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Hapag-Lloyd names new expedition ships Hanseatic Nature and Inspiration

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, at the forefront of expedition cruising with the 5-star ship Hanseatic, has unsurprisingly kept faith with the name for its two new vessels, Hanseatic Nature and Hanseatic Inspiration.

Unveiling details of the two new expedition twins in Berlin, Hapag-Lloyd said they will launch in April and October 2019, and will each accommodate up to 230 passengers (or up to 199 passengers on Antarctic expeditions).

Hanseatic Nature and Inspiration
How the new Hanseatic ships Nature and Inspiration will look

Alongside the highest ice class for passenger ships, they each boast three restaurants and an extensive wellness and fitness area. There is also a marina for water sports.

Karl Pojer, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, said: “The potential in the expedition ship segment is more than three times higher than supply. By virtue of the comfort and luxuriousness of our state-of-the-art new vessels, we will appeal to even more customers in the luxury segment in future.

“At the same time, authentic, natural spectacles that convey the feeling of a personal expedition have always been the basis for our decision-making. With our choice of names, we are continuing the success story of today’s Hanseatic – the only 5-star expedition ship – retaining the popular and well-known brand name and establishing a new and separate class within our fleet.”

New Hanseatic ship
The setting that Hapag-Lloyd guests can expect on the new ships

The on-board design highlights include the two extendible glass balconies on which passengers can experience the unique feeling of floating over the ocean.

The all-round upper deck will also ensure a genuine expeditionary feeling. Here, passengers can experience the action at close quarters – closer even than the captain. This contributes to the expeditionary character, especially when the ships embark on journeys to the Arctic, Antarctic, or Amazon.

The new ships are being built by Norwegian company Vard Holdings, a subsidiary of the Italian Fincantieri Marine Group.

The current and successful route concept, which focuses on untouched and unspoilt regions, will be continued and expanded.

PC6, the highest ice class for passenger ships, makes it possible to conduct expeditions far into Polar waters, with tropical destinations such as the South Seas and the Amazon remaining on the itinerary. 16 on-board Zodiacs and E-Zodiacs with eco-friendly electric drive systems allow for landings in remote expedition areas, regardless of the vicinity to a port.

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Posted on 9th March 2017 at 05:42 pm in Cruise News | New Ships | Cruise Lines | Hapag-Lloyd Cruises |

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