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Oceanwide Expeditions Antarctica Basecamp

Antarctica Basecamp aboard the Plancius

The best activity expedition cruise to Antarctica

From: USD 8,500
Antarctica- Basecamp
A 13-DAY LONG EXPEDITION CRUISE

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A 13-DAY LONG CRUISE

The Trip Highlights

Conquer the infamous Drake Passage

Whale watching from the open deck

Immense icebergs and glaciers

Observe penguins in their natural habitat

Your Polartours 'Plus' Experience

Basecamp Program

Learn from industry experts

Your trip is 100% carbon offset

Rubber boots and snow shoes

The Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp expedition cruise offers you all kinds of different ways to explore and enjoy beautiful Antarctica. This journey allows you to hike, snowshoe, kayak, go mountaineering, and even camp out under the impressive Polar skies.

Your Cruise Ship

M/v “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 and was eventually purchased by Oceanwide Expeditions. The vessel was completely rebuilt as a passenger vessel in 2009 and complies with the latest SOLAS regulations (Safety Of Life At Sea). M/v “Plancius” is classed by Lloyd’s Register and flies the Dutch flag.

M/v “Plancius” accommodates 108 passengers with private toilet and shower in 4 quadruple porthole cabins, 2 triple porthole cabins, 9 twin porthole cabins, 25 twin cabins with window and 2 twin deluxe cabins, all (ca. 12,5 square meters) and 10 twin superior cabins (ca. 21 square meters). All cabins offer lower berths (one queen-size bed in the superior cabins and two single beds in the twin cabins), except for the 4 quadruple cabins (for 4 persons in 2x upper and lower beds), and 2 triple cabins (1 bunk bed plus 1 lower bed).

Please be aware that a small number of cabins may have a partially obstructed view due to the design requirements of the ship. The best view is always on the outer deck or the bridge. The vessel offers a restaurant/lecture room on Deck 3 and a spacious observation lounge (with bar) on deck 5 with large windows, offering a full panorama view. M/v “Plancius” has large open deck spaces (with full walk-around possibilities on deck 4), giving excellent opportunities to enjoy the scenery and wildlife. She is furthermore equipped with 10 Mark V zodiacs, including 40 HP 4-stroke outboard engines and 2 gangways on the starboard side, guaranteeing a swift zodiac operation. M/v “Plancius” is comfortable and nicely decorated but is not a luxury vessel. Our voyages in the Arctic and Antarctic regions are primarily defined by an exploratory educational travel program, spending as much time ashore as possible. Plancius fully meets our demands to achieve this. The vessel is equipped with a diesel-electric propulsion system which reduces the noise and vibration of the vessel considerably. The 3 diesel engines generate 1.230 horsepower each, giving the vessel a speed of 10 - 12 knots. The vessel is ice-strengthened and was specially built for oceanographic voyages. M/v “Plancius” is manned by an international crew of 37 (18 nautical crew and 19 hotel crew), 8 expedition staff (1 expedition leader, 1 assistant expedition leader, and 6 guides/lecturers), and 1 doctor.

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Amenities

Bar
Lecture Theater
Symbols SVG Binoculars
Observation Deck
Zodiac Fleet
Observation Lounge
Medical Services
Library
Oceanwide Expeditions Antarctica Basecamp
Oceanwide Expeditions Antarctica Basecamp
Oceanwide Expeditions Antarctica Basecamp
From: USD 8,500