MV Plancius


  • Great range of activities including kayaking & camping
  • Large open deck spaces for observation
  • Facilities for scuba diving in Antarctica (with reservation)
  • Specialist ‘Basecamp’ departures with longer in locations and all activities included

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

Prices from

Arctic – Quad / Triple share from £2869, Twin share from £3999

Antarctic – Quad / Triple share from £5799, Twin share from £7169

Please contact one of our Travel Specialists for full details of departure dates, prices and special offers.

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  • Prices the same or better than the operators direct, with full package protection as standard.

  • Specialists in polar expedition cruises to the Arctic, Antarctic and Norway

  • Impartial - we will match you with your ideal cruise based on your requirements

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Why book with Polar Routes?

  • We have access to a wide selection of expedition ships, cruises and operators.
  • From simple & great value to 5* luxury, choose the style of expedition cruise to suit you.
  • Our Travel Specialists will help you choose the perfect expedition cruise for your budget.
  • We only cover the Arctic & Antarctica, which ensures we know our destinations inside out.
  • Our team of Travel Specialists has extensive knowledge of all the expedition ships & operators.
  • Our team has personally seen most of the ships in our core programme.
  • Prices the same or better than the operators direct, with full package protection as standard.
  • Our holidays are protected by ATOL, for your complete peace of mind.
  • As a team of passionate travellers, we really do care about you and your holiday.