March 31, 2022 - Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, the experienced provider of luxury and expedition travel, publishes the main catalog for the 2023/2024 season of the new expedition class and opens the booking channels.
The program for the three ships HANSEATIC nature, HANSEATIC inspiration and HANSEATIC spirit includes more than 70 voyages worldwide - including the half circumnavigation of Antarctica, the Inside Passage in Alaska and the legendary Northwest Passage. The versatile routes also include expedition trips in Europe without long flights and winter adventures to and from Hamburg.
Hapag Lloyd Ice Fleet in Antarctica
- Hapag-Lloyd Cruises publishes the main catalog of the new expedition class for voyages from September 2023 to September 2024
- Nine expedition voyages to Antarctica - including the 35-day semi-circumnavigation from South America to New Zealand
- Expedition with a pioneering spirit: Franz-Josef-Land and north-east Spitsbergen
- Premiere in North America: for the Indian Summer in the Great Lakes
- Scandinavia in winter: northern lights in Norway and ice in the Baltic Sea
- New adventure around South America
Near and far, icy and tropical. The three small, manoeuvrable ships of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' new expedition class, equipped with the highest ice class for passenger ships (PC6), the most modern technology and the latest environmental standards such as shore power and SCR catalytic converters, will be on more than 2023 voyages in the 2024/70 season to sail the world's seas. Expedition adventures with nature experiences, experienced scientists and experts on board as well as the well-known comfort and service of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises await the guests.
Thrilling peak in the ice
The southern and northern polar regions are once again a focal point in the new main catalogue. In addition to impressive animal observations, guests can look forward to a wondrous world of glaciers, lonely expanses and bizarre ice formations. Nine expedition voyages lead to Antarctica between November 2023 and March 2024. In addition to the large expedition route with the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, South Shetland Islands, the Antarctic Peninsula and the Antarctic Circle, the HANSEATIC spirit, on which only adults aged 2023 and over will travel from the 2024/16 season, will be used during the semi-circumnavigation Antarctica in 35 days from Ushuaia (Argentina) via the Antarctic mainland and the islands of the New Zealand sub-Antarctic to Christchurch (New Zealand).
There will be an icy premiere in the summer of 2024 with the HANSEATIC inspiration. During the Franz-Josef-Land and Northeast Spitsbergen expedition, two of the most remote island groups in the Arctic are combined on one route for the first time in 17 days far away from civilization. Also in the summer of 2024, the HANSEATIC inspiration explores Svalbard four times, while the HANSEATIC nature discovers the volcanic wonderland in the Arctic Circle on two expedition trips around Iceland. In September 2024, those interested can look forward to the contrast of ice and lush green forests when the HANSEATIC inspiration travels to Greenland, Newfoundland and the St. Lawrence River on the expedition. The HANSEATIC spirit will navigate one of the most famous sea routes in the world, the Northwest Passage, in September 2024. It will then take the route from Seward (Alaska) to Kangerlussuaq (Greenland).
Premiere trips in North and South America
The HANSEATIC inspiration will take guests to the North American Great Lakes four times during the Indian Summer in autumn 2023 and 2024. Thanks to the retractable bridge wing, the ship is predestined for the locks and canals of the lake landscape. Overwhelming natural spectacles are also on the program in South and Central America. In November 2023, the HANSEATIC inspiration will embark on a tour from Colon to Valparaíso and pass through the legendary Panama Canal. At the same time, the HANSEATIC spirit is completing a premiere voyage: the expedition “Around South America” takes 21 days from Montevideo (Uruguay) via Cape Horn to Puerto Montt (Chile), thus uniting the regions of Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego and the Chilean fjords.
Natural and cultural treasures of Europe and Asia
At the request of many guests, the HANSEATIC nature will increasingly travel in European waters and thus offer expeditions without long flights. For example, the Azores, Andalusia and Catalonia, nature experiences around Ireland, winter polar light trips to Norway and the winter adventure in Lapland are on the program. The HANSEATIC spirit will initially go to New Zealand and the South Seas in early 2024, as well as island hopping to Papua New Guinea and Palau. This is followed by an expedition to Micronesia, where guests will discover remote atolls and exotic cultures before heading to seldom-visited locations on Japan's west coast.
Expeditions at five-star level
The three small ships are identical in construction and designed for a maximum of 230 passengers. On trips to the Antarctic and around Spitsbergen, a maximum of 199 guests travel, who are spoiled by the crew with five-star service. Special features of the expedition ships are the two retractable glass balconies on the pool deck and the gallery at the bow, from where guests can watch the passing landscape from the front row. All trips are accompanied by selected, renowned scientists and experts from all over the world. These give the guests insights and background knowledge of the regions traveled to. The on-board language on the HANSEATIC nature and the HANSEATIC spirit is German, on the HANSEATIC inspiration the program is in German and English.
Spring awakening in the icy south:
The major route of the southern polar regions takes the HANSEATIC inspiration into springtime in the icy south with dreamy landscapes between ice formations and glaciers. From Ushuaia via the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, the Antarctic Peninsula to Ushuaia, 29.11. – 19.12.2023 (20 days). Bookable from 16.330 euros including arrival and departure package.
Winter Adventure Lapland (NAT2403):
Discover new territory from Hamburg. The HANSEATIC nature is heading north to Lapland. A winter experience with Northern Lights, reindeer and dog sledding activities, snowshoeing, snowmobile safari and Nordic cosiness. From Hamburg to Hamburg, 4.02. – 19.2.2024/15/8.790 (XNUMX days). Bookable from XNUMX euros including arrival and departure package.
Expedition Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Palau (SPI2406):
During this expedition, the HANSEATIC spirit takes guests on island hopping to the other end of the world. Departing from New Caledonia, the small expedition ship sets course for hidden pearls in the Pacific, including the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Palau. From Noumea to Palau, 18.04/11.05.2024 – 23/15.990/XNUMX (XNUMX days). Bookable from XNUMX euros including arrival and departure package.