Plancius

Plancius - Oceanwide Expeditions

“Plancius” was built in 1976 as an oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy and was named “Hr. Ms. Tydeman”. The ship sailed for the Dutch Navy until June 2004 when it was purchased by Oceanwide Expeditions.
“Plancius” is a Dutch flagged completely rebuilt and converted 116-passenger vessel complies with the latest SOLAS- regulations, classed by Lloyd’s Register in London. The name “Plancius” is f a tribute to the predecessor of Oceanwide Expeditions (Plancius Foundation, 1981-1996), the first cruise operator on a yearly base in Spitsbergen, offering voyages with a small cruise vessel named Plancius.
Comfortable and nicely decorated, but not luxurious. It’s made for explorers.S pacious yet small ship character, comfort & style and modern technology.
Base camp for active, adventure and wildlife minded modern explorers, for our activity program Oceanwide Expeditions offers an exploratory educational travel program in the polar regions spending as much time ashore as possible. Special interest activities are available for everyone: Kayaking, Hiking, Snowshoeing, Field Camping, Ski Trekking and Zodiac Cruising. Plancius is equipped with all specialist gear needed to enjoy the outdoor activities: Tents, Sleeping bags, Snowshoes, Kayaks, Rubber boots with grip sole, Outdoor jackets Etc.


Ship Specifications


* Passengers: 116 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

Services


* Restaurant/lecture room (deck 3) and a spacious observation lounge (with bar, deck 5) with large windows offer full panorama view.
* Large open deck spaces (with full walk-around possibilities on deck 4), giving excellent opportunities to enjoy the scenery and wildlife.
* Equipped with 10 Mark V inflatable zodiacs, including 40 HP 4-stroke outboard engines,
* 2 gangways on starboard side, that guarantees a swift zodiac operation

Cabins


Quadruple Porthole or Triple Porthole

The cabin provides you with; 1 porthole, 2 upper & 2 lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a hair dryer and ample storage space. This cabin is suitable for families traveling with children, or passengers who do not require a twin or more luxurious cabin.

Twin Porhole

The cabin provides you with; 1 porthole, 2 lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a hair dryer and ample storage space.

Twin Window

The cabin provides you with; 1 window, 2 lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a hair dryer and ample storage space.

Twin Deluxe

The cabin provides you with; 2 windows, 2 lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a hair dryer and ample storage space. These cabins are corner cabins and are slightly more spacious than the normal twin cabins window / porthole cabins.

Superior Cabin

The cabin provides you with; 2 windows, 1 double bed, 1 sofa bed, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a refrigerator, a hair dryer and ample storage space.