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MS BREMEN - from Tromsø to Nome
Cruise BRE1817
11.08.2018 - 07.09.2018 (27 days)
11.08.2018 - 07.09.2018

from Tromsø to Nome

Cruise BRE1817

11.08.2018 - 07.09.2018

27 days (27 days cruise only)

    The sea passage through the Russian Arctic from Europe to Asia was navigated for the first time 140 years ago; it was an exclusion zone until just 30 years ago and remains a pioneering endeavour to this day. Following in the wake of famous Explorers, the BREMEN will face the challenges of a spectacular expedition. An experience distinguished by dramatically bizarre landscapes and encounters with polar bears, seals and whales. Your pioneering spirit will be ignited when the local conditions make spontaneous course changes necessary and when the Zodiacs press on to untouched coastlines. The Northeast Passage has many entries in the history books and is still an adventure in the present day. Become part of this adventure – for the second time on the BREMEN in 2018.

    International cruise
    This is a bilingual cruise with English shore excursions. [Read more]

    The highlights of this cruise


    Your ship - MS BREMEN

    Your personal expedition

    Having been awarded four stars by the Berlitz Cruise Guide 2018, the BREMEN is the perfect setting for a truly personal expedition with no more than 155 guests. The wonderful experiences of nature that you will enjoy on your cruise are also reflected in the ship’s ambience. A concept in which our architects and designers break new ground to create a special sense of well-being. With carpets, patterns and materials which reflect the animal and plant kingdoms in their appearance and an awe-inspiring chandelier shaped like a school of fish, enjoy an extraordinarily authentic ship with true character.

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    Your cabins & suites on MS BREMEN

    Outside cabin (category 1) with portholes
    • Comfortable: 18 m² cabins
    • Ocean view included: maritime portholes on Deck 3
    • Wi-Fi access, flat screen and DVD player
    • Mini bar: free soft drinks
    • Room service from 7.00 to 22.00 hrs
    Outside cabin (category 2-5) with panoramic window
    • Comfortable: 18 m² cabins
    • Ocean view included: panoramic window on Deck 4-5
    • Wi-Fi access, flat screen and DVD player
    • Mini bar: free soft drinks
    • Room service from 7.00 to 22.00 hrs
    • There are two cabins with fully accessible layout and equipment (cabin 409 and 411)
    Outside cabin (category 6) with veranda
    • Comfortable: 18 m² cabins with balcony on Deck 6
    • Wi-Fi access, flat screen and DVD player
    • Mini bar: free soft drinks
    • Room service from 7.00 to 22.00 hrs
    • cabins 615 – 618 have two twin beds that cannot be joined together
    Suite (category 7) with veranda
    • Comfortable: 24 m² suite with veranda on Deck 7
    • Wi-Fi access, flat screen and DVD player
    • Mini bar: free soft drinks
    • Room service from 7.00 to 22.00 hrs

    At anchor

    Show arrival travel package
    Optional bookable
    Friday, 10.08.2018

    Scheduled flight from Germany to Tromsoe
    Overnight stay with breakfast (mid-range hotel)

    Saturday, 11.08.2018

    City tour

    Saturday, 11.08.2018

    Tromsoe/Norway, departure 18.00 hrs

    Sunday, 12.08.2018

    Cruising off North Cape

    An unreachable objective for most cruise ships: the Northeast Passage. Look forward to adventure on this sea route – the exciting cruise through the ice, animal sightings in the pristine wilderness and following in the footsteps of the polar pioneers. Even Tromsoe, the “gateway to the Arctic Ocean”, is steeped in the pioneering spirit of the many historic expeditions that set out from here. People once believed that North Cape marked the end of the world. Today it marks the beginning of your great adventure. First of all, the BREMEN will pass the famous cliffs before heading on to Murmansk, the largest city north of the Arctic Circle and a military exclusion zone until 1991. Whether you plan to explore Murmansk* ashore or uncover the history of the Russian Northern Fleet*, it is likely that you will barely be able to wait for the BREMEN to depart. For it will lie stretching off into the distance before you: the Northeast Passage.

    Monday, 13.08.2018

    Beginning of the adventure
    Northeast Passage – from Murmansk to the Bering Strait

    For centuries, the Northeast Passage has fired the imagination of pioneering spirits – from the early explorations by the naval powers England and Holland in the 16th century to the first successful passage by the Swede Adolf Erik Nordenskjöld between 1878 and 1879. Your days at sea on board the BREMEN will be in the shadow of the golden age of Arctic explorers thanks to the exciting expert presentations and because the route intersects their moving life lines. The endeavours of Willem Barents will be brought to life as you cruise through the Barents Sea.

    Tuesday, 14.08.2018 to
    Wednesday, 15.08.2018

    Cruise through the Barents Sea/Arctic Ocean

    Thursday, 16.08.2018 to
    Sunday, 19.08.2018

    Novaya Zemlya , Franz Josef Land

    As he circumnavigated Novaya Zemlya in 1596 on his search for the Northeast Passage, his ship became trapped in the pack ice and the crew was forced to spend the winter there. Following in his wake, the BREMEN will dare to call at the deep bays of this raw, primeval island. In geological terms, it is almost identical to the Urals, as it is a northern continuation of this ancient mountain range which was formed when Europe and Siberia collided. Subject to weather conditions, you can take the Zodiacs and explore on land whilst thousands of seabirds brood on the steep cliffs. The captain and crew can react flexibly, allowing you to observe intense natural spectacles. They are always seeking out the most incredible experiences – and all with consideration for the ice and weather. Thanks to this, you will feel even closer to the pioneers of the Austro-Hungarian Polar Expedition. Whilst exploring the Arctic Ocean in 1873, they happened upon new land which they named after their emperor: Franz Josef Land. Their first sight was today’s Cape Tegetthoff on Hall Island, whose rocky peaks may also have pointed them towards adventure. The explorers first set foot on Wilczek Island, which is now home to the grave of their engineer Otto Krisch. Follow their footsteps and continue your explorations in a truly personal way.

    Monday, 20.08.2018 to
    Tuesday, 21.08.2018

    Cruise through the Kara Sea

    Wednesday, 22.08.2018 to
    Thursday, 23.08.2018

    Severnaya Zemlya

    Confront the mystery of the geodes, perfect stone spheres up to 3 m (9 ft) in diameter, on Champ Island. Hooker Island also promises intense expedition experiences. Enjoy an unforgettable visit to an abandoned Russian Arctic station from the 1930s or view the bird-inhabited cliff known as Rubini Rock up-close. Besides the imposing cliffs and basalt columns, the island is also home to the largest seabird colony in the archipelago. Enjoy other spontaneously arranged highlights in this region, which are made possible by the flexibility of the BREMEN and its Zodiacs. Only a few people have seen these coasts – the same goes for the almost semi-glacial islands of Severnaya Zemlya. Polar bears, Arctic foxes, Arctic hares, walruses and seals inhabit these islands. Surrounded by majestic glaciers, as your eyes scan the ice, a question arises: what challenges will the BREMEN face next and will it overcome them?

    Friday, 24.08.2018 to
    Thursday, 30.08.2018

    Siberia (including Cape Chelyuskin, New Siberian Islands, Medvezhy Islands), cruising through the Laptev Sea and the East Siberian Sea/Arctic Ocean

    Along the Siberian coast, the BREMEN can take full advantage of its status as a small expedition ship with the highest ice class. Only in this way can it manage to pass through the eye of the needle in the Northeast Passage: Cape Chelyuskin, located between Bolshevik Island and the mainland, is known for frequently being blocked by ice. From here the course will be determined by the weather and ice, although there is great scope for exploration in the Zodiacs and sightings of a number of rare seabirds. The same goes for the New Siberian Islands: they are the habitat for reindeer, wolves, snow grouse and lemmings. In 1893, the researcher Fridtjof Nansen allowed his ship to freeze in order to reach the geographic North Pole by using the natural ice drifts of the Arctic Ocean. These little-researched islands give exciting insights into the “adolescence” of polar exploration.

    The Medvezhy Islands in the East Siberian Sea are famous as a polar bear nursery. They are an icy habitat where the kings of the Arctic bring their cubs into the world. But an even more impressive conservation area for polar bears lies before you, as well as the secrets of a legendary island.

    Friday, 31.08.2018 to
    Monday, 03.09.2018

    Chukchi Sea (including Wrangel Island, Kolyuchin Island)

    The excitement on board rises again: will the ship manage to traverse the often thick belt of drifting ice around Wrangel Island? Here you can uncover the most spectacular aspects of nature on a grand scale. On rides and landings with the Zodiacs, you can really experience this raw natural beauty. Numerous bird species nest on the coasts and walks on the tundra will give you the chance to take in the fantastic mountain massifs and spot musk oxen and reindeer in the vast, silent landscape. Kolyuchin Island on the edge of the Chukchi Peninsula also offers overwhelming animal observations. The Zodiacs can take you to large bird-inhabited cliffs with thousands of thick-billed murres, black guillemots, kittiwakes, horned puffins and glaucous gulls. With a little luck you will see lots of walruses gathering on the protruding cliffs.

    Tuesday, 04.09.2018 to
    Thursday, 06.09.2018

    Chukchi Peninsula/Bering Strait (including Cape Dezhnev , Lorino , Provideniya)

    The Chukchi Peninsula is a natural paradise for whales, seabirds and seals – whereas on Cape Dezhnev, the most north-easterly point of the Eurasian landmass, Russian history speaks for itself. A walk will lead you to a monument to the pioneer Semyon Dezhnev, the first to traverse the cape in 1648. In Lorino, you can gain fascinating insights into the everyday life and nomadic traditions of the Chukchi people who survive by hunting and breeding reindeer. Fascinating encounters also await you on seldom-visited Provideniya, located in the extreme east of Russia, when you go ashore with the experts and visit the small museum. It will be time to celebrate when the BREMEN sets sail for Alaska: you have successfully traversed the Northeast Passage. On crossing the International Date Line, you can turn back the clock to rave about your many unforgettable expedition moments.

    Thursday, 06.09.2018

    Crossing the International Date Line (day counts twice),
    Nome/Alaska/USA, arrival 16.00 hrs
    Overnight stay on board

    Friday, 07.09.2018

    Charter flight to Vancouver

    Show departure travel package
    Optional bookable
    Friday, 07.09.2018

    Overnight stay with breakfast

    Saturday, 08.09.2018

    Scheduled flight from Vancouver to Germany

    Sunday, 09.09.2018

    Arrival in Germany

    Pre-cruise and post-cruise programmes for your trip

    The following programmes can be booked.

    Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German.
    For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.

    Following programmes we offer in German:

    Guided Pre and Post-Programs

    Our proven pre and post programs cover a wide range of excursions and experiences and are accompanied by experienced Hapag-Lloyd Cruises tour guides. For all travelers who like to share experiences in a group of like-minded people.

    26.09. - 26.09.2018
    Nome (Wednesday, 26.09.2018)

    Transfer zum Sonderflug nach Vancouver und dort in ein First-Class- Hotel. Drei Übernachtungen mit Frühstück.

    Vancouver (Wednesday, 26.09.2018)

    Bei einer Rundfahrt mit Mittagessen entdecken Sie die wichtigsten Sehenswürdigkeiten der abwechslungsreichen und multikulturellen Pazifik-Metropole, die aufgrund ihrer unvergleichlichen Lage auf einer Halbinsel als eine der schönsten Städte der Welt gilt. Freuen Sie sich auf das Altstadtviertel Gastown, und tauchen Sie ein in die exotische und betriebsame Atmosphäre von Chinatown. Außerdem besuchen Sie Granville Island, bekannt für seine Markthallen und seine wachsende Künstlerszene, und den größten Stadtpark Kanadas, den Stanley Park.

    Vancouver (Wednesday, 26.09.2018)

    Gestalten Sie den heutigen Tag ganz nach Ihrem Geschmack. Unternehmungslustige haben die Möglichkeit, weitere Facetten Vancouvers und der reizvollen Umgebung bei optionalen Touren (gegen Gebühr) kennenzulernen – zum Beispiel bei einer Fahrradtour rund um den Stanley Park oder aus der Vogelperspektive bei einem Rundflug mit einem Wasserflugzeug. Oder wie wäre es mit einem Ausflug nach Vancouver Island mit seiner charmanten Hauptstadt Victoria?

    Vancouver (Wednesday, 26.09.2018)

    Transfer zum Linienflug nach Deutschland.

    Ankunft in Deutschland (Wednesday, 26.09.2018)

    Your individual Travel arrangements

    Our travel concierge will be pleased to tailor exclusive travel arrangements to your wishes. From trendy design hotels to luxury beach resorts to insider tips for the most exciting metropolises - exclusive recommendations can be found here and at Your travel concierge is available to you before traveling and on board.

    * The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to change. Important note on this expedition:
    this expedition through the Northeast Passage is one of the most difficult cruises to plan, organise and sail in our range of expeditions. This cruise adventure was carefully planned based on average ice and weather data and closely coordinated with the local Russian authorities. All our experience and careful preparation notwithstanding, the actual itinerary therefore depends on the local conditions. Besides ice and weather, these include decisions taken by the Russian authorities, who reserve the right to issue the necessary authorisations only shortly prior to departure and, if necessary, to withhold them entirely. We will, of course, do everything in our power to ensure that this cruise can take place as advertised, but wish to take this early opportunity to inform you of these unusual circumstances and to raise your awareness as to the expeditionary nature of this cruise. Should the authorities, weather or ice have a significant impact on the route, we plan to sail through the Northwest Passage instead. If this should happen, we will inform you as quickly as possible. We wish you an unforgettable time on a truly legendary expedition on board the BREMEN!

    MS BREMEN - Your Personal Expedition

    The BREMEN

    Having been awarded four stars by the Berlitz Cruise Guide 2018, the BREMEN is the perfect setting for a truly personal expedition with no more than 155 guests. The wonderful experiences of nature that you will enjoy on your cruise are also reflected in the ship’s ambience. A concept in which our architects and designers break new ground to create a special sense of well-being. With carpets, patterns and materials which reflect the animal and plant kingdoms in their appearance and an awe-inspiring chandelier shaped like a school of fish, enjoy an extraordinarily authentic ship with true character.

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    Cabins & Suites

    Freedom with an ocean view: Every one of the 80 outside cabins and 2 suites on the BREMEN gives you lots of space to relax in complete comfort. The personal touch is highlighted by the little things, such as the bathrobe, the mini bar (which is refilled with soft drinks for free every day) and the live images from the forward-view camera. You can also adjust the temperature of your room to suit you. And naturally, you can always enjoy an ocean view through wide panoramic windows, through the maritime portholes or from your private balcony.
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    Culinary art, bars & lounges

    A cruise of culinary discovery: Against the backdrop of the most beautiful expedition regions, you can enjoy excellent cuisine – such as the fantastical creations and modern interpretations of our chef de cuisine here in the restaurant. On the Lido Deck, a barbecue al fresco is just as inspiring as a drink in the Panorama Lounge with its incredible views. The BREMEN Club is always a popular meeting place for breakfast, the lunch buffet or evening cocktails at the bar. Whatever place you choose, it will be just to your taste.

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    Experiences & relaxation

    Enjoy your time: Relax in the sauna, in the pool or on the sun deck. Feeling good has never been so interesting.

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    Prestigious experts on board

    Personal touch: On the BREMEN, there are many ways to add a personal touch to your expedition moments. Marvel at spectacular views of the most beautiful natural spectacles and animal worlds and absorb new information during the numerous talks held by experts. They can also compound your experiences before and after shore excursions with their precaps and recaps. Alternatively, how about a literary expedition through the well-stocked on-board library of specialist literature and fiction books?

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