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New Zealand’s Heritage Expeditions acquires former Hanseatic

Heritage Expeditions’ new flagship Heritage Adventurer will commence operations in May 2022
New Zealand’s family-owned Heritage Expeditions has acquired the former polar exploration ship Hanseatic and will rename her Heritage Adventurer when she re-enters service in May 2022.

The 1A Super ice class ship, originally named Society Adventurer, was built in 1991 at Finland’s Rauma shipyard for Society Expeditions, the US-based subsidiary of Germany’s Discoverer Reederei. 


She was purchased by Hanseatic Tours, which merged with Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, and was later chartered to Canada’s One Ocean Expeditions when she briefly sailed as Resolute.

The owner and technical manager (deck and engine) is Nordic Hamburg Shipmanagement.

Pre-sailing overhaul

‘Over the coming months we will be working closely with the owners to coordinate an overhaul and refurbishment in preparation for Heritage Adventurer joining our fleet,’ Nathan Russ, a co-director of Heritage Expeditions, said. 

Originally designed to accommodate 184 passengers, the new flagship for Heritage Expeditions is intended to operate with a maximum 140 expeditioners for a spacious, comfortable on-board experience.

Heading for the Ross Sea

The 124-metre ship has 14 Zodiacs and will commence operations in the Russian Far East, including Wrangel Island, before venturing southwards through the South Pacific to New Zealand, the sub-Antarctic islands and down into the heart of Antarctica to the Ross Sea. 


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