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MS Bremen

Former names: SeaQuest, Frontier Spirit

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Specifications of MS Bremen

Year built1990  /  Age : 29
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderMitsubishi Heavy Industries (Kobe, Japan)
OwnerScylla AG
OperatorHapag-Lloyd Cruises, Polar Latitudes
Speed16 kn / 30 kph / 18 mph
Length (LOA)111 m / 364 ft
Beam (width)17 m / 56 ft
Gross Tonnage6752 gt
Passengers155
Crew100
Passengers-to-space ratio37
Decks7
Cabins82
Decks with cabins6
Last Refurbishment2010
Former namesSeaQuest, Frontier Spirit

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MS Bremen cruise ship was built in 1990 as "Frontier Spirit" at Mitsubishi Shipyard in Kobe, Japan and has been operated by Hapag Lloyd company since 1993. In 2003 the Bremen ship discovered a previously uncharted Antarctic island, later named Bremen Island. MS Bremen was successfully featured in the Killer Waves TV show. In 2006, the liner did Northwest Passage cruise using real-time satellite data about sea ice locations.

NEWS: On January 15, 2019, was announced that Hapag-Lloyd Cruises sold the vessel to Scylla Cruises. The liner will be officially delivered to the new shipowner Scylla AG (family-owned Swiss company) in May 2021. Bremen ship's sale price was not disclosed. As of 2019, Scylla owns 31 riverboats, most of which are chartered to various European cruise tour companies. In May 2021, the vessel will be renamed to "MS Seascape" (later changed to "MS Seaventure") and operated by VIVA Cruises (2019-established brand of Scylla AG).

History - construction and ownership

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises (Kreuzfahrten) is Hamburg-based company, subsidiary of Hapag-Lloyd AG (shipowner) - currently ranked world's 5th largest container shipping line in terms of fleet capacity. Until 2017, HL Cruises was a fully-owned subsidiary of Europe's leading travel group TUI AG.

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The 164-passenger cruise ship Bremen (named SeaQuest) was acquired by Hapag-Lloyd in April 1993. The Japan-built vessel was purchased in 1992 from Salen Lindblad Cruising and renamed "Frontier Spirit", starting operations for Frontier Cruises under the newly-established brand "SeaQuest Cruises". Frontier Spirit became world's 4th passenger ship to successfully transit the Canadian Arctic via Northwest Passage route.

Under its new name "Seascape", the ship will be chartered to Polar Latitudes (Antarctica-based travel brand) for winter season 2021-2022. Ship's charterer for summer 2021 season is not yet announced. The company Polar Latitudes also seasonally charters the Noble Caledonia-owned vessels Hebridean Sky and Island Sky.

Cruise itinerary program

MS Bremen itinerary program is based on South America cruises to Amazon River and Antarctica, Europe (Iceland and Norway) and the Caribbean, with Transatlantic repositioning crossings.

MS Seascape (MS Seaventure) inaugural cruise for VIVA Cruises is planned for May 15-21, 2021. The 7-day itinerary is from Amsterdam to Hamburg. From homeport Hamburg are scheduled 13 roundtrips to ports in Baltic Sea, Arctic Norway (Spitsbergen) and a Transatlantic crossing (via Iceland and Greenland) to Canada and then repositioning to South America.

The 17-day North Atlantic repositioning cruise (Kangerlussuaq Greenland to Quebec City Canada) is priced from USD 12,150 pp (double-occupancy outside cabin rates).

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Cabins

MS Bremen has a total of 80 cabins (all of which Oceanview, 16 Balcony, 2 Suites) in 7 grades. Staterooms feature amenities like HDTV, DVD player, individual air conditioning, minibar, electronic safe box (in the closet), plush bathrobes. All staterooms are outside. Handicapped (wheelchair-accessible) cabins are also available. All suites are with step-out balconies and large lounge areas.

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Shipboard facilities and amenities

MS Bremen dining options include the Restaurant, featuring open seating breakfast and lunch and the more casual Lido Grill.

Enjoy exciting expert-guided shore excursions during the day. Nordic walking sticks, bicycles, kayaks and snorkeling gear are at hand for excursions. Lectures are hosted daily onboard ms Bremen in the Panorama Lounge. The ship additionally has Bremen Club, two bars and Beauty parlor. A mini boutique carries gifts, and an Internet center boasts microscopes and PC workstations. The fitness center has cardio equipment and offers great ocean views. The Sun deck, swimming pool, and sauna are perfect to relax after a day of exploring.

The ship has its own fleet of 12 Zodiacs (Zodiac Milpro boats) - rigid-hulled motorized high-speed boats used for shoreside cruising and landings in shallow coastal areas.

VIVA Cruises prices are inclusive of gratuities, stateroom, shipboard enrichment and entertainment, main dining (breakfast buffet, lunch, multi-course dinner with gourmet menus), fine dining (at dedicated restaurant / reservations-only), 24-hour coffee-tea with snacks, top-brand liquors, alcoholic drinks (cocktails, aperitif, sparkling and house wines by the glass, bottled beers) and non-alcoholic beverages (mineral water, sodas, juices, coffee drinks, specialty teas).

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Bremen is Hapag Lloyd's smallest cruise ship, but also fleet's toughest vessel. It has the highest ice-class (E4) awarded to a passenger ship and is well-equipped to maneuver along Arctic and Antarctic glaciers. The liner has a fleet of 12 zodiacs (high-speed motorized boats) used for landings and coastal exploration. These boats are launched at all hours (day and night) during polar voyages.

In March 2001, MS Bremen suffered propulsion/power loss during a storm in Southern Atlantic Ocean. Unable to continue with its own power, the vessel was drifting for ~2 hours. Carrying a total of 137 passengers (German tourists), there was a great danger for collision and sinking. Crew members knew that even with the lifeboats, the passengers would not have survived in the harsh freezing conditions. Luckily, the crew managed to restart the engines and the ship escaped the disaster.

Fun fact is, that in 2003, a previously uncharted island was discovered in Antarctica by MS Bremen and in 204 named "Bremen Island". In 2006, helped by satellite images of sea ice, the cruise ship sailed on the Northwest Passage (Canadian Arctic) route connecting the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean. Hapag Lloyd's Bremen was featured in the 2007-produced "Killer Waves" (TV series).

Bremen is world's first-ever cruise vessel with Northwest Passage Cruise itinerary. In 2011, it crossed the North American passage waterway from Kangerlussuaq Greenland to Nome Alaska. In 2012, MS Hanseatic (now RCGS Resolute) made a full transit via 25-day itinerary leaving from Nome AK (on August 14) and ending in Reykjavik Iceland (on September 7).

In August 2017, MS Bremen became world's first-ever passenger vessel with "Polar Code" (Polar Ship Certificate) allowing operations in polar regions. All of its fleetmates were also due to receive the certificate by Hapag-Lloyd’s 2018 Arctic season. Polar Code (adopted by IMO) contains regulations about polar cruise vessels' construction and onboard equipment, as well as crew training requirements. In 2017, as part of the HL fleet's routine drydocks, all ships met Polar Code's requirements and received polar ship certificates. MS Bremen was scheduled to operate 3 Arctic cruises (2018-2019 season), including one Northeast Passage (summer 2018).

Since January 2019, ship's Captain is Ulf Sodemann - with Hapag-Lloyd AG (company's containership division) since 2005.

In May 2019, the shipowner Scylla AG announced chartering MS Bremen from May 2021 to Polar Latitudes Inc for Arctic and Antarctica itineraries.

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