Discover Antarctica from Ushuaia to Christchurch

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises offers 33-day semi-circumnavigation of the White Continent

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has begun accepting bookings for a unique semi-circumnavigation voyage of Antarctica  aboard its bilingual expedition ship, HANSEATIC inspiration. The one-off cruise in February 2022 will see guests board the luxury ship in Argentina and disembark 33 days later in Lyttelton (Christchurch), New Zealand.

Highlights of the sailing include the South Shetland Islands, Ross Island, cruising the Bellingshausen Sea, Amundsen Sea and Ross Sea and a visit to Australia’s own Macquarie Island. Prices start at US$32,520 per person twin share for an Outside Cabin, through to US$68,640 for a Grand Suite with Veranda.

The new voyage is one of 23 new cruises Hapag-Llloyd Cruises has introduced for its 2021/22 season aboard HANSEATIC inspiration.

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Other new destinations that have been added to the luxury cruise line’s expedition program include the Arctic, South America, South Africa and the Atlantic islands, Northern and Western Europe, Scotland, Greenland, the Canadian Arctic, the South Seas, New Zealand, Japan, the Russian Far East and Alaska.

The 230-passenger HANSEATIC inspiration will also sail the Great Lakes of North America, between Toronto and Montreal.

Spread across 144 pages in Hapag-Lloyd’s new cruise catalogue, the entire program now offers 46 expedition cruises from November 2020 to September 2022. HANSEATIC inspiration is one of three new sister ships for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. The trio will be completed in May 2021 when the HANSEATIC spirit joins the HANSEATIC nature and HANSEATIC inspiration.

HANSEATIC inspiration | Grand Suite

While nature and spirit are aimed at the German-speaking market, inspiration targets both the German-speaking and international markets. On these departures, all travel documents supplied pre-cruise and the information during the on-board experience (announcements, lectures, menus, etc.) will be provided in English. The ship will also be smoke-free from October 2020, which means that smoking will not be allowed in any area of the ship.

The sister ships have the highest ice-class for passenger ships (PC6), feature cutting-edge equipment and environmental technology, and travel on exceptional routes to the world’s most remote regions.

Guests can choose Antarctic cruises with Cape Horn, or South Georgia, or the Northeast Passage in the Northern Hemisphere.

inspiration will explore the Great Lakes of North America (between September and October 2021), where guests will visit numerous bridges and eight locks with a height difference of around 100 metres.

The early summer in Europe also heralds routes along Europe’s northern and western coasts and expeditions to the Canary Islands, Cape Verde, the Azores and Madeira. Special sailings to the Russian Far East and Alaska, Asia with Japan and Taiwan, along with the South Seas and New Zealand are also offered.

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