RCGS Resolute

Former names: RCGS Resolute, MS Hanseatic (Hapag-Lloyd), Society Adventurer

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RCGS Resolute last location was at South East Asia (coordinates 1.18749 N / 103.96567 E) cruising The AIS position was reported 2 weeks ago.

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Specifications of RCGS Resolute

Year built1991  /  Age: 30
Flag state Madeira
BuilderRauma Shipyard (Rauma, Finland)
Classice-strengthened expedition ship
Building costUSD 75 million
OwnerBunnys Adventure and Cruise Shipping Co Ltd (Bahamas)
OperatorHeritage Expeditions
Speed15 kn / 28 kph / 17 mph
Length (LOA)122 m / 400 ft
Beam (width)17 m / 56 ft
Gross Tonnage8378 gt
Passengers-to-space ratio43
Decks with cabins4
Last Refurbishment2018
Former namesRCGS Resolute, MS Hanseatic (Hapag-Lloyd), Society Adventurer

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RCGS Resolute cruise ship (former "MS Hanseatic") is a premium polar expedition vessel that used to be chartered by the now-defunct Canadian cruise company "One Ocean Expeditions" (OOE). The boat has max passenger capacity 146 (plus 11 crew) and offers comfort, luxury amenities, unique "small ship travel" vacation style, expansive educational programming and numerous onboard and ashore activities tailored to guests’ individual interests.

In mid-May 2021, the shipowner announced that starting in 2022, the vessel will be chartered to Heritage Expeditions (New Zealand-based expedition travel company) and operated under the new name "Heritage Adventurer". Originally designed with max capacity 184 passengers, Heritage Adventurer's capacity was reduced to 140 in order to create a comfortable experience and allow more personalized service.

When was chartered by One Ocean Expeditions, Resolute joined the OOE fleetmates Akademik Ioffe (One Ocean Navigator) and Akademik Sergey Vavilov (One Ocean Voyager). Both are Russian icebreakers with passenger capacity less than 100. In comparison to the icebreakers, RCGS Resolute has the bigger capacity (carries 50% more passengers), but also has increased capacity to host several itinerary programs simultaneously, in the same time ensuring the company's well known "small group cruising" comfort and intimacy.

After ending the charter with Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, RCGS Resolute was opened for sale. In June 2020, the 29-years-old vessel was sold for USD 0,6 million (~EUR 0,5 M) to an undisclosed buyer. The ship remained anchored near Ampelakia (Larissa Greece). On October 16, the ship arrived in Malta and anchored off Valletta. Later, the vessel was repositioned to Greece and remained docked in Port Ampelakia (Salamis Island).

History - construction and ownership

MS Hanseatic remained in Hapag-Lloyd's fleet 25 years (March 1993 through September 2018). Its former fleetmate MS Bremen (now Seaventure) served as transition ship to company's new polar cruise liners (Hanseatic Nature and Hanseatic Inspiration) scheduled for launches in 2019 (April and October). Both 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).

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Vessel's shipbuilding order ("Society Adventurer") was placed by Society Expeditions in 1989, with scheduled delivery in June 1991. Society's fleet included World Discoverer (1975-2000) and Society Explorer (1969-2007). One week before Society Adventurer's delivery, due to shipyard issues, the shipowner Society Expeditions (Seattle-based cruise line, 1976-1992, subsidiary of Discover Reederei) cancelled the vessel and Rauma Yards put it up for sale.

In 1992, Society Expeditions filed for bankruptcy, and in September "Hanseatic Tours" (now "Hapag-Lloyd Cruises") signed 2-year ship charter agreement (March 1993-1995). MS Hanseatic entered service for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises on March 23, 1993. It was sold to Hapag-Lloyd AG in 1997. For Hapag-Lloyd (25 years of service, 1993-2018), it sailed 1,932341 million miles (3,11 million km), visited 148 countries on 677 different itineraries (including 128 Antarctica and 23 Panama Canal transits).

RCGS Resolute ship started operations for OOE-One Ocean Expeditions on November 16, 2018 (inaugural cruise), deployed on Antarctica itineraries. The ship's passenger capacity was reduced from 175 to 146. The new name honored the company's Canadian heritage. RCGS Resolute was named after the Inuit town Resolute (on Cornwallis Island, Nunavut Canada), which in turn was named after "HMS Resolute" - a Merchant Navy vessel run by Canadian settlers in the region.

The cruise ship has modern stabilizers and propulsion (providing great maneuverability and guaranteeing stability and safety). The hull's highest ice classification makes it fully compliant with IMO's new Polar Code requirements. The cruise ship has an endurance of 2 months (without refueling and reprovisioning) and operating range 8500 nautical miles (15740 km / 9780 mi).

The boat also features large-sized indoor and outdoor 360-degree viewing platforms (perfect for wildlife viewing and nature photography), 14x Zodiacs (large-capacity boats used for passenger tendering and landings) and 4 lifeboats (enclosed type). Shipboard facilities include 3x bar lounges, Fitness (gym room), Sauna Room, swimming pool, whirlpool, Library, Boutique Shop.

On each voyage, One Ocean Expeditions provided professional services by guest tour guides for the itinerary's region (ports and destinations).

Cruise itinerary program

MS Hanseatic itinerary program was based on South American cruises (Amazon River and Antarctica), and also in Europe (the 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 (the UK, Faroe Islands, Iceland).

In late-June 2019, One Ocean Expeditions announced new itineraries and programs for Resolute ship's Antarctica 2020-2021 winter season from homeport Ushuaia Argentina. Fly cruises from Chile range from "Quest for the Antarctic Circle" (direct private plane charter from Punta Arenas to Antarctica / 2.5 hours flight) to "Ultimate Antarctica" (Weddell Sea cruising). In 2018, OOE launched private charter flights from Valparaiso-Santiago to Port Stanley (Falkland Islands / Islas Malvinas), saving cruise tourists 4,5 hours flight and transition time.

OOE's 2020-2021 Antarctic cruise program (December through February) includes a 19-day itinerary to The Falklands, South Georgia Island, King George Island, Antarctic Peninsula and Port Stanley.

Heritage Expeditions' itinerary program for "Heritage Adventurer" is currently planned to start in May 2022 with voyages in Russia's Far East and Arctic regions (including Wrangel Island). Then the boat will be deployed in the South Pacific Ocean for itineraries visiting ports in New Zealand, NZ's Subantarctic archipelagos (Antipodes Islands, Auckland Islands, Bounty Islands, Campbell Islands, Snares Islands) and mainland-Antarctica.

Decks and Cabins

RCGS Resolute has a total of 74 staterooms (in 6 grades) all of which are outside and include 12x Suites (located forward and midship on Deck 6).

The boat has 8 decks, of which 7 are passenger-accessible and 4 with cabins.

All Ocean Suites feature a Queen-size double bed with upgraded linen/pillows. Included is a comfortable sectional lounge with club chairs, a large desk, expansive floor-ceiling cabinetry, and spacious washroom facilities with both a shower and bathtub. The Shackleton Suites include a sectional lounge, writing desk, and washroom facilities with shower, sleeping quarters (optional double bed or two single beds), upgraded linen pillows. These Suites provide easy access to the ship’s bridge, the bistro and outdoor observation spaces. The forward panoramic observation lounge and recreation facilities are also located nearby on Deck 7.

Superior cabins (forward on Deck 5) and Superior Plus cabins (midship on Deck 5) have the option of a double or two single beds and feature a large picture window, writing desk with chair, floor-ceiling cabinet cabinetry, ensuite washroom with shower and provide easy access to Deck 5's aft-located bar lounge. Forward stairs lead up to the Navigation Bridge and Deck 7's forward observation lounge.

Twin Private Cabins (located on Deck 4) have the option for either a double or two single configured beds. Features include a comfortable lounge adjacent to the large picture window, writing desk and chair, ample storage and private washroom facilities with shower. These cabins provide easy access to the main restaurant and the gift shop.

Triple Occupancy Cabins (located on Deck 3) feature three twin beds, with two lower and one upper berth. They provide ample storage and private washroom facilities. They provide easy access to the ship's gangway and expedition room.

All staterooms are spacious (22 m2 / 235 ft2, One Ocean Suites are sized 44 m2 / 475 ft2), with new carpets, high-quality cabinets (soft-closing drawers), spacious en-suite bathrooms (soft lighting), sectional lounge areas, writing desk with flat TV (infotainment system), mini-bar fridge and glassware.

Shipboard dining options - Food and 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.

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

The ship offers a sophisticated atmosphere and the chance to visit exotic destinations ports. Each voyage is accompanied by guest lecturers. 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.

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 theatre 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.

The vessel is well-equipped for expedition cruise travel activities. All guests travelling aboard RCGS Resolute enjoy customized travel experiences through a wide range of price-inclusive onboard activities and an extensive list of in-cabin amenities. One Ocean Expeditions' hallmark ‘Adventure Concierge’ service was available to guests in all cabin categories. All travellers also receive in-room service menu and complimentary in-cabin minibar.

One Ocean Expeditions was the only cruise company providing a complete expedition gear package for complimentary use during the voyage. The package included weather-proof jacket and pants, rubber boots, Nordic trekking poles, waterproof dry-bag and binoculars.

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The vessel (IMO number 9000168) was previously operated under the names Society Adventurer (1991-1997 by Hanseatic Tours), MS Hanseatic (1997-2018 by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises) and RCGS Resolute (2018-2019 by One Ocean Expeditions / now-defunct). The shipbuilding order was placed on December 22, 1989. The construction (hull yard number 306) started on September 3, 1990, with the keel-laying ceremony at Rauma Shipyard Finland. The ship (as Society Adventurer) was launched / floated-out from drydock on January 5, 1991, and was delivered (to Society Adventurer Shipping Company) on June 7, 1991. The Inaugural Cruise (maiden voyage) started on March 27, 1993. Ship's Godmother was Ursel Klein, wife of Heiko Klein (the owner of Discoverer Reederei GmbH - Society Adventurer Shipping Company's parent company based in Bremen Germany).

Society Adventurer had operating range ~8500 nautical miles (~9780 mi / ~15740 km), ability to operate 25 days without discharge (garbage-sewage), 4x tender boats (lifeboats, capacity 50 passengers each), 14x RIB's (rigid inflatable boat with capacity 15 passengers each). The RIBs were used exclusively for coastal cruising and landings. The hull is ice-classed "1AC Super".

MS Hanseatic was world's second cruise vessel with Northwest Passage transit. 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 fleet mate MS Bremen (now Seaventure) crossed the Northwest Passage from Kangerlussuaq Greenland to Nome AK.

In September 2016, MS Hanseatic did a Northeast Passage cruise in the Arctic Ocean, along Russia's north coasts (Asia and Europe) from Bering Strait to the White Sea. The voyage departed from Tromso Norway (August 16) and ended in Nome Alaska (September 7). The ship stopped in Murmansk, then through the Barents Sea, anchored in Novaya Zemlya and Franz Josef Land, and through the Kara Sea to Severnaya Zemlya. Other stops at anchor took place off Siberia (New Siberian Islands), Wrangel Island and Chukchi Island). Hanseatic's Northwest Passage transit gave it world's record for cruising furthest north (480 km / 250 mi from the North Pole) than of any non-icebreaking vessel.

In early-October 2018, the ship underwent 1-week drydock refurbishment at Blohm+Voss Shipyard (Hamburg). During the drydock, on the liner was installed a Science Research Lab - containerized laboratory via a partnership with Ocean Wise (international ocean conservation organization, non-profit established in June 2017). Branded as "One Ocean Lab", the specialized laboratory was installed on each One Ocean Expeditions ship. The 20-ft long container workroom is equipped with the latest equipment for conducting scientific research in remote coastal areas. Collected data provide unique information and allows researchers to analyze and develop procedures to protect natural ecosystems and habitats worldwide. Shipboard, the researchers engage with cruise passengers and explain their studies.

Following the Transatlantic crossing Germany-Canada, the cruise ship was christened in Sydney NS on October 16, 2018. Renamed to "RCGS Resolute", it joined the chartered fleet of "One Ocean Expeditions", which also includes two Russian icebreakers - Akademik Ioffe (branded "One Ocean Navigator") and Akademik Sergey Vavilov (branded "One Ocean Voyager").

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

Date / TimePort
13 SepDeparting from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
15 SepSisimiut, Greenland
15 SepDisko Bay, Greenland
16 SepIlulissat, Greenland
17 SepAt Sea
18-19 SepPrince Christian Sound, Greenland
20-21 SepSkjoldungen Island, Greenland
22-23 SepTasiilaq, Ammassalik Island, Greenland
24-25 SepIttoqqortoormiit, Scoresby Sound, Greenland
26 SepAt Sea
27 SepSeydisfjordur, Iceland
28 SepAt Sea
29 SepKirkwall, Orkney Island, Scotland
30 Sep - 01 OctAt Sea
02 OctArriving in Hamburg, Germany

Inaugural cruise 2018-2019 season schedule

The new fleetmate boosted One Ocean Expeditions passenger capacity by ~50%. In October 2018, Columbia Cruise Services (CCS, Hamburg-based cruise vessel management company) was contracted by One Ocean Expeditions to provide Resolute ship's services related to deck and engines, hotel operations, crewing.

RCGS Resolute's Inaugural Cruise (maiden voyage for One Ocean Expeditions) was scheduled for November 16, 2018. The 12-night itinerary (Nov 16-28) was themed "The Antarctic Off the Beaten Track" and offered as roundtrip from either Ushuaia (Argentina) or Punta Arenas (Chile). The voyage was through Drake Passage (day 2) and visited Antarctic Peninsula (days 4 and 5) and the and South Shetland Islands (days 6-10), and on the return route - the Drake Passage and Cape Horn (days 11-12) and disembarkation in Ushuaia (day 13). Early booking prices started from USD 13,300 pp (double occupancy).

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).

Resolute ship's Captain is Alex Dudov (from Tbilisi, Georgia).

On April 17, 2020, the 2007-founded (now-defunct) Canadian cruise brand "One Ocean Expeditions" filed for bankruptcy, owning a total of CAD 29,5 million (~USD 21,15 M / ~EUR 19,52 M) in debts

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