…and then there were three.
We are proud to officially welcome RCGS Resolute to the One Ocean Expeditions fleet. To celebrate her first sailing under our banner the company we are hosting a grand recommissioning event at the Port of Sydney, Nova Scotia on October 16th, 2018. With this fleet expansion comes an increased number of sailings to Canada’s East Coast and Antarctica as well as the introduction of new non-polar destinations in Spring 2019.
“Introducing RCGS Resolute to our fleet in her home port of Sydney, Nova Scotia is an important moment for One Ocean Expeditions, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and our partners,” says Andrew Prossin, Managing Director of One Ocean Expeditions and Cape Breton native. “A ship recommissioning is a unique ceremony that places a vessel in active service. It is a joyous occasion that we are honoured to host on Canada’s East Coast and my home.”
“As One Ocean Expeditions’ exclusive marine partner in education, environmental science, and exploration, it’s an honour to name one of our vessels with an RCGS pre-fix for the first time,” adds Catherine Lawton, OOE’s General Manager. “In partnering with Royal Canadian Geographical Society, our guests get the exclusive opportunity to learn from and interact with RCGS Fellows including world-renowned scientists, educators, researchers, naturalists, marine biologists, artists, historians and photographers on board. We look forward to welcoming RCGS Resolute to our fleet along with our friends, partners and supporters.”
Notable guests at the October 16th event will be Commissioner of Nunavut, The Honourable Nellie T. Kusugak, Rear Admiral Nick Lambert, The Honourable Alexandra Shackleton, Navy Captain Guillaume Lefrance (CD), The Honourable Rodger Cuzner (MP), Michael MacDonald (MP), Cape Breton’s Mayor Cecil Clarke and John Geiger, CEO of RCGS.
“This day represents a great moment in the history of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. RCGS Resolute is a platform not only for expeditionary travel but for science and education” says John Geiger,
Special appearances also include performances by Stadacona Band of the Royal Canadian Navy and the 29 Sydney Kiwanis Royal Canadian Air Cadet squadron with Commanding Officer Major Dodie Hanna (CD). The ship will be blessed by Reverend Canon Donald J Lawton (CD) at the ceremony, and the onboard VIP celebration will conclude with an exclusive performance by the popular local band and one of the nation’s favourites, the Barra MacNeils, to mark this momentous occasion.
Designed for exploration and for comfort, RCGS Resolute is modern, well-appointed, safe and ice-strengthened. The ship offers an array of premiere amenities aligning with our unique small ship programming, educational opportunities and numerous activities tailored to guests’ individual interests. This new addition joins Akademik Ioffe and Akademik Sergey Vavilov, both carrying less than 100 passengers. While RCGS Resolute hosts 146 passengers, she has the capacity to operate an increased number of programs simultaneously, ensuring the same small group comfort and intimacy found on all OOE vessels.
RCGS Resolute’s inaugural voyage will depart from Ushuaia, Argentina on November 16th, 2018, on the “Antarctica – Off the Beaten Track” voyage. From November to March she will explore Antarctica and South Georgia before heading north to the Chilean Fjords in April 2019. From there she heads to Costa Rica and Panama, through the Panama Canal and onwards to the Caribbean, commencing voyages through Scotland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. She will also host OOE’s inaugural Scotland & Ireland Golf Expedition before starting her first season in the Canadian High Arctic.
Keep an eye on our social media feeds on October 16th, 2018 for real-time updates from the recommissioning event.