Antarctica Peninsula – Basecamp Plancius

Antarctica Peninsula – Basecamp Plancius

From USD $8,850


The Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp cruise offers you a myriad of ways to explore and enjoy the Antarctic Region. This expedition allows you to hike, snowshoe, kayak, go mountaineering, and even camp out under the Southern Polar skies.

During our “Basecamp” departures, all offered activities (including camping, kayaking, snowshoe/hiking, mountaineering, photo workshop) as well as our standard included shore excursions and zodiac cruises) are free of charge.

Trip Name
Antarctica Peninsula - Basecamp Plancius
Vessel Type: Expedition Length: 89 metres Passenger Capacity: 108 - 116 Built / refurbished: 1976 / 2009 M/v “Plancius” accommodates 116 passengers in 53 passenger cabins (108 passengers as of season Arctic 2020) with private toilet and shower in 4 quadruple porthole cabins, 2 triple porthole cabins, 9 twin porthole cabins, 26 twin cabins with window and 2 twin deluxe cabins, all (ca. 12,5 square meters) and 10 twin superior cabins (ca. 21 square meters). All cabins offer lower berths (one queen-size bed in the superior cabins and two single beds in the twin cabins), except for the 4 quadruple cabins (for 4 persons in 2x upper and lower beds), and 2 triple cabins (1 bunk bed plus 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 4), 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 primarily defined by an exploratory educational travel programme, spending as much time ashore as possible. Plancius fully meets our demands to achieve this. The vessel is equipped with a diesel-electric propulsion system which reduces the noise and vibration of the vessel 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 an international crew of 37 (18 nautical crew and 19 hotel crew), 8 expedition staff (1 expedition leader, 1 assistant expedition leader and 6 guides/lecturers), and 1 doctor.


Day 1 - Day 1: End of the world, start of a journey
Your voyage begins where the world drops off. Ushuaia, Argentina, reputed to be the southernmost city on the planet, is located on the far southern tip of South America. Starting in the afternoon, you embark from this small resort town on Tierra del Fuego, nicknamed “The End of the World,” and sail the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the remainder of the evening.
Day 2 - Day 2 - 3: Path of the polar explorers
Over the next two days on the Drake Passage, you enjoy some of the same experiences encountered by the great polar explorers who first charted these regions: cool salt breezes, rolling seas, maybe even a fin whale spouting up sea spray. After passing the Antarctic Convergence – Antarctica’s natural boundary, formed when north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer sub-Antarctic seas – you are in the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Not only does the marine life change, the avian life changes too. 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 are a few of the birds you might see.
Day 3 - Day 4 - 10: Entering Antarctica
Gray stone peaks sketched with snow, towers of broken blue-white ice, and dramatically different wildlife below and above. You first pass the snow-capped Melchior Islands and Schollaert Channel, sailing between Brabant and Anvers Islands. Places you might visit includes: Neumayer Channel – The vessel may position itself here, launching its multiple basecamp activities from the protected waters around Wiencke Island. You can enjoy the splendors of this alpine environment at sea with Zodiac and kayaking trips, or if you’re in the mood for a walk, there are possible snowshoe hikes and soft-climb mountaineering options farther inland. Naturally, favorable weather conditions determine the possible activities.Port Lockroy – After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, you may get a chance to visit the former British research station – now a museum and post office – of Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. You may also be able to partake in activities around Jougla Point, meeting gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags. There are great opportunities also for kayaking and camping here, and when conditions are right, you can even snowshoe around the shore. Pléneau & Petermann Islands – If the ice allows it, you can sail through the Lemaire Channel in search of Adélie penguins and blue-eyed shags. There’s also a good chance you’ll encounter humpback and minke whales here, as well as leopard seals. Kayaking, glacier walks, and more ambitious mountaineering trips are the potential activities of this location. Neko Harbour – An epic landscape of mammoth glaciers and endless wind-carved snow, Neko Harbour offers opportunities for a Zodiac cruise and landing that afford the closest views of the surrounding alpine peaks. Paradise Bay – You have the chance to make camp here like a true polar explorer (but with a better tent), enjoying a supreme overnight Antarctic adventure. Errera Channel – Possible sites in this area include Danco Island and Cuverville Island, but also the lesser known (though equally picturesque) Orne Island and Georges Point on Rongé Island. On your last day of near-shore activities, you pass the Melchior Islands toward the open sea. Keep a sharp lookout for humpback whales in Dallmann Bay. You might also shoot for Half Moon Island, in the South Shetlands, with further chances for activities. Conditions on the Drake Passage determine the exact time of departure.
Day 4 - Day 11 - 12: Familiar seas, familiar friends
Your return voyage is far from lonely. While crossing the Drake, you’re again greeted by the vast array of seabirds remembered from the passage south. But they seem a little more familiar to you now, and you to them.
Day 5 - Day 13: There and back again
Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. It’s now time to disembark in Ushuaia, but with memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.
Day 6 - Please note:
All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. The on-board expedition leader will determine the final itinerary. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
10-12-202221-12-2022USD $8,850Quadruple Porthole
10-12-202221-12-2022USD $10,850Triple Porthole
10-12-202221-12-2022USD $10,850Twin Porthole
10-12-202221-12-2022USD $11,400Twin Window
10-12-202221-12-2022USD $12,100Twin Deluxe
10-12-202221-12-2022USD $12,800Superior
22-12-202202-01-2023USD $13,000Twin Deluxe
22-12-202202-01-2023USD $13,850Superior
22-12-202202-01-2023USD $9,600Quadruple Porthole
22-12-202202-01-2023USD $11,850Triple Porthole
22-12-202202-01-2023USD $11,850Twin Porthole
22-12-202202-01-2023USD $12,300Twin Window
03-01-202314-01-2023USD $9,050Quadruple Porthole
03-01-202314-01-2023USD $11,150Triple Porthole
03-01-202314-01-2023USD $11,150Twin Porthole
03-01-202314-01-2023USD $11,600Twin Window
03-01-202314-01-2023USD $12,350Twin Deluxe
03-01-202314-01-2023USD $13,250Superior
08-03-202319-03-2023USD $8,850Quadruple Porthole
08-03-202319-03-2023USD $10,850Triple Porthole
08-03-202319-03-2023USD $10,850Twin Porthole
08-03-202319-03-2023USD $11,400Twin Window
08-03-202319-03-2023USD $12,100Twin Deluxe
08-03-202319-03-2023USD $12,800Superior
11-12-202322-12-2023USD $9,100Quadruple Porthole
11-12-202322-12-2023USD $11,200Triple Porthole
11-12-202322-12-2023USD $11,200Twin Porthole
11-12-202322-12-2023USD $11,750Twin Window
11-12-202322-12-2023USD $12,450Twin Deluxe
11-12-202322-12-2023USD $13,250Superior
23-12-202303-01-2024USD $9,900Quadruple Porthole
23-12-202303-01-2024USD $12,150Twin Porthole
23-12-202303-01-2024USD $12,150Triple Porthole
23-12-202303-01-2024USD $12,650Twin Window
23-12-202303-01-2024USD $13,400Twin Deluxe
23-12-202303-01-2024USD $14,300Superior
04-01-202415-01-2024USD $9,900Quadruple Porthole
04-01-202415-01-2024USD $12,150Triple Porthole
04-01-202415-01-2024USD $12,150Twin Porthole
04-01-202415-01-2024USD $12,650Twin Window
04-01-202415-01-2024USD $13,400Twin Deluxe
04-01-202415-01-2024USD $14,300Superior
13-02-202424-02-2024USD $9,900Quadruple Porthole
13-02-202424-02-2024USD $12,150Twin Porthole
13-02-202424-02-2024USD $12,150Triple Porthole
13-02-202424-02-2024USD $12,650Twin Window
13-02-202424-02-2024USD $13,400Twin Deluxe
13-02-202424-02-2024USD $14,300Superior


    • Camping
    • Kayaking
    • Mountaineering
    • Paradise Bay
    • Photo Workshop
    • Pléneau Island
    • Snowshoeing
    • Zodiac Cruising & Shore program