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Modern vessel with a nautical feel with an emphasis on a variety of Antarctic experiences on different departures throughout the season..

This nautical-feel ship is staffed by an enthusiastic team of mostly European guides with scientific qualifications who have the ability to make your explorations fun as well as informative. The vessel accommodates up to 108 guests cared for by a crew and expeditionary staff of just under 50. She's a good option for multinational, independent-minded guests seeking an expedition-style experience

The atmosphere is very informal and friendly, with plenty of opportunities for guests of maybe a dozen different nationalities to mingle during meals or in the large observation deck/presentation room  which doubles as a bar and area for socialising. When you arrive at a destination, there are a couple of landings per day subject to local conditions, with maximum possible time spent on shore visits supplemented by informative and entertaining presentations, videos and slide shows.

In addition to the classic routes, Plancius may offer departures allowing for whale-watching or the tracking of migratory birds at the end of the season. In addition, on one or two departures she will drop anchor at a select few destinations in Antarctica, where she will offer a range of optional adventure activities and sports: camping, kayaking, scuba diving, hiking, mountaineering or snowshoeing: on these Basecamp Plancius departures all except diving are included in the cost.

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What our clients say

  • Most memorable experience: "A hard question to answer, but probably being able to walk on the continent, and not just strolling along the shore line, but fairly serious walking on…

    HW, New Romney
  • Highlights: “Setting foot on Antarctica and seeing the wildlife in its natural habitat.  The first part had always been an ambition of mine”

    SM, Dennie
  • The whole experience of sailing across Antarctica was amazing, but being able to visit Scott's at Cape Evans was probably the pinnacle of the trip.

    JW, Bedford
  • Antarctica “Best holiday we have ever had.”

    MR, West Malling
  • Every bit was memorable from the rough sea crossings to the wonderful remoteness of the destination and the absolutely fantastic wildlife.

    HD, London
  • Most memorable experience: "The whales in Wilhelmina Bay. Our expedition leader said that this was the best he had seen in his 19 years of leading these trips."

    RW, Teddington
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Our Expert's Opinion

Juliet
Juliet Ellwood Travel Expert After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and History and having been fascinated by Latin America since childhood by the book featuring photos of Nazca, Juliet first visited the region in 2003. Since then, Juliet has visited the majority of countries in Latin America but has particularly extensive experience with Peru, a country she loves for many reasons but not least, its incredible archaeological richness and delicious food!

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    Heloise started her Latin American journey as an exchange student in Santiago, Chile. With extended summer holidays this was the perfect opportunity to backpack through Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.

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    Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

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