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Plancius

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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 116 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.

What our clients say

97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.

"So much better than we expected. We got used to a level of service beyond our dreams. Food was excellent - a little short on vegetarian variety of choice. Developed an addiction for Calafate Sour. Only requests are that they make it clearer what is included in package and what is not at the outset. Also, they could have got a fulller understanding of what we wanted to do during our stay to ensure that everything could be included during our stay - again at the outset at the intro briefing. Still, overall wonderful."

JB, Market Harborough

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Our specialists have been expertly crafting award-winning tailor-made holidays to Latin America for 40 years. We would be delighted to create a truly personalised trip which perfectly matches your wishes and requirements.

Kathryn Rhodes
Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Consultant

Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.

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