• RCGS Resolute in Sydney, N.S.

    The RCGS Resolute sails toward port in Sydney, N.S. (Photo: One Ocean Expeditions)

With a dash of pomp, a dose of naval tradition and a healthy dollop of Cape Breton-style celebration, One Ocean Expeditions today celebrated the recommissioning of the RCGS Resolute, the newest addition to the company’s fleet of expedition cruise ships, in Sydney, N.S.

“Introducing RCGS Resolute to our fleet in her home port of Sydney is an important moment for One Ocean Expeditions, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and our partners,” said Andrew Prossin, the managing director of One Ocean Expeditions and a Cape Breton native. “A ship recommissioning is a unique ceremony that places a vessel in active service, and this is a joyous occasion that we are honoured to host on Canada’s East Coast.”

RCGS Resolute, the first vessel flagged for the The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, will depart on its inaugural sailing on Nov. 16, travelling from Ushuaia, Argentina, to the Antarctic Peninsula. From there, it will head north on a number of separate voyages, plying the waters of Chile’s Patagonian coast, Central America, Scotland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Canada’s Atlantic provinces before journeying into the Arctic Archipelago for the brief northern summer.

“This beautiful ship will not only carry travellers on some of the greatest adventures of their lives but it will also serve as a lab, carrying researchers, scholars, educators and students,” said John Geiger, the CEO of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

Guests at the recommissioning ceremony included Commissioner of Nunavut Nellie Kusugak, who toasted the ship, Rear Admiral Nick Lambert, who is the former national hydrographer of the United Kingdom, and Alexandra Shackleton, the granddaughter of Ernest Shackleton, the famed British explorer.

Read about the history behind the name of RCGS Resolute and explore the features of the vessel here.