Expedition to the South Seas and Easter Island: A Voyage of Discovery in Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ 175-Guest MS Hanseatic

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Itineraries that go beyond classic cruise routes – follow in the footsteps of James Cook and Ferdinand Magellan

  • Calls include the Tuamotu and Pitcairn Islands, plus Easter Island
  • Cruise dates: November 25 to December 19, 2016

With a length of approximately 404 feet, a beam of 59 feet and a capacity for 175 passengers, MS Hanseatic is a small expedition ship, ideal for visiting more remote destinations and ports that are virtually unexplored by tourists. As part of the Expedition to the South Seas and Easter Island, guests on board the 5-star* Hanseatic will travel to destinations including the Tuamotu Islands in the heart of French Polynesia, go on Zodiac landings and discover the Moai statues on Easter Island.

Expedition to the South Seas and Easter Island is a 24-nightcruise that follows in the wake of famous seafarers such as James Cook. In the 18th century, Cook embarked on three South Sea voyages and discovered a number of different islands there. For many of the guests, this cruise will also be full of firsts – for example, when the Hanseatic heads for the Tuamotu Islands, the world’s largest archipelago. This group of islands was discovered in 1521 by Ferdinand Magellan.

A further call will be made at Pitcairn, the only inhabited island in the archipelago of that name. Weather permitting, guests will land at Bounty Bay with the 14 Zodiacs – inflatable boats well suited to expeditions – and meet personally the descendants of the Bounty mutineers.

The highlight of the expedition will be the penultimate stop at Easter Island. The park where the Moai, the island’s famous stone sculptures, are situated is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A team of experts from different fields such as regional studies, cultural history, biology and geology will accompany the guests throughout the cruise. In lectures both on board and during the shore excursions and Zodiac excursions, these specialists will provide fascinating facts and insights about the different Polynesian peoples and the European expeditions of the 16th and 18th centuries.

MS Hanseatic – Expedition to the South Seas and Easter Island, from Tahiti to Puerto Montt, November 25 – December 19, 2016, 24 days, from €8,990 per person (£6,750, $10,790), cruise only. More information online at: http://www.hl-cruises.com/find-your-cruise/HAN1622

For further details or bookings please call Gay Scruton at The Cruise Peiople Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

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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.

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’ UK Visit Emphasises Its Commitment To English-Speaking Cruises on board ms Europa 2 and ms Hanseatic

hapag-lloyd-logoHapag-Lloyd Cruises’ senior management visited the UK recently to reaffirm their commitment to an international strategy after celebrating Europa 2′s inaugural year. They are seeking an increase in international guest base

The Europa 2, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ latest addition to its fleet of luxury and expedition ships, was launched in May of 2013 and has just celebrated her first year in operation. In recognition of this, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises CEO Karl J Pojer and Europa 2‘s Director of Product Management, Julian Pfitzner, took the opportunity to host a press event in London.

For Karl Pojer, it was his inaugural visit to the UK as Hapag-Lloyd Cruises CEO. Pojer took on his new role as head of the Hamburg-based luxury cruise operator in May 2013. He comments: “The United Kingdom has proved a very important international market to us and we are very pleased to see a growing number of British guests.”

countdown-to-europa-2 IWith its two ultra-luxury cruise ships and two expedition ships, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is regarded as one of the leading operators in the luxury and expedition segment in the German-speaking countries. All cruises on board the Europa 2 are international, operated in both English and German. In its expedition segment, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises will offer a selection of international cruises on board its 5-star-rated expedition ship Hanseatic.

The expansion of marketing in international markets goes hand-in-hand with the focus on the areas of luxury and expedition. “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“, explained Pojer.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has been able to increase its international guest base by 42 % between 2013 and June 2014. For its latest marketing activities, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has selected the United Kingdom, United States, the Netherlands, Belgium, Australia and Scandinavia as priority target markets. “With Europa 2, we believe we have a perfect ship to offer an international flair and to address a sophisticated, cosmopolitan target group, planning in future to increase market share in our defined international markets”, says Julian Pfitzner, Director Product Management Europa 2.

Europa 2 at Southampton (Wikipedia)“It has been a good year for Europa 2 since her launch. In September she received the highest distinction of a 5-star-plus ranking from the Berlitz Cruise Guide 2014. This high rating reflects an overall 97% guest’s recommendation rate. Both are very positive distinctions for us,” explains Pfitzner. “Europa 2 is a modern and casual luxury ship, which does away with cruise traditions such as the captain’s dinner. With this new concept, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has attracted 50% new guests – of which many have never cruised before.” With up to 500 guests, Europa 2 provides the greatest space per passenger of any cruise ship in the world. The ship features exclusively suites with verandas and a minimum area of 375 sq ft. Seven restaurants and six bars are dedicated to serving culinary diversity and a large spa and fitness area accommodates the well-being trend on cruises.

Pfitzner concludes: “We are aware of the challenges of the international marketplace and existing industry competition. However, we believe our concept of combining 5-star-plus standards with sophisticated informality and flexible route planning is the key to the way forward and continued success. We understand and are committed to the new way to enjoy relaxed luxury.”

europa-2-tarragon-french-restaurantHapag-Lloyd revealed that its strategy to attract more international passengers was squarely focused on Britons, saying expectations were for the UK to make up 7½% of the line’s total bookings.

In order to attract passengers, Hapag-Lloyd will be offering cruises that call in the UK and cruises that depart from the UK in addition to a complimentary €200 beverage package for all international passengers booking their first cruise on two of the line’s ships – Europa 2 and Hanseatic. The €200 onboard credit offer will come into effect on bookings beginning Autumn 2014. A specific date has yet to be set.

Pfitzner added that the line was committed to bringing the ship to UK ports  and was even considering offering a round-Britain cruise on Europa 2. “We will see many more UK ports on our itineraries,” Pfitzner said. “And more cruises departing from the UK.”

CEO Pojer said the move had been decided based on feedback from UK passengers, who had repeatedly raised the subject of Hapag-Lloyd’s luxury vessels charging extra for drinks onboard, while gratuities and meals at all seven onboard eateries are included in the cruise fare.

Pojer said: “We listen to our international customers, and we know there are needs that are different from the German market … From the feedback we have heard that the subject of all-inclusive is always coming up.” Pojer said Hapag-Lloyd was hoping to source 15% of its passengers from outside Germany.

For more 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.

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