Sailing from Canada
Setting sail from Toronto
Toronto is the fourth largest city in North America, a dynamic and culturally rich metropolis that hugs the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario. The city's cosmopolitan residents, drawn from over 200 nations, have gifted the city a wealth of ethnic cuisines, and the foodie scene is a major attraction. A busy calendar of events includes the famous Toronto International Film Festival in September, and the city boasts some excellent museums and galleries. Toronto is also just two hours from Niagara Falls, and serves as a jumping off point for cruises around the Great Lakes.
Canada: Windsor (Ontario), Tobermory (Lake Huron)
Canada: Parry Sound
The little town of Parry Sound is situated within the Georgian Bay UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, sheltered behind 30,000 tiny islands that make up the world’s largest freshwater archipelago. It’s a laid back and tranquil place, surrounded by conifer forests and sandy beaches.
Canada: Little Current
United States: Sault Ste. Marie
Sault Ste. Marie is one of the oldest cities in the USA, and is separated from its Canadian sister city of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario by the St Marys river. The city is famous for its locks, which date back over 160 years and allow ships to travel between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes.
Canada: Thunder Bay
United States: Duluth
United States: Mackinac Island
The charming, car-free Mackinac Island is situated on the straits between Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, and played a key role in the Great Lakes fur trade. The island was the site of several battles between the British and Americans, and is home to some elegant Victorian-style architecture.
United States: Traverse City, Lake Michigan
Arriving in Chicago
Chicago, the 'Windy City', is a spectacular open-air museum of modern architecture, scattered with striking skyscrapers and sculptures by the likes of Frank Gehry, Anish Kapoor and Frank Lloyd Wright. The city is known for its fantastic food, vibrant nightlife and sports-mad locals, plus cultural attractions including the Field Museum and the Adler Planetarium. Chicago's soaring skyline is best appreciated by boat from Lake Michigan, and this is a great place to begin or end a cruise around the Great Lakes.
Your home from home
The new expedition ships from Hapag-Lloyd, Hanseatic Nature, Hanseatic Inspiration & Hanseatic Spirit, represent the perfect marriage of experience and innovation in adventure cruising.
What we love
The perfect combination of technical expertise and thoughtful design makes these ships stand out as very special additions to the expedition fleet. We are particularly excited that Hanseatic Inspiration will be a totally bilingual ship, showing Hapag-Lloyd's commitment to the English-speaking markets.
230 Guests (199 for Antarctic cruises)
Luxury expedition means a fresh and airy décor, great food, service and facilities, alongside technical expertise and 30 years of experience in operating the very best expedition cruises.