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MS HANSEATIC - from Hamburg to Longyearbyen
Cruise HAN1611
16.03.2015 - 16.03.2015 (16 days)
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16.03.2015 - 16.03.2015

Expedition Norway and circumnavigation of Spitsbergen - Arctic adventure

MS HANSEATIC - from Hamburg to Longyearbyen

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Cruise HAN1611

16.03.2015 - 16.03.2015

16 days (0 days cruise only)

    Experience the sheer power of nature first-hand. This HANSEATIC expedition brings together the most thrilling North Sea regions, which enthralled researchers such as Nansen and Amundsen. From the Norwegian coast, to Lofoten, North Cape and the Nordic highlight: circumnavigating Spitsbergen. Deep fjords and majestic icy landscapes form the backdrop for your experiences on the “cold coast”, where polar bears outnumber people. An Arctic dream in an unspoilt wilderness.


    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

    Monday, 16.03.2015

    Individual travel arrangements to Hamburg, departure 18.00 hrs

    Monday, 16.03.2015

    Relaxation at sea

    Monday, 16.03.2015

    Bergen/Norway

    Norwegian midsummer night’s dreams
    Start your expedition by travelling back to the 14th century. Where the members of the Hanseatic League once exchanged grain for fish, you will gain your first impressions of the beauty of Scandinavia: Bergen enthrals with colourful wooden houses in the dreamy Hanseatic quarter of Bryggen.

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    Norway’s Fjord World (Flam/Aurlandsfjord, Vik/Sognefjord , Geiranger/Geirangerfjord )

    During a hike on Floeyen*, you will see how the harbour nestles into the 300 m high mountain and the banks of the fjord. Cultural facets will be provided by the reconstruction of Fantoft Stave Church, which dates from 1150, and composer Edvard Grieg*, whose Victorian-style house has been converted into a museum about the artist’s life. The city is considered the gateway to the fjords, which the HANSEATIC will explore – for example, the narrow Aurlandsfjord with the idyllic town of Flam. Ashore, you will continue through the lovely valley up to more than 850 m as you take the Flam Railway to Vatnahalsen*. In addition to the world’s most beautiful railway line, which offers constant breathtaking views of wild gorges and snow-capped peaks, you will enjoy cultural insights during your cruise through the fjord landscape* to Vik. From the wide Storfjord, the shores become more and more spectacular, culminating in the astounding Geirangerfjord: a gigantic amphitheatre of steep rock faces with the famous “Seven Sisters” and “Bridal Veil” waterfalls. The winding journey up to the Dalsnibba* will reward you with sensationally clear views at almost 1,500 m. Enjoy the expanse, the calm and the fresh air from a different perspective on a kayak trip in the Geirangerfjord*.

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    Relaxation at sea

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    Lofoten (Leknes, cruise in Trollfjord)

    The Lofoten island group also offers great panoramic views. High mountains contrast with small bays and idyllic fishing villages. From Leknes, intensify your impressions with crafts and history on Lofoten* or with some deep-sea fishing in the Lofoten waters* – even if you don’t catch any cod or salmon, you’re guaranteed to be captivated by the region’s charming ambience. Cruising in the Trollfjord, whose mouth is just 100 m wide, is a spectacular experience. With luck, you will spot sea eagles hunting for fish.

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    Honningsvag, arrival approx. 22.00 hrs

    In Honningsvag, you will reach the northernmost point on the European mainland: a bus transfer to North Cape* will take you to the towering slate plateau, resplendent in the midnight sun. Cruising off the cape is just as impressive, and will get you in the mood for the thrilling adventures that await you on the HANSEATIC.

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    Honningsvag, departure approx. 4.00 hrs
    Passing Bear Island

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    Relaxation at sea

    Monday, 16.03.2015

    Circumnavigation of Spitsbergen (including Ny-Alesund, Moellerhafen, Magdalenefjord, Moffen, Liefdefjord, Alkefjellet, cruising through the Hinlopen Strait, Augustabukta, cruising through Freeman Sound, Cape Lee, Hornsund)

    Spitsbergen: spectacular all round
    In the kingdom of the polar bears, the HANSEATIC can take full advantage of its ice class – the highest for passenger ships – and spontaneously change course so that you can marvel at bizarre glaciers and whales appearing before your eyes. The adventure is intensified by the many Zodiac rides. Discover, observe, marvel – become a polar researcher and find out how life here has adapted to the extremes of nature. Depending on the ice, you will reach Ny-Alesund, a centre for Arctic research. Your attention will be drawn not just by the countless birds, but also by Arctic foxes. The air is filled with the pioneering spirit of Roald Amundsen, who set out for the North Pole here. As you circumnavigate Spitsbergen, you will feel like one of the first explorers – for example, when you land in the bay of Moellerhafen in the Zodiacs. The expanse, tranquillity and magnificent panoramic views of the snow-covered mountains: this pure expedition feeling will increase in the Magdalenefjord with its majestic glacial backdrop and when watching the stately walruses on the shingle beach of the island of Moffen. One particular highlight is the Liefdefjord, with the blue, shimmering ridge of the mighty Monaco Glacier. A Zodiac ride will allow you to enjoy this spectacular panorama from a safe distance. You will never forget seeing seals appear on ice floes and polar bears on the coast. Alkefjellet has a significantly larger population, with up to 60,000 pairs of thick-billed murres brooding on its cliffs. The HANSEATIC forges its way through the Hinlopen Strait to small islands and deep fjords. With dense tundra vegetation and framed by two glaciers, Augustabukta offers attractive grazing pastures for reindeer. Weather and ice permitting, you will cruise through the narrow Freeman Sound past Cape Lee with its basalt hills – accompanied by the fascinating play of colour and light on the landscape. Follow in the footsteps of the whalers in Gashamna Bay in Hornsund. Slowly bid farewell to this unforgettable wonderland as you gaze at Spitsbergen’s typical panorama of ice-covered mountains – until completing your circumnavigation in Longyearbyen. Listen to the sound of the tumbling ice. The colour play of Raudfjord will also trigger a wave of enthusiasm with its red-tinged mountain slopes. In this overwhelming panorama, you will feel the power and sensitivity of a pure nature that also shapes the Magdalenefjord. Its glacier backdrop invites you to explore the historic graves of whalers. Cruising here, the HANSEATIC will open up fantastic perspectives. Too beautiful to be true? Far from it: every day you can seize the fascination of nature around the archipelago on many Zodiac rides and landings.

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    Longyearbyen/Spitsbergen/Norway, arrival 6.00 hrs
    Charter flight from Longyearbyen to Duesseldorf*

    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:

    POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: OVERNIGHT STAY IN DUESSELDORF
    YOUR PRIVATE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS – HAMBURG

    * The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.
    ** Depending on the flight schedule, it may be necessary to change the destination airport for the return flight.
    A change in itinerary may become necessary on this expedition. The captain will decide on the best possible alternative depending on weather and ice conditions.

     

     

    A geology specialist in the team of experts

    A passionate geoscientist, Heike Fries has been providing detailed insights into the world of glaciers for many years. Join her on a geological journey and examine the origins of these drifting ice giants.


    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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