Hapag-Lloyd Cruises inaugurate the third of its expedition class of ships, HANSEATIC spirit, in August 2021.
The German cruise line revealed on social media the ship will operate “several cruises” into the Baltic and the North Sea after successfully completing a series of sea trials off the Norwegian coastline in April.
HANSEATIC spirit will enter service on 26 August, operating a nine-day Baltic Sea roundtrip cruise from Hapag Lloyd Cruises’ home hub, Hamburg. The cruise will visit Skagen, Aalborg and Copenhagen in Denmark, as well as Gothenburg in Sweden, and Heligoland and Binz in Germany.
Following that will be a German Bight cruise to Borkum Island, Texel, Heligoland and List on 4 September, then two further Baltic Sea cruises (one 9- and one 15-days duration). By October HANSEATIC spirit will offer a 10-day Western Europe cruise, venturing to Cherbourg and Saint Malo in France and Gent in Belgium.
Due to COVID-19, the new sailings will be restricted to residents of the DACH region (Austria, Germany and Switzerland).
HANSEATIC spirit has a capacity of 230-passengers (or 199 for Antarctic expeditions and cruises around Spitsbergen). It is the sister ship of HANSEATIC nature (launched in May 2019) and HANSEATIC inspiration (October 2019), cruises on the latter of which are conducted in English and German.
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