Hapag-Lloyd has revealed that one of its two newbuilding expedition cruise ships – ‘Hanseatic Nature’ – will be operated for the German speaking market when delivered in April, 2019.
The other vessel- ‘Hanseatic Inspiration’ – will operate for both international and German speaking travellers when she enters service in October, 2019.
On board, the highlight of the vessels will be the Ocean Academy, where guests will be able to use interactive technology to discover comprehensive background information on the regions they are visiting, the company said.
A speciality restaurant will be located on board offering culinary diversity in the form of fashionable Peruvian and Japanese cooking.
Between cruises to the Arctic during the European summer and expeditions to the Antarctic in the European winter, the ‘Hanseatic Inspiration’ will also offer visits to the Amazon, Chile’s fjords, the Azores and Cape Verde.
After many years, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is to return to the Great Lakes in North America with the ‘Hanseatic Inspiration’.
The cruises will range from short four-day cruises to the Frisian Islands to 23-day expeditions to the Antarctic. Her maiden voyage will take place in Europe when she begins a 15-day cruise from Antwerp to Tenerife in October, 2019.
They will each accommodate up to 230 guests, or 199 guests on Antarctic cruises. ‘Hanseatic Inspiration’ features numerous structural elements that enhance the expedition experience, Hapag-Lloyd said.
For example, retractable glass balconies on the sun deck will give guests the feeling of hovering directly above the water and guests will be able to stand on the circuit on the bow of the ship.
On the vessels, guests will have access to information about the nature and environment of global expedition destinations not only on land but also in on board centres. The HanseAtrium, a separable multi-functional lounge, fitted with high technology, will host daily presentations by experts. In the evening, it can be transformed into a bar.
In the Ocean Academy, guests will be able to conduct individual studies and research to deepen their knowledge of what will be encountered on shore excursions and Zodiac rides.
Ocean Academy will be fitted with a large interactive media wall with further information available about various expedition topics, as well as an interactive poster to provide clear visual explanations of selected scientific contexts. Guests will also be able to use reading chairs with swivel touch screens to further explore the content of the media wall.
The speciality restaurant will be fitted with 44 seats and will offer Japanese creations and Peru’s modern, fashionable cooking. The expedition ship has two further restaurants: a main restaurant with 178 seats and a bistro restaurant with 184 seats (indoor and outdoor), a barbecue and a show kitchen. Flexible mealtimes and free choice of seating in the restaurants will help ensure that guests can fit their meals around their expedition experiences.
Spanning 235 sq m and featuring a Finnish sauna, steam sauna, relaxation area, hairdresser, beauty treatments and massages, the OCEAN SPA will help guests to relax in even the most extreme regions, the company claimed. Guests who love sport can make use of a 100 sq m fitness area with sport hosts and a separate course room – both with a view of the natural panorama. The sports facilities are rounded off by a large pool area with counter-current system that can be enjoyed in all weathers thanks to a flexible canopy.
The 120 cabins and suites will range from the Panoramic Cabin at 21 sq m to the Grand Suite at 71 sq m. There are exclusively outside cabins, almost all of which have their own balcony or French balcony.