Plancius exterior

Plancius

Plancius was built in 1976 as an oceanographic research vessel and sailed for the Royal Dutch Navy until June 2004. She was completely rebuilt and converted to a passenger vessel that complies with the latest SOLAS- regulations, classed by Lloyd’s Register in London. 

This converted research vessel is comfortable and nicely decorated, but not luxurious. It’s made for active, adventure & wildlife minded modern explorers looking for a small ship experience. Spacious yet small with ship character, comfort and modern technology.  

The public areas include a restaurant/lecture room (deck 3) and a spacious observation lounge with bar (deck 5) and large windows offering a full panorama view. One of the highlights of the Plancius is the ample outdoor deck space, giving excellent opportunities for viewing the scenery & wildlife. There is a large deck space behind the bridge on deck 7, full walkaround possibilities on deck 4, multiple forward viewing platforms and typically an open bow when the conditions allow. Equipped with 10 Mark V inflatable zodiacs, including 40 HP 4-stroke outboard engines. There are 2 gangways on the starboard side that allows a swift zodiac operation. 

There are 6 different cabin categories all with private facilities (toilet, sink shower) including Quad & Triple cabins.

Ship Specifications:

  • Maximum # of Guests: 108
  • Staff & crew: Crew 40 | Guides 8 | Doctor 1
  • Ice class: 1D (Plancius has a Lloyds class notation 100A1 Passenger ship, Ice Class 1D at a draught of 5 meters)
  • Year Launched: 1976, Various decks refurbished in 2009, 2018 & 2019 
  • Speed: 10.5 average cruising speed 
  • Length: 89 meters (293 feet)
  • Voltage: 220v, 60Hz. Electrical outlets are standard European with two thick round pins. 
  • Minimum age: 4 years old with child waiver completed

Ship Gallery

Trips and Rates

Please note, rates are Per Person in USD

Single Travelers:

  • Can book into a share cabin in Quad – Twin Deluxe
  • Can book a twin cabin at solo occupancy at 1.7x the per person share price

Single Travelers:

  • Can book into a share cabin in Quad – Twin Deluxe
  • Can book a twin cabin at solo occupancy at 1.7x the per person share price

Adventure Options:

  • Kayaking (full program, multiple paddles): $560/person – requires experience
  • Camping: $225/person for 2024-25 season & $250/person for 2025-26 season
  • On Basecamp departures all activities are free

Northeast Greenland Solar Eclipse Explorer

Aug 3 - Aug 16, 2026 (14 days)
Quad Porthole
$8,550
Full
Triple Porthole
$10,550
Full
Twin Porthole
$12,450
Limited
Twin Window
$13,400
 
Twin Deluxe
$14,400
Limited
Superior
$16,150
Limited

Antarctica – Whale Watching

Mar 23 - Apr 1, 2026 (10 days)
Quad Porthole
$6,700
 
Triple Porthole
$8,300
Full
Twin Porthole
$8,300
 
Twin Window
$8,750
 
Twin Deluxe
$9,400
Limited
Superior
$10,050
 
Quad Porthole
$11,200
 
Triple Porthole
$13,700
Full
Twin Porthole
$13,700
 
Twin Window
$14,300
 
Twin Deluxe
$15,600
Limited
Superior
$16,650
 

Antarctica – Discovery & Learning

Feb 6 - Feb 16, 2026 (11 days)
Kayaking, Camping
Quad Porthole
$9,250
 
Triple Porthole
$11,400
Full
Twin Porthole
$11,400
 
Twin Window
$11,850
 
Twin Deluxe
$12,800
Limited
Superior
$13,750
 
Quad Porthole
$16,600
 
Triple Porthole
$20,350
Full
Twin Porthole
$20,350
 
Twin Window
$21,050
 
Twin Deluxe
$22,900
Limited
Superior
$24,400
 

Antarctica – Discovery & Learning

Jan 9 - Jan 19, 2026 (11 days)
Quad Porthole
$9,250
 
Triple Porthole
$11,400
Full
Twin Porthole
$11,400
 
Twin Window
$11,850
 
Twin Deluxe
$12,800
Limited
Superior
$13,750
 
Quad Porthole
$10,550
Full
Triple Porthole
$12,950
Full
Twin Porthole
$12,950
 
Twin Window
$13,500
 
Twin Deluxe
$14,550
Limited
Superior
$15,600
 
Quad Porthole
$10,550
Full
Triple Porthole
$12,950
Full
Twin Porthole
$12,950
Limited
Twin Window
$13,500
 
Twin Deluxe
$14,550
Limited
Superior
$15,600
 
Quad Porthole
$14,800
 
Triple Porthole
$17,600
Full
Twin Porthole
$17,600
 
Twin Window
$18,400
 
Twin Deluxe
$20,000
Limited
Superior
$21,400
 

South Georgia Explorer

Nov 13 - Nov 27, 2025 (15 days)
Quad Porthole
$10,900
 
Triple Porthole
$12,950
Full
Twin Porthole
$12,950
 
Twin Window
$13,600
 
Twin Deluxe
$14,750
Limited
Superior
$15,800
 

South Greenland Explorer – Aurora Borealis

Sep 2 - Sep 11, 2025 (10 days)
Quad Porthole
$5,150
 
Triple Porthole
$7,200
Full
Twin Porthole
$7,200
 
Twin Window
$7,700
 
Twin Deluxe
$8,200
Limited
Superior
$9,300
 
Quad Porthole
$11,000
Limited
Triple Porthole
$15,500
Full
Twin Porthole
$15,500
 
Twin Window
$16,950
 
Twin Deluxe
$17,950
Limited
Superior
$20,100
 
Quad Porthole
$5,650
Limited
Triple Porthole
$7,000
Full
Twin Porthole
$8,200
 
Twin Window
$8,850
 
Twin Deluxe
$9,500
Limited
Superior
$10,650
 
Quad Porthole
$5,650
 
Triple Porthole
$7,000
Full
Twin Porthole
$8,200
Limited
Twin Window
$8,850
 
Twin Deluxe
$9,500
Limited
Superior
$10,650
 
Quad Porthole
$5,650
 
Triple Porthole
$7,000
Full
Twin Porthole
$8,200
Limited
Twin Window
$8,850
 
Twin Deluxe
$9,500
Limited
Superior
$10,650
 

North Spitsbergen Explorer

Jun 24 - Jul 1, 2025 (8 days)
Quad Porthole
$4,300
 
Triple Porthole
$5,350
Full
Twin Porthole
$5,950
 
Twin Window
$6,450
 
Twin Deluxe
$6,800
Limited
Superior
$7,750
 
Quad Porthole
$4,300
 
Triple Porthole
$5,350
Full
Twin Porthole
$5,950
 
Twin Window
$6,450
 
Twin Deluxe
$6,800
Limited
Superior
$7,750
 

North Spitsbergen Explorer

Jun 3 - Jun 10, 2025 (8 days)
Photography
Quad Porthole
$4,300
Limited
Triple Porthole
$5,350
Full
Twin Porthole
$5,950
 
Twin Window
$6,450
 
Twin Deluxe
$6,800
Limited
Superior
$7,750
 

Antarctica – Polar Circle – Whale Watching

Mar 23 - Apr 3, 2025 (12 days)
Quad Porthole
$7,700
Full
Triple Porthole
$9,450
Full
Twin Porthole
$9,450
 
Twin Window
$9,900
 
Twin Deluxe
$10,600
Limited
Superior
$11,200
 
Quad Porthole
$10,500
Limited
Triple Porthole
$12,800
Full
Twin Porthole
$12,800
Limited
Twin Window
$13,400
 
Twin Deluxe
$14,300
Limited
Superior
$15,300
 
Quad Porthole
$9,900
Limited
Triple Porthole
$12,150
Full
Twin Porthole
$12,150
 
Twin Window
$12,650
 
Twin Deluxe
$13,400
Limited
Superior
$14,300
 
Quad Porthole
$9,900
Limited
Triple Porthole
$12,150
Full
Twin Porthole
$12,150
Limited
Twin Window
$12,650
 
Twin Deluxe
$13,400
Full
Superior
$14,300
 
Quad Porthole
$8,650
Limited
Triple Porthole
$10,700
Full
Twin Porthole
$10,700
Full
Twin Window
$11,150
 
Twin Deluxe
$11,800
Limited
Superior
$12,650
 
Quad Porthole
$15,750
Limited
Triple Porthole
$17,850
Limited
Twin Porthole
$19,100
Limited
Twin Window
$19,950
 
Twin Deluxe
$21,100
Full
Superior
$22,600
Full
Quad Porthole
$8,650
Limited
Triple Porthole
$10,700
Full
Twin Porthole
$10,700
Limited
Twin Window
$11,150
 
Twin Deluxe
$11,800
Full
Superior
$12,650
 
Quad Porthole
$9,900
Full
Triple Porthole
$12,150
Full
Twin Porthole
$12,150
Limited
Twin Window
$12,650
Limited
Twin Deluxe
$13,400
Full
Superior
$14,300
 
Quad Porthole
$13,550
Full
Triple Porthole
$16,500
Full
Twin Porthole
$16,500
Full
Twin Window
$17,250
 
Twin Deluxe
$18,350
Full
Superior
$19,650
 
Quad Porthole
$13,350
Limited
Triple Porthole
$16,300
Limited
Twin Porthole
$16,300
Limited
Twin Window
$16,950
 
Twin Deluxe
$18,000
Full
Superior
$19,300
 
Quad Porthole
$4,600
$900 Save
$3,700
Limited
Triple Porthole
$5,500
Full
Twin Porthole
$6,400
Limited
Twin Window
$6,900
Limited
Twin Deluxe
$7,300
Full
Superior
$8,300
Full
Quad Porthole
$7,000
Full
Triple Porthole
$8,450
Full
Twin Porthole
$9,800
Limited
Twin Window
$10,800
 
Twin Deluxe
$11,400
Full
Superior
$12,700
Limited
Quad Porthole
$5,400
Limited
Triple Porthole
$6,550
Limited
Twin Porthole
$7,700
Limited
Twin Window
$8,300
Limited
Twin Deluxe
$9,000
Full
Superior
$10,000
Limited
Quad Porthole
$5,400
Limited
Triple Porthole
$6,550
Full
Twin Porthole
$7,700
 
Twin Window
$8,300
 
Twin Deluxe
$9,000
Full
Superior
$10,000
 
Quad Porthole
$5,400
Limited
Triple Porthole
$6,550
Full
Twin Porthole
$7,700
Limited
Twin Window
$8,300
 
Twin Deluxe
$9,000
Full
Superior
$10,000
 

Availability & prices are subject to change at anytime. Please contact us for the real time availability & prices.

Cabin Descriptions

Superior

The Superior cabins are the most spacious and the only cabin category with a double bed. They are located on deck 4, 5 & 6, with most being on deck 5 & 6 (there is just 1 superior on deck 4). Features: 2 windows, 1 double bed, 1 sofa bed, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone & WiFi (supplemented), Refrigerator, Coffee & tea maker, Hair dryer, Safe deposit box and Ample storage space. 

226 – 248 square feet / 21 – 23 square meters.

Plancius twin deluxe

Twin Deluxe

There are just 2 Twin Deluxe cabins located towards the aft of deck 4. They are corner cabins and are slightly more spacious than the Twin Porthole/Window cabins. Features: 2 windows, 2 lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone & WiFi (supplemented), Hair dryer, Ample storage space and Safe deposit box. 

145 square feet / 13.5 square meters

Plancius twin window

Twin Window

The most abundant cabin category on the ship, all located on deck 4. Features: 1 window, 2 lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone & WiFi (supplemented), Hair dryer, Safe deposit box and Ample storage space. 

135 – 145 square feet / 12.5 – 13.5 square meters

Plancius twin porthole

Twin Porthole

The nine Twin Porthole cabins are located on deck 3. Features: 1 porthole, 2 lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone & WiFi (supplemented), Hair dryer, Safe deposit box and Ample storage space. 

129 square feet / 12 square meters

Plancius triple porthole

Triple Porthole

Just 1 Triple cabin located on deck 2. This cabin is suitable for families traveling with children, or passengers who do not require a twin or more luxurious cabin. Features: 1 porthole, 1 upper berth & 2 lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone & WiFi (supplemented), Hair dryer, Safe deposit box and Ample storage space. meters

Plancius quad porthole

Quadruple Porthole

There are 4 Quad cabins on deck 2. This cabin is suitable for families traveling with children, or passengers who do not require a twin or more luxurious cabin. Features: 1 porthole, 2 upper berths & 2 lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone & WiFi (supplemented), Hair dryer, Safe deposit box and Ample storage space. 

129 square feet / 12 square meters

Deck Plan