MS Hanseatic’s New-Look Staterooms

Here are some images of the newly-rebuilt staterooms on board Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ luxury expedition ship MS Hanseatic after her recent refit at Blohm & Voss in Hamburg.

For details of expedition voyages to the Antarctic, the South Pacific, the Amazon or the Northwest Passage on board MS Hanseatic and her fleetmate MS Bremen please call Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London, England, on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

Things To Do In Hamburg, Headquarters of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

Hapag-Lloyd’s famous headquarters building on the Ballindam in Hamburg

In response to a member who requested information on what do do during a cruise call in Hamburg, New York-based writer Ted Scull, author of 100 Best Cruise Vacations: The Top Cruises Throughout the World for All Interests and Budgets, made the following comments in a recent post to the Liners List on the Internet:-

The former Hamburg-Süd cargo ship Cap San Diego now serves as a floating hotel

“The Maritime Museum is ten fabulous floors with all the space in the world and thousands of ship models, many, of course, from Peter Tam’s collection which used to be housed down river in a former hotel; stupendous Miniatur Wunderland has some ships/harbor craft in its two floors of model railway settings; view from St. Michealis Church of city, river and harbor; walk through the pedestrian tunnel to the shipyard side for a great view back to the city; go for the English-speaking harbor tour from Langdungsbrücken as you get to see the container port not seen from the river walks; Cap San Diego; Ballin Stadt, an immigration museum; Hapag-Lloyd’s HQ facing the Alster and 1876 steamer St. Georg (you will hear its whistle from time to time); great city to walk; excellent transit, including one elevated line that parallels the Elbe.

“I Love Hamburg!”

The Hamburg Maritime Museum covers ten floors near the Hamburg waterfront

Fellow writer, Singapore-based Jonathan Boonzaier, who reports for the Norwegian shipping newspaper Tradewinds, adds:-

The clipper ship Rickmer Rickmers also serves as a floating restaurant

“Last year I visited the museum and stayed on board the Cap San Diego. Both are well worth a visit, along with a visit to the bright green sailing ship Rickmer Rickmers. If I were arranging a day visit to Hamburg I’d spend two hours on the Cap San Diego in the morning, have a lunchtime visit to the Rickmer Rickmers allowing an hour to explore the ship and another hour for lunch in her excellent restaurant, and then spend the entire afternoon at the Maritime Museum, where you would need at least three hours to do it justice. You can walk from the Cap San Diego to the Rickmer Rickmers in five minutes and there is a ferry service between the Rickmer Rickmers and the Maritime Museum.”

For passengers boarding Hapag-Lloyd cruise ships in Hamburg, or nearby Kiel on the Baltic coast, The Cruise People will be pleased to assist with further details. For further information on Hapag-Lloyd Cruises on board the Europa, Europa 2, Hanseatic, Bremen or Columbus 2 please feel free to call Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

OnAir Now Supplies Mobile Phone Service To Three Hapag-Lloyd Ships

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has equipped two more vessels with OnAir’s mobile phone services. MS Hanseatic (seen above in her new Hapag-Lloyd colours) and MS Bremen extend the number of vessels using OnAir’s service to three.

OnAir’s satellite service allows passengers to use their own mobile devices for calls, text messages, email and mobile data. The passengers are billed by their mobile device operator.

“MS Hanseatic and MS Bremen take passengers to the most remote parts of the world, including the polar regions, the Amazon, and the South Seas,” says Paul Goldbeck, Director IT of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

“We are very focused on providing excellent service and with some cruises lasting up to a month, as we have seen from our experience with MS Europa, the ability to stay in touch is crucial for our passengers.”

The OnAir service utilises the ships’ existing satellite system. The equipment can be installed during routine maintenance stops between cruises and the technology has been designed to make it simple to increase capacity according to demand.

“We have been operating on MS Europa for a year now, and it is a gratifying endorsement that Hapag-Lloyd has decided to install our mobile phone services to two further ships,” says Ian Dawkins, CEO of OnAir.  “We are all increasingly dependent on our phones and it shouldn’t be surprising that cruise ship passengers want to keep in contact.”

Swiss-based OnAir, a joint venture of Airbus and air transport IT specialist SITA, also supplies services for inflight telephony and internet connectivity.

For further imformation on Hapag-Lloyd Cruises worldwide program of luxury and expedition cruises please call Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

MS Hanseatic Receives New Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Colours And Cabin Renewals During Major Refit at Blohm & Voss

MS Hanseatic received full Hapag-Lloyd Cruises colours in here recent drydocking at Hamburg's famous Blohm & Voss shipyard

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has decided to unify the colours carried by all members of its fleet. After a 13-day stay at Hamburg’s famous Blohm & Voss shipyard, the Hanseatic has re-appeared in Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ distinctive colours, an orange and blue band, as well as the orange funnel with the cruise line logo. Her comprehensive drydocking included more than 780 items, among them, the renovation and modernisation of two decks of cabins, the buffet restaurant, and the sauna and pool area. The ship returned to service today.

“With the charter contract for the Hanseatic extended until 2018, we opted to add the visual unification of the fleet. Nevertheless, the legendary former logo of the Hanseatic will be retained as a product logo on board“, said Sebastian Ahrens, Managing Director of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. Until now, the expedition ship Hanseatic had carried the colours of the former North Atlantic liner of the same name, which had operated for the German Atlantic Line.

More than 400 shipyard workers in three shifts carried out the modernisation, which included substantial renovation of cabins on Decks 5 and 6. Plenty of wood, new fabrics, furniture and carpeting help to create a warm atmosphere, and now present a contemporary design for the Hanseatic . The Columbus Lounge buffet restaurant also features a new color design and has been renamed the “Bistro Lemaire.” Further items included the modernisation of the pool and sauna, with a new steam sauna, as well as a multi-mode shower. More than 11,482 sq ft of carpet, 621 gallons of paint and 3,937 sq ft of fabric were used in these renovations.

New service options now available on the Hanseatic include worldwide mobile telephone reception via OnAir, Wi-Fi in all cabins, an extended selection of international newspapers in full editions, as well as headsets for passengers during the excursions for better clarity for the experts to be heard.

Shining in her new splendour, the Hanseatic set sail today on a four-day cruise from Hamburg via List (Sylt) and Binz (Ruegen) to Travemuende on the Baltic.

Upcoming 2011 Expedition Cruises on the Hanseatic :

NORTHWEST PASSAGE – A SHORTER ROUTE:

For the first time ever, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises will offer guests the opportunity to discover the fascination of the Arctic and the Northwest Passage on a shorter, 19-day cruise with MS Hanseatic. Sailing through a portion of the Northwest Passage, guests will follow the tracks of Amundsen and Franklin and explore the ice coast of Greenland as well as the untouched island world in the north of Canada. The short itinerary departs from Kangerlussuaq in Greenland on August 14, 2011, and ends in Reykjavik, Iceland, on September 2nd.

MAIDEN CALL – THE INDIAN OCEAN:

Guests will experience the heavenly and exotic island world between the Seychelles, Madagascar and Mauritius onboard the Hanseatic in November/December 2011, with a new stop in Nosy Lakandava in Madagascar. This 14-day itinerary departs from Victoria, Mahe, on November 22, 2011, and ends in Port Louis, Mauritius, on December 5th.

MS Hanseatic, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ small and beautifully-appointed ship, rated the world’s only 5-star expedition ship by the Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruise Ships & Cruising, was designed to provide intensive exploration in the most elegant surroundings for a maximum of 184 passengers. The Hanseatic is known worldwide for her unsurpassed ability to navigate and explore the difficult waters of the Arctic and Antarctic, with the highest ice class for passenger vessels, E4. The Hanseatic cruises the world year round, landing in unusual and remote destinations. A shallow draft and high manoeuvrability allow the ship to enter waters larger cruise vessels cannot reach.

For further photos and details of this latest modernisation please click here. For bookings, enquiries or to request a brochure, please call Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

Of Teddy Bears and Land Rovers : Brand Co-operation at Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises have recently announced marketing partnerships and brand co-operation with Land Rover, makers of the famous on- and off-road vehicles, and Steiff, makers of the famous line of teddy bears.

Under the agreement with Land Rover, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises will decorate a number of Land Rover off-road vehicles in black, white and orange Hapag-Lloyd Off-road Adventure livery, to emphasize adventures at sea in their top-rated expedition ships MS Hanseatic and MS Bremen. These vehicles could be driven by company managers or sales representatives or even in some cases used to pick up or deliver customers to airports when joining an expedition cruise.

Meanwhile, the agreement with Steiff is part of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ campaign to attract more family business to the line’s two new cruise ships, the MS Columbus 2, to be introduced in April 2012,  and MS Europa 2, to be built at St Nazaire and introduced in 2013. Children will be catered for in a brand co-operation with Steiff, the world’s oldest maker of teddy bears, and in particular, a new bear, Captain Knopf, will be introduced to take advantage of this.

Not only that, but the bears will be backed up by a program of children’s books. On board ship, meanwhile, children will be looked after in three different age groups, something different from what is offered in the existing MS Europa, which caters to only two age groups.

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

Photos courtesy of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises