Cruise to Peninsula Antarctica

On Feb 3rd, we boarded in Ushuaia our ship MV Plancius. All passengers were promptly at the gangway at 16:00, ready to board the ship. We were greeted at the gangway by members of the Expedition staff who sorted our luggage and sent us on board and our expedition towards Antarctica started. For the next ten days Plancius was our home. Regina was afraid how small Plancius was compared with other cruise ships in the Ushuaia port.

M/V Plancius

Plancius is an expedition vessel for 116 passengers and is ca. 89 m long and was built in 1976 as an oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy . The vessel was bought by Oceanwide Expeditions and was completely rebuilt as a 116-passenger vessel in 2009.

We started sailing toward the Antarctic Peninsula. First we passed the Beagle Channel where a group of very seldom Southern Whale Dolphins accompanied the ship for ca. two hours. Gorgeous!

On the first evening we had the chance to meet our Captain, Mr. Alexey Nazarov and toast our voyage with a glass of Prosecco. After leaving the Beagle Channel we passed the Cabo de Hornos and the Diego Ramirez islands and then we entered The Drake passage.