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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
Polar Routes Review
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.Search all Cruises on Plancius
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