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Cruise Overview

The Plancius is a vessel made for the modern explorer and an excellent basecamp for the wildlife enthusiast and adventurer. This ice-strengthened vessel offers comfortable cabins and facilities which are nicely decorated. After a full day of exploration, rest and enjoy the panoramic views in the spacious observation lounge with bar. Enjoy the scenery and wildlife viewable from many of its large open decks – with a full walk around on deck 4.

Optional Activities available on selected voyages include: Camping $195, Kayaking $470, Polar Diving $535. Check with us for updated pricing and availability

 

Highlights
Quad Porthole
Twin Window
Twin Deluxe
Superior

Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp

Ushuaia
Day 1

Begin your journey in the southernmost city, Ushuaia embarking the Plancius in the afternoon.

Dinner
Crossing the Drake Passage: Path of the Polar Explorers
Day 2-3

As you cross the Drake Passage familiarise yourself with the layout of the ship. You will cross the Antarctic Convergence – when the Antarctic waters mix with the warmer waters of the the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Enjoy the variety of  albatrosses, petrels, Cape pigeons and southern fulmars.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Enter the Antarctic
Day 4-9

Stand in awe of the striking landscape as no two glaciers will be alike throughout your time here. Basecamp will be in prime position for multiple activities dependant on weather of course. At sea enjoy zodiac trips or go kayaking along side humpback or minke whales. Further inland offers opportunities to go mountaineering or go on snowshoe hikes. Possible site visits may include but not limited to are Port Lockroy, Neko Harbour, Paradise Bay, Danco Island, Cuverville Island.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Crossing the Drake Passage: Familiar Seas, Familiar Friends
Day 10-11

Your return journey home begins today crossing the Drake Passage towards Ushuaia. Take this time to reflect on the highlights of the trip and head to the deck to continue spotting seabirds and final chances to see whales.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ushuaia: There and Back Again
Day 12

Say your final farewells to new found friends and the expedition crew as you disembark the Plancius upon arrival in Ushuaia. Take a group transfer from the dock to the airport for your forward flight.

Breakfast

Antarctica Peninsula - The Antarctic Pioneering Voyage

Ushuaia
Day 1

Begin your journey in the southernmost city, Ushuaia embarking the Plancius in the afternoon.

Dinner
Path of the Polar Explorers
Day 2-3

As you cross the Drake Passage familiarise yourself with the layout of the ship. You will cross the Antarctic Convergence – when the Antarctic waters mix with the warmer waters of the the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Enjoy the variety of  albatrosses, petrels, Cape pigeons and southern fulmars.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Icescapes of the Antarctic Sound
Day 4

You sail through the Antarctic Sound landings here may include a landing in Petral Cove. It is the location of the Argentinean Base Petrel and fur seals and elephant seals can be seen from the beaches here during autumn.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Sailing the Wright Ice Piedmont
Day 5

You sail alongside the Wright Ice Piedmont – an ice covered coastal strip backed my mountains, at Graham Land. This Piedmont was mapped using photographs between 1955-57 and name after the aviation pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Valdivia Point views
Day 6

Continue to the west coast of Graham Land until you reach Valdivia Point which was named after the German ship Valdivia navigated by Otto Nordenskjöld’s Swedish Antarctic Expedition.

Further up, you may also see Challenger Island and Bluff Island.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The Bays of Brabant Island
Day 7

Continue to sail along the western side of Brabant Island exploring areas such as Avicenna Bay, Buls Bay and Freud Passage.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Anvers Island Adventure
Day 8

Sail to Anvers Island heading towards the northeast coast where you visit Fournier Bay. Fournier Bay is named after French admiral Ernest Fournier

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Crossing the Drake Passage: Familiar seas, familiar friends
Day 9-10

Be greeted by an array of familiar seabirds. Take this time to reflect on the highlights of your trip and take advantage of your final chances to spot whales while you cross the Drake Passage.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ushuaia: There and back again
Day 11

Say your final farewells to new found friends and the expedition crew as you disembark the Plancius upon arrival in Ushuaia. Take a group transfer from the dock to the airport for your forward flight.

Breakfast

Falklands Islands, South Georgia, Antarctica Peninsula

Ushuaia
Day 1

Begin your journey in the southernmost city, Ushuaia embarking the Plancius in the afternoon.

Dinner
At sea
Day 2

While at sea spot the species of albatrosses that follow the vessel as well as storm petrels, shearwaters and diving petrels that fly about the sky. Take this time to familiarise yourself with the layout of the ship and get to know your fellow travellers or take in the views from the decks.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Finding the Falklands
Day 3

An abundance of wildlife can be observed in the rugged and raw land of the Falkland Islands. Native wildlife include kelp geese, rockhopper penguins, and Magellanic penguins. If conditions permit you may visit the following areas:

Carcass Island – a picturesque island located on West Falkland named after a Royal Navy ship, HMS Carcass, which arrived 1766. A birders paradise with many Magellanic penguins, Gentoos, Cobb’s wrens and tussock birds live on the island.

Saunders Island – known for the black-browed albatross that inhabit the island alongside imperial shags, rockhopper penguins, the elusive king penguin, Magellanic penguins and Gentoos.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The seat of Falklands culture
Day 4

Visit the Falklands capital, Stanley recognised by its brightly coloured buildings and English- style architecture. Explore this quaint and charming town to see local attractions such as the museum, Jetty Visitor Centre and the Christ Church Cathedral – some attractions may have admission fees which are not included in the voyage.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
At sea
Day 5-6

You make your way towards South Georgia crossing the Antarctic Convergence – where the Antarctic waters mix with the warmer waters of the the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. You may see a variety of seabirds including  albatrosses, petrels, Cape pigeons and southern fulmars.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
South Georgia Journey
Day 7-10

Today you arrive in South Georgia, also known as an Antarctic oasis due to the sheer number of penguins and seals that breed here. Rich in biodiversity and abundant in wildlife – there are many opportunities to visit various sites, if weather and conditions permit, these may include:

Prion Island –  observe the gentle nature of albatross that sit and nurse their chicks during breeding season. This location is closed during the early part of breeding season (November 20 – January 7).

Fortuna Bay – a surreal site surrounded by a panorama of rugged mountains. You can walk the footsteps of the famous explorer, Ernest Shackleton or visit the relics of an abandoned whaling village of Stromness.

Salisbury Plain – a broad coastal plain with snow-capped mountains that line the horizon in almost all directions. This landscape is home to large colonies of king penguins.

St. Andrews Bay – a picturesque site of vast glaciers bordered by snow-capped mountains home to an abundant number elephant seals and fur seals.

Gold Harbour – a great site to see elephant seals, fur seals and light-mantled albatross. Its scenery includes black-sand beaches, blue sheen glaciers splashed with sunset coloured waterfalls.

Grytviken – an abandoned settlement and formerly a whaling station. Stroll through the Grytviken to see king penguins walking the streets and roaming elephants seals throughout.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Southward bound
Day 11

Today you head south towards South Orkney. Views from the decks may reveal sea ice during this time as well as seabirds such as skuas and snow petrels that trail the vessel.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The scenic vistas of South Orkney
Day 12

You may visit Orcadas Base, an Argentine scientific research station located on Laurie Island. Alternatively you may visit Shingle Cove in Signy Island.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Last push to the Antarctic
Day 13

Be awestruck by the enormous icebergs in this part of journey. You may also spot whales here.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Awe-inspiring Antarctica
Day 14-16

If conditions are met, you will sail into the Weddell Sea known for its enormous tabular icebergs. You may stop Paulet Island to see the huge population of Adelie penguins and visit the volcanic island of Brown Bluff.

Alternatively, you will go en route for Elephant Island and head into Bransfield Strait then  continuing to Gerlache Strait known for its blue spiked icebergs as well as spotting humpback whales.

If ice conditions allow, you may sail through the Lemaire Channel – a  natural corridor of calm water reflecting the cliff and glaciers that go along it.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Crossing the Drake Passage: Familiar Seas, Familiar Friends
Day 17-18

Be greeted by an array of familiar seabirds. Take this time to reflect on the highlights of your trip and take advantage of your final chances to spot whales while you cross the Drake Passage.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ushuaia: There and back again
Day 19

Say your final farewells to new found friends and the expedition crew as you disembark the Plancius upon arrival in Ushuaia. Take a group transfer from the dock to the airport for your forward flight.

Breakfast

Tour Inclusions

  • Voyage aboard the Plancius as indicated in the itinerary
  • All meals throughout the voyage including snacks, coffee and tea
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
  • Free use rubber boots and snowshoes
  • Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation in Ushuaia
  • Pre-scheduled group transfer from vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation)
  • All mischellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material
  • *Basecamp' itinerary only* all offered activities (camping, kayaking, snowshoe/hiking, mountaineering, photo workshop) as well as standard included shore excursions and zodiac cruises) are free of charge

Tour Exclusions

  • Any airfare whether scheduled or charter flights
  • Pre and post-land arrangements
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Meals ashore
  • Baggage cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory)
  • Excess baggage charges
  • All items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverages charges and telecommunication charges
  • Customary gratuity at the end of voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided)

Tour Pricing

19/20 Itinerary (USD)
Code
Departure Date
Voyage Type
Days
Start - End
Quad Porthole
Triple Porthole
Twin Porthole
Twin Window
Twin Deluxe
Surperior
Falkland Islands
PLA21
Nov 01 2019
Cruise
10
Puerto - Madryn - Ushuaia
$5,900
$6,650
$7,050
$7,500
$8,100
$8,650
Antarctica
PLA22CK S
Nov 10 2019
Cruise
11
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$7,250
$8,150
$8,900
$9,300
$9,950
$10,700
Antarctic Peninsula - The Antarctic pioneering voyage
PLA23
Nov 20 2019
Cruise
11
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$7,250
$8,150
$8,900
$9,300
$9,950
$10,700
Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula
PLA24 D
Nov 30 2019
Cruise
19
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$12,750
$13,900
$15,350
$16,100
$17,200
$18,400
Antarctica - Basecamp
PLA K M P S
Dec 18 2019
Cruise
12
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$8,400
$9,450
$10,300
$10,750
$11,550
$12,150
Antarctica - Basecamp
PLA K M P S
Dec 29 2019
Cruise
12
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$8,400
$9,450
$10,300
$10,750
$11,550
$12,150
Antarctica
PLA27 CK
Jan 09 2020
Cruise
11
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$7,950
$8,950
$9,850
$10,250
$10,900
$11,800
Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula
PLA28
Jan 19 2020
Cruise
19
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$14,600
$15,800
$17,500
$18,250
$19,450
$20,950
Antarctic Peninsula - The Antarctic pioneering voyage
PLA29
Feb 06 2020
Cruise
11
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$7,950
$8,950
$9,850
$10,250
$10,900
$11,800
Antarctica - Polar Circle
PLA30 C K D
Feb 16 2020
Cruise
12
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$7,950
$8,950
$9,850
$10,250
$10,900
$11,800
Antarctica - Basecamp
PLA C K M P S
Feb 27 2020
Cruise
12
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$7,950
$8,950
$9,850
$10,250
$10,900
$11,800
Antarctica - Basecamp
PLAC K M P S
Mar 09 2020
Cruise
12
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$7,950
$8,950
$9,850
$10,250
$10,900
$11,800
Antarctica - Whale watching voyage
PLA33 D
Mar 20 2020
Cruise
10
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$5,950
$6,700
$7,150
$7,550
$8,150
$8,800
20/21 Itinerary (USD)
Departure Date
Voyage Type
Days
Start - End
Quad Porthole
Triple Porthole
Twin Porthole
Twin Window
Twin Deluxe
Surperior
Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula
Nov 01 2020
Cruise
21
Puerto - Madryn - Ushuaia
$12,600
N/A
$15,200
$15,900
$16,900
$18,150
Antarctica - Basecamp
Nov 21 2020
Cruise
12
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$8,050
N/A
$9,950
$10,350
$11,000
$11,900
Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula
Dec 2 2020
Cruise
19
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$12,850
N/A
$15,550
$16,300
$17,350
$18,550
Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula
Dec 20 2020
Cruise
19
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$13,500
N/A
$16,400
$17,150
$18,300
$19,600
Antarctica
Jan 07 2021
Cruise
11
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$8,050
N/A
$9,950
$10,350
$11,000
$11,900
Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula
Jan 17 2021
Cruise
19
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$14,750
N/A
$17,800
$18,500
$19,750
$21,300
Antarctica
Feb 4 2021
Cruise
11
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$8,050
N/A
$9,950
$10,350
$11,000
$11,900
Antarctica - Polar Circle
Feb 14 2021
Cruise
12
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$8,050
N/A
$9,950
$10,350
$11,000
$11,900
Antarctica - Basecamp
Feb 25 2021
Cruise
12
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$8,050
N/A
$9,950
$10,350
$11,000
$11,900
Antarctica - Basecamp
Mar 08 2021
Cruise
12
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
$8,050
N/A
$9,950
$10,350
$11,000
$11,900

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