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Antarctica m/v Plancius liveaboard: Feb 26-Mar 12, 2019

This trip is full. Please contact us if you have questions or to be put on a wait list.
A world very few have ever experienced. Divers and Non-divers welcome.
Aboard Antarctica cruises you get to explore one of the last true untouched wildernesses on the planet.
Explore Antarctica with Scuba Center and Oceanwide ExpeditionsAn Antarctic cruise is an opportunity to visit an area of the Earth that has remained largely unchanged since the time when Aristotle first gave the world the idea of a Terra Australis. Explorers get the chance to investigate one of the world’s densest concentrations of undisturbed animal life, visiting with the expert survivalists who make the continent their home – seals, whales, and all those penguins. Antarctica cruises offer you an experience unlike any you’ve ever had before. Take a Zodiac ride among the blue and white icebergs that tower above the water, kayak alongside curious whales, pay respects to a curious penguin, or dive into a new world under water.

Antarctica is a collection of extremes – on average it is the windiest, driest, coldest, and highest elevated of all the continents. Less than 8" of precipitation falls along the coastline each year, with the inland areas being even drier. Despite the harsh nature of the continent, Antarctic cruise voyagers are treated to some spectacular scenery. It’s a land of dark rugged rocky peaks contrasting with the white snow and the passing of bright icebergs across dark waters.
Antarctic cruises take you to the coldest location on Earth, but along the coasts temperatures can reach as high as 50°F during a very hot summer day. Expect temperatures just above freezing on a regular day. Don’t know what clothing to bring? Don’t worry, we’ll give you all the information you need to keep comfortable as you travel to the Antarctic.
Antarctica | Scuba Center Group Dive TripThis Scuba Center adventure begins with a flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. Ushuaia is a resort town located on the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, the southernmost tip of South America, nicknamed the “End of the World.” The windswept town, perched on a steep hill, is surrounded by the Martial Mountains and the Beagle Channel. It's the gateway to Antarctica cruises.

After a stay in Ushuaia, our group boards the M/v “Plancius” for our Antarctic adventure. M/v “Plancius” was built in 1976 as an oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy and was named “Hr. Ms. Tydeman”. The ship sailed for the Dutch Navy until June 2004 and was eventually purchased by Oceanwide Expeditions. The vessel was completely rebuilt as a 116-passenger vessel in 2009 and complies with the latest SOLAS-regulations (Safety Of Life At Sea). M/v “Plancius” is classed by Lloyd’s Register and flies the Dutch flag.
M/V Plancius Antarctica LiveaboardThe 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. These voyages in the Antarctic region are primarily defined by an exploratory educational travel program, 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.
 Antarctica Facts:
  • Antarctica is bigger than Europe.

  • Since Antarctica experiences so little precipitation it is technically considered a desert.

  • The name “Antarctica” comes from a Greek phrase that means “opposite to north”.

  • Almost 62% of the fresh water ice found across the entire Earth is found in Antarctica. If all that ice melted the world’s oceans would rise about 192 feet.

  • The coldest temperature ever recorded was at Vostok in the Antarctic on July 21, 1983. The thermometer dipped all the way to -129°F. Cold enough to shatter steel.

  • The biggest ever mass of living creatures was spotted in the Antarctic – a 10,000,000 ton school of krill.

  • The first recorded and confirmed sighting of Antarctica was in 1820. It would take almost 100 years, until 1911, before a human being actually set foot on the continent.

Do I need to have cold water experience to dive?: 

Diving in Antarctica | The Antarctic waters are rich with krill, meaning that quite a lot of marine life is attracted to the area. In addition to seals you’ll also have a good chance to make friends with some the penguin population on your dives.Yes. These are not training dives and are not meant for beginners. Before your cruise departs you’ll be asked to present your internationally accepted diver certification card, your diver’s logbook (you’ll be asked to provide copies when completing your diver personal information form), and a statement from your doctor (not older than two years) that states you are in a good state of physical health allowing you to scuba dive. You are also required to have experience with cold-water diving and dry-suit dives (at least 30). There are also cold water equipment requirements.


Scuba Center has done this trip before and will help you get ready for this adventure. Your trip leader will be PADI Course Director RJ Leslie. He has previous experience in Antarctica and is the lead Ice Diving Instructor at Scuba Center.

  • Double cabin accommodation aboard M/v “Plancius” (Including all meals onboard)

  • Diving, tanks, and weights (For certified divers)

Not included in the package:
  • Hotel in Ushuaia and air (to be announced).

  • Incidental charges: Individual group members will be responsible for their own charges including but not limited to beverages and bar bill, telephone, internet usage, sightseeing, equipment rental of any sort, gratuities and any other items of a personal nature.

Please note the following:
  • Certification card required with logged proof of experience with cold-water diving and dry-suit dives (at least 30)

  • Proof of scuba insurance required. We recommend all divers purchase DAN membership

  • We highly recommend all travelers purchase travel insurance.

  • This vessel like most, has the right to implement a fuel surcharge.

  • Dive computers are mandatory for each diver.

  • A passport is required for travel.

Dates: Feb 26-Mar 12, 2019
Trip Cost: $10,180 ppdo diver*, $9650 ppdo non-diver*   *Not included: Hotel and air (to be announced).
All rates quoted by Scuba Center include a 2% discount for cash/check payments.
Credit cards not accepted for airline ticket payments.

Registration: An application for this trip must be completed by each traveler at the time of registration. You may pick up a trip application at either store or print out our Scuba Center Trip Application. Complete the application and fax, mail or drop off in person with a $2000 non-refundable deposit per person.
For more information, contact: Tom Pederson or Tom Benson

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