The Plancius is a polar expedition cruise ship for 116 guests. She offers comfortable cabins, good food, plenty of open-deck space, well-designed practical facilities and a good range of voyages. She is rated ice-class 1D with a cruising speed of 10-12 knots.
Plancius and her sister ship 'Ortelius' have a special goal to get you off the ship as much as possible. Sea routes are short and direct, allowing for maximum shore time. Activities are tailored to a range of experience and fitness, but with the objective of experiencing Antarctica directly at first hand.
All voyages offer a range of wildlife encounters (the best being those that visit South Georgia) . The 'basecamp' voyages are particularly focussed on active experiences: camping, snowshoeing, kayaking, scuba diving, glacier traverses, mountaineering and much more.
English is the first language on board. Some voyages are bilingual: English/French or English/German.
Plancius has 18 nautical crew, 19 hotel crew, and 8 expedition staff (expedition leader, assistant leader, 6 guides). There is also a doctor on board.
Plancius has a restaurant and lecture room on Deck 3. On Deck 5 there is a spacious bar and observation lounge with large windows for a panoramic view. She has large open deck areas with full walk-around on Deck 4.