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MS HANSEATIC - from Lisbon to Hamburg
Cruise HAN1710
05.06.2017 - 19.06.2017 (14 days)
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05.06.2017 - 19.06.2017

Expedition to the British Isles: Celts, kings and coastal dreams

MS HANSEATIC - from Lisbon to Hamburg

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Cruise HAN1710

05.06.2017 - 19.06.2017

14 days (14 days cruise only)

    Discover the striking character of the British Isles: unforgettable gardens and steep cliffs. High tea and highlands. Castles and clans. Uniting the Welsh, Irish and Scots, the “Celtic belt” will bring together highlights and premiere destinations on your expedition. A true explorers’ kingdom.


    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

    At anchor - If the ship anchors in open water the ferrying ashore will be done with tenders or Zodiacs.

    Monday, 05.06.2017

    Scheduled flight from Germany to Lisbon
    Lisbon/Portugal, departure 18.00 hrs

    Tuesday, 06.06.2017

    Relaxation at sea

    Thursday, 08.06.2017

    Scilly Isles/England

    Picturesque nature, great history
    Britain’s refined nature reveals itself on your first encounter with the kingdom. One day, two islands, countless impressions: part of Cornwall, the Scilly Isles are known for their mild climate caused by the Gulf Stream. During a walk on Tresco and a visit to the Abbey Garden, with over 4,000 exotic plants, you will almost feel as though you are in the tropics. The neighbouring island of St. Mary’s, whose picturesque coastal landscape is perfect for walking, beckons with natural beauty.

    Friday, 09.06.2017

    Wales (Skomer Island , Fishguard)

    The home of thousands of puffins lies before you as soon as the HANSEATIC reaches the premiere destination of Skomer Island off the Welsh coast. Whether while cruising or on a Zodiac ride – the local conditions will dictate how you explore this protected island beauty. With luck, you will also see some porpoises and grey seals. Around Fishguard, Wales shows its particularly green side. This small town is your peaceful starting point for insights into Pembroke Castle and Tenby*. While the 12th-century castle is considered the most beautiful in the region, the picturesque coastal town with Victorian-style houses honours the county’s reputation. Faith appears to be set in stone in St David’s – Wales’ smallest city*. Expand your knowledge of the power of the church on a visit to the largest cathedral in Wales and the ruins of Bishop’s Palace. Like tiny natural naves, hidden caves wait to be explored on a relaxed kayak tour* along the wild coast.

    Sunday, 11.06.2017

    Dublin/Ireland, from 7.00 to 17.30 hrs

    Contrasts on the Emerald Isle
    Dublin can tell the story of Ireland in the style of Oscar Wilde, a native of the city. The capital is dominated by the venerable St Patrick’s Cathedral. Search for the Irish soul on a stroll through the city: pubs and parks, folk music and Guinness, Trinity College and the Temple Bar quarter. Your historical explorations will be just as diverse. Old Ireland in the Boyne Valley* is filled with life on fertile riverbanks, in monastery ruins and at burial sites. The landscape and views of the Irish Sea offer timeless beauty on a hike along the cliffs from Bray to Greystones*. A very special natural experience that continues in Northern Ireland.

    Monday, 12.06.2017

    Northern Ireland (Rathlin Island, Ballycastle)

    Rathlin Island impresses with cliffs up to 70 m (229 ft) high that contrast with idyllic bays. Compared with the island’s around 100 human inhabitants, the many kittiwakes and puffins that you can watch are clearly in the majority. The stunning town of Ballycastle – a totally new destination for the HANSEATIC – is the focal point for geologists and historians. From here, the Giant’s Causeway and Dunluce Castle* combine volcanic origins and Celtic history. The Causeway fascinates with around 37,000 mainly hexagonal basalt columns, while the castle ruins bear witness to the Middle Ages.

    Tuesday, 13.06.2017

    Inner Hebrides (Staffa, Iona)

    Scotland’s Stone Age legacy
    The Inner Hebrides offer very special experiences. In the rugged island world off Scotland’s coastline, the manoeuvrable HANSEATIC will be truly in its element. What kind of place would have inspired Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy to compose his “Hebrides” overture in the 19th century? Find out when you ride out in the Zodiacs to visit Fingal’s Cave, the huge basalt cave on the uninhabited island of Staffa. For centuries, Iona has been famous as the cradle of Scottish Christianisation. In addition to the abbey and Celtic crosses, the island holds the graves of more than 60 kings.

    Wednesday, 14.06.2017

    Northern Scotland (Inverewe Garden , Kirkwall/Orkney Islands)

    The scent of history will be replaced by the mild climate of the Gulf Stream in the bay of Loch Ewe, also a premiere destination. Osgood Mackenzie made use of the Gulf Stream back in 1862, creating an arboretum, beds and ponds in Inverewe Garden – a wonderful place to walk amongst exotic plants. The coasts of the Orkney Islands are enveloped in wild romanticism. From Kirkwall, discover the historic treasures of Orkney*, including the Stones of Stenness, the Ring of Brodgar and the Neolithic village of Skara Brae.

    Friday, 16.06.2017

    Leith (Edinburgh), from 8.00 to 20.30 hrs

    Enjoy regal company in Leith, Edinburgh’s port. From the castle above the city, once home to Scottish kings, the highlights of Edinburgh* will take you to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, residence of the Queen. The excursion to the “small highlands” of the Trossachs and Stirling Castle* will also lead you in the footsteps of Mary Stuart. The Royal Botanic Garden*, one of the oldest in Europe, is magnificent with its splendid trees and the Queen Mother’s Memorial Gardens. Alternatively, in the council area of Midlothian, you can unravel the mysteries of the extensively decorated, legendary Rosslyn Chapel*, which gained international renown after appearing in a bestseller by Dan Brown.

    Saturday, 17.06.2017

    Eyemouth, from 7.00 to 14.30 hrs

    Eyemouth looks back to its past as a smuggling den, but its picturesque port, winding alleys and little shops have no reason to hide. From here, discover Northumberland* with an idyllic coastline and the Harry Potter castle, or observe numerous sea birds on a walk in the St Abbs Conservation Area*. A fantastic conclusion to an unforgettable expedition that will show you Britain at its best.

    Sunday, 18.06.2017

    Relaxation at sea

    Monday, 19.06.2017

    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: LISBON AND ROYAL SINTRA
    YOUR INDIVIDUAL TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS – HAMBURG

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

    Geologist on the team of experts

    Dr Hans-Joachim Lauenstein began to travel the world whilst still studying mineralogy and geology. Alongside insights into the geological details of Great Britain’s origins, this amateur photographer will provide valuable tips for unique images.


    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 (cruise only) includes, among other things:

    • Expedition in the booked category
    • Full board on the ship (early bird breakfast, breakfast, 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 service in every cabin; on the HANSEATIC, also access to a private e-mail account as well as an integrated video-on-demand system
    • German ship, cruise and expedition management as well as a German- and English-speaking service crew on board
    • Sending and receiving e-mails (up to 1 MB) free of charge
    • Comprehensive information about the cruise, service handbooks about the flora and fauna of 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 and Nordic Walking are provided on loan (subject to the destination and 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 insurance, cancellation fee insurance (both only included for guests of the European Economic Area and Switzerland) and bankruptcy insurance.
    MS HANSEATIC - from Lisbon to Hamburg Expedition to the British Isles: Celts, kings and coastal dreams
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