Why Plancius?

Why Plancius?


Making a trip as far South as Antarctica is a once-in-a-lifetime deal, so once you have determined what the best trip for you is, you have to decide on the best ship.  One of the most commonly asked questions about our trip to Antarctica is who we booked with.  Not only would I recommend our ship I will tell you the top three reasons it should be your choice too.

We decided to take our ten day Antartcia trip with Oceanwide Expeditions on the M/V Plancius, which is not considered a luxury vessel, but certainly met our needs.  The itinerary was awesome, the staff and accommodation were very comfortable and the food was delicious as well as plentiful.  I couldn’t have asked for a better experience on board or a more perfect place to take in the wonders of Antarctica.

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.

The above quote is from the Oceanwide Expeditions website, which explains one of the main reasons I enjoyed my time aboard the M/V Plancius and the “non-luxury” status made the cruise affordable. Below are my top three reasons to choose Plancius:

1. Itinerary

The number one reason I recommend the M/V Plancius is their itinerary, it offers adventure, lots of time on land observing the wildlife, excellent educational lectures and zodiac rides to bring you even closer to seals, whales and dolphins. Few ships offer both a camping and kayak option as well as an opportunity to jump in the freezing waters off the Antarctic Peninsula.  The itinerary not only offers something for everyone, but allows you to choose how to spend your time.

2. Customer Service

The hotel staff on the Plancius was incredible, they kept us as comfortable as possible through the rough seas of the Drake Passage and beyond.  Our rooms were kept immaculate, staff was attentive and friendly, there was a doctor on board and even though it was a short ten day cruise I felt at home. I was often greeted by name by a passing staff member and all of the crew worked hard to ensure each passengers happiness.

3. Food

This could easily be the number one reason to choose the Plancius.  I was extremely impressed with the food, there was a wide variety with formal three course meals, on-deck barbecues and beautiful buffets. There was always vegetarian options and plenty of healthy choices.  Between meals you could always find a snack at the bar, hot coffee, tea, soup and hot chocolate on offer as well as a fruit basket.  Everyone on the cruise laughed about how much they gained on the cruise because the food was that good.

With an adventurous itinerary offering close-up wildlife sightings, a comfortable place to sleep and mouth-watering food the question is not why should you choose Plancius?  But, why wouldn’t you choose the Plancius?

To see the incredible scenes we saw from the Plancius visit our photos by clicking here.  If you are looking for more details about our trip and to plan your own Antarctic adventure, click here.

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» Jeff :
Jul 10, 2013

I considered two different expeditions on the Plancius but for various reasons chose another ship instead and I also had an incredible experience. I doubt there are any bad experiences for such an amazing adventure but each one offers slightly different benefits/tradeoffs. All the things you mention in this article were definitely true on my cruise as well. Plus, the experts on the ship were fantastic, including the meteorologist who had a starring role in a moving documentary about the last huskies in Antarctica, the Ph.D. candidate studying penguins, the expert on birds, etc. In fact, our ship was a temporary, one-season ship because the one the company normally used was getting refurbished (I think) and the staff kept mentioning how inferior it was to their normal vessel, yet still I found it more than adequate. The only specific ship advice I would offer is to not choose one with more than 100 passengers as there is a 100-person limit on land at any given time. I believe Plancius was a 90-person ship and mine was similar – a great size I think. For more details on my journey, see: http://www.lengthytravel.com/travel-tips-antarctica-antrtidatravel-guide/

LOCAVORista Reply:

Jeff, thanks for your comment. You bring up a good point about ship size, I would also highly recommend going with a smaller ship to ensure more time for landings. I appreciate you sharing your blog post, it has some great resources and excellent information to book an Antarctica trip.

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LOCAVORista: A curious adventurer exploring the culinary delights and local traditions around the world. Currently on a 3 year round-the-world trip discovering amazing cultures, must-eats and off-the-beaten-track destinations.

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LOCAVORista: A curious adventurer exploring the culinary delights and local traditions around the world. Currently on a 3 year round-the-world trip discovering amazing cultures, must-eats and off-the-beaten-track destinations.


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