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Stand at the cutting edge… hover over the ice… welcome to the world of HANSEATIC inspiration

The Hapag-Lloyd Cruises expansion set sail in London today with the launch of its first English-language main catalogue for the new expedition class ship, HANSEATIC inspiration.

The bilingual expedition ship will take to the sea in October 2019 with a 15-day cruise from Antwerp to Tenerife, while HANSEATIC nature, its structurally identical sister ship aimed exclusively at the German-speaking market, will launch six months earlier.

HANSEATIC inspiration
Guests can stand on the circuit on the bow of the ship to be closer to the action

The main catalogue for the HANSEATIC inspiration presents 22 true expedition routes from October 2019 through to September 2020 that take in polar expedition regions, such as the Arctic and Antarctic, as well as warmer destinations such as the Amazon and the Great Lakes of North America.

On board, the innovative highlight is the Ocean Academy, where guests can use interactive technology to discover comprehensive background information on the regions they are visiting. The speciality restaurant offers culinary diversity in the form of fashionable Peruvian and Japanese cooking.

Karl J. Pojer, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, unveiled new details of the 230-guest HANSEATIC inspiration which features numerous structural elements that enhance the expedition experience. Retractable glass balconies on the sun deck give guests the feeling of hovering directly above the water and guests can stand on the circuit on the bow of the ship to be closer to the action – even closer than the captain.

HanseAtrium and Ocean Academy

On the HANSEATIC inspiration, guests can discover fascinating information about the nature and environment of global expedition destinations not only on land but also in innovative on-board centres of knowledge. The HanseAtrium, a separable multifunctional lounge with state-of-the-art technology, hosts daily presentations by experts. In the evening, it transforms into an atmospheric bar. In the Ocean Academy, guests can conduct individual studies and research to deepen their knowledge of the natural wonders they encounter on shore excursions and Zodiac rides.

The Ocean Academy has a large interactive media wall with further information about various expedition topics as well as an interactive poster that provides clear visual explanations of selected scientific contexts. Guests can also use reading chairs with swivel touchscreens to further explore the content of the media wall.

Six different types of suite and cabin

The 120 cabins and suites range from the Panoramic Cabin at 226 sq-ft to the Grand Suite at 764 sq-ft. There are exclusively outside cabins, almost all of which have their own balcony or French balcony to get as close to nature as possible.

HANSEATIC inspiration
Retractable glass balconies on the sun deck give guests the feeling of hovering directly above the ice

International gourmet cuisine

The speciality restaurant with 44 seats promises culinary diversity and will offer exquisite Japanese creations and Peru’s modern, fashionable cooking.
The expedition ship has two further restaurants: a main restaurant with 178 seats and a bistro restaurant with 184 seats (indoor and outdoor), a barbecue and a show kitchen.
Flexible mealtimes and free choice of seating in the restaurants ensure that guests can fit their meals around their expedition experiences, not the other way round.

Wellness and fitness

Spanning 2,529 sq-ft and featuring a Finnish sauna, steam sauna, relaxation area, hairdresser, beauty treatments and massages, the Ocean Spa helps guests to relax in even the most extreme regions. Guests who love sport can make use of a 1,076 sq-ft fitness area with sport hosts and a separate course room – both with a view of the impressive natural panorama. The sports facilities are rounded off by a large pool area with counter-current system that can be enjoyed in all weathers thanks to its flexible canopy.

Diverse routes

Between cruises to the Arctic during the European summer and expeditions to the Antarctic in the European winter, the HANSEATIC inspiration will also offer intensive visits to the Amazon, Chile’s fjords, the Azores and Cape Verde.

After many years, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises will even return to the Great Lakes in North America with the HANSEATIC inspiration. The cruises range from short four-day cruises to the Frisian Islands to 23-day expeditions to the Antarctic.

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Posted on 16th January 2018 at 05:03 pm in Cruise News | New Ships | Cruise Lines | Hapag-Lloyd Cruises |

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