Built in 1976 as an oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy, the ice-strengthened Plancius was designed for polar expedition cruises and now operates as a passenger vessel. The ship was completely rebuilt in 2012 and has excellent manoeuvrability through pack ice. The large bridge welcomes guests.

The ship features 53 cabins across five decks; each has private facilities and a flatscreen television, with exterior views. Cabins are available in a variety of configurations. On board there is a restaurant and lecture room and a spacious observation lounge with a bar; the latter has large windows, offering panoramic views.


  • Accommodates 116 passengers and 47 crew
  • 10 Zodiac vessels
  • Ice-strengthened hull – class 1D
  • Open bridge policy
  • Restaurant with lecture theatre
  • Satellite ship-to-shore communications
  • On-board doctor
  • Observation lounge and bar