In 2009, the M/V Plancius underwent extensive remodeling throughout the ship's cabins and common areas. Originally commissioned in 1976 as an oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy, Plancius was purchased in 2006 with the intention of using her as a polar expedition cruise vessel.
Plancius is a 110-passenger vessel which is well-appointed and comfortable for expedition cruises to Antarctica and the Arctic. Each cabin offers private toilet and shower in quadruple, twin and twin-superior cabins. The vessel complies with all SOLAS (Safety Of Life At Sea) regulations and sails under the Dutch flag.
The crew on the Plancius consists of 30 international members including 10 cabin stewards, 4 chefs, a purser, a steward/bartender, an expedition leader, 5 lecturer/guides and a physician.