MS Bremen

MS Bremen Review and Specifications

Specifications of MS Bremen

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

Current itinerary of MS Bremen

MS Bremen current cruise is 13 days, one-way from Colon to Ponta Delgada, themed as "Easter". Prices start from USD 2394 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 17 Apr, 2019 and ends on 30 Apr, 2019.

Date / TimePort
18 Apr     Colon, Panama   
19 Apr - 28 Apr     At Sea   
29 Apr - 30 Apr     Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel Island, Azores(Overnight)   
30 Apr      Arriving in Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel Island, Azores   

Review of MS Bremen

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 (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.

History - construction and ownership

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises (Kreuzfahrten) is Hamburg-based cruise 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.

MS Bremen cruise ship

The 6,752-ton, 164-passenger cruise ms Bremen was damaged during a storm in the Southern Atlantic in March 2001. The cruise ship was unable to continue with its own power for 2 hours. 137 German tourists were aboard the vessel at the moment of the incident. There was a great danger MS Bremen to sink without its own power. Crew members knew that even with the lifeboats, the passengers would not have survived in the harsh freezing conditions. The crew managed to restart the engines and the cruise ship escaped the sea trap.

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 Bremen has a total of 80 cabins (all of which Oceanview, 16 Balcony, 2 Suites) in 7 grades. Staterooms onboard feature luxurious amenities like DVD player, flat screen television, individual air conditioning, minibar, in-room safe and plush bathrobe. All staterooms are outside. Handicapped accessible cabins are also available. The suites feature balconies and private sitting areas.

MS Bremen cruise ship

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

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

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Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

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. 

MS Bremen wiki

Bremen is the smallest cruise ship in Hapag Lloyd's cruise fleet, but also the toughest vessel of them all. It has the highest ice-class (E4 ice rating) awarded to a passenger ship and is well-equipped to glide among the Arctic's and Antarctica's glaciers. MS Bremen provides a contingent of 12 zodiacs, so passengers can easily become part of the surrounding nature. These small boats are launched at all hours, day and night, during voyages close to the poles.

Fun fact is, that in 2003, a previously uncharted island was discovered in Antarctica by ms Bremen. It was named "Bremen Island" the next year. Another one is, that this Hapag Lloyd cruise ship was featured in the "Killer Waves" TV show.

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.

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

In August 2017, MS Bremen became the world's first ever cruise vessel with "Polar Code" (Polar Ship Certificate) that allows it to operate in polar regions. All of its fleet mates 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.

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MS Bremen Itineraries

The below listed MS Bremen cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Hapag-Lloyd Cruises 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.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 Mar 16 19 days, one-way from Valparaiso to Colon Valparaiso $5667
2019 Apr 03 15 days, round-trip Expedition to both sides of the Panama Canal Colon $4890
2019 Apr 17 13 days, one-way from Colon to Ponta Delgada Colon $2394