Hamburg-based Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is committed to delivering an exciting experience, above passengers’ expectations, exploring magical, untouched regions, aboard small ships on spectacular routes. 125 years after the invention of the cruise, the company continues its tradition of innovation in the cruise industry.
A small ship for great moments
The moment is what counts: the mighty whale languidly lifting its fluke from the water. The dry crack of the pack ice as your expedition ship slowly forges its way through the polar waters. These are the moments for which the HANSEATIC inspiration was built. A small, manoeuvrable expedition ship that will take you close to moments that you will remember forever. That will take your breath away, expand your horizons and capture the beauty of nature. Where other cruises must end, ours is just beginning: the shallow draught and great manoeuvrability allow our new ship to follow special routes in hard-to-reach regions.
Inspired by nature. Driven by innovation
Reinforcing the success story of the cruise line’s existing ship HANSEATIC and retaining the well-known brand name, HANSEATIC inspiration will launch in October 2019, looking to achieve 5-star standards. With a capacity of just 230 guests – 199 on Antarctica cruises – the ship will be fitted with cutting-edge equipment and environmental technology.
HANSEATIC inspiration – The NEW expedition class
Suited to both polar and tropical waters
Only outside cabins and suites, majority with private balcony/French balcony
Two extendible glass-floored balconies on the Sun Deck
17 on-board Zodiacs
With PC6 the ship has the highest ice class for passenger ships
Deck track at the bow of the ship
Meet the HANSEATIC inspiration...
Expeditions with Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
Experience an unforgettable adventure at the end of the world – the Antarctic invites you to be astounded. Mighty glaciers, majestic icebergs and thrilling sightings of animals from close proximity await you in this extraordinary natural habitat. With its bizarre formations of white snow and glowing blue ice, the Antarctic is a region with an unfathomable yet alluring magic.
Bizarre ice formations, shimmering blue light and deep fjords – the beauty of the Arctic is breathtaking. As a habitat, the Arctic is simultaneously fascinating and extreme – and home to countless Arctic foxes, whales, seals, polar bears and musk oxen. The incredible diversity of Arctic species will astound you – on land and in the water. Our small, robust Zodiacs and our well-versed lecturers are on hand to bring you right up close to this thrilling region with many unforgettable exploratory excursions.
A legendary river: the Amazon is not just the world’s longest river; it also brings life to the green heart of South America. Only a small, manoeuvrable expedition ship like the HANSEATIC inspiration and its Zodiacs can travel this deep and this far into such fantastic explorer territory. Enjoy an expedition full of natural wonders and exceptional cultural experiences.
The Great Lakes
Like an eighth world ocean in the forests of North America, the hard-to-access Great Lakes are a natural paradise that the HANSEATIC inspiration will visit in style. Your expedition will begin with nautical masterpieces that most ships cannot navigate. The HANSEATIC inspiration, an expedition ship built for precisely this purpose, negotiates the eight locks of the Welland Canal with ease on the journey from Toronto via Lake Ontario to Chicago or vice versa.