MV Plancius Antarctica Cruises

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Countries visited : antarctica

TOTAL DAYS : 10 Days

STARTS IN : Ushuaia

ENDS IN : Ushuaia

Highlights : Antarctica

TRANSPORT : Ship

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M/V “Plancius” was originally an oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy and was named “Hr. Ms. Tydeman” but in June 2004, the vessel was taken out for renovations that was completely rebuilt by 2009. It has a capacity of 112-passenger in 54 passenger cabins with private toilet and shower, 4 Quadruple private cabins , 40 twin private cabins (ca. 15 square meters) and 10 twin superior cabins (ca. 21 square meters). It complies with the latest SOLAS-regulations (Safety Of Life At Sea), is classed by Lloyd’s Register in London and flies the Dutch flag.

The vessel has been renovated in such a way that it is comfortable and nicely decorated, but is in no means a luxurious vessel. Its main cruise journeys in the Arctic and Antarctic regions are primarily defined by an exploratory educational travel program, spending as much time ashore as possible.

The vessel has 30 international crew members (Inc. 10 stewardesses/cabin cleaners), 6 hotel staff (4 chefs, 1 purser and 1 steward-barman), 6 expedition staff (1 expedition leader and 5 guides-lecturers) and 1 doctor.

Specifications
Passengers: 114 in 53 cabins
Staff & crew: 45
Length: 89 meters (293 feet)
Breadth: 14,5 meters (47 feet)
Draft: 5 meters (16 feet)
Ice class: 1D (Plancius has a Lloyds class notation 100A1 Passenger ship, Ice Class 1D at a draught of 5 meters.)
Displacement: 3434 tonnes
Propulsion: 3x Diesel-Electric
Speed: 10 – 12 knots maximum

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Antarctica, Falkland Is & South Georgia 19 Days – Sample Itinerary

Day 1 — Embarkation and departure from Ushuaia
In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.

Day 2 — At Sea
At sea in the Westerlies the ship is followed by several species of albatrosses, storm petrels, shearwaters and diving petrels.

Day 3 — Falkland Islands
In the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) we plan to spend the whole day on the fascinating western side of the archipelago. A hike along the Shore of Carcass Island will give us views of Magellanic and Gentoo-Penguins, as well as close encounters with water fowl and Night herons and passerines. In addition, on Saunders we will be able to observe four species of breeding penguins (Gentoo, King, Magellanic and Rockhopper), Black-browed Albatrosses and King Cormorants.

Day 4 — Stanley, Falkland Islands
In Stanley, the capital of the Falklands, we can experience Falkland culture, which has some South American characteristics as well as Victorian charm. In Stanley and the surrounding area we can see quite an important number of stranded clippers from a century ago. All passengers are free to wander around on their own. We recommend a visit to the local church and museum (admission fees not included).

Days 5 & 6 — At Sea
On our way to South Georgia we will cross the Antarctic Convergence. Entering Antarctic waters, the temperature may drop significantly in the time span of only a few hours. Near the Convergence we will see a multitude of southern seabirds near the ship; several species of Albatrosses, Shearwaters, Petrels, Prions and Skuas.

Days 7 to 10 — South Georgia
In the afternoon of day 7 we arrive at our first landing site in South Georgia. We might visit the bay of Elsehul, with its very active fur seal breeding beach, and then set course to Right Whale Bay, Salisbury Plain, Godthul, St. Andrews Bay, Gold Harbor, Cooper Bay and Drygalski Fjord to give you a good opportunity to see a wide spectrum of landscapes and wildlife, like the Elephant seals, Fur seals, King and Macaroni Penguins.

One of the highlights might be our visit to Prion Island, where we will witness the breeding efforts of the huge Wandering Albatross and enjoy watching their displays (the island is closed for visitors during breeding season from 20 Nov – 07 January).

At Fortuna Bay we might try to follow in the footsteps of the great British Explorer Ernest Shackleton and hike over to Stromness Bay. There, and at Grytviken, we’ll see an abandoned whaling station, where King Penguins now walk in the streets and seals have taken over the buildings. At Grytviken we’ll also offer a visit to the Whaling History Museum as well as to Shackleton ́s grave nearby. We will depart from South Georgia in the afternoon of day 10.

Day 11 — At Sea
The ship is again followed by a multitude of seabirds. At some point we might encounter sea-ice, and it is at the ice-edge where we might have a chance to see some high-Antarctic species like the McCormick Skua and Snow Petrel.

Day 12 — South Orkney Islands
We are planning on a visit to Orcadas station, an Argentinean base located in the South Orkney Islands. The friendly base personnel will show us their facilities and we can enjoy the wonderful views of the surrounding glaciers.

Day 13 — At Sea
At sea towards Antarctica.

Days 14 to 17 — Antarctic Peninsula
If the ice permits we will sail into the Weddell Sea through the ice-clogged Antarctic Sound. Huge tabular icebergs will announce our arrival to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. We plan to visit Brown Bluff where we may set foot on the Continent. In good sailing conditions we may decide to extend our time in the Weddell Sea.

We may visit Cierva Cove were we find ourselves in a world of icebergs well suited for an exploratory Zodiac cruise in search of fantastic photo opportunities. Crabeater seals and Leopard seals are often seen here and a small rookery of Chinstraps are found on a small island in the bay. The landscape is typical Antarctica with huge glaciated mountains all around. Mikkelson Harbor on the southern side of Trinity Island was discovered by the Swedish Antarctic Expedition of 1901-04. Gentoo penguins nest on the island and Weddell seals often haul out on shore. We also find remains of the early 20th Century whaling period and an Argentinean refuge hut.

In Deception Island our ship braves into the entrance of the crater through the spectacular Neptune’s Bellow into the ring of Deception Island. Deception itself is a sub-ducted crater, which opens into the sea, creating a natural harbor for the ship. Here we find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, thousands of Cape Petrels and many Kelp Gulls, Brown and South Polar Skuas and Antarctic Terns. Wilson’s Storm Petrels and Black-bellied Storm Petrels nest in the ruins of the whaling station in Whalers Bay. We leave from here and sail through the Shetland Islands attempting to land at Half Moon Island with a large Chinstrap penguin rookery and the usually non-occupied Argentinean Camara station. From here we head to the open sea with direction Ushuaia.

Days 18 & 19 — At Sea
On our way north we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.

Day 20 — Arrival in Ushuaia and disembark the vessel
We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.

 

Basecamp Plancius 11 Days – Sample Itinerary

Day 1 — Embarkation and departure from Ushuaia
In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.

Days 2 & 3 — At Sea
During these two days we sail across the Drake Passage. When we cross the Antarctic Convergence, we arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. In this area we may see Wandering albatrosses, Grey-headed albatrosses, Black-browed albatrosses, Light-mantled Sooty albatrosses, Cape petrels, Southern fulmars, Wilson’s Storm petrels, Blue petrels and Antarctic petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, we spot our first icebergs.

Days 4 to 8 — Antarctica
We will sail directly to “High Antarctica”, passing the Melchior Islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. We will sail to the Neumayer Channel, where we position our ship for the multi activity base camp. The protected waters around Wiencke Island will become our playground for all activities. In this alpine environment there are great opportunities to scout the region on foot, per zodiac and during kayak trips. Walkers will find opportunities to use snowshoes on hikes near the shore lines and the mountaineers will find their challenge by climbing hills and viewpoints further inland, i.e. Jabet Peak (1,800 ft / 540 m). All climbs and excursions can only be conducted in good weather conditions.

We plan to stay two overnights at anchor in order to implement two camp nights and two full activity days. We will visit the former British research station and the post office, now living museum, Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy we may also offer a landing on Jougla Point with Gentoo penguins and Blue-eyed shags. We look out for Leopard seals, Crabeater seals and whales.

In good conditions and time allowing we sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Booth Island, Pléneau Island and Petermann Island where we can find Adelie penguins and Blue-eyed shags. In this area there are good chances to encounter Humpback whales, Minke whales and Fin whales.

At Neko Harbor we will have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of huge glaciers and permanent ice fields and enjoy the spectacle on zodiac cruises, hikes and kayak excursions. A small group of mountaineers may climb up on higher grounds of the glacier. We will spend the night at Neko Harbor or in nearby Paradise Bay with a camp erected ashore. We will leave early morning after breaking our last camp. We sail via Melchior Islands towards the open sea of the Drake Passage.

Days 9 & 10 — At Sea
On our way north, we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.

Day 11 — Arrival in Ushuaia and disembark
We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.

 

Antarctic Peninsula 10 Days – Sample Itinerary

Day 1 — Embarkation and departure from Ushuaia
In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.

Days 2 & 3 — At Sea
During these two days we sail across the Drake Passage. When we cross the Antarctic Convergence, we arrive in the circum-Antarctic up-welling zone. In this area we may see Wandering Albatrosses, Grey Headed Albatrosses, Black-browed Albatrosses, Light-mantled Albatrosses, Cape Petrels, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, we spot our first icebergs.

Days 4 to 7 — Antarctica
We will sail directly to “High Antarctica”, passing the Melchior islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. On Cuverville Island, a small precipitous island, nestled between the mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula and Danco Island, we will find a large colony of Gentoo Penguins and breeding pairs of Brown Skuas. If we land on Danco Island we can observe Gentoo Penguins and possibly Weddell and Crabeater Seals. In Neko Harbor we will have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent, in a magnificent landscape of huge glaciers, and enjoy the landscape during zodiac cruises.

When sailing to Paradise Bay, with its myriad of icebergs and glaciated alpine mountains, we will have the opportunity for a zodiac cruise in the inner parts of this amazing waterway. In this area we have good chances to see Humpback Whales and Minke Whales. After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, we hope to get the chance to visit the old British research station, now a living museum and post office, at Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy we may also offer a landing on Jougla Point with Gentoo Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags.

We sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Pléneau and Petermann Island where we can find Adélie Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. In this area, there are good chances to encounter Humpback Whales and Minke Whales. Further south we may visit the Ukrainian Vernadsky Station, where we will receive a warm welcome from the station crew. Sailing north through Neumayer Channel we arrive at the Melchior Islands with a very beautiful landscape with icebergs, where we may encounter Leopard Seals, Crabeater Seals and whales.

Days 8 & 9 — At Sea
On our way north we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.

Day 10 — Arrival and disembark in Ushuaia
We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.

 

Antarctica & the Polar Circle 12 Days – Sample Itinerary

Day 1
In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia and sail through the Beagle Channel.

Days 2 – 3
During these two days we will sail across the Drake Passage. When we cross the Antarctic Convergence, we arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. In this area we may meet Wandering Albatrosses, Grey Headed Albatrosses, Black-browed Albatrosses, Light-mantled Sooty Albatrosses, Cape Pigeons, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels.

If the winds are favorable we might do our first landing in Antarctic waters in the evening of the third day at Aitcho Island or Penguin Island at the South Shetlands.

These volcanic islands are windswept and often shrouded in mist and fog, but do offer subtle pleasures. There is a nice variety of flora (mosses, lichens and flowering grasses) and fauna, such as Gentoo Penguins, Chinstrap Penguins and southern Giant Petrels.

Days 4 – 9
We may start our first day in Antarctica with a landing at Hannah Point, where we will find a nice variety of Gentoo Penguins, Chinstraps and southern Giant Petrels, as well as Elephant Seals hauling out on the beach.

At Deception Island, we will try to land. Deception itself is a sub ducted crater, which opens into the sea, creating a natural harbor for the ship. Here we find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, thousands of Cape Pigeons and many Dominican Gulls, Brown and South Polar Skuas and Antarctic Terns. Wilson’s Storm Petrels and Black-bellied Storm Petrels nest in the ruins of the whaling station in Whalers Bay. Good walkers may hike from Baily Head over the ridge of the crater into Whalers Bay, while our ship braves its entrance into the crater through the spectacular Neptune’s Bellow into the ring of Deception Island. On our way further South we will sail to Orne Islands with large colonies of Chinstrap Penguins and a beautiful view across the Gerlache Strait or to Cuverville Island, a small precipitous island, nestled between the mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula and Danco Island. It contains a large colony of Gentoo Penguins and breeding pairs of Brown Skuas. In Neko Harbor and Paradise Bay with its myriad icebergs and deep cut fjords, we have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent. We shall have the opportunity for zodiac cruising between the icebergs in the inner parts of the fjords.

We sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Petermann Island offering Adelie Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. We also try to land at Pleneau Island with Elephant Seals and fair chances to encounter Humpback, Minke and Fin Whales. We head south along the Argentine Islands to Crystal Sound, south of the polar circle. The landscape is very impressive with very high mountains and huge glaciers. At the Fish Islands we land at one of the southernmost Adelie Penguin and Blue-eyed Shag colonies in the Antarctic Peninsula.

We head south along the Argentine Islands to Crystal Sound, south of the polar circle. The landscape is very impressive with very high mountains and huge glaciers. At the Fish Islands we land at one of the southernmost Adelie Penguin and Blue-eyed Shag colonies in the Antarctic Peninsula.

A base visit will also be provided, to give you an insight about the life of modern Antarcticans working on the White Continent.

At Detaille Island, south of the Polar Circle, in Crystal Sound we reach probably our farthest south. Sailing north again through Neumayer Channel and Gerlache Strait, we arrive at the Melchior Islands with a very beautiful landscape and again possibilities for zodiac cruising among the icebergs, where we may encounter Leopard Seals, Crabeater Seals and whales.

Days 10 – 11
In the Drake Passage we have again a chance of seeing many seabirds and to take advantage of the knowledge of our lecture team.

Day 12
We arrive in the morning and disembark in Ushuaia.

 


PRICES

2-22 Nov 2015 Falklands & South Georgia - 19 Nights

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Ushuaia Cruise AUD$18476 AUD$16825 AUD$15429

21Nov - 1Dec 2015 Antarctic Peninsula - Base Camp Plancius - 10 Nights

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1 - 19 Dec 2015 Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica - 18 Nights

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Ushuaia Cruise AUD$21763 AUD$19887 AUD$18161

19 - 28 Dec 2015 Antarctic Peninsula and Sth Shetlands Is. - 9 Nights

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28Dec15 - 7Jan16 Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Plancius, 10 Nights

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7 - 16 Jan 2016 Antarctic Peninsula 9 Nights

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Ushuaia Cruise On Req AUD$12619 On Req

16 Jan - 3Feb 2016 Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica 18 Nights

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Ushuaia Cruise On Req On Req AUD$22619

3 - 13 Feb 2016 Antarctic Peninsula - 10 Nights

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Ushuaia Cruise On Req AUD$14206 AUD$12619

13Feb - 6Mar 2016 Falklands, South Georgia, Sth Sandwich & Antarctica 18 Nights

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Ushuaia Cruise AUD$30397 AUD$28254 AUD$25238

6 - 17 Mar 2016 Polar Circle, Antarctic Peninsula, 11 Nights

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Ushuaia Cruise AUD$15317 AUD$14206 On Req

17 - 26 Mar 2016 Antarctic Peninsula, Whale Watching Voyage - 9 Nights

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Join in Ushuaia AUD$11190 On Req AUD$8810

Prices per person in AU$. Not valid during local public holidays and special events.
All prices are as a guide only, please check with us for the latest prices.

Included:

  • Onboard cabin accommodation,
  • All meals on board including snacks, tea & coffee
  • Shore excursions & activities by Zodiac,
  • Use of rubber boots & snow shoes
  • Lecture programs by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
  • All miscellaneous service taxes & port charges
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material

Not included:

Airfares
Pre and post land arrangements
Transfers to/from the vessel
Passport and visa expenses
Government arrival and departure taxes
Meals ashore
  • Polar clothing & baggage
  • Cancellation and personal insurance
  • Excess baggage charges
  • All items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges & telecommunication charges
  • Gratuities
Single Supplement is 1.7 times the standard rate.
  • Mandatory Emergency Evacuation insurance is required. Airfare is not included in these prices.
  • Adventure options must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Space is subject to availability. Some activities require experience.
    Camping – US$170 per night, max 30 people
    Kayaking – US$430 per trip, max 14 people
    Photo Workshop – US$420 per trip or Free during “Basecamp Plancius” and Whales, Wildlife and Photography voyage. Max 14 people. All photo workshops are powered by renowned Leica Akademie.
    Trekking for skiers – US$5750. Max 12 peopleAll trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

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