The 89 metre Plancius was built in 1976 as an oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy and served until 2004. Decommissioned, she was fully refurbished as a very comfortable, but not luxurious, 116 passenger expedition vessel in 2009.
The cabins all have TV screens showing ship board information and can alert passengers to any wildlife sightings. A superb observation lounge along with a bar offer spectacular views of the scenery and wildlife and these are also used for lectures and presentations.
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