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MS HANSEATIC - from Kangerlussuaq to Kangerlussuaq
Cruise HAN1715
21.08.2017 - 09.09.2017 (19 days)
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21.08.2017 - 09.09.2017

Expedition to the heart of the Northwest Passage; in the wake of great explorers

MS HANSEATIC - from Kangerlussuaq to Kangerlussuaq

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Cruise HAN1715

21.08.2017 - 09.09.2017

19 days (19 days cruise only)

    Pioneers wanted for a legendary sea route: follow in the footsteps of daring polar researchers to the heart of the famous Northwest Passage. With the highest ice class, a crew experienced in polar voyages and equipped with robust Zodiacs, the HANSEATIC spends a lot of time in the Canadian Arctic. Creaking and cracking, the pack ice breaks apart to open a route to breathtaking landscapes and the impressive animal kingdom.


    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

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

    Monday, 21.08.2017

    Charter flight from Duesseldorf* to Kangerlussuaq
    Kangerlussuaq/Greenland, departure 14.00 hrs

    Tuesday, 22.08.2017

    Western coast of Greenland (Disko Bay, Storoen, Uummannaq)

    The journey is the destination
    Bizarre ice, wild animals and nautical challenges – one of the world’s most famous sea routes combines fascinating history and thrilling natural experiences. When you trace your finger along the map, you are tracing the lifelines of numerous pioneers who have lent their names to many of the straits of water and islands in this region. Their bravery comes to life when the HANSEATIC sets a similar course for this remote area of the Canadian Arctic. A challenge to which the ship rises thanks to its highest ice class and the experienced crew. Again and again, the captain and officers will decide which route to take, turning each of your expedition days into a great adventure. There could hardly be a more spectacular start to your cruise than the famous Disko Bay: ride in the Zodiacs between the drifting icebergs and watch the enormous ice formations that are released into the bay from the ice fjord. When the HANSEATIC sets sail for Storoen, the sudden appearance of humpback and fin whales always produces a wave of excitement. When you land on the “desert isle”, you will almost feel like you have landed on the moon, while the experts explain the geological composition of the coastal landscape. Cultural insights will be provided by Uummannaq, one of the most beautiful settlements in Greenland with typically colourful wooden houses and “Santa’s summer house”. A museum recalls the expeditions of Alfred Wegener, a German who conducted research in Greenland.

    Thursday, 24.08.2017

    Relaxation at sea

    Friday, 25.08.2017

    Pond Inlet/Baffin Island/Canada

    The history of exploration in the Northwest Passage comes to life in Baffin Bay, named for the English seafarer William Baffin, who came here in the 16th century on the search for a possible passage. Once you have visited Pond Inlet on Baffin Island and gotten to know a small, hidden Inuit village, the HANSEATIC will travel to the Lancaster Sound. The excitement will grow as your own chapter in the history of Northwest Passage exploration approaches.

    Saturday, 26.08.2017 to
    Sunday, 03.09.2017

    In the heart of the Northwest Passage (including Devon Island, Somerset Island, cruising in the Victoria Strait, Jenny Lind Island, Cambridge Bay/Victoria Island, cruising in Peel Sound, Prince of Wales Island, Beechey Island)

    Thrilling expeditionary spirit
    In the wake of great pioneers, you will head to the heart of the legendary passage. Nautical territory perfect for the HANSEATIC and its Zodiacs. Explorations and trips ashore in this region – for example, on Devon Island – are only possible with robust motorised rubber boats. Spectacular glaciers line the coast, where you will see musk oxen, Arctic hares and maybe even your first polar bears. The further the HANSEATIC goes into the labyrinth of islands and ice, the closer you will feel to the first explorers all those years ago. Follow in their footsteps on Somerset Island, for example. In 1848, James Clark Ross landed here on the search for the missing Franklin ships, which are said to be frozen in ice at the entrance to the Victoria Strait. The fascination on the water continues on land: keep an eye out for polar bears, owls and reindeer, and not just on Jenny Lind Island. Victoria Island is also ideal for wildlife sightings. In Cambridge Bay, the wreck of the “Maud”, one of Roald Amundsen’s ships, once bore silent witness to the bravery of seafarers in times gone by. Depending on the ice, you will set out on a Zodiac ride on Peel Sound into the habitat of orcas, seals and walruses, and to Prince of Wales Island, which is known for its natural treasures, the spherical geodes. The island was discovered in 1851 during the search for John Franklin’s expedition. Aside from three sailors, whose graves were found on Beechey Island, the team remained missing. Your paths may perhaps cross with those of the polar bears, who roam the archipelago in search of food.

    Tuesday, 05.09.2017

    Baffin Island

    Finally, the HANSEATIC will take some time to explore the magnificent fjords of Baffin Island. Mountains and ice shape this expansive landscape – one impressive example being the majestic Kisimngiuqtuq glacier.

    Thursday, 07.09.2017

    Relaxation at sea

    Friday, 08.09.2017

    Sisimiut/Greenland

    Back in Greenland, Sisimiut – with its open-air museum and Inuit culture – provides an atmospheric conclusion to your personal expedition to the heart of the Northwest Passage.

    Saturday, 09.09.2017

    Kangerlussuaq/Greenland, arrival 6.00 hrs
    Charter flight Kangerlussuaq – Duesseldorf*

    * Depending on the flight schedule, it may be necessary to change the airports of departure and arrival.

    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.

    Historian and expedition leader

    Dr Arne Kertelhein, a specialist in polar history and the author of many guide books, retraces the lives of great polar researchers at original sites and on board. His talks are based on old expedition reports and historical maps.


    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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