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MS HANSEATIC - from Tromsø to Nome
Cruise HAN1616
16.03.2015 - 16.03.2015 (30 days)

Expedition Northeast Passage - Privilege and pioneering: the extraordinary every day

from Tromsø to Nome

Cruise HAN1616

16.03.2015 - 16.03.2015

30 days (0 days cruise only)

    The passage from Europe to Asia through the Arctic – for centuries, an inconceivable notion – remains a great seafaring challenge to this day. The HANSEATIC will set out on an adventure as part of this spectacular expedition, shaped by dramatic, bizarre landscapes and encounters with polar bears, seals and whales. The extraordinary awaits you every day when local conditions make spontaneous course changes necessary and when the Zodiacs press on to untouched coastlines. Far from civilisation, discover the Russian Arctic, which was an exclusion zone for decades and thus unreachable. A sea route with a legendary history as a present-day adventure. The HANSEATIC – the first non-Russian passenger ship ever to sail through the Northeast Passage – will once again brave this great pioneering endeavour. Write your own maritime history on board.

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

    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 Oslo to Tromsoe
    Overnight stay with breakfast (mid-range hotel)

    Monday, 16.03.2015

    City tour
    Tromsoe/Norway, departure 18.00 hrs

    Prelude at the edge of the Arctic Ocean
    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.

    Monday, 16.03.2015

    Cruising off North Cape, Skarsvag

    People once believed that North Cape marked the end of the world. Today it marks the beginning – of your great adventure. First, the HANSEATIC will cruise past the cliffs, whilst the picturesque fishing village of Skarsvag is the starting point for your journey to North Cape*.

    Monday, 16.03.2015

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

    Murmansk stands in true contrast, as the largest city north of the Arctic Circle and the headquarters of Russia’s Northern Fleet. Whether you enjoy impressions of Murmansk* or trace the legacy of the Sami in the heart of the tundra on the Kola Peninsula*, you will probably be eagerly waiting for the departure of the HANSEATIC. For it will lie stretching off into the distance before you: the Northeast Passage.

    Monday, 16.03.2015

    Cruise through the Barents Sea/Arctic Ocean

    An adventure en route to the destination
    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 HANSEATIC 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.

    Monday, 16.03.2015

    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 HANSEATIC will dare to call at the deep bays of this savage and 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 sea birds brood on the steep cliffs. The captain and crew can react flexibly, allowing you to experience intense natural spectacles. They are always seeking 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 on almost the very same date 143 years ago, they happened upon new land which they named after their emperor: Franz Josef Land.

    Monday, 16.03.2015

    Cruise through the Kara Sea

    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. 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 sea bird colony in the archipelago. Enjoy other spontaneously arranged highlights in this region, made possible by the flexibility of the HANSEATIC and the Zodiacs. Only a few people have seen these coasts.

    Monday, 16.03.2015

    Severnaya Zemlya

    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 HANSEATIC face next and will it overcome them?

    Monday, 16.03.2015

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

    Russia’s untamed spirit
    Along the Siberian coast, the HANSEATIC can take full advantage of its status as a small expedition ship with the highest ice class for passenger ships. 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. The course thereafter will be determined by the weather and ice. The New Siberian Islands offer lots of possibilities for Zodiac explorations and for spotting numerous rare seabirds, snow grouse, reindeer 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 a frozen 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.

    Monday, 16.03.2015

    Chukchi Sea (including Wrangel Island, Kolyuchin Island)

    An animal paradise far from the familiar
    The cracking ice will cause excitement to grow on board: Will the ship manage to traverse the often thick belt of drifting ice around Wrangel Island? Here you can uncover the most beautiful aspects of nature on a grand scale. On rides and landings with the Zodiacs, you can really experience this raw natural beauty. Numerous species of birds nest on steep cliffs, and long tundra hikes will give you the chance to observe polar bears and reindeer in the vast, silent landscape.

    Monday, 16.03.2015

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

    Kolyuchin Island on the edge of the Chukchi Peninsula also offers overwhelming animal observation possibilities. The Zodiacs can take you to large cliffs teeming 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 cliffs. The Chukchi Peninsula is a natural paradise for whales, seabirds, walruses 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 Dezhnyov, 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 HANSEATIC sets sail for Alaska, as 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.

    Monday, 16.03.2015

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

    Show departure travel package
    Optional bookable
    Monday, 16.03.2015

    Charter flight to Vancouver
    Overnight stay with breakfast

    Monday, 16.03.2015

    Scheduled flight from Vancouver to Germany

    Monday, 16.03.2015

    Arrival in Germany

    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:


    Important note on this expedition:
    This expedition 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 HANSEATIC!

    A specialist in ethnology in the team of experts

    After studying historical ethnology, Dr Gudrun Bucher focused her academic work on Siberia and the North Pacific. She specialises in the material culture of the peoples of Kamchatka, Chukotka and Alaska. She regularly accompanies tours to the Arctic and Antarctic.

    MS HANSEATIC - Your Personal Expedition


    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
    MS HANSEATIC - from Tromsø to Nome Expedition Northeast Passage - Privilege and pioneering: the extraordinary every day