MV Hans Hansson


Cruise line
Quark Expeditions (Small Cruise Lines)

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MV Hans Hansson Review and Specifications

Specifications of MV Hans Hansson

Year built 1960  /  Age : 57
Builder Stord Verft Leirvik (Sogn, Norway)
Class ice-strengthened expedition ship
Owner Quark Expeditions
Operator Quark Expeditions
Speed 11 kn / 20 kph / 13 mph
Length (LOA) 26 m / 85 ft
Beam (width) 7 m / 23 ft
Gross Tonnage 146 gt
Passengers 6 - 12
Crew 6
Decks 2
Cabins 6
Decks with cabins 2
Last Refurbishment 2005
Former names RS Skomvaer II

Review of MV Hans Hansson

MV Hans Hansson cruise ship was built in 1960 in Norway. Initially, the vessel served the Norwegian Lifeboat Association as Rescue Ship named "RS Skomvaer II". It was operated in North Sea and Barents Sea (Arctic Ocean). For 25 years, it assisted a total of 704 ships in distress, saving 106 lives. In 1986, RS Skomvaer II was purchased by the Swedish Lifeboat Association and completely refitted. One of the modifications was the extra ice strengthening of the hull. In 1988, the ship was relaunched under its current name "MV Hans Hansson". In the following 10 years of service, it assisted 243 ships in distress and rescued 55 people.

In 1998 the ship was decommissioned and sold to private owners. During the major refit in 2005, all its systems were upgraded and the superstructure was extended. The interior was refurbished (completely renewed) in order to provide comfortable accommodation for 12 cruise passengers and 6 crew. As the ship's original seakeeping qualities were not compromised, today MS Hans Hansson is ideally suited for extended cruises in safety anywhere in the world. The ship currently operates on itineraries departing from Chile to the Antarctic Peninsula islands (out of Punta Arenas and Santiago-Valparaiso), and also in the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) leaving roundtrip from Port Stanley (East Falkland).MV Hans Hansson cruise ship

The ship operator is the expedition travel company Quark Expeditions - established in 1991 by Mike McDowell and Lars Wikander. The company specializes in polar expedition cruises to the Antarctic and Arctic aboard purpose-built vessels. In 1998, Wikander became company's majority owner. Three years later he became Chairman of the Board, after Patrick Shaw joined as President and CEO. Quark Expeditions became part of the UK-based TUI Travel PLC Group of Companies on May 1, 2007.

The interior of MS Hans Hansson has been rebuilt with contemporary lining materials. Where possible, the original fittings and doors were reused so as to retain the rescue cruiser's original character. Today, the cruise ship is equipped as functional, yet comfortable polar expedition vessel. The layout places all staterooms in the forward half of the superstructure and separate from all the aft-located crew areas. Meals on board are offered “family style” and due to her homelike atmosphere and intimate size, passengers are often compelled to help with setting the table and even clearing the dishes.

Hans Hansson ship's potential applications include: polar expeditions, themed cruises (photography, diving, hiking, mountaineering, Northern Lights), making educational movie productions (filming crews with extensive professional equipment), scientific research (allowing access to polar regions).

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MV Hans Hansson Itineraries 2017

The below listed MV Hans Hansson cruise prices on 2017 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Small Cruise Lines fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Itinerary ports
Falkland Islands cruise port

03 December 2017 14 nights / 15 days, round-trip Falklands Islands Circumnavigation
Prices starting
from $9807
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04 Dec      Departing from Port Stanley, East Falkland Island   
05 Dec     Falkland Islands (Exploring)   
06 Dec     Falkland Islands (Exploring)   
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18 Dec      Arriving in Port Stanley, East Falkland Island