Although on the comfort scale MS Bremen — one of two expedition-style ships from Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' fleet — ranks a notch below her sister, MS Hanseatic, the differences are relatively minor: MS Bremen maintains a crew of 100 versus MS Hanseatic's 125, but also carries 20 fewer passengers with a maximum capacity of 155. In addition, MS Bremen has a helicopter deck and a more casual, outdoor-oriented dining space, along with smaller but nonetheless well-equipped cabins and suites. German-operated, MS Bremen radiates efficiency, providing exceptional service while roaming the globe from Greenland to the South Pacific and other exotic regions. She has an ice-strengthened hull to cut through pack ice and ice floes, and her shallow draft and small size allow her to reach and anchor off remote bays, negotiate rivers, and call at out-of-the-way ports, where most shore landings are made by Zodiacs or small tender boats. The amenities won't wow but are sufficient for an expedition ship, and include a smallish heated swimming pool filled with seawater, a sauna and fitness area, and two lounges with stocked bars and ocean views.