Ship Profile: RCGS Resolute

By Expeditions / 07 February 2019

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. 

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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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Spitsbergen Explorer

A 12 day exploration of Svalbard - a region by its very nature rich in wildlife, scenery and history. Cruise on the ice-strengthened RCGS Resolute

FROM 8195.00
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Labrador, Torngats and Greenland: Resolute

12 days on board RCGS Resolute northwards through the Canadian maritimes to the spectacular higher latitudes and the stunning fjords of Greenland

FROM 5995.00
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Ultimate Antarctica, Weddell Sea and Falklands

A 13 day cruise aboard the powerful, ice class RCGS Resolute will to appeal to those seeking a truly comprehensive Antarctic experience

FROM 16295.00
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Quest for the Antarctic Circle: Resolute

A 13 night cruise aboard the powerful, ice class expedition ship RCGS Resolute with the goal of reaching past the Antarctic Circle at 66°33'S

FROM 15095.00
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Classic Northwest Passage & Greenland

13 days exploring with RCGS Resolute the remote Northwest Passage and the stunning fjords of Baffin Island before crossing to Greenland

FROM 12695.00
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South Georgia In-Depth: Photography

A 15 night in-depth expedition aboard the luxurious RCGS Resolute to legendary South Georgia. Enjoy extra time and special photography symposium

FROM 13195.00
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Antarctica Off the Beaten Track - Resolute

A special voyage featuring outdoor adventure options to the Antarctic Peninsula aboard the luxury ice class expedition ship RCGS Resolute

FROM 11295.00
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Antarctic Peninsula Fly-Cruise: RCGS Resolute

Sail to Antarctica aboard the luxurious RCGS Resolute. See the highlights of the spectacular Antarctic Peninsula for a once in a lifetime adventure

WAS11295.00
NOW 10795.00
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Falklands, South Georgia, Antarctica: Mega Colonie

An 18 day adventure aboard the luxurious RCGS Resolute to the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and Falkand Islands

FROM 21195.00
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Antarctic Circle Voyage: RCGS Resolute

An expedition to Antarctica's Far South aboard the luxurious RCGS Resolute. This journey takes you further south than most other voyages

FROM 13695.00
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Antarctic In-Depth: RCGS Resolute

This expedition the luxurious RCGS Resolute provides great diversity and will appeal to those seeking the complete Antarctic experience

FROM 14095.00
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Journey Below the Antarctic Circle: Resolute

An expedition to Antarctica's Far South aboard the luxurious RCGS Resolute. This journey takes you further south than most other voyages

FROM 16395.00
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Marine Mammals of Antarctica: Resolute

A late season voyage to Antarctica aboard RCGS Resolute. See the highlights of the spectacular Antarctic Peninsula and watch out for abundant whales

FROM 11295.00
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Chilean Fjords Expedition: RCGS Resolute

Discover the dramatic fjords, glaciers and peaks of the Southern Chile, on an in-depth expedition cruise sailing aboard the luxurious RCGS Resolute

FROM 6495.00
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Spitsbergen Encounter

A 10 day exploration on board luxury RCGS Resolute of Svalbard - a region by its very nature rich in wildlife, scenery and history

FROM 6695.00
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Canada’s East Coast Fins and Fiddles: Resolute

An expedition on board RCGS Resolute exploring the Canada pristine Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and St. Pierre et Miquelon

FROM 4995.00
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Falklands, South Georgia, Antarctica: Spring

A 19 day early-season adventure aboard the luxurious RCGS Resolute to the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and Falkand Islands

FROM 18195.00
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Antarctica Deep South: Resolute

A 13 night cruise aboard the powerful, ice class expedition ship RCGS Resolute with the goal of reaching past the Antarctic Circle at 66°33'S

FROM 17995.00
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Antarctic Peninsula Adventure - Resolute

A 10 night voyage aboard the luxury, ice class expedition ship RCGS Resolute to the magnificent, wildlife-rich Antarctic Peninsula

FROM 11795.00
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