Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has unveiled a preview of its 2023/24 program which includes a collection of voyages in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific aboard two ships. The ultra-luxury cruise line is currently enabling clients to reserve their preferred cruise online or through a travel agency partner without any obligation.
The program encompasses 128 routes aboard Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ five ships: MS EUROPA and sister-ship MS EUROPA 2 and expedition vessels HANSEATIC spirit, HANSEATIC inspiration and HANSEATIC nature.
Cruise options include classic voyages, exotic premiere routes and varied format trips with calls in metropolises such as San Francisco or St. Petersburg. But also small ports like St. Kilda, Wismar and the Ile d’Yeu as well as untouched regions like Micronesia, Franz-Josef-Land and Kamchatka are on the program.
The German cruise line’s bilingual sailings are available aboard MS EUROPA 2 which has 28 voyages in 2023/2024 including eight premiere ports. Among the sailings, MS EUROPA 2 will offer five close-to-home sailings in the Pacific. They include:
- 21-day On the direct route to the South Seas paradise | Trip No. EUX2401
Valparaiso, Chile to Lautoka, Fiji via Robinson Crusoe Island, Easter Island, Bora Bora (Tahiti), Rarotonga (Cook Islands) and Tongatapu (Tonga) | Departing 11 January 2024
- 14-day Against the dream backdrop of the South Pacific | Trip No. EUX2402
Lautoka, Fiji to Bay of Islands, New Zealand via Taveuni (Fiji), Denarau (Fiji), Champagne Beach (Vanuatu), Mystery Island (Vanuatu), Isle de Pines (New Caledonia), Noumea (New Caledonia) and Norfolk Island | Departing 2 February 2024
- 20-day Highlights of New Zealand and Australia | Trip No. EUX2403
Auckland, New Zealand to Sydney, Australia via Tauranga, Picton, Wellington, Lyttelton, Port Chalmers, Stwart Island, Doubtful Sound, Milford Sound, Hobart, Port Arthur, Portland, Kangaroo Island, Adelaide and Melbourne | Departing 16 February 2024
- 16-day Australia lifestyle and South Seas feeling | Trip No. EUX2404
Sydney, Australia to Lautoka, Fiji via Brisbane, Fraser Island, Middle Percy, Airlie Beach, Noumea, Isle de Pines, Dravuni Island (Fiji) and Denarau | Departing 6 March 2024
- 19-day Bula! Aloha! and Hello! | Trip No. EUX2405
Lautoka, Fiji to San Francisco, USA via Leleuvia (Fiji), Somosomo (Fiji) and Hawaii’s Oahu, Kauai, Maui, Hilo and Kona | Departing 22 March 2024
EUROPA 2 will cruise the American West Coast down to South America for the first time, encompassing the Napa Valley wine region and a day passage through the Panama Canal, among other highlights.
HANSEATIC inspiration options
North American voyages through the Great Lakes, St. Lawerence River and Panama from late September to late November 2023 will kick-start the program for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ bi-lingual expedition cruises aboard HANSEATIC inspiration in 2023/24.
The five-star ship then commences a series of Antarctic expeditions from late November to South Georgia, Falkland Islands, Weddell Sea, South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula, operating roundtrip from Ushuaia through until early February 2024.
After her Antarctica season, HANSEATIC inspiration will offer head north via the Amazon before tracking onward to Europe, the UK and onto Norway and Spitsbergen from mid-June for a batch of sailings to Svalbard from Longyearbyen, and coupled with adventures to Franz-Josef-Land (Russia), Iceland and Greenland in July and August 2024.
Pacific expedition sailings
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ HANSEATIC spirit – one of two German-only speaking expedition ships – will also visit regional waters for the first time in 2024 following her Antarctic deployment from November to March, which includes an attempt at a 35-day semi-circumnavigation of the White Continent (Trip No. SPI2402), from Ushuaia to Christchurch departing 26 January.
HANSEATIC spirit will then offer the following sailings across parts of the Pacific:
- 20-day New Zealand South and North Island | Trip No. SPI2403
Christchurch, New Zealand to Noumea, New Caledonia via Stewart Island, Milford Sound, Kaiteriteri, New Plymouth, Wellington, Mount Maunganui, Auckland and Norfolk Island | Departing 28 February 2024
- 21-day Expedition South Seas – Trip No. SPI2404
Noumea, New Caledona to Tahiti via Isle de Pines, Mystery Island (Vanuatu), Ovalau and Tavenui (Fiji), Wallis and Futuna, Upolu (Samoa), Aitutaki (Cook Islands), Society Islands and Bora Bora, Raiatea, Huahine and Moorea (French Polynesia).
- 21-day Expedition South Seas – Trip No. SPI2405
Society Islands, French Polynesia to Mystery Island, Vanuatu via Rarotonga and Aitutaki (Cook Islands), Vana’u Island (Tonga), Rabi, Vanua Levu and Dravuni (Fiji) | Departing 2 April 2024
- 23-day Expedition Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Palau | Trip No. SPI2406
Noumea, New Caledonia to Palau via Nendö, Santa Ana Island, Guadalcanal (Solomon Islands), Louisiade Archipelago, Fergusson Island, Trobriand Islands, Tuam Island and Kopar/Sepik River (PNG) | Departing 18 April 2024
From May 2024, HANSEATIC spirit will then sail onto Micronesia, the Philippines, Japan, Russia’s Far East, then Alaska and the Inside Passage. The highlight of her Arctic season will be crossing the Northwest Passage from Seward to Kangerlussuaq.
HANSEATIC nature will mainly travel on European routes this season.