Expedition cruising requires high levels of experience and expertise, and in these areas Hapag-Lloyd is in pole position – just as you would hope from a ship specialising in Arctic and Antarctic cruises. Combine that with a great service and excellent accommodation, and you have a winning combination.
Let's not beat around the bush, Hapag Lloyd is a German company, and - yes - the first language on board is German. Having said that, the expedition cruises on Hanseatic which are designated bilingual are totally committed to ensuring that whether your first language is German or English, you have a fantastic experience.
This intimate 175 passenger ship has been operating expeditions around the globe for over twenty years, with a supremely well qualified marine operation, great standards of seamanship, and an expedition team which has pioneered travel way off the beaten track.
You can expect an outstanding programme of lectures and presentations, and the expert naturalists and expedition leaders travel with you in the zodiacs to ensure you make the most of every moment, as you make wet landings by zodiac on remote beaches, or hike ashore to witness amazing wildlife and outstanding natural beauty.
Obviously operating vessels to remote areas of the world is an expensive proposition: with expert guides and expedition leaders on board, high fuel and insurance costs, logistical challenges in terms of provisioning the ships, longer itineraries, and of course the usual expenses of maintaining a top quality operation with excellent levels of comfort, great service and appetising food, an expedition on Hanseatic therefore commands a handsome price - we think however that you will find it also represents excellent value for money. And for a once in a lifetime trip, you certainly can't afford to make a mistake.