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MS HANSEATIC - from Tromsø to Longyearbyen
Cruise HAN1712
06.07.2017 - 16.07.2017 (11 days)
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06.07.2017 - 16.07.2017

Expedition Spitsbergen-Adventure: myths and magic in the ice

MS HANSEATIC - from Tromsø to Longyearbyen

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Cruise HAN1712

06.07.2017 - 16.07.2017

11 days (10 days cruise only)

    The HANSEATIC braves circumnavigation of Spitsbergen and forges its way through fascinating icy landscapes to breathtaking natural spectacles and a unique animal kingdom. We will take plenty of time for mighty glaciers, deep fjords and rugged coasts. Polar bears, seals and whales will ensure you never forget this wilderness. An Arctic dream.


    Expedition
    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
    Wednesday, 05.07.2017

    Scheduled flight from Frankfurt to Oslo to Tromsoe
    Overnight stay with breakfast (mid-range hotel)

    Thursday, 06.07.2017

    City tour
    Tromsø/Norway, departure 18.00 hrs

    Friday, 07.07.2017

    Relaxation at sea, passing Bear Island

    Saturday, 08.07.2017 to
    Friday, 14.07.2017

    Spitsbergen-Adventure: Highlights and circumnavigation depending on the circumstances

    (including Trygghamna, Ny-Alesund, Moellerhafen, Magdalenefjord, Liefdefjord, Mushamna, Moffen, cruise through the Hinlopen Strait, Palanderbukta,
    cruise through the Freemansund, Kap Lee, Hornsund)

    New terrain in the Arctic Ocean
    When the Dutch seafarer Willem Barents set out in 1596 to find a north-east passage to Asia, he discovered an ice-covered archipelago. Fascinated by the peaked mountains, climbing up to 1,700 m (5,577 ft) from the waters of the North Atlantic, he named the archipelago after them. More than 400 years later, your expedition will show you the fascination that Spitsbergen inspires to this day. We have allocated generous amounts of time to this exciting circumnavigation with the HANSEATIC. The midnight sun makes this magical, glittering icy world seem even more glorious. Discover the most beautiful fjords and bays in great detail thanks to the captain and crew’s years of Arctic experience – only a ship like the HANSEATIC makes this possible. Small, manoeuvrable, with a shallow draught and the highest ice class for passenger ships: together with the Zodiacs, it guarantees unforgettable moments in nautically demanding waters. Numerous activities and landings are on the agenda. For example, in Trygghamna, a small neighbouring fjord to the Isfjord in the west. The region is dominated by the 400 m (1,312 ft) Alkhornet mountain – the spectacular nesting place of tens of thousands of thick-billed murres and kittiwakes. Visit historic soil and the present territory of researchers in Ny-Alesund, one of the northernmost settlements in the world. In 1926, it was the starting point for the airship “Norge”, in which the polar researcher Roald Amundsen and airship pioneer Umberto Nobile became the first people to reach the North Pole. Today, a few researchers live here and study climate change and its effects on the flora and fauna. Expeditionary spirit past and present live in close harmony when the HANSEATIC reaches Moellerhafen. Here you can visit the northernmost bar in the world, “Lloyd’s Hotel”, a refuge set up for Arctic explorers. Time and again you will feel the power and sensitivity of a raw natural beauty – right through to the bright summer nights. In Magdalenefjord too, the end of numerous glaciers that you will cruise past on the HANSEATIC. In Liefdefjord, observe the breathtaking calving of the majestic blue Monaco Glacier. Will another highlight directly follow on the journey past drifting ice floes? Possibly only if whales appear in the water and seals on the shore. The Zodiacs will take you up close and personal for a unique and intensive experience.

    Natural adventure on icy coasts
    There is a good chance of spotting polar bears throughout your Spitsbergen expedition. Ursus maritimus prefers to hunt in protected fjords and ice floes. The sudden call of “Polar bear spotted!” will fill the deck or Zodiac with whispers. The experienced crew is able to react spontaneously and bring the ship about to ensure some unforgettable animal observations. Spitsbergen provides food and protection to a number of species. This is underlined in an impressive way in Mushamna, where Arctic terns and eider ducks breed and where Arctic foxes can, with a little luck, be seen. Off the small island of Moffen, marvel at impressive walruses, which often gather on the even coast. The HANSEATIC searches for such one-of-a-kind scenery. To do so, the ship uses its highest ice class and forges its path through the pack ice with certainty – such as the cruise through the Hinlopen Strait with a view of Hinlopenbreen, the largest outlet glacier in Spitsbergen. The excitement will grow as a special adventure approaches: will you join the small group of explorers who have pressed on to Nordaustlandet? This uninhabited island, the second largest in the Spitsbergen archipelago, boasts an atmospheric landscape with its vast expanses of flatness and ice caps. Depending on the ice conditions, you can land in Palanderbukta with the Zodiacs and perhaps spot some reindeer on a walk through the sparse tundra. If the ice conditions allow, you will cruise through the narrow Freeman Sound – accompanied by the fascinating play of colour and light on the landscape. Off Cape Lee, a vivid portrait of the animal kingdom may be provided by walruses that can grow to over 1,000 kg (2,204 lb) and 3.5 m (11.5 ft) in length. These impressions will probably only be surpassed by the appearance of whales – a frequent occurrence in these waters. In Hornsund, the glaciers’ tongues of ice round off your expedition in style. Here you will know whether you have become one of the few people to circumnavigate Spitsbergen. Adventure calls!

    Sunday, 16.07.2017

    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: DUESSELDORF AIRPORT HOTEL

    * Depending on the flight schedule, it may be necessary to change the destination airport (return flight). A change in itinerary may be required on this expedition. The captain will decide on the best possible alternative depending on weather and ice conditions.

    Biologist on the team of experts

    For around 25 years, Sylvia Stevens, an animal photographer and conservationist, has been accompanying expeditions to the polar region. She will enthuse you with fascinating information about how animals live in these remote regions as she recounts her experiences in presentations and as part of excursions.


    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.
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