M/V Plancius started life as a research vessel in the Dutch navy but was bought by Oceanwide in 2004 and transformed into the perfect ship for all expeditions. Just like Ortelius, she is named after a Dutch cartographer - Petrus Plancius in this case – who was a pioneer in the industry of map writing during the sixteenth century. Petrus Plancius is also known for devising a better method for calculating longitude and so you know you are in good hands when navigating through these wide unexplored seas.

Plancius is now able to carry 116 passengers and is compliant with all the regulations laid down by SOLAS. She is even fitted with a propulsion system that uses a combination of diesel and electric to ensure that the noise and vibrations that emanate from the ship are kept to a minimum. Not only goes this add to the comfort whilst on board and decrease noise pollution in these delicate areas, it also means that the arrival of the vessel is less likely to scare away any wildlife in the area.


Cabins do vary in size and number of beds but all have a private shower & toilet, desk & chair, flat screen TV, Telephone and Internet connection, a hair dryer and ample storage space. In addition to these facilities, guests staying in a superior suite will also have a fridge within their accommodation.

Public Areas

Public areas aboard Plancius include a restaurant/lecture room, a bar and observation lounge and amble deck space for those wanting to catch a glimpse of the exotic wildlife.


Passengers: 116 in 53 cabins
Staff & crew: 45
Length: 89 meters (293 feet)
Breadth: 14.5 meters (47 feet)
Draft: 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)
Displacement: 3434 tonnes
Propulsion: 3x Diesel-Electric
Speed: 10 - 12 knots maximum

Plancius Expeditions