The year 2019 will see two new state-of-the-art expedition ships joining the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ fleet, a company that has already gained an enviable reputation as providers of both luxury and expedition cruises.
These identical, 230-passenger ships are HANSEATIC nature, which was launched in April and – for the international, English-speaking markets – HANSEATIC inspiration, launching in October, both to be positioned in the five-star expedition segment.
On a HANSEATIC inspiration expedition cruise, it will be possible for guests to experience the extraordinary every day. This ship will explore and discover magical, unique destinations in the world and, being small, is able to access untouched areas where larger ships just cannot go.
A new expedition class with a difference
Guests will experience the world like never before on spectacular routes far from the familiar: on the new expedition class, experiences set the course. With its shallow draught and PC6, the highest ice-class designation for passenger ships, HANSEATIC inspiration will cruise safely to the polar regions of the Arctic and Antarctic and also to warmer destinations such as the Amazon, the Azores and Oceania.
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises will be returning to the Great Lakes of North America in the summer of 2020, made possible by the design of a retractable bridge wing, enabling the ship to pass through the narrow locks in this region.
On expeditions – in small groups accompanied by knowledgeable crew and experts – Zodiacs are lowered into the water several times a day, either to observe wildlife sightings more closely, or to access the shore when there are no harbours. In the Antarctic on selected expeditions, adventurous guests can even spend a night in a tent ashore on the ice.
The freedom to choose
All of these exhilarating experiences are enhanced by the luxurious comfort and cutting-edge style of HANSEATIC inspiration’s onboard facilities.
The internal designs of the spacious outside cabins, suites and public areas have been inspired by nature – reflected in use of curved lines, natural colours and tones, using only quality materials – combining to create a harmonious, relaxing concept throughout. Particularly innovative features enhance the guests’ adventurous journey: there is more open deck space than on any other expedition ship, while the deck tour at the bow and the glass balconies oﬀer new perspectives on all sides. Fascinating talks in the HanseAtrium and the interactive Ocean Academy, a knowledge lab with a large study wall and an interactive science poster, will take guests on their personal research trip.
Three restaurants, with flexible meal times and free choice of seating, offer a choice of international, gourmet cuisine (all included in the cruise price); there is a spacious Ocean spa for relaxation time; and for use in warmer climates, a water sports marina at the stern of the ship.
At all times Hapag-Lloyd Cruises travels the world respectfully and is committed to protecting and sustaining the natural environment. From the captain to the specialists and the crew on board, a wealth of invaluable experience can be guaranteed, gained after decades of operating expedition cruises.
Sample expedition cruise to the Canadian Arctic and Greenland
Departing 21 August 2020, from/to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, sailing for 17 days in the footsteps of great pioneers into the white wilderness of the Arctic.
Based on an Outside Cabin accommodation (Category 1), double occupancy, cruise-only fare including return charter flights Germany/Kangerlussuaq is €13,100 per person.
More information online at www.hl-cruises.com/ins2016
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