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MS HANSEATIC - from North Cape to Longyearbyen
Cruise HAN1313
21.04.2018 - 21.04.2018 (0 days)
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Spitzbergen Adventure: In every way spectacular

from North Cape to Longyearbyen

Cruise HAN1313

21.04.2018 - 21.04.2018

0 days (0 days cruise only)

    You can look forward to exciting experiences when the HANSEATIC takes plenty of time to circumnavigate Spitzbergen. Time for the viewing of deep fjords, mighty glaciers and rugged coasts where polar bears, walruses and arctic foxes live. In the light of the midnight sun you will admire spectacular natural scenery in a world of wonder, and experience a fascinating variety of animal life.


    Expedition
    Young Explorers
    Please note that your choosen cruise is conducted in German only. All printed matters are available in German. Nevertheless our crew is fluent in English.

    The highlights of this cruise

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    Your ship - MS HANSEATIC

    Magical moments for explorers

    The world's only five-star expedition ship (Berlitz Cruise Guide 2018) combines adventure with excellent comfort. This provides the perfect setting for your extraordinary expedition routes with special facilities and many special on-board details - from the ship's furnishings to the first-class service provided by the crew. With no more than 175 guests on board the HANSEATIC, you can enjoy a sense of well-being with an almost familial character that you will not find any-where else.

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    Your cabins & suites on MS HANSEATIC

    Outside cabin (category 2) with portholes
    • Comfortable: 22 m² (237 sq ft) cabins
    • Ocean view: portholes on the Amundsen Deck
    • Private e-mail account (free of charge), flat screen with Internet access (for a fee), choice of films, Wi-Fi access and DVD player
    • Mini bar: free soft drinks
    • 24-hour cabin service
    Outside cabin (category 3-6) with panoramic window
    • Comfortable: 22 m² cabins
    • Ocean view: panoramic window on the Explorer Deck
    • Private e-mail account (free of charge), flat screen with Internet access (for a fee), choice of films,Wi-Fi access and DVD player
    • Mini bar: free soft drinks
    • 24-hour room service (up to category 6: 24-hour butler service)
    Suite (category 7) with panoramic window
    • Comfortable: 44 m² suite
    • Ocean view: panoramic window on the Bridge Deck
    • Private e-mail account (free of charge), flat screen with Internet access (for a fee), choice of films, Wi-Fi access and DVD player
    • Mini bar: free soft drinks
    • Exclusive: 24-hour butler service

    At anchor

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    Optional bookable
    Saturday, 21.04.2018

    Charter flight Düsseldorf – Tromsø
    Tromsø/Norway, departure 18.00 hrs

    Saturday, 21.04.2018

    Cruising off the North Cape
    Skarsvag/Norway

    Fascinating prelude to Norway
    Just the start of your expedition is breathtaking, as you cruise off the tip of Norway in the magical light of early morning. The mighty North Cape plateau rises over 300 metres out of the deep blue sea, with the famous globe monument, which you can reach from Skarsvag by means of a Transfer to the North Cape*. Or you may choose instead to collect Impressions of the island of Mageroy* and discover unspoilt fisher villages in a mythical landscape.

    Saturday, 21.04.2018

    Passing Bear Island

    Bear Island owes its name to the polar bears which were to be seen here when it was first discovered in 1556 . Today the steep coastline is the home of puffins and fulmars. You can look forward to intensive observation of the animal world before you continue in a northerly direction to meet your Spitzbergen adventure.

    Saturday, 21.04.2018

    Spitzbergen adventure: highlights and circumnavigation, depending on conditions (i.a. Ny-Ålesund , Magdalenefjord , Mushamna , Liefdefjord , Palanderbukta , cruising through the Hinlopen Strait and Freeman Sound, Horn Sound )

    An overwhelming territory for explorers: Spitzbergen 
    Over 400 years since Willem Barents discovered the island with its steeply rising mountain ranges, the HANSEATIC takes you on a unique expedition off the coast of this craggy and frozen archipelago. Unlike Barents you will be travelling on a ship with equipment that puts it in the highest ice class for passenger ships – small, easily manoeuverable and with a shallow draught. This is the only way in which the circumnavigation of Spitzbergen can be attempted in these nautically challenging waters, depending on the current state of the ice. Nature will determine the precise schedule of your trip, but the experienced crew will react flexibly and spontaneously so as to join you in these intensive days of exploring virgin landscapes, and give you as many exciting experiences as possible – off Ny-Ålesund, for example, one of the most northerly settlements in the world, where Amundsen and Nobile took off in their airship, to become the first men to reach the North Pole. In Møllerhafen you can raise your glass in the Lloyd Hotel, the northernmost bar in the world, and toast the Magdalenefjord in anticipation, a fjord formed by glaciers descending to the sea. Against this overwhelming backdrop you can sense the power and sensitivity of rugged nature, whose unforgettable impressions will also leave their mark on your picture of Raudfjord. The majestic silence at the glacier’s mouth, which extends for 3 kilometres, is broken only by the crackling of the driving ice floes and the cry of the dovekies. In Mushamna, if the trappers who live there give their permission for a visit, you can hear exciting stories about a life at the end of the world. The calving of the mighty Monaco Glacier may sound in your ears when you cruise close to its abrupt edge through the driving ice floes of Liefdefjord  – an unforgettable experience. You have a good chance of spotting polar bears, either here or as the journey continues. The tiny island of Moffen is inhabited by giant herds of walruses. From the deck of the HANSEATIC you will have the best possible view of these majestic animals. 

    Discovering new land on Spitzbergen’s north coast
    The passage of the Hinlopen Strait offers ideal conditions for the HANSEATIC, which is capable of forging a path for itself through the pack ice. Here you can look forward to spectacular views. With a bit of luck, the icy landscape will offer you glimpses of arctic foxes or roving polar bears. Brünnich’s guillemots, black guillemots and three-toed gulls inhabit the cliffs of Alkefjellet in their thousands – an unforgettable natural spectacle. Nordaustlandet, the second biggest island in the Spitzbergen archipelago, is only rarely visited. You will land with the Zodiacs in Palanderbukta and set foot on new land. On a hike through the barren tundra you may catch sight of reindeers and arctic foxes. After cruising through the Freeman Sound, where you will see a walrus colony off Cape Lee, you reach the Horn Sound. On its shores the sheer edges of the glaciers tower almost vertically out of the sea. A spectacular sight, and the culmination of an experience given to few – that of having completed the circumnavigation of Spitzbergen.

    Saturday, 21.04.2018

    Longyearbyen/Spitzbergen/Norway, arrival 6.00 hrs
    Charter flight Longyearbyen - Düsseldorf

    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:

    PRE-CRUISE-PROGRAMME A: MARITIM AIRPORT HOTEL DUESSELDORF
    PRE-CRUISE-PROGRAMME A: MARITIM AIRPORT HOTEL DUESSELDORF
    POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: MARITIM AIRPORT HOTEL DUESSELDORF

    * These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore activities listed here are in the planning stage and are subject to changes. On this expedition to the Arctic, modification of the itinerary may be necessary. Depending on the weather and the state of the ice, the captain will decide on the best possible alternative.

    MS HANSEATIC - Your Personal Expedition

    The HANSEATIC

    The world's only five-star expedition ship (Berlitz Cruise Guide 2018) combines adventure with excellent comfort. This provides the perfect setting for your extraordinary expedition routes with special facilities and many special on-board details - from the ship's furnishings to the first-class service provided by the crew. With no more than 175 guests on board the HANSEATIC, you can enjoy a sense of well-being with an almost familial character that you will not find any-where else.

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    Cabins & suites

    Feel at home on the open sea: What could be better than travelling in the most remote regions of the world and yet still feeling right at home? The HANSEATIC’s state-of-the-art cabins and suites measuring 22 m²/237 ft² and 44 m²/474 ft², respectively, ensure that you have plenty of room to enjoy and recall your diverse discoveries and impressions in a relaxed frame of mind. The many details make your cruise especially enjoyable: tasteful furnishings, lighting designed to create a pleasing ambience and a mini bar that is replenished daily with refreshing non-alcoholic beverages free of charge. After all, when your days are thrilling, you need a place to relax.
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    Culinary art, bars & lounges

    Gourmets together: A place in the main restaurant, Marco Polo, is already reserved for your journey into delicious culinary worlds. Discover the creative gastronomic variety and discerning gourmet philosophy of our top chefs against the backdrop of the most beautiful expedition regions. Bistro Lemaire offers a variety of culinary treats - from the breakfast and lunch buffets through to the incomparable "Ethno Dinner", which reinterprets the exotic diversity of various cruise destinations.

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    Experiences & relaxation

    Your time: The HANSEATIC invites you to live out your exploratory urges and spend your time however you wish. Enjoy active relaxation in the fitness room with ocean view or in the whirlpool.

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    Prestigious experts on board

    Room for inspiring moments: Share your impressions with like-minded guests and experts in the Observation Lounge with a 180° panoramic view and piano music in the evenings, for example. Explorers will meet in the Explorer Lounge, where the experts will prepare for and follow up on the trips ashore. The Darwin Hall presentation room, where specialists share their knowledge, will also be a focal point. Laptops and microscopes are available for loan and will help you to enhance your experiences.

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