Expedition Cruises: Hanseatic and Bremen offer travel to the world’s best-kept secrets in their new 2012/2013 program

Expedition Cruises: Hanseatic and Bremen offer travel to the world’s best-kept secrets in 2012/2013

•     Twelve international cruises 2012/ 2013 (English/German)

•     First Time: Sea of Okhotsk

•     Environmentally conscious travel

MS Hanseatic

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises announces the arrival of its March 2012 – May 2013 expedition brochure. Their small and beautifully appointed expedition ships, MS Hanseatic and MS Bremen, will offer fully a dozen international (English/German) itineraries next season. These include travel in Antarctica, the Northwest Passage, Greenland, Spitsbergen, Norway, the Amazon, the South Seas and New Zealand.

In addition, the expedition itineraries feature new ports of call in Madagascar and Mozambique and a maiden voyage through the Sea of Okhotsk in Russia’s Far East. The Hanseatic , the world’s only 5-star expedition ship and the Bremen, a 4-star expedition ship, were created to provide intensive exploration in the most elegant surroundings for a maximum of 184 guests on the Hanseatic and 164 guests on the Bremen.

Expedition Highlights 2012 – 2013 on the Hanseatic and Bremen:


For the first time, the Hanseatic sets out to circumnavigate the Sea of Okhotsk, in Russia’s Far East, taking guests to volcanoes, geysers and glaciers. Zodiac stops on the Sea of Okhotsk include: Iony, a tiny island populated by sea lions and Shantar Islands and Malminskie Islands, natural sanctuaries for songbirds, birds of prey, seals and sea otters.

Details: from June 13-30, 2012, rates for this itinerary start at £6310 per person based on double occupancy for an outside cabin


Guests will experience lemurs in pristine nature, animals in the wild, and wonderful beaches on romantic coasts on the Hanseatic through Mauritius, Madagascar, Mozambique and South Africa. This tropic 16-day adventure will make stops at six new ports along the route, which include stops in the following ports in Madagascar: Maroantsetra, Nosy Hara, Morondava, Nosy Ve, and Toliara and a first time stop in Mozambique, at the picturesque city of Ilha dos Portugueses.

Details: from December 3-19, 2012, rates for this itinerary start at  £4520 per person based on double occupancy for an outside cabin


In 2012, the popular Northwest Passage will be offered onboard the Hanseatic . It starts in Nome/Alaska amidst impressive testimonies of the Inuit culture before the Hanseatic sails through the Canadian Arctic, the heart of the Northwest Passage and ends in Reykjavik/Iceland.

Details: from August 14 – September 8, 2012, rates for this 25-day itinerary start at £11,540 per person/based on double occupancy for an outside cabin

MS Bremen


Glaciers, icebergs, deep fjords and bays offer the setting for an unforgettable Antarctica expedition. In addition to observing bird colonies, guests will also have the opportunity to explore the Falkland Islands and South Georgia, bath in the hot springs on Deception Island and observe whales in the Antarctic Sound. All departs include round-trip airfare from Buenos Aires/Argentina to Ushuaia/Argentina.

Dates and rates for the Antarctica cruises’ in late 2012 and early 2013:

Details: November 30 – December 15, 2012, on the Bremen, rates starting at £5380 per person based on double occupancy for an outside cabin

Details: January 3 – 18, 2013, on the Bremen, rates starting at £6010 per person/ based on double occupancy for an outside cabin

Details: February 13 – March 3, 2013, on the Hanseatic , rates starting at £7440 per person based on double occupancy for an outside cabin

Expedition Travel At Its Best:

Both ships are well equipped for travel in difficult waters, holding the highest ice class ranking for passenger vessels (E4). Also shallow drafts and high manoeuvrability allow the ships to enter waters larger cruise vessels cannot reach. Guests explore the world’s best-kept secrets in zodiacs (small motorized boats) with only 10-12 guests. Onboard experts include a team of experienced scientists, expedition leaders and specialists who guide landings and offer guests the rare opportunity to observe plant and animal life up close. However, what makes these expedition adventures standout for guests is the security of knowing that highly experienced captains are guiding the vessels and have together already traveled to the Arctic and Antarctica more than 200 times.

Educational experiences are the ultimate goals of the expedition trips. Thereby also, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is committed to promoting a responsible way of dealing with nature – among other efforts as a co-founder of the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) and member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO). In addition, the Hanseatic and the Bremen use low-emission diesel oil rather than heavy fuel oil on cruises to Antarctica, and have been doing so long before the introduction of the current, stricter regulations.

For further details please call Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

Peter Knego’s Photo Tour of Hapag-Lloyd’s MS Europa for USA Today


Peter Knego’s fabulous photo tour of  MS Europa for USA Today

Have a look around this wonderful five-star-plus ship and see for yourself

These are just two of sixty-six photos by Peter Knego that will give you a very complete tour of the only cruise ship to be awarded five-stars-plus by the Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships for eleven years in row.

For further details of cruising on board the wonderful Europa please call Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Chief Visits London

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-_6xEhjc_YzQ/TWtiihcqPGI/AAAAAAAANHc/5WFuO5EhAtQ/hapag-lloyd-logo.jpgSebastian Ahrens

Sebastian Ahrens, managing director of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises in Hamburg and a graduate of Cambridge, was in London last week for a presentation of the line’s expedition ships Bremen and Hanseatic at the Royal Geographical Society, as well as a UK press briefing and interviews. The presentation was made by David Fletcher, a member of the Royal Geographical Society, and Trixi Lange-Hitzbleck, both of whom are Hapag-Lloyd expedition leaders.

The travel trade press was also in attendance and reported as follows:

Travel Trade Gazette says Hapag-Lloyd Cruises to focus more on the UK market

Travel Weekly gets a reaction from Hapag-Lloyd chief over UK agents’ habit of rebating

Seatrade Insider meanwhile revealed that Hapag-Lloyd Cruises will go more international with its newest ship, the Europa 2, with announcements in both English and German. Hapag-Lloyd presently operates the five-star-plus Europa, rated the best cruise ship on Earth (or should we say water?) for eleven years in a row by the Berlitz Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships, and the top-rated expedition ships Bremen and Hanseatic, as well as the 420-berth Columbus, which will complete her last season in the Great Lakes in 2011.

In spring 2012, the Columbus 2, presently operating as the Regatta in the summer cruise trade to Alaska,will replace the present Columbus and in 2013 the line will introduce the Europa 2, which will be built by STX France, formerly Chantiers de l’Atlantique, at St Nazaire. The same yard delivered the Crystal Serenity in 2003 and the Queen Mary 2 in 2004.

For further information on any Hapag-Lloyd cruise or to discuss possible ship visits please call Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk

MS Europa: From Hawaii to New Caledonia in the World’s Top-Rated Cruise Ship – January 2012


MS EUROPA – The World’s Most Beautiful Yacht

The Blue Lagoons of the South Seas

MS Europa: the only ship to be rated Five-Stars-Plus by the Berlitz Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships

From Honolulu to Noumea via Tabuaeran, Nukunonu, Apia, Fagamalo, Yasawa Islands and Ile des Pins

17 January – 6 February 2012, 19 days (EUR1202)

From £ 4,490 per person in a guaranteed outside Category O suite, double occupancy, cruise only

§ Snorkel and swim in the paradise of the South Pacific
§ Exploring Volcanoes National Park*
§ Kayak tour around the island of Nawi*
§ Waisali rainforest hike*
* These arrangements are not included in the cruise fare.

For further details please call Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Expeditions Brochure Is Now Available On Line


Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is pleased to announce that its first international online expedition brochure for MS Hanseatic and MS Bremen 2012 – 2013 is now available on line.

Just click on MS Hanseatic/MS Bremen March 2012 – May 2013

The fare inserts are also now available separately here.

For further details on any of these voyages please call Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk

MS Hanseatic: Sail From Tahiti to Fiji in Spring 2012


MS HANSEATIC – Your Personal Expedition

Expedition South Seas – South Seas Fantasies – Close Enough to Touch

https://i0.wp.com/nlhost.de/pep/hlkf/HAN_1205G.jpgFrom Papeete (Tahiti) to Lautoka (Fiji) via Huahine (Society Islands), Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga and Fiji

25 March – 9 April 2012, 14 days (HAN1205)

From £ 4,400 per person in a guaranteed two-berth outside Category 1 cabin, double occupancy, cruise only.

§ Huahine – magnificent mountain landscapes and the picture-perfect beach
§ Romance on the Cook Islands: swim and snorkel in the Blue Lagoon (not included in the cruise fare).

Early Booking Reduction: Book by 27 August 2011 and receive 5 % off!

For further details please call Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk

MS Bremen: Cross From Greenland to Spitsbergen in July 2012


MS BREMEN –  An Arctic Midsummer Night´s Dream

From Kangerlussuaq to Longyearbyen via Sisimut, Nuuk and Skjoldungen (Greenland), Jan Mayen (Norway) and Spitsbergen

29 June – 15 July 2012, 16 days  (BRE1213)

From £ 5,250 per person in a guaranteed two-berth outside Category O cabin, double occupancy, including charter flights Hanover to Kangerlussuaq and return Longyearbyen to Hanover

§ Disko Bay: icebergs of all shapes
§ Great natural beauty: Lush tundra, little lakes and the Fox Waterfall
§ Observe: bears, polar foxes, seals and whales

For further details please call Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk

Brave The Northwest Passage in Luxury Vessels Designed To Sail Polar Waters

Story by Aaron Saunders, Postmedia News April 20, 2011
Hapag-Lloyd's MS Bremen cruises the Northwest Passage,

The MS Bremen, courtesy of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

Even among cruise destinations known for their unique and obscure ports of call, this one is guaranteed to turn heads: the Northwest Passage.

Convinced of its value as a shipping route, the list of those who tried – and failed – to conqueror this waterway on behalf of their country is legendary: John Ross, Sir William Parry, George Back, Sir Robert McClure, John Rae and perhaps most famous of all, Sir John Franklin.

It was Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen who finally discovered the fabled passage in 1906. Despite his discovery, it was far from the open waterway many nations fantasized about.

Choked with ice for much of the year, the route opens briefly during the summer months.

Hamburg-based Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, a leader in five-star expedition and ultra-luxury cruising, has been taking advantage of this small window for the past few years by operating extremely rare Northwest Passage cruises -a decision which has proved to be very successful.

This year, the line will operate a full transit of the Northwest Passage aboard the 365-foot long, ice-strengthened MS Bremen. She was specifically designed to sail these notorious waters, and boasts the highest ice class safety rating available to a passenger ship. A four-star expedition vessel, the Bremen is as much a working ship as she is a floating palace.

On-board, passengers have access to multiple lounges, a library, an expansive dining room, a spa, and even a sun deck complete with a swimming pool. Each and every public room boasts plenty of windows to ensure you never miss the passing scenery. Twelve Zodiac rafts are also located on-board, and allow for passengers to be put ashore in some of the most remote areas of the World.

The itinerary includes stops at notable places like Beechy Island. This remote, barren blip in the middle of nowhere played host to one of exploration’s greatest disasters: the Franklin Expedition. Sir John Franklin and the men of his ships HMS Erebus and Terror wintered here in 1845-46, and it was on this desolate island that the first of his men succumbed to illness.

Although this year’s transit is sold out, cruisers wanting to take this incredible voyage would do well to start planning now for the next one in August, 2012. Full itinerary and pricing information will be available later this month from Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

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The Cruise People Ltd in London have been booking guests through the Northwest Passage every summer for the past few years. For further details on the 2012 voyage please call Gay Scruton on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk