M/V Plancius can accommodate 110 passengers
in 53 passenger cabins with private toilet and shower in 4
triple cabins, 39 twin 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 triple cabins (bunk beds and 1 lower bed).
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 starboard side, guaranteeing a swift zodiac
M/v “Plancius” will be comfortable and nicely
decorated, but is not a luxurious vessel. Our voyages 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
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.