Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ brand new expedition ship, HANSEATIC nature, will enter service on Sunday 5 May 2019 for its inaugural cruise from Hamburg. The first of three identical 120 cabin and suite sister-ships, HANSEATIC nature is a state-of-the-art, five-star small ship that can accommodate up to 230 guests (or 199 on Antarctic cruises and circumnavigations of Spitsbergen).
The PC6 ice class features two extendible balconies, the “Nature Walk” deck at the ship’s bow, 17 on-board Zodiacs and E-Zodiacs with eco-friendly electric drive systems, onboard kayaks and a marina.
HANSEATIC nature’s cabins and suites range from Panoramic Cabins at 21 square-metres to Grand Suites at 71 square metres. There are exclusively outside cabins, almost all of which have their own balcony, or French balcony.
Guests can discover fascinating information about the environment of global expedition destinations not only on land but also onboard in innovative centres of knowledge. Experts will give daily presentations in the HanseAtrium, a separate multi-functional lounge with advanced technology and large LED screens on the walls and below the ceiling.
On Deck 8, the heart of the Ocean Academy, is the study wall, a 6 × 1.8-metre touchscreen wall. Here guests can conduct individual studies and research to deepen their knowledge of the natural wonders they encounter on shore excursions and Zodiac rides. Content is displayed in the form of articles, videos and biographies. The Ocean Academy also has four Study Seats.
The Hamptons speciality restaurant has 44 seats and promises culinary diversity, serving various North American specialities from the East Coast. The expedition ship has two more restaurants: the HANSEATIC Restaurant with 178 seats and the Lido Restaurant with 184 seats, a barbecue and a show kitchen.
There are spacious wellness and fitness areas and a large pool area with a counter-current system.
HANSEATIC nature features cutting-edge equipment and environmental technology. All three new ships are fitted with an SCR catalytic converter, which reduces nitrogen oxide emissions by almost 95%. The ships also have PROMAS rudders with special propellers and a hull designed to reduce fuel consumption and, therefore, to lower emissions. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has implemented a range of environmental protection measures, some of which go beyond the legal requirements, such as not using heavy oil in areas that require particular protection and using low-pollutant marine gas oil on around 70% of its expedition cruises. From July 2020, marine gas oil will be used on all routes for the entire expedition fleet. All new ships are equipped for cold ironing.
Other than cruises to the Arctic and expeditions to the Antarctic, the HANSEATIC nature will also offer warmer water cruises to destinations such as the Amazon, the South Seas, Chile’s Fjords, the Azores and Cape Verde.
Sister-ships HANSEATIC inspiration and HANSEATIC spirit will commence operation in October 2019 and May 2021 respectively. The new expedition class is being financed by an investment from the parent TUI Group. All cruises will be conducted in both German and English.
HANSEATIC nature’s maiden cruise from Hamburg to Bergen will visit the Hebrides, Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands.
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