Plancius

Oceanwide Expeditions' Plancius Ships

Originally built in 1976 as an oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy M/v "Plancius" has been completely rebuilt as a 110-passenger vessel and complies with the latest SOLAS-regulations (Safety Of Life At Sea). M/v "Plancius" is classed by Lloyd's Register in London and flies the Dutch flag.

M/v "Plancius" can accommodate 110 passengers in 53 passenger cabins with private toilet and shower in 4 triple private cabins, 39 twin private cabins (ca. 15 square meters) and 10 twin superior cabins (ca. 21 square meters).

All cabins offer lower berths (either two single beds or one queen-size bed), except for the 4 triple cabins (bunk beds and 1 lower bed).

The vessel offers a restaurant/lecture room on deck 3 and a spacious observation lounge (with bar) on deck 5 with large windows, offering full panorama view. M/v "Plancius" has large open deck spaces (with full walk-around possibilities on deck 3), giving excellent opportunities to enjoy the scenery and wildlife. She is furthermore equipped with 10 Mark V zodiacs, including 40 HP 4-stroke outboard engines and 2 gangways on starboard side, guaranteeing a swift zodiac operation.

M/v "Plancius" is comfortable and nicely decorated, but is not a luxurious vessel. Our voyages in the Arctic and Antarctic regions are and will still be primarily defined by an exploratory educational travel programme, spending as much time ashore as possible. This vessel will fully meet our demands to achieve this.

The vessel is equipped with a diesel-electric propulsion system which reduces the noise and vibration of the engines considerably. The 3 diesel engines generate 1.230 horse-power each, giving the vessel a speed of 10 - 12 knots. The vessel is ice-strengthened and was specially built for oceanographic voyages.

M/v "Plancius" is manned by 17 nautical crew, 19 hotel staff (6 chefs, 1 hotel manager, 1 steward-barman and 11 stewards / cabin cleaners), 8 expedition staff (1 expedition leader and 7 guides-lecturers) and 1 doctor.

Ship Data

Rating
Specialty
Cruise Line
Oceanwide Expeditions
 
Preferred

Ship Profile & Stats

Length
89m
Tonnage
700t
Maiden Voyage
1976
Refurbished
2008
Pass. Cap. (dbl)
110
Crew Nat.
International
Officer Nat.
International
Dining Nat.
International
Ship Reg.
Holland

Ship Facilities

  • 10 mark V Zodiacs
  • Library
  • Medical Centre and Doctor
  • Observation Lounge and Bar
  • Restaurant and Lecture Room
Level Name
2 J Deck
3 H Deck
4 G Deck
5 F Deck
6 E Deck

Superior Twin Cabins

There are 10 superior twin cabins of approximately 21 square meters. These contain either twin lower beds or a queen size bed and have private facilities with toilet and shower.

Twin Deluxe Cabin

Twin Deluxe cabins which feature either twin lower beds or a Queen bed. Private facilities including toilet and shower. Cabins are approximately 15 square meters.

Twin Window Cabin

Twin Window cabins which feature either twin lower beds or a Queen bed. Private facilities including toilet and shower.

Twin Porthole Cabins

Twin Porthole cabins which feature either twin lower beds or a Queen bed. Private facilities including toilet and shower.

Quad Cabin

Contains four bunk beds plus private facilities with toilet and shower.
  • 10 mark V Zodiacs
  • Library
  • Medical Centre and Doctor
  • Observation Lounge and Bar
  • Restaurant and Lecture Room