Polar Tracks Expeditions


seasoned & refurbished

About the Ship

Built in 1976 as an oceanographic deep sea research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy, the M/V Plancius went through a 2 year refurbishment in 2008.

Carrying just 108 passengers, Plancius is one of the smallest expedition vessels in the fleet. Comfortable and nicely decorated, but not luxurious, it is made for explorers. Full of small ship character and charm, she is a base camp for active, adventure and wildlife-minded modern explorers who are after a rustic, bare bones experience. 

  • Passenger Capacity: 108
  • En suites in all cabins
  • Observation lounge with bar
  • 4 low-cost Quad Porthole cabins
  • Large open deck spaces
  • Adventure activities included in “Basecamp” departures
  • No expedition parka
  • Rubber boots to borrow
  • Ice strengthened
  • Ice Class: 1D

Why We Like Plancius


    She offers a wide range of adventure activities, especially on the active Basecamp voyages which include camping, kayaking, mountaineering, snowshoeing and hiking for free. They’re also one of the few ships that offer polar scuba diving.


    She’s understated but comfortable, en suite bathrooms, a writing desk, ample storage space and a flat screen TV with streaming movies in every cabin.


    She has full walk-around capability on Deck 3, and an Observation Lounge and Library on Deck 5 with large windows offering a panoramic view.


    With such low passenger capacity, swift Zodiac operations using two gangways means minimal wait time to get off the ship and out onto landings or adventure ideal vessel for active expedition cruising in the polar regions.

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Insider Advice

We’re a different kind of agency. We work on the ships, with the teams, and are currently active in the polar regions. Our insider advice is truly that – straight from the field – and it’s updated in real time if things change.