July 3, 2018 - Hapag Lloyd Cruises yesterday ordered a third expedition cruise ship from the Norwegian VARD shipyard. The Hamburg shipping company, which is part of the TUI Group, wants the order existing Exploit growth potential in the 5-star sector. The new building is scheduled to go into service as an adults-only ship in the second quarter of 2021.
The Norwegian VARD shipyard, a subsidiary of the Fincantieri group, will build the ship. Whose name is HANSEATIC spirit. The VARD shipyard has already received an order for two identical expedition ships. The HANSEATIC nature and the HANSEATIC inspiration will be delivered in spring and autumn 2019. The contracting parties are silent about the financial details.
HANSEATIC spirit in the Antarctic - rendering © Hapag Lloyd Cruises
Karl J. Pojer, CEO of Hapag Lloyd Cruises justifies the need for a third new building in the expedition segment with the growth potential inherent in this business area. Pojer speaks of the need to strengthen the shipping company's leading position in the market segment with the third new building. What is new is that the HANSEATIC spirit will be the first ship in the Hapag Lloyd fleet to be designed exclusively for adults.
The new buildings, equipped with the latest technology and environmental technology, have the highest ice class for passenger ships (PC6). It is planned to use them in the polar regions of the Arctic and Antarctic as well as in hot water destinations such as the Amazon.
Measurement: 15.650 GT
Length / width / draft: 139 meters / 22 meters / 5,60 meters
Seven passenger decks
120 cabins and suites
Maximum passenger capacity: 230 people (199 on Arctic expeditions)
Crew: around 175 crew members