RCGS Resolute

RCGS Resolute Review and Specifications

Specifications of RCGS Resolute

Year built1991  /  Age : 27
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderRauma Shipyard (Rauma, Finland)
Classice-strengthened expedition ship
OwnerHapag-Lloyd AG
OperatorOne Ocean 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 cabins6
Last Refurbishment2013
Former namesSociety Adventurer, MS Hanseatic (Hapag-Lloyd)

Current itinerary of RCGS Resolute

RCGS Resolute current cruise is 18 days, one-way from Kangerlussuaq to Hamburg. Prices start from USD 13941 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 13 Sep, 2018 and ends on 01 Oct, 2018.

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

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 and 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).


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,

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 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 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

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

The below listed RCGS Resolute cruise prices on 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.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 May 23 12 days, one-way from Dublin to Reykjavik Dublin$6135
2018 Jun 03 10 days, round-trip Expedition to circumnavigate Iceland Reykjavik$5440
2018 Jun 12 17 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Longyearbyen Reykjavik$12825
2018 Jul 08 17 days, one-way from Longyearbyen to Kangerlussuaq Longyearbyen$13618
2018 Jul 25 12 days, round-trip Expedition to north-western Greenland Kangerlussuaq$11140
2018 Aug 07 18 days, round-trip Expedition to the North Pole Kangerlussuaq$15180
2018 Aug 25 17 days, round-trip Expedition to the heart of the Northwest Passage Kangerlussuaq$17336
2018 Sep 13 18 days, one-way from Kangerlussuaq to Hamburg Kangerlussuaq$13941