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MS HANSEATIC - from Sao Miguel to Hamburg
Cruise HAN1609
16.03.2015 - 16.03.2015 (16 days)
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16.03.2015 - 16.03.2015

Expedition Azores and Channel Islands - More island jewels than ever before

MS HANSEATIC - from Sao Miguel to Hamburg

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Cruise HAN1609

16.03.2015 - 16.03.2015

16 days (0 days cruise only)

    Volcanic landscapes and wild romanticism. Lush nature and picturesque towns. Blossoming gardens and rugged cliffs. These contrasting expedition premiers on board the HANSEATIC combine the natural beauty of seven Azores islands with the unspoilt nature of five Channel Islands.


    Expedition
    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

    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

    Show arrival travel package
    Optional bookable
    Monday, 16.03.2015

    Scheduled flight from Frankfurt to Lisbon
    Overnight stay with breakfast

    Monday, 16.03.2015

    Sao Miguel/Azores, departure 22.00 hrs

    Azores: world of volcanoes and whales
    Deep-black rocks, raw volcanic cones and Portugal’s highest mountain rising from the deep-blue water: one of the Azores’ most inhospitable islands forms the prelude to your diverse cruise.

    Monday, 16.03.2015

    Central Azores (Pico , Faial, Sao Jorge)

    The scenic journey across the crater island of Pico* will give you an impressive picture of rocks and lava fields. Between jagged rocks lies the former whaling location of Lajes, its coat of arms alluding to the long history of whaling on Pico. Here you will find the most-visited whale watching centre in the Azores, which will provide fascinating insights into the lives of these marine mammals. Scientists head to Faial to study these gentle giants. Meanwhile, nature lovers can enjoy the island’s unspoilt natural beauty on a scenic journey to the Capelinhos Volcano* or a hike around the Faial Caldeira*. Be fascinated by the untamed landscape from the 300 m high Sao Jorge plateau. This long stretch of level land was created by volcanos and is the perfect place for a walk.

    Monday, 16.03.2015

    Western Azores (Flores, Corvo )

    Once you have set foot on Flores, the island of flowers, you will travel the paths of this Eden to visit crater lakes and waterfalls*. Here you will also enjoy spectacular views of Corvo. What from this perspective appears to be a mountain will turn out to be a huge crater as your shore excursion continues. The UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is an ideal location for spotting pilot whales and dolphins, which can appear off the coast at any time.

    Monday, 16.03.2015

    Central Azores (Graciosa, Terceira)

    Another jewel in the Atlantic is Graciosa, the “gracious island” – where small villages and volcanoes* shape one of the most tranquil refuges in the archipelago. You will gather further impressions on an island tour* or on a hike to Terceira*, which will take you into the heart of the volcanic landscape.

    Monday, 16.03.2015

    Relaxation at sea

    Monday, 16.03.2015

    La Coruna/Spain, 12.00 – 19.00 hrs

    Spain’s proud sanctuaries
    Unforgettable impressions that will remain when you reach La Coruna on the Spanish coast. A visit to the pilgrimage town of Santiago de Compostela* with its numerous architectural styles and a tour through the old town of Betanzos and a visit to a cheese dairy* will put you in the perfect mood for the cultural diversity to come.

    Monday, 16.03.2015

    Relaxation at sea

    Monday, 16.03.2015

    Channel Islands/Great Britain
    (Jersey, Sark, Herm, Guernsey, Alderney)

    Channel Islands: Europe’s unknown gems
    For the first time, the HANSEATIC will try to land on five of the seldom-visited Channel Islands. A kingdom of natural impressions awaits you. For example, the largest island, Jersey, where the mild climate produced by the Gulf Stream allows exotic vegetation to grow. The island tour* will take you past magnificent date palms and huge banana trees. Let yourself be enchanted by the natural diversity, heathland and picturesque bays on a hike on Jersey*. The rocky island of Sark is a little paradise with only around 600 residents. And what more stylish way to experience this idyll than on a carriage ride* to the wonderful lords’ gardens? You will also be impressed by a walk to the La Seigneurie Gardens*, which nestle alongside the majestic 18th-century manor house. With Caribbean-like beaches and palm trees, Herm is a marvellous contrast. Subject to tides and weather conditions, you will take a thrilling Zodiac ride to “The Humps” – an outlying island where a seal colony has settled. Alternatively, you can explore the landscape on a walk in the company of our renowned experts.
    The picturesque coasts of Guernsey are wildly romantic and provided inspiration for Renoir. On a hike along the cliffs* or an island tour*, the landscape seems to have been taken straight from his paintings. The rich flora and fauna on Alderney paint unforgettable pictures, too. A boat trip along the coast* will allow you to discover a bird paradise where around 2% of the world’s­ northern gannets nest.

    Monday, 16.03.2015

    Honfleur/France, 7.00 – 14.00 hrs

    In Honfleur, time seems to have stood still. Art and history merge at the mouth of the Seine. On your tour of Honfleur and Deauville*, you will feel the same inspiration as Monet and Renoir in the beautiful, narrow alleys. Magnificent impressions – in every sense – await you in Rouen, the city of 100 steeples*. And even if your diverse and inspiring expedition on board the HANSEATIC ends here, in the cradle of impressionism, your canvas of memories will never fade.

    Monday, 16.03.2015

    Relaxation at sea

    Monday, 16.03.2015

    Hamburg, arrival 7.00 hrs
    Individual travel arrangements from cruise arrival point

    Pre & Post-Program 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: SAO MIGUEL – THE GREEN AZORES ISLAND
    PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: LISBON FOR EXPLORERS
    YOUR PRIVATE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS – HAMBURG

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

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

     

     

    A geography specialist in the team of experts

    Ole Stapelfeld studied geography, Portuguese philology and urban development. A study trip to Rio de Janeiro intensified his affinity with the Portuguese-speaking culture. He will use his knowledge to provide fascinating insights into the contrasting landscapes of the Azores.


    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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    Additional included services

    The Cruise Price Includes

    • Expedition in the booked category
    • Full board on the ship (early bird breakfast, breakfast, late morning bouillon, lunch and dinner, afternoon coffee and tea with pastries, midnight snack)
    • All landings or rides in the ship’s own Zodiacs or tenders (potential admission fees or guided tours by local tour guides not included)
    • Experienced experts give lectures, provide in-depth answers to questions about the cruising area and accompany Zodiac landings
    • Champagne awaits you in your cabin on your day of arrival
    • Mini bar filled with soft drinks in the cabin (refilled daily)
    • Flat screen, DVD player and Wi-Fi in every cabin. On the HANSEATIC, these also provide access to your private e-mail account as well as an integrated video-on-demand system
    • Sending and receiving e-mails (without attachments) free of charge
    • German ship, cruise and expedition management as well as a Germanand English-speaking service crew on board
    • Comprehensive information about the cruise, service handbooks about the flora and fauna of the Amazon, the Arctic and Antarctica as well as expedition maps
    • Information about the port or destination (when available) in the cabin in the form of pocket-size travel guides
    • Depending on the destination, warm parkas and rubber boots as well as snorkelling equipment, Nordic Walking poles and bicycles are provided on loan on board both expedition ships (subject to availability)
    • Free use of all on-board facilities (except services of the photo shop, hairdresser, massage, boutique, Internet)
    • Harbour and airport fees
    • Travel cancellation expenses insurance
    • Bankruptcy insurance
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