RCGS Resolute

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Cruise line
One Ocean Expeditions (Small Cruise Lines)

Current cruise:
9 nights / 10 days, one-way from Hamburg to Saint Petersburg
17 Apr, 2018 - 27 Apr, 2018

RCGS Resolute Review and Specifications

Specifications of RCGS Resolute

Year built 1991  /  Age : 27
Flag state Bahamas
Builder Rauma-Repola Oy Shipyard (Savonlinna, Finland)
Class ice-strengthened expedition ship
Owner Hapag-Lloyd AG
Operator One Ocean Expeditions
Speed 15 kn / 28 kph / 17 mph
Length (LOA) 122 m / 400 ft
Beam (width) 17 m / 56 ft
Gross Tonnage 8378 gt
Passengers 146
Crew 125
Passengers-to-space ratio 43
Decks 6
Cabins 88
Decks with cabins 6
Last Refurbishment 2013
Former names Society Adventurer, MS Hanseatic (Hapag-Lloyd)

Review of RCGS Resolute

RCGS Resolute cruise ship (previously "MS Hanseatic") is owned by Hapag-Lloyd 5-star expedition vessel specializing in polar cruises. Since 2018, the vessel is operated year-round by One Ocean Expeditions under long-term charter agreement with Hapag-Lloyd AG.

History - construction & ownership

MS Hanseatic remained in Hapag-Lloyd's fleet untill September 2018. Its former fleetmate MS Bremen served as a transition ship to the company's new polar expedition ships (Hanseatic Nature and Hanseatic Inspiration) scheduled for launches in 2019 (April  and October). The two newbuilds have the highest ice class for passenger ships (Polar Class 6 / PC6, Lloyds 1AS) and accommodate up to 230 passengers each (up to 199 on Antarctic cruises).

RCGS Resolute cruise ship (MS Hanseatic)

Renamed to "RCGS Resolute", the vessel joined the fleet of One Ocean Expeditions (polar cruise company) that also charters two Russian icebreaker ships - Akademik Ioffe and Akademik Sergey Vavilov. The renamed RCGS Resolute was scheduled to start operations for One Ocean Expeditions in November 2018 (Arctic Canada itineraries). The ship's passenger capacity was reduced from 175 to 146. Vessel's new name honors the British Royal Navy ship HMS Resolute.

The former Hanseatic cruise ship was chosen for its modern stabilizers and propulsion (providing great maneuverability and guaranteeing stability and safety), as well as its highest ice classification, making it fully compliant with IMO's new Polar Code. The boat also features large-sized indoor and outdoor 360-degree viewing platforms - perfect for wildlife watching and nature photography. On each voyage, One Ocean Expeditions offer professional services by guest tour guides for the itinerary's region (ports and destinations).

The vessel has all 6 Zodiacs (large-capacity inflatable boats used for passenger tendering and landings) and 4 lifeboats (enclosed type).

Cruise itinerary program

MS Hanseatic itinerary program was based on South American cruises (Amazon River and Antarctica), and also in Europe (British isles, Iceland and Greenland, Canary Islands), with Transatlantic repositioning crossings.

RCGS Resolute ship's itinerary program offers South America cruises (Chilean Fjords), European and Canadian Arctic (Nunavut / Northwest Territories) and Antarctica during Winter-early Spring. Warm water destinations are operated in Summer-early Fall, among which are Central America, Caribbean and Europe (UK, Faroe Islands, Iceland).

Cabins

The ship has 6 passenger decks. The cabin grades number is 6 with a total number of 74 staterooms (88 on MS Hanseatic) all of which are Oceanview.

Superior cabins (Deck 5 forward) and Superior Plus cabins (Deck 5 midship) are with 1x double bed (Queen-size) or 2x single beds, large picture window, writing desk with chair, floor-ceiling cabinet cabinetry, en-suite bathroom (WC / shower), flat TV (infotaiment system), easy access to Deck 5's aft-located observation lounge. Forward stairs lead up to the Navigation Bridge and Deck 7's forward observation lounge.

  • Deck 4 cabins provide easy access to the main restaurant and the gift shop.
  • Deck 3 cabins are with triple occupancy (3 single beds, 1 convertible to sofabed) and provide easy access to the ship's gangway and expedition room.

The ship has all 12 Suites (located forward and midship on Deck 6). Each suite has en-suite bathroom (WC and shower), flat TV (infotaiment system), 1x Queen (double bed) or 2x twins (single beds) with premium linens and pillows. All Suites provide easy access to the Navigation Bridge, as well as to the Bistro Restaurant and the outdoor observation areas.

All staterooms are spacious (22 m2 / 235 ft2, One Ocean Suites are sized 44 m2 / 475 ft2) and feature new carpets, high quality cabinets (soft-closing drawers), spacious bathrooms (soft lighting), sectional lounge areas,

Dining options - Food & Drinks

Meals are offered within open seating during the day, dinner is served in the main dining room restaurant (Deck 4). Dining options include the Dining Room (Main Restaurant named "Marco Polo" on MS Hanseatic) and the Bistro Restaurant (Deck 6, named "Lemaire" on Hanseatic). At the Bistro is offered themed food for dinner, featuring itinerary-based (regional) specialities.

RCGS Resolute cruise ship (MS Hanseatic)

The bistro dining room (and lounge) provides early-breakfast with light snacks.  Full meal dining options include buffet breakfast and lunch (international flare). Special dietary requirements are also catered for. 

Dinner is served, with 5-course (a la carte) menu and open seating in the casual dining room.  At dinner is offered a fine wine list with international wines and other alcoholic beverages.

Entertainment options - Fun & Sport

The ship offers sophisticated atmosphere and the chance to visit exotic destinations ports. Each voyage is accompanied by guest lectorers. The liner features 2 dining rooms (main and bistro-lounge), Finnish Sauna, steam room, well-equipped gym, spa (massage therapy), heated swimming pool (seawater), hot water jacuzzi (fresh water), Presentation Theatre (multimedia / expedition room), aft- and fore-located bar lounges, mobile laboratory, passenger-use bicycles (free of charge).

The company's open-bridge policy allows passengers to visit the Navigation Bridge and meet the ship's officers and crew at any time of day.  The ship's Navigation Bridge is closed during pilotage (in ports), and also during tricky navigation or bad weather.

On Deck 2 there is a private multimedia room (Presentation Theatre) accessible via both stairs and an elevator. The theater has capacity 80 seats, tiered seating and is equipped with large digital screen and stereo surround system. Here can be held small group media presentations, as well as expedition briefings )also viewable online from the passenger cabins).

The vessel is well-equipped for expedition cruise travel activities - fishing rods, snorkeling gear and bicycles are complimentary for all passengers. Unlike other expedition ships, RCGS Resolute provides luxuries available on premium liners - fine cuisine, spacious cabins, exceptional service. Live orchid plants bloom in public areas and staterooms. Servers offer cool drinks and hot towels to passengers returning from excursions ashore. And the overnight shoe-polishing service - some of the little things that push the ship into the top-luxury expedition cruising category.

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  • Lounges & Bars: Darwin Hall, Observation Lounge, Explorer Lounge, 2 Bars, Pool Bar, dance floor.
  • Fitness room, sauna, swimming pool, whirlpool, Beauty parlour, library, luxury Boutique.
  • (June 13, 2013 accident) A fire broke out at the shipyard while the ship was in drydock at Bredo (Bremerhaven Germany). This caused additional repairs, so the ship's June and July sailings were cancelled.
  • MS Hanseatic was the world's second cruise vessel with a Northwest Passage itinerary. In 2012, the ship made a full transit with a 25-days itinerary leaving from Nome Alaska (August 14) and ending in Reykjavik Iceland (September 7). In 2011, the fleetmate MS Bremen crossed the Northwest Passage from Kangerlussuaq Greenland to Nome AK.
  • In September 2016, the Hanseatic ship did a Northeast Passage transit in the Arctic Ocean, along the north coasts of Russia (Asia and Europe) from Bering Strait to White Sea. The expedition voyage departed from Tromso Norway (August 16) and ended in Nome Alaska (September 7). The ship stopped in Murmansk, then through Barents Sea, anchored in Novaya Zemlya and Franz Josef Land, and through Kara Sea to Severnaya Zemlya. Other stops at anchor took place off Siberia (New Siberian Islands), Wrangel Island and Chukchi Island.

The Hanseatic ship's last cruise for aaa was on September 13, 2018. The 18-day itinerary (Kangerlussuaq to Hamburg) had prices starting from USD 13,940 per person (double occupancy).

13 Sep Departing from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
15 Sep Sisimiut, Greenland
15 Sep Disko Bay, Greenland
16 Sep Ilulissat, Greenland
17 Sep At Sea
18-19 Sep Prince Christian Sound, Greenland
20-21 Sep Skjoldungen Island, Greenland
22-23 Sep Tasiilaq, Ammassalik Island, Greenland
24-25 Sep Ittoqqortoormiit, Scoresby Sound, Greenland
26 Sep At Sea
27 Sep Seydisfjordur, Iceland
28 Sep At Sea
29 Sep Kirkwall, Orkney Island, Scotland
30 Sep - 01 Oct At Sea
02 Oct Arriving in Hamburg, Germany

Inaugural cruise 2018-2019 season schedule

RCGS Resolute's Inaugural Cruise (maiden voyage for One Ocean Expeditions) was scheduled for November 16, 2018.

The ship's other 2018-2019 scheduled cruises included the following itineraries:

  • "Antarctic Peninsula Explorer" (12-nights) - November 28 - December 10 (2018), and February 17 - March 1 (2019)
  • "Antarctic Peninsula Adventure" (10-nights) - December 10-20 (2018), March 1-11 (2019) and March 21-31 (2019)
  • "Christmas in Antarctica" (10-nights) - December 20-30 (2018)
  • "Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica" (19-nights) - December 30 - January 17 (2019)
  • "Journey Below the Antarctic Circle" (13-nights) - January 17-30 (2019)
  • "Chilean Fjord Adventure" (13-nights) - March 31 - April 13 (2019)

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RCGS Resolute Itineraries 2018

The below listed RCGS Resolute cruise prices on 2018 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.

Departure
Itinerary ports
Hamburg cruise port

17 April 2018 9 nights / 10 days, one-way from Hamburg to Saint Petersburg
Prices starting
from $4586
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17 Apr      Departing from Hamburg, Germany   
19 Apr - 02:00     Hamburg, Germany   
19 Apr     Kiel Canal, Germany   
20 Apr     Binz, Rugen Island, Germany   
20 Apr     Heringsdorf, Usedom Island, Germany   
21 Apr 08:00 - 13:00     Ronne, Bornholm Island, Denmark   
22 Apr 08:00 - 17:00     Klaipeda, Lithuania   
23 Apr 13:00 - 23 Apr     Riga, Latvia   
24 Apr     At Sea   
25 Apr 07:00 - 13:00     Helsinki, Finland   
26 Apr 07:00 - 26 Apr     Saint Petersburg, Russia (Overnight)   
27 Apr      Arriving in Saint Petersburg, Russia   

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Saint Petersburg cruise port

25 April 2018 8 nights / 9 days, one-way from Saint Petersburg to Hamburg
Prices starting
from $4586
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25 Apr      Departing from Saint Petersburg, Russia   
27 Apr - 19:00     Saint Petersburg, Russia   
28 Apr 12:00 - 18:00     Tallinn, Estonia   
29 Apr 12:00 - 18:00     Stockholm, Sweden   
30 Apr 08:00 - 13:00     Visby, Gotland Island, Sweden   
01 May 07:00 - 17:00     Gdynia, Gdansk, Poland   
02 May 09:00 - 15:00     Karlskrona, Sweden   
03 May     Kiel Canal, Germany (Transit)   
04 May      Arriving in Hamburg, Germany   

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Hamburg cruise port

03 May 2018 9 nights / 10 days, one-way from Hamburg to Bremerhaven
Prices starting
from $4696
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03 May      Departing from Hamburg, Germany   
05 May 19:00 - 05 May     Amsterdam, Holland (Overnight)   
06 May - 17:00     Amsterdam, Holland   
07 May 08:00 - 07 May     Ghent, Belgium   
08 May 08:00 - 08 May     Antwerp, Belgium (Overnight)   
09 May - 13:00     Antwerp, Belgium   
10 May 08:00 - 18:00     Oudeschild, Holland   
11 May 08:00 - 17:00     Borkum Island, Germany   
12 May 08:00 - 13:00     Heligoland Islands, Germany   
13 May      Arriving in Bremerhaven, Bremen, Germany   

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Bremerhaven cruise port

12 May 2018 11 nights / 12 days, one-way from Bremerhaven to Dublin
Prices starting
from $5898
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12 May      Departing from Bremerhaven, Bremen, Germany   
14 May     At Sea   
15 May     Sark, Channel Islands   
16 May     Jersey, St Helier, Channel Islands   
17 May     Tresco Island, Scilly Isles, Wales   
18 May     Cobh-Cork, Ireland   
19 May     Dingle, Ireland   
20 May     Skellig Islands, Ireland   
21 May     Inishmore Island, Ireland   
22 May     Killybegs, Ireland   
23 May     Tory Island, Ireland   
24 May      Arriving in Dublin, Ireland   

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Dublin cruise port

23 May 2018 12 nights / 13 days, one-way from Dublin to Reykjavik
Prices starting
from $6135
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23 May      Departing from Dublin, Ireland   
25 May     Belfast, Northern Ireland   
26 May     Loch Fyne, Scotland   
27 May     Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland   
27 May     Isle of Islay, Port Ellen, Scotland   
28 May     Isle of Iona, Scotland   
28 May     Isle of Staffa, Scotland   
29 May     St Kilda, Scotland   
30 May     Ullapool, Scotland   
31 May     Isle of Skye, Portree, Scotland   
01 Jun     Stornoway, Isle of Lewis and Harris, Scotland   
02 Jun     At Sea   
03 Jun     Heimaey Island, Iceland   
04 Jun - 05 Jun     Reykjavik, Iceland (Overnight)   
05 Jun      Arriving in Reykjavik, Iceland   

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Reykjavik cruise port

03 June 2018 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Expedition to circumnavigate Iceland
Prices starting
from $5440
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03 Jun      Departing from Reykjavik, Iceland   
05 Jun     Heimaey Island, Iceland   
06 Jun     Djupivogur, Iceland   
07 Jun     Seydisfjordur, Iceland   
08 Jun     Bakkargerdi, Iceland   
09 Jun     Akureyri, Iceland   
10 Jun     Grimsey Island, Arctic Circle, Iceland   
10 Jun     Siglufjordur, Iceland   
11 Jun     Latrabjarg, Iceland   
12 Jun     Stykkisholmur, Iceland   
13 Jun     Reykjavik, Iceland   
14 Jun      Arriving in Reykjavik, Iceland   

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Reykjavik cruise port

12 June 2018 17 nights / 18 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Longyearbyen
Prices starting
from $12825
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12 Jun      Departing from Reykjavik, Iceland   
14 Jun     Latrabjarg, Iceland   
15 Jun     Grimsey Island, Arctic Circle, Iceland   
16 Jun     Akureyri, Iceland   
17 Jun - 18 Jun     At Sea   
19 Jun     Geiranger, Norway   
20 Jun     At Sea   
21 Jun     Gravdal, Leknes, Vestvagoy Island, Norway   
22 Jun     Trollfjord, Norway   
22 Jun     Svolvaer, Austvagoya Island, Norway   
23 Jun     Honningsvag, Mageroya Island, Norway   
24 Jun     At Sea   
25 Jun     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway   
26 Jun     Ny-Alesund, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway   
27 Jun     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway   
28 Jun     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway   
29 Jun     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway   
29 Jun     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway   
30 Jun      Arriving in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway   

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Spitsbergen Island cruise port

08 July 2018 17 nights / 18 days, one-way from Longyearbyen to Kangerlussuaq
Prices starting
from $13618
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08 Jul      Departing from Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway   
10 Jul     Moffen Island, Norway   
11 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway   
12 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway   
13 Jul     Ny-Alesund, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway   
14 Jul - 15 Jul     At Sea   
16 Jul     Jan Mayen Island, Norway   
17 Jul     Reykjavik, Iceland   
18 Jul     At Sea   
19 Jul     Tasiilaq, Ammassalik Island, Greenland   
20 Jul     Skjoldungen Island, Greenland   
21 Jul     Prince Christian Sound, Greenland   
22 Jul     Paamiut, Greenland   
23 Jul     Qeqertarsuaq, Disko Island, Greenland   
24 Jul     Disko Bay, Greenland   
25 Jul     Sisimiut, Greenland   
26 Jul      Arriving in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland   

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Kangerlussuaq cruise port

25 July 2018 12 nights / 13 days, round-trip Expedition to north-western Greenland
Prices starting
from $11140
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25 Jul      Departing from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland   
27 Jul     At Sea   
28 Jul     Uummannaq, Greenland   
29 Jul     Ukkusissat, Greenland   
30 Jul     Upernavik, Greenland   
31 Jul     Baffin Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
01 Aug     Qaanaaq, Greenland   
02 Aug     Siorapaluk, Greenland   
03 Aug     Ilulissat, Greenland   
04 Aug     Disko Bay, Greenland   
05 Aug - 06 Aug     Sisimiut, Greenland (Overnight)   
06 Aug     Sisimiut, Greenland   
07 Aug      Arriving in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland   

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Kangerlussuaq cruise port

07 August 2018 18 nights / 19 days, round-trip Expedition to the North Pole
Prices starting
from $15180
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07 Aug      Departing from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland   
09 Aug     At Sea   
10 Aug     Uummannaq, Greenland   
11 Aug     At Sea   
12 Aug     Baffin Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
13 Aug     Devon Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
14 Aug     Beechey Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
15 Aug     Ellesmere Island, Grise Fiord, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
16 Aug     Hans Island, Greenland   
17 Aug     Hans Island, Greenland   
18 Aug     Hans Island, Greenland   
19 Aug     Hans Island, Greenland   
20 Aug     Hans Island, Greenland   
21 Aug     Qaanaaq, Greenland   
22 Aug     Cape York, Greenland   
23 Aug     At Sea   
24 Aug     Ilulissat, Greenland   
25 Aug     Disko Bay, Greenland   
26 Aug      Arriving in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland   

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Kangerlussuaq cruise port

25 August 2018 17 nights / 18 days, round-trip Expedition to the heart of the Northwest Passage
Prices starting
from $17336
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25 Aug      Departing from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland   
27 Aug     Sisimiut, Greenland   
28 Aug     Disko Bay, Greenland   
29 Aug     At Sea   
30 Aug     Baffin Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
31 Aug     Devon Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
01 Sep     Jenny Lind Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
02 Sep     Victoria Island, Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
03 Sep     Prince of Wales Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
04 Sep     Beechey Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
05 Sep     Beechey Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
06 Sep     Beechey Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
07 Sep     Baffin Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
08 Sep     Baffin Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
09 Sep     At Sea   
10 Sep     Uummannaq, Greenland   
11 Sep     At Sea   
12 Sep      Arriving in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland   

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Kangerlussuaq cruise port

13 September 2018 18 nights / 19 days, one-way from Kangerlussuaq to Hamburg
Prices starting
from $13941
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13 Sep      Departing from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland   
15 Sep     Sisimiut, Greenland   
15 Sep     Disko Bay, Greenland   
16 Sep     Ilulissat, Greenland   
17 Sep     At Sea   
18 Sep     Prince Christian Sound, Greenland   
19 Sep     Prince Christian Sound, Greenland   
20 Sep     Skjoldungen Island, Greenland   
21 Sep     Skjoldungen Island, Greenland   
22 Sep     Tasiilaq, Ammassalik Island, Greenland   
23 Sep     Tasiilaq, Ammassalik Island, Greenland   
24 Sep     Ittoqqortoormiit, Scoresby Sound, Greenland   
25 Sep     Ittoqqortoormiit, Scoresby Sound, Greenland   
26 Sep     At Sea   
27 Sep     Seydisfjordur, Iceland   
28 Sep     At Sea   
29 Sep     Kirkwall, Orkney Island, Scotland   
30 Sep - 01 Oct     At Sea   
02 Oct      Arriving in Hamburg, Germany   

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