Ship Profile: RCGS Resolute
Expeditions Online introduces this series of ship profiles, with some extra information and personal views about some of the best vessels in small ship expedition cruising.
With a number of new-built vessels on the horizon, of particular note we think it worthwhile to first describe a ‘new-old’ vessel that has recently been re-launched and re-christened as RCGS Resolute, for One Ocean Expeditions in Canada. This fantastic, purpose-built expedition vessel has been known previously only to the German market, but will now start to make waves internationally in the luxury expedition travel segment.
The vessel sailed in to Sydney, Nova Scotia on Canada’s east coast in October 2018, to be formally re-christened RCGS Resolute. I recently had the pleasure of inspecting the vessel in dry dock to see its ice strengthened hull and immaculate interiors. This ship is guaranteed to raise the standard of polar expedition cruising and provides true adventure with comfort.
RCGS Resolute carries a maximum of 146 passengers, offering the capacity to host and operate an increased number of excursion and activity programmes simultaneously, whilst also continuing to ensure the unique small-group philosophy (no more than 10 to 15 guests) and intimacy found on all One Ocean vessels.
With a very high ice classification (Lloyds 1AS), a proven track record for stability and safety, superb design layout with 180 degree indoor and outdoor viewing platforms, and exceptional manoeuvrability, RCGS Resolute is ideally equipped to guide you through the world’s most pristine and often inaccessible regions.
Many of you have been asking about the origin of the name. ‘Resolute’ - a robust name, fitting for an expedition cruise ship - comes from the Inuit town of Resolute in Nunavut territory which, in turn, was named after the Merchant Navy vessel, HMS Resolute, by Canadian settlers. HMS Resolute was one of a number of merchant ships sent in search of Sir John Franklin’s missing expedition to the North West Passage. Unfortunately, it became stuck in Arctic ice itself from 1854-55, when it was discovered by the US and returned to the British Royal Navy in 1856.
Retired in 1879, HMS Resolute was subsequently salvaged for its English oak timber, some of which was used to build the Resolute Desk that was presented as a gift from Queen Victoria to the President of the United States, Rutherford B Hayes, in 1880. Along with her historical roots, RCGS Resolute is proud to carry the ship prefix of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS), an exclusive marine travel partner in education, environmental science, and exploration. With this longstanding partnership, guests have the exclusive opportunity during each voyage to learn from and interact with RCGS Fellows, including world-renowned scientists, educators, researchers, naturalists, marine biologists, artists, historians and photographers.
Each November to March the RCGS Resolute will travel across Antarctica and South Georgia before sailing north to the Chilean Fjords in April. She will then head on to Costa Rica and Panama, through the Panama Canal and onwards to the North Atlantic to commence voyages through Scotland, the Faroe Islands and Iceland.
The addition of RCGS Resolute to our fleet not only brings with it a name of historic proportions and the opportunity to visit new destinations, but also results in the creation of the most capable, safe and exclusive flotilla of adventure cruise vessels in the industry.
Following are some departures for the new ship Resolute:
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