Heritage Adventurer


Heritage Adventurer is a true pioneering expedition vessel of exceptional pedigree. Often referred to as the 'Grande Dame of Polar Exploration' due to her celebrated history and refined design, she was purposebuilt for adventure in 1991 at Finland's Rauma shipyard and specifically designed for Polar exploration.

Setting a peerless standard in authentic expedition travel, Heritage Adventurer (formerly known as MS Hanseatic) combines the highest passenger ship iceclass rating (1A Super) with an impressive history of Polar exploration. Having held records for the most northern and southern Arctic and Antarctic navigations, and for traversing both the Northwest and Northeast Passages, makes Heritage Adventurer perfect for pioneering New Zealand-based Heritage Expeditions signature experiential expedition travel.

Originally designed to accommodate 184 guests, Heritage Adventurer now welcomes just 140 expeditioners ensuring spacious, stylish and comfortable voyages, while a fleet of 14 Zodiacs ensures all guests are able to maximise their expedition adventure. Heritage Adventurer proudly continues our traditions of exceptional, personalised expedition experiences as Heritage Expeditions flagship.


Ship Profile & Stats
  • Maiden voyage: 1991
  • Tonnage: 8,378
  • Length: 124 m
  • Beam: 18 m
  • Draft: 4.97 m
  • Speed: 15 knots
  • Passenger capacity (dbl): 140
Ship Facilities
  • Presentation Theatre
  • Hospital
  • Dining Room
  • Shop
  • Lounge/Bar
  • 2 Bars
  • Bistro Dining Room and Lounge
  • Zodiacs
  • Pool
  • Health, Wellbeing & Beauty Area
  • Jacuzzi
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Observation Lounge
  • Observation Deck
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