• M/V Plancius, Polar Expedition Ship

about the M/V Plancius

about the M/V Plancius

This large vessel spent the first years of her life, from 1976 to 2004, as an oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy. This adventurous start means that, even though it has now been completely rebuilt to accommodate travelling guests, it is completely ice strengthened. The bow and stern have been strengthened and the hull is thicker, as well as having extra frames and support so it can push its way through stubborn floes, getting you closer to the action.

Expeditions on the M/V Plancius are not overly luxurious, as most of your time will be spent on the shores exploring, however you will have ample space. Cabins all have private showers and toilets, and there is a wonderful bar with panoramic views for some spectacular time up on deck…


M/V PLANCIUS details


An ex-navy ship, not luxurious, but comfortable and well equipped with some great facilities.


Dependent on the itinerary; usually navigating through the Arctic and Antarctic!

Accommodation & Facilities

There are 53 cabins for passengers; 4 quadruples, 2 triples and 9 twins, each with a port hole, 26 twins with a window, 2 deluxe twins and 10 superior cabins (twin). Each cabin is well decorated with ample space and comfortable bedding as well as private showers and toilets. Up on deck you will find lots of open space so you can relax and absorb your surroundings. The observation lounge has panoramic windows so you can spend time in the evenings at the bar, drink in hand, looking out over the vast and icy north. There is also a restaurant/lecture room. 10 Zodiacs are used to ensure your departure from the vessel is smooth on each of your excursions. Onboard there are 17 nautical crew, 19 hotel staff and 8 expedition staff.


Meals are provided on board.


This will depend on your itinerary and where you are headed. The powerful vessel means you can get to places that are unreachable by others for an exclusive and exciting adventure. Surrounded by incredible glaciers and icebergs, the M/V Plancius is sure to give you the adventure of a lifetime.

Child Policy

There is no minimum age for guests; however there are no facilities onboard to entertain young people, so parents will need to bring these. Parents are responsible for children at all times.

Want to stay aboard this ship?

Contact one of our Destination Specialists to start planning your journey to include a stay here. Please note we recommend a budget of from £7,000 / $10,000 USD per person for our style of trip to this destination.

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