Ocean Atlantic Review and Specifications
Specifications of Ocean Atlantic
|Year built||1986 / Age : 31|
|Builder||New Szczecin Shipyard (Szczecin, Poland)|
|Class||ice-strengthened expedition ship|
|Owner||SunStone Ships Inc|
|Operator||Quark Expeditions, Albatros Travel|
|Speed||15 kn / 28 kph / 17 mph|
|Length (LOA)||140 m / 459 ft|
|Beam (width)||21 m / 69 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||12798 gt|
|Passengers||132 - 198|
|Decks with cabins||4|
|Former names||MS Konstantin Chernenko, MS Russ, SC Atlantic|
Review of Ocean Atlantic
MV Ocean Atlantic cruise ship is an ice-strengthened expedition vessel designed for commercial cruise shipping operations in polar regions (Arctic and Antarctica). The vessel is owned by the Copenhagen-based Albatros Travel company, that specializes in polar travel cruises and tours. Quark Expeditions (USA-based polar cruise travel company) operates the vessel under charter. The list of other Albatros Travel-owned ships also includes Ocean Adventurer, Ocean Atlantic, Ocean Diamond, Ocean Endeavour (sister-ship), Sea Endurance.
The 230-passenger vessel was built in Szczecin Poland and launched as ferry ship. The initial owner was FESCO - a Soviet Union / Russian shipping company (abbrev "Far Eastern Shipping Company") based in Vladivostok Russia. In the period 1986-1988, the ship operated a regularly scheduled ferry service from Vladivostok to Japan and South Korea.
The vessel was built in Szczecin Poland as a Ro-Ro ship (passenger and car ferry) ship "MS Konstantin Chernenko" for the USSRS (Soviet Union / Russia) Black Sea Shipping Company. The ship was launched as the 7th / last in a series of all 7 "Dmitriy Shostakovich-class" ferries (project B-492/B-493). The list of sister-ships includes Dmitriy Shostakovich (1980, scrapped 2016 as New Imperial Star), Georg Ots (1980, illegally scrapped in 2014), Lev Tolstoy (1981, scrapped in 2014 as Ocean Life), Konstantin Simonov (1982, now Ocean Endeavour), Mikhail Suslov (1982, scrapped in 2013 as Ocean Jewel of St Petersburg), Mikhail Sholokhov (1986, scrapped in 2011 as Phoenix) and Konstantin Chernenko (1986, now Ocean Atlantic). Originally, each of these ferry ships was designed with passenger capacity around 400, crew capacity around 170, power (4 marine diesel engines model Sulzer-Skoda / combined power output 12,800 kW), propulsion (2 fixed propellers), max speed 20 kn (23 mph / 37 kph), and all 9 decks (6 of which passenger accessible).
- In 1989, the ship was renamed to "MS Russ"and homeported in Stockholm Sweden for regularly scheduled ferry service between Stockholm and Riga Latvia.
- In the period 1995-1997, it was chartered to the "Pacific Cruise Company". During summer 2000 (as MS Russ"), the ship operated on the route between Odessa Ukraine and Haifa Israel (Black Sea - Eastern Mediterranean). In 2001, the ship operated on cruises between Russia and Japan.
- In 2010, the vessel entered drydock in Italy for an extensive refit and refurbishment. It was rebuilt / transformed to a cruise ship and renamed "SC Atlantic". In the period 2010-2012, the ship operated on Baltic Sea cruises leaving from homeport St Petersburg Russia. The itinerary's ports of call were Helsinki Finland, Stockholm, and Tallinn Estonia.
- In July 2012, the ship was sold to the Miami-based company "International Shipping Partners Inc" and renamed "MS Ocean Atlantic". In July it arrived and remained docked until 2013 in Gdynia (Gdansk) Poland.
- In the period 2015-2017, the cruise ship was homeported in Helsingborg Sweden. Following the 2017 refurbishment in Gdansk, the ship was chartered by Quark Expedions.
Ocean Atlantic cruise ship's passenger capacity is 198 (max), but when chartered by Quark Expeditions, its capacity is reduced to 132. This expedition ship has an ice-strengthened hull (iice class 1B) and is powered by four marine diesel engines (total power output 14400 kW). The ship has a fleet of 8 lifeboats (fully enclosed) and 20 Zodiacs (large-capacity inflatable boats used for landings and coastal cruising). The vessel has two stabilizers: (Electrofin SR-4). Its draft is 19 ft (6 m) allowing access to remote islands and unique coastal destinations. Ship-to-shore communications are via Inmarsat Capsat Fleet 77 (satellite phone and Internet).
As onboard amenities, MS Ocean Atlantic offers 3 lounges, 2 professionally staffed bars, Gym, Library (well-stocked with polar books and DVDs), Polar Boutique (shop), dining room restaurant (4-star international cuisine), Medical Centre (clinic run by a licensed doctor), two elevators (don't access all decks), Mud Room (used for wet gear storage), several lecture halls, observation platforms, sauna room, swimming pool. All public areas on Erickson Deck (deck 6) feature large windows.
All staterooms are oceanview / outside (either with portholes or picture windows) and as sizes range between 11 m2 and 35 m2 (120-375 ft2). Cabin amenities include en-suite bathroom, hairdryer, bathrobes, bath products (shower gel, shampoo, soap), flat TV, personal safe, individual climate control, standard European 2-pin plugs (220 V).
The largest accommodations are the Premium Suites (2-room suites on Marco Polo Deck 5). Other cabin grades are Category A (Marco Polo Deck 5), Category B (Magellan Deck 7 and Hudson Deck 8), Category C (Columbus Deck 4 and Marco Polo Deck 5) and Category D (porthole, Columbus Deck 4).
Quark cruise deals
Quark Expeditions cruise deals are inclusive of:
- 1-night pre-cruise hotel stay, group transfers (airport-hotel on the day prior departure, and hotel-ship on embarkation day)
- onboard accommodation (daily housekeeping service)
- all onboard meals (breakfasts, lunches, dinners) - know that the ship's galley / kitchen can't prepare kosher meals
- all Zodiac landings (daily, weather permitting) and Zodiac transfers and cruising (daily)
- media presentations by Expedition Team members and special guest lecturers
- waterproof expedition boots (on shore landings)
- complimentary Quark Expeditions logoed parka
- lifejackets and immersion suits
- complimentary coffee, tea and cocoa (24 / 7)
- hairdryer and bathrobe (in all cabins)
- pre-departure materials (including maps)
- all service taxes and port fees
- all onboard luggage handling
- emergency evacuation (medevac) insurance to a max benefit USD 100,000 pp
- Fly-cruise deals are inclusive of complimentary house wines (by the glass), beers and spirits on the ship, also of all gratuities (staff and crew) and all domestic flights (prior to embarkation).
- Shipboard laundry and Ironing services are available at additional cost.
- Ship-to-shore communications are via Inmarsat Capsat Fleet 77 (satellite phone and Internet) and cost extra.