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MS HANSEATIC - from Hamburg to Reykjavik
Cruise HAN1512
22.05.2018 - 22.05.2018 (16 days)
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Expedition to Ireland and the Faroe Islands - In the “Wild West”

from Hamburg to Reykjavik

Cruise HAN1512

22.05.2018 - 22.05.2018

16 days (0 days cruise only)

    Lush and green, harsh and jagged: discover different island perspectives in the northern Atlantic. Experience coasts, mountains, lakes, a rich bird world and the remnants of great cultures – whether as part of diverse excursions or during individual activities. An expedition premiere with the rarely visited western coast of Ireland and the Hebrides, where the Zodiac rides into the wild will inspire you to discover something new every day.


    Expedition Knowledge
    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.

    Price specials - Attractive combination discount of € 300

    Enjoy savings when you extend this cruise to include HAN1513.

    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

    Tuesday, 22.05.2018

    Individual travel arrangements to Hamburg, departure 17.00 hrs

    Tuesday, 22.05.2018

    England (Portsmouth, Scilly Isles )

    The magic of ancient times
    You will almost feel like you can hear the thunder of past naval battles when you look over the gun decks of the Victory, Lord Nelson’s flagship, in Portsmouth. London’s famous square was named in honour of his victory at Trafalgar. Alternate between modern flair and history when you marvel at London’s panorama and St Paul’s Cathedral*. A scenic journey to Salisbury and a visit to the mythical, enigmatic Stonehenge* will lead you further into the past. The Scilly Isles, the resting place of King Arthur, are just as legendary – the Abbey Gardens on Tresco are actually reminiscent of Avalon, as thousands of exotic plants grow there thanks to the mild climate.

    Tuesday, 22.05.2018

    Cork/Ireland

    Cork exudes typical Irish charm with its Victorian houses, narrow alleyways and “The Four-Faced Liar”, as the church tower in Shandon is known due to the fact that its four clocks all show different times. Since the wind constantly shifts the hands, the clocks almost never all show the same time. Time seems to have stood still around the famous Rock of Cashel*. Countless legends surround this Irish landmark – perhaps the cliff with its impressive cathedral is actually home to fairies and spirits? The village of Kinsale and its history* are based on reality, not fairy tales. Here, the Irish defeat by the English invaders in the 16th century destroyed their hopes for independence.

    Tuesday, 22.05.2018

    Western Ireland
    (Cruising off Great Skellig and Little Skellig, Dingle , cruising off the Cliffs of Moher, Galway )

    Set course for lush, green coastlines
    Like sunken mountains, steep cliffs appear on the horizon – a prelude to exciting expedition days where you can discover the incredible wonders of nature first-hand on numerous Zodiac landings and explorations. From afar, the flapping chaos of the second largest gannet colony in the world loudly announces its presence on Little Skellig. The equally breathtaking natural beauty of its sister island Great Skellig, as well as its unique monastery in the cliffs, guarantee unforgettable moments on a Zodiac ride. The rocky coastline of Slea Head, which the HANSEATIC will cruise by, is a precursor to an astounding destination: the Dingle peninsula. The picturesque town is great to explore on your own. A hike to Mount Brandon* or the naturally charming Ring of Dingle* will reward you with unforgettable views of the wild landscape and the sea. At over 200 m high, the Cliffs of Moher descend almost vertically into the sea. Cruising past this natural wonder, you will enjoy spectacular panoramic views from the deck, and with a little luck, you might spot a few comical puffins in the cliffs. The shop windows in the picturesque city of Galway display a different type of curiosity: you can buy the famous Claddagh ring, a symbol of the city, everywhere here. Wander through the colourful streets or take a guided city tour through Galway*.

    Tuesday, 22.05.2018

    Cruising off the cliffs of Slieve League, Tory Island

    The romantic moorlands of Connemara, the land of extremes* featuring Kylemore Castle, home to Ireland’s oldest Benedictine monastery, Kylemore Abbey, are virtually uninhabited. These impressions can only be eclipsed by cruising off Slieve League and the 600 m high cliffs before you land on Tory Island in the Zodiacs and explore this rugged bird paradise.

    Tuesday, 22.05.2018

    Scotland (Iona Island , Staffa , Lewis)

    Islands full of adventure
    Off the Scottish Hebrides, we will use the boats again to land on Iona Island. It is the cradle of Scottish Christianisation. Will you discover the grave of King Macbeth on an individual shore excursion? What will the basalt Fingal’s Cave on the uninhabited island of Staffa, which moved Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy to write an overture, inspire you to do? These islands also seem so isolated: the Standing Stones of Callanish* on Lewis are a testament to a long history and the island of Great Bernera* reveals ancient secrets.

    Tuesday, 22.05.2018

    Faroe Islands (cruising off Suduroy, Torshavn)

    At over 60 million years old, the Faroe Islands truly are as old as the hills. Enjoy unforgettable views as you cruise off the southernmost island of Suduroy with its imposing cliff lines. Torshavn, the oldest capital city in the world, is characterised by its primal status. A visit to the villages of Kvivik and Kollafjoerdur* will take you back to the Viking Age, or you can let yourself be enchanted by views of the island*.

    Tuesday, 22.05.2018

    Relaxation at sea

    Tuesday, 22.05.2018

    Iceland (Heimaey, cruising off Surtsey)

    Encounter fire and flames on Heimaey as you take an island tour to the Pompeii of the north*, with its petrified victims of the Eldfell eruption of 1973, and on a Zodiac ride to the impressive caves. There will also be unforgettable views when cruising off the island of Surtsey, which emerged in 1963 as a result of a volcanic eruption, make for a befitting end to your great expedition experiences.

    Tuesday, 22.05.2018

    Reykjavik, arrival 7.00 hrs
    All-day island tour in the Golden Circle
    Overnight stay with breakfast

    Show departure travel package
    Optional bookable
    Tuesday, 22.05.2018

    Journey to Keflavik
    Scheduled flight Keflavik – Frankfurt

    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:

    EXTENSION: HAMBURG AT YOUR OWN PACE
    POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: ICELANDIC IMPRESSIONS – REYKJAVIK AND THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
    POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: VOLCANOES, GLACIERS AND GEYSERS – ICELAND’S OUTDOOR EXPERIENCES

    Depending on the weather, a change in itinerary may become necessary on this expedition. The captain will decide on the best possible alternative depending on local conditions.

    * The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.

    A biology specialist in the team of experts

    Biologist Wolfgang Bittmann has travelled around the world over 100 times as a guide, diver and photographer. He lived on the Galapagos Islands for three years, he is a former national park guide, he has been involved in underwater TV documentaries, and he has published travel guides for nature lovers. Besides information on his specialist field, he can also give you tips on how to take the perfect photo.


    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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