Hanseatic Sets Arctic Record On Her Northern Sea Route Crossing

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Hanseatic set a new record for passenger ships in the Russian Arctic last week, when on August 26 she reached 85° 40.7′ north and 135° 39.6′ east. At this latitude, she was just 259 nautical miles from the North Pole.

The Hanseatic's route

The Hanseatic’s route

The Hanseatic is the first non-Russian ship to sail Russia’s Northern Sea Route, in her case westbound, leaving Nome, Alaska, on August 12 for Bodo, Norway

Captain Thilo Natke commented: “Unusual ice conditions made this record possible. North of the New Siberian Islands in the Russian Arctic, there was a large ice-free zone stretching north through the Arctic Ocean, which we used for this spontaneous detour.”

In temperatures of around zero degrees and a brisk north-easterly wind, passengers took a Zodiac ride along the edge of the pack ice and celebrated with a party on deck.

The  Northern Sea Route expedition has now continued on to Severnaya Zemlya with Zodiac landings. This is to be followed by cruises through the Kara Sea, Novaya Zemlya, the Barents Sea and Murmansk, at the end of the Northern Sea Route. From Murmansk she proceeds in open water to Hammerfest and Bodö, which she will reach on September 10.

hanseaticThe 5-star-plus Hanseatic was built to provide intensive exploration in elegant surroundings for a maximum of 175 guests. Her design includes the highest ice class (E4 or 1A Super), allowing her to travel to destinations inaccessible to cruise ships. Guests explore in Zodiacs with only 10-12 guests.
On board experts include experienced scientists, expedition leaders and specialists who guide landings and offer guests the opportunity to observe plant and animal life up close.

But what makes these expedition adventures secure is the fact the highly experienced captains of Hanseatic and her running mate, the 164-berth Bremen, have together made more than 200 voyages to the Arctic and Antarctica.

The first passenger ship to undertake the Northern Sea Route was the 52-berth chartered Russian ship Akademik Shokalskiy, which did so for Aurora Expeditions of Australia, crossing eastbound from Murmansk to Anadyr in August 2011.

The furthest north any vessel with passengers has reached is the North Pole, which the nuclear icebreaker Sibir first visited in 1989. In the twenty-five years since, many more passenger trips have been made by the Yamal and the 50 Years of Victory, but the last scheduled trips are planned for 2015. After this, the icebreakers will be needed for escort duty on the Northern Sea Route.

For further details on Hapag-Lloyd polar expedition 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 – Expedition Northwest Passage: On the Trail of the Great Discoverers – Summer 2012

https://hapaglloydcruises.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/hapag-lloyd-logo6.jpgMS HANSEATIC – Your Personal Expedition

Expedition Northwest Passage: On the Trail of the Great Discoverers

From Nome to Reykjavik (HAN1215) via Alaska (Point Hope, Barrow Strait), Canada (Herschel Island, Cambridge Bay, Jenny Lind Island, Beechey Island), Greenland (Uummannaq, Illulissat, cruising in Disko Bay, Sisimiut) and cruising through Prins Christian Sund

14 August – 8 September 2012, 25 days

From £11,540 per person in a guaranteed two-berth outside cabin Category 1, double occupancy, cruise only including charter flight Vancouver-Nome

Highlights:

§ Hike across the Holman hills near Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories, with experts
§ Legendary Northwest Passage with polar bears, whales and numerous testimonies to the culture of the Inuit
§ Greenland: Enjoy the unforgettable views of drafting icebergs while cruising the Disko Bay

Early Booking Reduction: Book by January 16, 2012 and receive a 5% reduction!

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 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.

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:

SEA OF OKHOTSK – PREMIER EXPEDITIONS:

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

 ISLANDS IN THE INDIAN OCEAN – MAIDEN CALLS:

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

 THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE:

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

THE ANTARCTIC:

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.