March 5, 2019 - It doesn't look good with the HANSEATIC nature. Hapag Lloyd has to admit that the takeover of the new expedition ship will probably be delayed. That is why the launch of the ship planned for April 12 in Hamburg had to be canceled. The execution of the maiden voyage, scheduled for April 13, 2019, is also still uncertain.
The Hamburg luxury shipping company expects the highest quality standards when taking over a ship. Both Hapag Lloyd and the paying guests are waiting for a ship that will set new standards. Karl J. Pojer, CEO of Hapag Lloyd Cruises, says about the scheduling difficulties: “To ensure this, we are forced to expand the time frame that the shipyard needs for the finalization of the ship and our entire focus and everyone To direct efforts towards the commissioning of the ship. "
Hapag Llayd expedition ship new build - rendering
That means two things: The sparkling wine for the baptism reception does not have to be cooled yet; and the first trip planned for April 13th is on the brink for the company and the booked guests. A press release from the shipping company zufolg to the company offers guests on the maiden voyage the opportunity to withdraw from this trip free of charge. In addition to the full refund, 50 percent of the sea cruise price will be offset against a new booking. This is valid immediately for all current cruises of the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises fleet until September 2021. A noble gesture towards the travel agencies is worth mentioning. You continue to receive the commission for the original booking.
The two identically constructed expedition ships HANSEATIC nature and HANSEATIC inspiration are being built in the Norwegian Langsten shipyard. It belongs to the VARD Group, which in turn is an affiliate of the Italian Fincantieri Group. The outer hull of the ship was completed at the Vard Group's location in Tulcea, Romania. The hull was then towed to the longest shipyard in Norway to carry out the interior work.