Antarctic Peninsula 2016/17

Aboard MV Plancius

Embark & Disembark: Ushuaia

  • January – March  11 Days

Itinerary for MV Plancius 10 or 11 days

It can simply be said – there is no place like it on earth. The Seventh Continent, the Antarctic, is a pristine environment, largely untouched by man and where nature is still in charge. The scenery is breathtaking and an amazing setting for teeming wildlife that endures and indeed thrives in this harsh land of great white expanses, looming mountain peaks and impressive icebergs.

Day 1

Ushuaia – Beagle Channel

In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the picturesque southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and sail through the Beagle Channel.

Day 2-3

Drake Passage

During these two days we sail across the Drake Passage. When we cross the Antarctic Convergence, we arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. In this area we may meet Wandering Albatrosses, Grey Headed Albatrosses, Black-browed Albatrosses, Light-mantled Sooty Albatrosses, Cape Pigeons, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, we glimpse at the first icebergs.

Day 4

Deception Island – Antarctic Peninsula

At Deception Island, we will try to land at Baily Head with a colony of ten thousands of Chinstrap Penguins. Deception Island is a huge volcano of which the crater opens into the sea, creating a natural harbour for the ship. Here we find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, thousands of Cape Pigeons and many Dominican Gulls, Brown and South Polar Skuas and Antarctic Terns. Wilson’s Storm Petrels and Black-bellied Storm Petrels nest in the ruins of the whaling station in Whalers Bay.

Day 5

Antarctic Peninsula

We will sail to Orne Islands with large colonies of Chinstrap Penguins and a beautiful view across the Gerlache Strait. Later we continue to Cuverville Island, a small precipitous island, nestled between the mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula and Danco Island. It contains a large colony of Gentoo Penguins and breeding pairs of Brown Skuas. From there we sail through Paradise Bay with its myriad icebergs and deep cut fjords, while having chances of seeing large whales. We will have opportunities for zodiac cruising between the icebergs in the inner parts of the fjords.

Day 6

Antarctic Peninsula

We sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Petermann Island where we can find Adelie Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. We also try to land at Pleneau Island home to Elephant Seals. In this area there are good chances to encounter Humpback Whales, Minke Whales and Fin Whales.

Day 7

Antarctic Peninsula

Sailing north through Neumayer Channel and Gerlache Strait we arrive at Charlotte Bay with a very beautiful landscape and again possibilities for zodiac cruising among the icebergs, where we may encounter Leopard Seals, Crabeater Seals and Minke Whales.

Day 8

Antarctic Peninsula

Half Moon Island is a beautiful volcanic island with Chinstrap Penguins, Gentoo Penguins, Blue-eyed Shags, sheathbills and Brown Skuas. Weddell Seals and Elephant Seals may also be spotted. The crew of the Argentine station is very hospitable. We may also choose to land at Hannah Point, which has a very rich wildlife featuring Elephant Seals, Cape Pigeons, Southern Giant Petrels, Macaroni Penguins and Gentoo Penguins.

Day 9-10 (8-9)

Drake Passage

In the Drake Passage we have again a chance of seeing many seabirds.

Day 11 (10)


We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.

Note: 10 day voyage will have 1 day less on the peninsula.


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Dates and cost 2016 / 2017

…aboard MV Plancius

  • 8 Jan – 18 Jan 2017  11 Days

Quadruple Triple + Porthole Twin + Porthole Twin + Window Twin Deluxe Superior
US$7,950 US$8,950 US$9,650 US$10,250 US$10,850 US$11,850

Optional Activities: C, K

  • 5 Feb – 15 Feb 2017  11 Days

Quadruple Triple + Porthole Twin + Porthole Twin + Window Twin Deluxe Superior
US$7,950 US$8,950 US$9,650 US$10,250 US$10,850 US$11,850

Optional Activities: C, K

  • 17 March – 26 March 2017  10 Days

Quadruple Triple + Porthole Twin + Porthole Twin + Window Twin Deluxe Superior
US$5,550 US$6,150 US$7,050 US$7,450 US$7,850 US$8,600

Whale Watching Voyage

Single Occupancy: All cabins 1.7 times the share price.

Note: If world fuel prices reach or exceed US Dollar 120 per Barrel Brent 90 days prior to departure, a fuel surcharge of USD25 per passenger per night may be applied.

What’s included

  • Voyage aboard the individual vessel as indicated
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including, snacks, coffee and tea
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
  • Programme of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.
  • Free loan of boots & snow shoes

What’s not included

  • Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
  • Pre and post land arrangements
  • Transfers to/from the vessel
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Meals ashore
  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended)
  • Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges and the customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided)

How to book

To initiate your reservation, please contact us as soon as possible to place an option on the voyage and cabin grade of your choice. The Booking Form in the brochure is to be signed, completed and returned to Adventure Associates along with your deposit. Reservations are established only when you receive written confirmation and acceptance of the deposit payment and Booking Form.

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Optional Activities

  • C: Camping. Supplement US$180 per night per person. Free of charge during ‘Basecamp Plancius’ voyages. Group size: minimum 8, maximum 30 campers.
  • K: Kayaking. Supplement US$450 pp. Max 14 per voyage.
  • S: Snowshoeing. Free of charge, incl. snowshoes.

MV Plancius

Ice-strengthened Expedition Vessel

MV 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 finally purchased by Oceanwide Expeditions. The MV Plancius has been completely rebuilt as a 110-passenger vessel and complies with the latest SOLAS-regulations (Safety Of Life At Sea), offering a restaurant/lecture room on deck 3 and a spacious observation lounge (with bar) on deck 5 with large windows, with full panorama view. The vessell has large open deck spaces (with full walk-around possibilities on deck 3), 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 starboard side, guaranteeing a swift zodiac operation. The vessel is equipped with a diesel-electric propulsion system which reduces the noise and vibration of the engines considerably. The 3 diesel engines generate 1.230 horse-power each, giving the vessel a speed of 10 – 12 knots. The vessel is ice-strengthened and was specially built for oceanographic voyages.

MV Plancius is comfortable and nicely decorated, but is not a luxurious vessel. The voyages in the Arctic and Antarctic regions are and will still be primarily defined by an exploratory educational travel programme, spending as much time ashore as possible. This vessel is manned by 17 nautical crew, 19 hotel staff (6 chefs, 1 hotel manager, 1 steward-barman and 11 stewards / cabin cleaners), 8 expedition staff (1 expedition leader and 7 guides-lecturers) and 1 doctor.

Deck Plans



MV Plancius accommodates 53 passenger cabins, all with private toilet and shower, as follows:

  • Quadruple: 5 cabins with private facilities.
  • Triple Porthole: 2 cabins with private facilities.
  • Twin Porthole: 9 cabins with porthole, private facilities, lower berths.
  • Twin Window: 26 cabins with window, private facilities, lower berths.
  • Twin Deluxe: 2 cabins with 2 windows (aft and side view), private facilities, lower berths.
  • Superior: 10 cabins with private facilities, double beds.



Ship Specifications

Crew & Staff: 45
Guests: 116 in 53 Cabins
Length: 89 m
Breadth: 14.50 m
Draft: 4.50 m
Ice Class: 1D (Plancius has a Lloyds class notation 100A1 Passenger ship, Ice Class 1D at a draught of 5 meters.)
Propulsion: 3 x Diesel-electric engines – 1.230 total horsepower
Cruising Speed: 10-12 knots
Registered: In the Netherlands by Oceanwide Expeditions