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This ice-strengthened 90 metre long Polar vessel visits both Antarctica and the Arctic, with polar diving offered as an activity on selected trips.

The Plancius accommodates a maximum of 114 passengers in 53 cabins, all with an outside view, TV, ample storage space and private facilities. Cabin types include twin, triple and quad porthole views, superior and deluxe twin and double with windows. 

Built in 1976, she has a long history as a hydrographic research vessel in the service of the Dutch government, and underwent a total refit and refurbishment in 2006 to prepare her to carry passengers on polar expeditions. With both bow and stern thrusters, the ship can manoeuvre in and out of the most interesting places safely. The large open deck spaces offer excellent opportunities to watch wildlife, and the two starboard-side gangways guarantee smooth Zodiac operations.

Facilities include a restaurant/lecture room, spacious observation lounge and bar with large windows offering fantastic panoramic views and ten Zodiacs. Diving equipment includes a Bauer compressor, 12 litre steel tanks (DIN & Yoke), weights and belt (no ankle weights available). You must take all your own equipment as rental is not available. Ask us for further details.

The ice-strengthened vessel was custom built for oceanographic voyages and is manned by 17 nautical crew, 19 hotel staff (for your everyday needs), 7 expedition staff (leaders and guides), expert dive crew (on dive trips) and a doctor.

Diving in Antarctica is fascinating. Expect multi-coloured ice caps, glistening glaciers and towering snow-capped mountains, offering unparalleled scenery and photographic opportunities. Enormous numbers of penguins, whales, seals and seabirds congregate in the food-rich waters along the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic shores. Dive sites include shallow ice diving and wall diving from a beach or Zodiac. Marine life includes penguins, sea lions and leopard seals, crabs, various fish, krill and giant isopods.

Maximum depth is 20 metres and up to two dives are offered daily, depending on the local ice and weather.

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Key info

  • Maximum guests: 114
  • Photo facilities available
  • Suitable for:
    • Tech
  • Ideal for:
    • Families
    • Groups
    • Honeymooners
    • Non-divers
    • Singles

Dive trips

This liveaboard is featured in the following itinerary:

Classic Antarctica

This voyage of a lifetime is an opportunity to discover the best of Antarctica including its magnificent wildlife, with plenty of activities to explore the unique landscape both above and below the water.

  • When to go: Feb-Mar
  • Duration exc. flights: 11 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £5,695 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip