Hapag-Lloyd Cruises 2015-2016 Hanseatic Expedition Cruise Brochure Is Now Available

Coming in 2015-2016

  • Eleven international expedition itineraries with service in English
  • Exceptional expedition voyages to Antarctica, Chile, Greenland, the Arctic and the Amazon
  • Greenland: cruising the Scoresbysund

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has introduced  its 2015-2016 Hanseatic expedition cruise brochure, offering eleven adventurous and enriching itineraries in English on board the world’s only 5-star* expedition ship. From 2015/16 Hapag-Lloyd Cruises will offer international expedition cruises on the Hanseatic,  while fleetmate Bremen will be marketed in the German-speaking market. Bremen will still but will be available for English-language charters however.

In 2015-2016 the Hanseatic  will travel to Antarctica, Chile, Greenland, the Arctic and the Amazon, with voyages ranging from 15 to 20 days. All cruises will be operated in English, ensuring UK, Irish, North American, Caribbean and Australasian  passengers feel comfortable from the moment they step on board. All documentation will be in English and the crew are fluent in English. Daily programs, menus, lectures, announcements and Zodiac tours will all be available in English, and English shore excursions can also be arranged at ports of call, just as in the past.

The 5-star* Hanseatic was built to provide intensive exploration in the most elegant surroundings for a maximum of 175 guests. The design of the ship – with a low draught of just 16 feet, overall length of 403 feet, and the highest ice class for passenger ships allow Hanseatic to travel to destinations previously inaccessible to cruise ships.

Discovering Antarctica

The Earth’s Most Southern Continent: Glaciers, icebergs, deep fjords and bays offer the setting for an unforgettable Antarctica expedition. In addition to observing bird colonies, seals and thousands of penguins, guests will also have the opportunity to explore the Falkland Islands and South Georgia, bath in the hot springs on Deception Island and sail through Drake Passage: “Antarctica Expedition – the Miracle of Life in a Cold Wasteland”: This 18-day itinerary on the Hanseatic is from January 22 – February 9, 2015, from Ushuaia  round-trip, with stops at the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, South Orkney Islands, South Shetland Islands and Antarctica mainland. Fares start at £8,900 per person, including charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, cruise-only. Cruise: HAN1502

Expedition Chilean Fjords: A Land of Contrasts

Snow-covered peak, imposing glaciers and bizarre volcanoes, the Chilean fjords are one of the most spectacular natural landscapes in the world and a dream destination.  “Majestic Nature at the end of the World”: This 17-day itinerary is from February 28 – March 17, 2015, from Ushuai (includes a charter flight from Buenos Aires) to Callao/Lima, Peru, sailing through the Strait of Magellan and calling at Valparaiso. Fares start at £6,620 per person, including charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, cruise-only, Cruise: HAN1504

Travelling on both sides of the Arctic Circle

An intensive expedition between the shores of Iceland to Greenland’s wild fjords and mountainous coastline. Guests can view captivating colonies of birds and diverse plant species; call at informative museums while ashore in Greenland, enjoy natural history walks and see the impressive show of gigantic, towering ice masses in Disko Bay.

“Fire and Ice in the Arctic Circle” Trip Details: a 15-day itinerary departing Reykjavik/Iceland on June 30, 2015, concluding in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland on July 15. Fares start at £7,020 per person, cruise-only. Cruise: HAN1513
“Welcome to the World of the Inuit”
: This 17-day itinerary is from September 13 – 30, 2015, from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, to Hamburg, sailing through Prins Christian Sund and the Skjoldungen Sound. A true Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ premiere is cruising the Scoresbysund, the world’s largest fjord system: The Hanseatic promises unforgettable panoramas with mountains more than 6,560 ft. high and calving glaciers. Fares start at £7,550 per person, cruise-only. Cruise: HAN1518

The Amazon – Expedition cruise “On the River of Life”

Unforgettable impressions await guests in the awe-inspired nature of the greatest rainforest in the world, the Amazon. Guests will step into the zodiacs of the Hanseatic and discover, along narrow and winding waterways, the power and magic of the gigantic river, which defines the rhythm of South America. Hanseatic ’s small size and shallow draught enables her to travel the more than 4,000-kilometre-long passage from the mouth of the Amazon in Beleml to Iquitos in Peru and back. This expedition features passing through the Breves Channels in the Amazon Delta. Cruise Details: This 16-day itinerary is from April 10 – 26, 2016, from Iquitos (includes charter flight from Lima) to Belem. Faress start at £7,220 per person, including charter flight from Lima to Iquitos, cruise-only. Cruise: HAN1606

Expedition Travel At Its Best

Both expedition ships Hanseatic and Bremen are well equipped for travel in difficult waters, holding the highest Ice Class ranking for passenger vessels (E4 or 1A Super). Shallow drafts and high manoeuvrability allow the ships to enter waters larger cruise vessels cannot. Guests explore the world’s best-kept secrets in Zodiacs with only 10-12 guests. On board 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 travelled to the Arctic and Antarctica more than 200 times.

* Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships 2014

For more information on Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ exciting destinations and itineraries please call Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk to request a copy of the 2015-16 brochure.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Antarctic Season 2012/2013 Opens Tomorrow

On Sunday, November 11, the Bremen opens the 2012-13 Antarctic season with its first expedition cruise. From Montevideo, she will carry the maximum 164 guests to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the South Orkney Islands, then the Antarctic Peninsula. The Hanseatic will follow in mid December. For many guests, an Antarctic expedition means fulfilling a dream they may have had for a long time. To ensure that the expedition becomes an unforgettable experience, planning is recommended.

Antarctica is among the most sensitive ecosystems in the world and is under special ecological protection. The expedition ships Hanseatic and Bremen have been using more environmentally sound marine diesel oil in the polar regions for years, long before the new law entered force in 2011. Beyond this, a code of conduct for Antarctica stipulates that visitors are required to protect sensitive mosses, lichens and grasses and stay a safe distance from animals, for example five metres in the case of penguins. These rules are communicated by experienced lecturers in the time spent ashore.

“You need to take time when visiting Antarctica, as you cannot explore this unique destination on a cruise with a duration of merely one week. Anyone wishing to see more than plenty of water and a bit of ice should schedule around two weeks,” recommends Mark Behrend, captain of the Bremen, who has been to Antarctica more than 30 times.

“The choice of route and ship is decisive for intense expedition experiences. Solely small ships with few passengers fulfil the conditions for landings. With the Bremen’s twelve zodiacs, we offer first-hand nature experiences and ideal opportunities in terms of animal observations.

“Only passenger ships with the highest ice class are capable of advancing really far into Antarctica and even moving safely to the south of the Antarctic Circle. Besides the ice class, it is primarily of crucial importance to have on board an ice-experienced ship management and crew, who are able to read the ice and navigate accordingly,” adds Captain Behrend.

It is advisable to book Antarctic expeditions as early as possible – especially on ships with a capacity of fewer than 200 passengers. Special routes, for example those beyond the Antarctic Circle, are also booked out more than a year in advance.

Here Are Some of the Top Expedition Experiences in Antarctica:

– Zodiac tour in Paradise Bay and setting foot on the Antarctic mainland
– Landings in colonies with hundreds of thousands of penguins on South Georgia
– Bathing in the hot springs of Deception IslandCountdown to Europa 2
– Whale watching
– Cruising through the pack ice and huge table icebergs
– Sailing though the Lemaire and the Neumayer Channels
– Visit to a scientific station
– Landing at Cape Horn

Cruise Example: Expedition Semi Circumnavigation Antarctica with the Hanseatic from Ushuaia, Argentina, to Bluff, New Zealand, January 25 – February 21, 2014, 26 days, from €17.120 EUR, £13,360 or US $20,550 per person, cruise only, including charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia

For more information on Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ destinations and itineraries visit www.hl-cruises.com. For bookings, inquiries, 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 .