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ANTARCTIC CRUISES

 

Itinerary for the M/V PLANCIUS

Departure dates from Ushuaia, Argentina: (Please see below)

11 day/10 nights Expedition

Day 1
In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located in the shadow of the Andes and right at the Beagle Channel shore. We'll sail through this scenic waterway during the afternoon.
Day 2 & 3
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 see 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 - 8
A typical itinerary in Antarctic Peninsula could be as follows. This is a sample only, the final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board.
We will sail directly to "High Antarctica", passing the Melchior islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. On Cuverville Island, a small precipitous island, nestled between the mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula and Danco Island, we will find a large colony of Gentoo Penguins and breeding pairs of Brown Skuas. On Danco Island we can observe Chinstrap Penguins and possibly Weddell and Crabeater Seals. In Neko Harbour we will have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of huge glaciers, other continent landings are for example possible on Portal Point .
During the cruise we will also offer zodiac cruises such as near Foyn Harbour on Nansen Island and Neko Harbour.
When sailing to Paradise Bay, with its myriad icebergs and deep cut fjords, we will have the opportunity for zodiac cruising between the icebergs in the inner parts of the fjords. In this area we have good chances to see Humpback Whales and Minke Whales. After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, we visit the British research station and post office Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy we can also offer a landing on Jougla Point with Gentoo Penguins and Imperial Shags.
We sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Pleneau and Petermann Island where we can find Adelie Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. In this area there are good chances to encounter Humpback Whales, Minke Whales and Fin Whales. A visit to one of the scientific stations in Antarctica will give you an insight about the life of modern Antarcticans working on the White Continent. Further south we may visit the Ukrainian Vernadsky Station, where we will receive a warm welcome from the station crew. Sailing north through Neumayer Channel we arrive at the Melchior Islands with a very beautiful landscape and again possibilities for zodiac cruising among the icebergs, where we may encounter Leopard Seals, Crabeater Seals and whales.
Day 9 - 10
In the Drake Passage we have again a chance of seeing many seabirds and to take advantage of the knowledge of our lecture team.
Day 11
We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.
(This is a sample only; the final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board depending on weather, ice conditions)

(Please see itineraries for 18 days below)

ANTARCTICA & SUB-ANTARCTIC ISLANDS  2013 / 2014

Code

Voyage

Start

End

Nights/ Days

Embarkation - Disembarkation

Quadruple

Porthole

Triple

Porthole

Twin Porthole

Twin Window

Twin Deluxe

Superior

PLA21A *

Antarctic Peninsula

NOV 02

NOV 12

10 / 11

Ushuaia – Ushuaia

6,900

7,900

8,850

8,950

9,500

10,850

PLA21B C D K M P S

Antarctic Peninsula

“Basecamp Plancius”   

NOV 12

NOV 22

10 / 11

Ushuaia – Ushuaia

6,900

7,900

8,850

8,950

9,500

10,850

PLA22 * C K M P S

Antarctic Peninsula

“Basecamp Plancius”   

NOV 22

DEC 02

10 / 11

Ushuaia – Ushuaia

6,900

7,900

8,850

8,950

9,500

10,850

PLA23 K

Falkland Islands – South Georgia –

Antarctic Peninsula

DEC 02

DEC 20

18 / 19

Ushuaia – Ushuaia

11,900

13,800

14,850

15,450

16,500

17,950

PLA24 C K S

Antarctic Peninsula,

with South Shetland Islands

DEC 20

DEC 31

11 / 12

Ushuaia – Ushuaia

8,500

9,700

10,600

10,950

11,550

12,700

PLA25  

Falkland Islands – South Georgia –

Antarctic Peninsula

DEC 31

JAN 18

18 / 19

Ushuaia – Ushuaia

13,950

15,600

16,900

17,650

18,700

20,700

PLA26 B

Falkland Islands – South Georgia –

Antarctic Peninsula

JAN 18

FEB 05

18 / 19

Ushuaia – Ushuaia

13,950

15,600

16,900

17,650

18,700

20,700

PLA27 C K

Antarctic Peninsula

FEB 05

FEB 15

10 / 11

Ushuaia – Ushuaia

7,900

8,900

9,750

10,500

10,950

11,950

PLA28 C

Antarctic Peninsula

FEB 15

FEB 25

10 / 11

Ushuaia – Ushuaia

7,900

8,900

9,750

10,500

10,950

11,950

PLA29 C D H K M P

Antarctic Peninsula

“Basecamp Plancius” 

FEB 25

MAR 08

11 / 12

Ushuaia – Ushuaia

7,900

8,800

9,700

9,990

10,510

11,650

PLA30 D K   

Polar Circle – Antarctic Peninsula

MAR 08

MAR 19

11 / 12

Ushuaia – Ushuaia

7,900

8,800

9,700

9,990

10,510

11,650

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During our “Basecamp Plancius” departures (PLA21B, PLA22 and PLA29) all offered activities (including camping, kayaking, snowshoe/hiking,mountaineering, photo workshops as well as our standard included shore excursions and zodiac cruises) are free of charge, except for scuba diving (see legend for prices).

Please review our separate “Basecamp Plancius” brochure for further details.

AIRFARE NOT INCLUDED: Aproximate cost from Miami US$1200-1500 plus taxes

LEGEND:

 

B =  Bilingual voyage: English (ship language) – German (second language)

C =  Camping: Group size: min 8,max. 30 campers. Supplement: USD 85 per person per night. Camping is free of charge on PLA29, ‘Basecamp Plancius’

D =  Diving. Group size: min. 8,max. 24 divers. Supplement: USD 350 per person.

H =  Hiking. Hikes of approx. 2-3 hours or longer. The activity is free of charge.

K =  Kayaking. Group size: min. 4, max. 14 kayakers. Supplement: USD 290 per person.

        Kayaking is free of charge on PLA29, ‘Basecamp Plancius’

M = Mountaineering is free of charge on PLA29, ‘Basecamp Plancius’

P =  Photo Workshop is free of charge on PLA29, ‘Basecamp Plancius’

S =  Snowshoe/hiking. The activity incl. the use of snow shoes is free of charge.

      T =  Trekking for skiers. Group size: min. 6, max. 12 skiers. Supplement: USD 5.090 per person.

* =           Currently under charter or sold out


 

 

Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula

 

19 days/18 nights

 

Day 1
In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located in the shadow of the Andes and right at the Beagle Channel shore. We’ll sail through this scenic waterway during the afternoon.
Day 2
At sea, the ship is followed by several species of albatrosses, storm petrels, shearwaters and diving petrels.
Day 3
A typical itinerary in the Falklands – South Georgia, and Antarctic Peninsula could be as follows. This is a sample only; the final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board.
In the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) we plan to spend the whole day on the fascinating western side of the archipelago. A hike along the shore of Carcass Island will give us instead views of Magellanic and Gentoo-Penguins, as well as close encounters with water fowl and Night herons. In addition, on Saunders we will be able to observe Rockhopper Penguins, Black-browed Albatrosses and King Cormorants.
Day 4
In Stanley, the capital of the Falklands, we can experience Falkland culture, which has some South- American characteristics as well as Victorian charm.
In Stanley and the surrounding area we can see quite an important number of stranded clippers from a century ago.
Days 5 & 6
At sea, on our way to South Georgia we will cross the Antarctic Convergence. Entering Antarctic waters, the temperature will drop by as much as 10 degrees C in the time span of only a few hours. Near the Convergence we will see a multitude of southern seabirds near the ship; several species of Albatrosses, Shearwaters, Petrels, Prions and Skuas.
Days 7 - 10
In South Georgia we shall visit the bay of Elsehul, with its very active fur seal breeding beach, and then set course to Right Whale Bay, Salisbury Plain, Gold Harbor and Cooper Bay to give you a good opportunity to see a wide spectrum of landscapes and wildlife, like the introduced Reindeer, Elephant seals, King and Macaroni Penguins. At Fortuna Bay we might try to follow in the footsteps of the great British Explorer Ernest Shackleton and hike over to Stømness Bay. There and at Grytviken we’ll see an abandoned whaling village, where King Penguins now walk in the streets and seals have taken over the buildings. At Grytviken we’ll also offer a visit to the Whaling History Museum as well as to Shackleton´s grave near by. One of the highlights might be our visit to Prion Island, where we will witness the breeding efforts of the huge Wandering Albatross and enjoy watching their displays.
Day 11
At sea, where the ship is again followed by a multitude of seabirds. At some point we might encounter sea-ice, and it is at the ice-edge where we might have a chance to see some high-Antarctic species like the McCormick Skua, Snow Petrel and the elusive Emperor Penguin.
Day 12
We are planning on a visit to Orcadas station, an Argentinean base located in the South Orkney Islands. The friendly base personnel will show us their facilities and we can enjoy the wonderful views of the surrounding glaciers.
Day 13
At sea
Days 14 - 16
We will sail into the Weddell Sea through the ice-clogged Antarctic Sound. Huge tabular icebergs will announce our arrival to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. We plan to visit Paulet Island with a million pairs of Adelie Penguins and the remains of the Nordenskiöld expedition. At Brown Bluff we can set foot on the Continent.
At Deception Island, we will try to land at Baily Head home to a colony of ten thousands Chinstrap Penguins. Deception itself is a sub-ducted crater, which opens into the sea, creating a natural harbor 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. Good walkers may hike from Baily Head over the ridge of the crater into Whalers Bay, while our ship braves its entrance into the crater through the spectacular Neptune’s Bellow into the ring of Deception Island. In the afternoon we may land at Half Moon Island, where we can observe Elephant, Weddell and Fur Seals as well as Chinstrap Penguins, Blue-eyed Shags, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Kelp Gulls, Snowy Sheathbills, Antarctic Terns and Antarctic Brown Skuas.
On our way west, we sail to Cuverville Island, a small precipitous island, nestled between the mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula. It contains a large colony of Gentoo Penguins and breeding pairs of Brown Skuas. Time and conditions allowing we hope to be able to sail further south to Neko Harbor in Andvord Bay and 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.
Days 17 - 18
On our way north we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.
Day 19
We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark

This is a sample only; the final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board (depending on weather, ice conditions).

 

ABOUT THE M/V 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 114-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 in London and flies the Dutch flag.

M/V "Plancius" accommodates 114 passengers in 53 passenger cabins with private toilet and shower in 4 quadruple private cabins, 39 twin private cabins (ca. 15 square meters) and 10 twin superior cabins (ca. 21 square meters).

All cabins offer lower berths (either two single beds or one queen-size bed), except for the 4 quadruple cabins (for 4 persons in 2x upper and lower beds).

The vessel offers a restaurant/lecture room on deck 3 and a spacious observation lounge (with bar) on deck 5 with large windows, offering full panorama view. M/v "Plancius" 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 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 and will still be primarily defined by an exploratory educational travel program spending as much time ashore as possible. This vessel will fully meet our demands to achieve this.

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.

M/v "Plancius" 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.

Specifications

bulletPassengers: 114 in 53 cabins
bulletStaff & crew: 45
bulletLength: 89 meters (293 feet)
bulletBreadth: 14,5 meters (47 feet)
bulletDraft: 5 meters (16 feet)
bulletIce class: 1D (Plancius has a Lloyds class notation 100A1 Passenger ship, Ice Class 1D at a draught of 5 meters.)
bulletDisplacement: 3434 tonnes
bulletPropulsion: 3x Diesel-Electric
bulletSpeed: 10 - 12 knots maximum
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Single occupancy:

All cabins 1.7 times the share price

 

Fares include:

·   Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary.

·   All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.

·   Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes.

·   Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation).

·   All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.

·   Program 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.

 

Not included:

Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre- and post land arrangements; transfers to 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).

 

It is agreed that if world fuel prices will reach or exceed US Dollar 80 per Barrel Brent 90 days prior to departure Oceanwide Expeditions reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of US Dollar 25 per passenger per night, to be paid by the contracting party of Oceanwide Expeditions

 

PLANCIUS DECK PLAN

 

 

 

 

GENERAL NOTES

All rates are quoted per person in US Dollar, based on twin occupancy. US Dollar rates apply for all sales outside Europe. 5% discount will be granted for bookings for one or more consecutive voyages (except on legs within the Atlantic Odyssey). Please note that all dates & rates are subject to change. All voyages will operate subject to a minimum of 70 participants. ‘Plancius’ carries a maximum of 114 passengers.

 

 

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