Former Hanseatic leaves Germany after long career with Hapag-Lloyd

Hansetic in the livery sported from 2011 until last week while operating on charter to Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Hansetic in the livery sported from 2011 until last week while operating on charter to Hapag-Lloyd Cruises PHOTO: Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

Less than a week after her last voyage for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, Hanseatic is headed to Canada to begin service for One Ocean Expeditions (OOE) as Resolute.

Following a brief docking under the supervision of Columbia Cruise Services (CCS) at Blohm+Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Resolute set sail yesterday for Nova Scotia. CCS has been appointed by OOE to provide deck & engine, hotel operations and crewing services.

Many hundreds of voyages

Hanseatic spent 25 years with Hanseatic Tours and, since the company's acquisition by Hapag-Lloyd in 1996, 677 voyages have operated. These included 128 Antarctica cruises as well as 11 Northwest Passage transits and two Northeast Passage expeditions.

Further north than any non-icebreaker

Hanseatic, in fact, became the first non-Russian vessel to sail through the Northeast Passage. She also came very close to the North Pole, within 480 kilometers/298 miles, and thereby holds the record of having been further north than any other passenger ship that was not an icebreaker.

For many years, Hanseatic retained her original livery with a funnel brand resembling Deutsche Atlantik-Linie. Only in 2011 was the corporate branding of charterer Hapag-Lloyd Cruises adopted.

Built as Society Adventurer

The 146-passenger ship was built in 1993 as Society Adventurer for Society Expeditions by Finnyards in Rauma, Finland.

Posted 08 October 2018

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Frederik Erdmann

German Correspondent