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The historic MV Plancius was built in 1976 as an oceanographic research vessel and in 2009 was completely rebuilt as a 116-passenger polar explorer ship. The ship boasts large open deck spaces, a fleet of Mark V zodiacs and a team of expert expedition staff to accompany each voyage.

There is comfortable furnishing and decor throughout and the spacious observation lounge on Deck 5 acts as the hub of the ship, from which you can enjoy views of the polar regions. The restaurant on Deck 3 offers a comprehensive menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

There are 52 cabins on board and each is equipped with private facilities and external views. For great value cruising, the ship offers quadruple and triple cabins, as well as a range of twin accommodation too.

On selected cruises the ship offers a range of additional activities including kayaking, camping on ice, light mountaineering, hiking and snow shoeing as well as photographic workshops and scuba diving

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Sitting on the quayside in Ushuaia, from the exterior the m/v Plancius certainly looks the exploratory part.  The ship was purpose built for the Royal Dutch Navy back in the 1970’s and was originally designed to conduct oceanographic research. Oceanwide purchased this vessel in 2004 and completely rebuilt the ship, designed to take guests to the most remote regions on the planet.

Onboard, the ship’s former life as an ex-Navy vessel is apparent, it initially took a bit of time to get orientated on the ship, but I soon started to be won over by its charm  and you soon start to feel like you are on an expedition ship. I found the cabins to be simple but comfortable, and surprisingly spacious.

There is plenty of space for wildlife viewing out on deck, with full walk-around possibility on deck 4, and I particularly liked the airy panoramic observation bar and lounge on deck 5 which was a great spot to warm up following an outing in the polar world.  The dual-purpose lecture room & restaurant worked well, and I found the food to be hearty and hit the spot.  Oceanwide offer opportunities to camp, kayak, dive, ski & even summit mountains – overall this style of expedition certainly suits those who are active and adventurous at heart.  If you seek an authentic expedition and don’t need the luxurious frills then Oceanwide offer a fantastic experience.

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Quadruple

Capacity
4

Quadruple cabin with private bathroom and porthole

Triple

Capacity
0

Triple cabin with private bathroom and porthole

Twin Porthole

Capacity
2

Twin cabin with private bathroom and porthole

Twin Window

Capacity
2

Twin cabin with private bathroom and window

Twin Deluxe

Capacity
2

Twin cabin with private bathroom and 2 windows

Superior

Capacity
2

Double cabin with private bathroom, 2 windows and a sofa-bed


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  • We can compare a huge selection of expedition ships, cruises and operators to find your perfect cruise.

  • Our prices are amongst the best in the business, with full package protection as standard.

  • We are the expedition cruise specialists and know the destinations, ships and operators inside out

  • As supporters of the Marine Conservation Society, booking with us helps support the protection of our oceans.

  • Our holidays are protected by ATOL and ABTOT, for your complete peace of mind.

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Why book with Polar Routes?

CHOICE
  • We can compare a huge selection of expedition ships, cruises and operators.
  • From former Russian research vessels to larger and luxurious ships - there is an expedition cruise to suit you. 
  • Our Travel Specialists will help you choose the perfect expedition cruise for your requirements.
SPECIALISTS
  • We are the expedition cruise specialists and know all the polar destinations inside out.
  • Our expert team of Travel Specialists have extensive knowledge of all the expedition ships & operators.
  • All of our Travel Specialists have first-hand experience of expedition cruising to the polar regions.
VALUE
  • Our prices are the amongst the best in the business, with full package protection as standard.
  • Our holidays are protected by ATOL and ABTOT, for your complete peace of mind.
  • As supporters of the Marine Conservation Society, booking with us helps support the protection of our oceans.

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