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Polar Ship Plancius


M/v “Plancius” accommodates 108 passengers with private toilet and shower in 4 quadruple 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).

Ship Layout




108 passengers in 50 cabins

Staff & crew:

Crew 40 | Guides 8 | Doctor 1


89 meters (293 feet)


14,5 meters (47 feet)


5 meters (16 feet)

Ice class:

1D (Plancius has a Lloyds class notation 100A1 Passenger ship, Ice Class 1D at a draught of 5 meters)


3211 tonnes


3x Diesel-Electric


10.5 knots average cruising speed

History of Plancius

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 pssenger 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.

Ship Cabins

All rooms come equipped with a private shower and toilet, flatscreen TV, desk and chair, telephone and supplemented WiFi, hair dryer, cabinet, wardrobe and safety deposit box.

Please note that all cabins will not necessarily have the same layout and surface area, nor will they be identical to the examples used in the photos and that the view from some windows might be partially obstructed due to the design requirements of the ship

Quadruple Porthole


Cabin size 12 m²

1 porthole

2 upper & lower berths

Twin Porthole


Cabin size 12 m²

1 porthole

2 lower berths

Twin Window


Cabin size between 12,5 m² and 13,5 m²

1 window

2 lower berths

Twin Deluxe


Cabin size 13,5 m²

2 windows

2 lower berths

These cabins are corner cabins and are slightly more spacious than the normal twin porthole/window cabins



Cabin size between 21 m² and 23 m²

2 windows

1 double bed

1 sofa bed

Coffee & tea maker

Frequently Asked Questions

Passengers on a typical voyage range from in their 30s to their 80s, with the majority usually between 45 ― 65. Our expeditions attract independent travelers from around the globe who are characterized by a strong interest in exploring remote regions. The camaraderie that develops on board is an important part of the Oceanwide experience, and many passenger groups include several nationalities.

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