Hapag-Lloyd Expedition Cruises - HANSEATIC nature

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

Hapag-Lloyd, Germany’s leading shipping company, has a long history of taking discerning travellers to far flung corners of the world. Three new luxury expedition ships - Hanseatic Nature, Inspiration and Spirit - joined the fleet in 2019 and 2021 and continue a well earned reputation for excellence.

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 company specialising in Arctic and Antarctic cruises. Combine that with great service and excellent accommodation, and you have a winning combination.

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Hapag-Lloyd's Expedition Fleet

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Why Hapag-Lloyd Cruises?

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 Inspiration are designated bilingual, and the team on board are totally committed to ensuring that you have a fantastic experience, whether your first language is German or English.

Hanseatic Inspiration is one of three brand new expedition ships setting sail over the next couple of years, replacing the original and much-loved MS Hanseatic, which left the fleet in 2018. The new ships will combine slick design and technological innovation with a supremely well qualified marine operation, great standards of seamanship, and an expedition team which has pioneered travel way off the beaten track.

On a Hapag-Lloyd expedition 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.

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 with Hapag-Lloyd 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.


Hapag-Lloyd are committed to environmentally responsible cruising and have implemented numerous initiatives across their fleet, including banning the use of heavy fuels and switching to marine gas oil. Optimised hull design on their newer vessels helps to reduce fuel consumption by 18% and shore-to-ship power can be used when docked to help further reduce fuel consumption. Catalysts reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by almost 95%, advanced water management means zero sewage is disposed at sea, and ballast water is treated to stop flora and fauna being introduced to foreign ecosystems. This is in addition to the use of electric Zodiacs where possible, extensive recycling of onboard waste, and smart management of energy usage (e.g. LED lighting).

To protect wildlife whilst cruising Hapag-Lloyd work with the International fund for Animal Welfare, specifically to help protect endangered Bryde's whales, and they support The South Georgia Heritage Trust, whose efforts help to preserve the native flora and fauna on South Georgia and in the surrounding waters.

Hapag-Lloyd are also members of AECO (the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators), who support responsible, environmentally friendly and safe tourism in the Arctic, and were co-founders of IAATO (the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators) who advocate for and promote safe and environmentally responsible private sector travel to the Antarctic.


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