Why we like the Plancius cruise ship
- Fully rebuilt from the hull upwards in 2009, The Plancius is fully customised for comfortable expeditionary travel in the Polar Regions
- Modern styling and good design lend this vessel a contemporary feel and plenty of space for everyone onboard
- One of the best 3* options available - she combines comfort and value for money, without compromising on the overall experience
- The Plancius’ diesel-electric propulsion system means she’s a very quiet vessel, making overnight sailing very comfortable
- A fantastic observation lounge overlooking the bows with panoramic windows, ideal for wildlife sightings and enjoying the passing scenery while staying warm
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Trips aboard Plancius
By day explore East Greenland’s ice choked fjords, spot musk oxen and visit the remains of Inuit settlements, while evenings in late summer provide good chances to experience the Northern Lights. A comfortable, but not luxurious, 116 passenger expedition ship…
Beginning deep inside the High Arctic and finishing in subarctic Iceland, we like this voyage for its diversity, sense of journey and extended time exploring East Greenland. Zodiac cruising amongst towering icebergs, glimpsing the Northern Light and tracking musk oxen…
Photos of Plancius
I felt so at home on Plancius. For me, she offered the perfect balance between comfort and adventure: plenty of choice at each meal, a large observation lounge for spotting wildlife and enough zodiacs for every passenger to enjoy each landing.
Loli Figueroa Polar Specialist
- Passenger capacity: 114 passengers
- Ice class rating: Lloyds class 100A1, Ice Class 1D
- Size : 89m long x 14.5m wide
- Refurbished: 2009
- Other key feature: Observation Lounge and Lecture Room
- 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
Whilst on board you can look forward to presentations led by subject experts in the lecture room; combined with adventure ashore this lends to a hugely exploratory and educational trip.
Common spaces also include a spacious observation lounge and bar, enabling full appreciation of the Arctic wilderness and opportunities to connect with travellers from all over the world.
If whilst in the Arctic you wish to stay in touch, there are a number of options to choose from:
- Full Internet access*: EUR15/20mb, EUR30/50mb, EUR60/100mb
- Telephone card: EUR15/20 minutes
- Ship-based email: EUR15 for a 7-10 day trip; EUR20 for a 10-12 day trip; EUR25 for a 18 day trip; EUR50 for a 30 day trip;
Due to the remoteness of the location, the options available are only suitable for light data traffic, meaning that internet access or the uploading of images is not possible. Email access, however, is still available.
Aboard Plancius, you benefit from full Internet access, which is subject to satellite connection signal (expect a much slower connection than at home, some pages can sometimes load for minutes).