicely decorated small ship, but she is not a luxurious vessel. Her polar cruises are primarily defined by an exploratory educational travel program, spending as much time ashore as possible. The Plancius is a true base camp for active adventure and modern-minded explorers, including hiking trips, kayaking, overnight field camping and even scuba diving. 

Common Areas Aboard Plancius

Plancius offers a restaurant/lecture room on deck 3 and a spacious observation lounge (with bar) on deck 5 with large windows, offering full panorama view. She has large open deck spaces (with full walk-around possibilities on deck 3), giving excellent opportunities to enjoy the scenery and wildlife. She is furthermore equipped with 10 Mark V zodiacs, including 40 HP 4-stroke outboard engines and 2 gangways on the starboard side, guaranteeing a swift zodiac operation.

Plancius' diesel-electric propulsion system reduces the noise and vibration of the engines considerably. The 3 diesel engines generate 1.230 horse-power each, giving the vessel a speed of 10 - 12 knots. The vessel is ice-strengthened and was specially built for oceanographic voyages.

Plancius 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.

Cabins Aboard Plancius

M/V Plancius accommodates 114 passengers in 53 passenger cabins with private toilet and shower in 4 quadruple porthole cabins, 2 triple porthole cabins, 9 twin porthole cabins, 26 twin cabins with window and 2 twin deluxe cabins. All cabins offer lower berths (one queen-size bed in the superior cabins and two single beds in the twin cabins), except for the 4 quadruple cabins (for 4 persons in 2 upper and 2 lower beds), and 2 triple cabins (1 bunk bed plus 1 lower bed).

Quad Porthole

The cabin provides you with 1 porthole, 2 upper & lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a hair dryer and ample storage space. This cabin is suitable for families traveling with children, or passengers who do not require a twin or more luxurious cabin.

Triple Porthole

Same as the Quadruple Porthole, but with 3 berths. The cabin provides you with; 1 porthole, 1 upper berth & 2 lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a hair dryer and ample storage space. This cabin is suitable for families traveling with children, or passengers who do not require a twin or more luxurious cabin.

Twin Porthole

The cabin provides you with; 1 porthole, 2 lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a hair dryer and ample storage space.

Twin Window

The cabin provides you with; 1 window, 2 lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a hair dryer and ample storage space.

Twin Deluxe

The cabin provides you with; 2 windows, 2 lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a hair dryer and ample storage space. These cabins are corner cabins and are slightly more spacious than the normal twin cabins window / porthole cabins.

Superior

The cabin provides you with; 2-3 windows, 1 double bed, 1 sofa bed, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a refrigerator, a hair dryer and ample storage space. There is one Superior cabin on deck 4, four on deck 5 and five on deck 6.

Plancius Deck Plan

Plancius Deck Plan