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
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“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

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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 To Expand Internationally

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has announced that the two pillars of its future development will be luxury cruising and expedition voyages, while at the same time it will be looking to grow these sectors by expanding in the English-speaking market. The newbuilding Europa 2, to be introduced in May 2013, and fleetmate of the existing Europa, will be aimed at the 5-star luxury sector. And, in addition to the existing expedition ships Hanseatic and Bremen, new growth opportunities will be sought in the expedition sector.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' Hanseatic in Hamburg

Today’s m.s. Hanseatic

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is already known in German-speaking countries as one of the leading operators in the luxury and expedition sectors. And at the same time, the proposed expansion into international markets will go hand-in-hand with this focus on luxury cruising in these two sectors. “By consistently focusing on these two pillars, we strive to enhance further our strength and our leading position as regards quality in these segments and at the same time we will address new markets“, explains Dr. Wolfgang Flägel, managing director of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

Selected cruises aboard all ships in the present fleet except for Columbus 2 are already marketed internationally. But Flägel added that “with  Europa 2, we will put into service a ship designed to offer an international flair and address a sophisticated, cosmopolitan target group, planning in future to increase market share in English-speaking countries such as the USA, UK and Benelux.” The first English-language Europa 2 brochure is released this week.

As a result of this new strategy, Hapag-Lloyd’s charter on  Columbus 2, which concentrates on the German-speaking four-star market, will not be extended when it expires in April 2014. Hapag-Lloyd took over Columbus 2 this May and has been operating her under bareboat charter from Oceania Cruises, where she had been operated as Insignia.

It will be interesting to see if these decisions bring Hapag-Lloyd Cruises back into the mainstream of world cruising, where for many years its ships attracted a large English-speaking clientele. Hapag-Lloyd’s Bremen (right) and German Atlantic Line’s Hanseatic were considered amongst the best ships on the North Atlantic fifty years ago.

Equally, to-day’s product is one of the best in the cruise market and its attraction is not only the line’s great tradition, but also in its great attention to detail when it comes to service. As well, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is one of the last lines to sell drinks at real duty-free prices and not the landside hotel prices that have been adopted by all other lines except the all-inclusive ones.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises offer Relaxed Luxury. For further information and competitive Sterling fares for any Hapag-Lloyd cruise please call Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

Hanseatic and Bremen: Up-Close Voyages Through Pristine Alaska

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises offers two expedition trips through Alaska in the Summer of 2012 and Summer of 2013 on board the MS Hanseatic and MS Bremen. The  184-guest Hanseatic , the world’s only 5-star expedition ship and the 4-star 164-guest Bremen (Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships), were created to provide intensive exploration in the most elegant surroundings for only a small number of passengers.

The Summer of 2012: Hanseatic sets sail in July through the legendary Inside Passage of Alaska, considered one of the most beautiful waterwayes in the world. Guests can book the following excursions : a glacier flight, a dogsled trip, a boat trip and hike in the rainforest, a helicopter flight over the glaciers and a ride with the historic White Pass & Yukon Route narrow gauge railway. Guests will encounter Tracy Arm, perhaps Alaska’s most beautiful fjord, with fabulous views of her steep rock walls. Hanseatic will also travel through the Kingdom of Bears and Bald Eagles, where guests may be able to catch sight of whales and sea lions in an impressive natural setting. Additionally, an excursion to Tongass National Park will offer guests insight into the flora and fauna of the largest national park in the US.

Voyage Details: From July 14-20, 2012, from Seward, Alaska, to Vancouver BC, fares for this itinerary start at £4,700 per person.

The Summer of 2013: Bremen set sails for Alaska in June 2013, with a shorter trip through the Inside Passage, highlighting more of the Alaskan islands along the route. Guests will be able to observe colonies of fur seals, while kittiwakes and guillemots circle the seemingly endless sky over the solitary waters on this itinerary. Guests may also catch a glimpse of the impressive bald eagle along the route. An optional excursion to Dutch Harbour is also offered, where passengers can visit the oldest Russian Orthodox church in North America. The Bremen will get close to the wonders of Alaska, in Amalik and Kukak Bays, where powerful brown bears hunt for food. An overwhelming world of ice awaits guests in front of the still active Hubbard Glacier, as well as magnificent landscape views and whale spotting when Bremen sails through the Inian Pass. This voyage concludes with two days through British Columbia’s Inside Passage.

Voyage Details: From June 19-July 7, 2013, from Nome, Alaska, to Vancouver BC, fares for this itinerary start at £5,710 per person.

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. 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. The captains guiding the vessels have together already travelled to the Arctic and Antarctica more than 200 times.

For further details on any Hapag-Lloyd Cruises departure 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 Launches Redesigned Web Site

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Redesigned English-Language Web Site:

  • New navigation tools make searching simple
  • Enhanced images with an emotive approach throughout the site
  • Special section for travel agents

The Hapag-Lloyd Cruises English-language web site at www.hl-cruises.com has just undergone a comprehensive facelift. The home page now reveals new user friendly tools, as well as a redesigned appearance. The new lay-out of the home page  presents clear information for current cruise guests and potential cruisers as well as journalists and travel agents.

Along with the web site relaunch, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises will be introducing its new family brand “Hapag-Lloyd Cruises – Great moments. Truly exclusive.” on line. Large-scale images of of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ worldwide destinations now dominate the appearance of the home page, enabling users to develop a feel for the various cruise themes and voyages offered.

A new horizontal navigation bar divides the available information among six main menu items: “Ships”, “Cruises” and “Expeditions” reveal the entire cruise spectrum to the user. and other new menu items allow visitors quick access to specific information and consultation.

As in the past, travel agencies continue to be efficiently supported with information in a separate “Sales Agents“ section, which also appears in the new design.

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.

Source: Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, Hamburg, February 2012

MS Bremen in Antarctica – Save £2,310 per couple, Complimentary Upgrades and No Single Supplement – 30 November to 15 December 2012

Take advantage of this Limited Offer on a 15-night cruise in  MS Bremen in Antarctica, Ushuaia to Ushuaia (BRE1224) visitingSouth Georgia, South Orkney Islands, South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula – 30 November – 15 December 2012. Offer strictly subject to availability.

Special: Fares start from £5,380 (normal fare £6,535) per person in Category 1 in double occupancy, cruise only but including return charter flight Buenos Aires-Ushuaia-Buenos Aires and a complimentary upgrade to Category 3.

Also: No single supplement in Categories  2 to 5.

Early Booking Reduction: Book by May 2, 2012, and receive a full 5 % reduction.

Highlights Include:
§ Zodiac cruises and landings to experience the untouched
wilderness of Antarctica
§ South Georgia: Land of Penguins and Whaling Station in
Stromness Bay
§ South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula: Elephant Seals and
Fur Seals of Elephant Island

For more information on Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Antarctica and other itineraries please visit www.hl-cruises.com. For bookings, enquiries or brochures 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 Gets Top Ratings Yet Again in the Berlitz Guide to Cruising 2012: MS Europa Retains Her Lead

The ratings for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises have been improved upon in the Berlitz Guide to Cruising 2012:  and MS Europa has retained her lead position

•     MS Europa remains the only ship with 5-star-plus award
•     MS Bremen has received 4-stars-plus for the first time

MS Europa, the flagship of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, is the only cruise ship in the world to be awarded the highest rating 5-stars plus rating in the new 2012 edition of the renowned Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. The expedition ship Bremen received an even better rating than in previous years and was awarded 4-stars-plus for the first time.

With 1852 out of a maximum of 2000 points, the Europa received the highest rating of all 285 ships tested. The Hanseatic scored 1746 points, making her the only expedition ship to be awarded five stars. The second Hapag-Lloyd Cruises expedition ship, the MS Bremen, was upgraded and received the award 4-stars-plus for the first time with 1553 points.

Author Douglas Ward and his team tested a total of 285 cruise ships from all over the world, assessing criteria such as ship furnishings, quality and diversity in the restaurants, service and crew, entertainment and cruise experience. In this year’s edition of the Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships, they are once again awarding the rating 5- stars-plus to only one ship: MS Europa. Douglas Ward states the outstanding culinary creations of starred chef Dieter Mueller as being the reason for this decision and adds: “Europa has stood the test of time, and looks almost new. “

Sebastian Ahrens, managing director of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, comments, “The very good ratings of our ships confirm that the consistent investments in and further developments of our range of products and services are worthwhile. Certainly, it is primarily the recent and comprehensive shipyard works on the Bremen that have contributed to our expedition ship being awarded an additional ’plus’.“

Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships by Douglas Ward, 720 pages, paperback, is also available as an application for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

For more information on Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ exciting destinations and itineraries visit the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises web site. 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.

MS Bremen Antarctic Special Offer for 30 November 2012 from £4,890

MS BREMEN –
Your Personal Expedition

Expedition Antarctica – Rich Life in a World of Ice

From Ushuaia to Ushuaia (BRE1224) via South Georgia, South Orkney Islands, South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

30 November – 15 December 2012, 15 days

From £4,890 per person in a guaranteed two-berth outside cabin Category 0, double occupancy, including return charter flight Ushuaia – Buenos Aires

Highlights:

§ All Zodiac cruises and landings to experience the
untouched wilderness of Antarctica
§ South Georgia: The Land of Penguins and Whaling Station
in Stromness Bay
§ South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula: Elephant
Seals and Fur Seals of Elephant Island

Early Booking Reduction: Book by May 2, 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.

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