Our vessel for the duration of the photography tour is the mighty Plancius. The ship was built in 1976 and was originally designed to be an ocean research vessel for the Dutch navy. Until the summer of 2014 it did exactly that, before it was sold into the world of tourism and photography expeditions. In many ways the ship had to be completely refurbished and renovated. It now boasts a capacity of 116 and complies with all of the latest seafaring regulations.
|Passengers:||116 in 53 cabins|
|Staff & crew:||47|
|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)|
|Speed:||10 - 12 knots maximum|
Our ship has a total capacity of 116 passengers, spread out over 53 separate cabins.
There are four types of cabin to choose from. All benefit from private toilets and shower facilities. In all there are:
-4 quadruple cabins
-2 triple cabins
-9 standard twin cabins
-26 twin cabins with a window
-2 deluxe twin cabins
-10 superior twin cabins
On board the Plancius passengers can spend time in our cosy restaurant, gaze out to sea from our generously proportioned observation lounge and bar, or walk out in the open air on deck four. The ship is perfect for taking in the spectacular scenery we are likely to witness all around.
Aside from plenty of room to stretch your legs on board, the Plancius also boasts ten Mark V Zodiacs equipped with outboard engines. These, added to the ship’s two gangways for launching, mean that passengers can enjoy a swift Zodiac operation when it comes to exploring dry land or weaving among the ice. Most of our tours try to fit in as much time on land as possible, and our smooth Zodiac operation ensures that is never a problem.