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MS HANSEATIC - from Reykjavik to Lisbon
Cruise HAN1717
24.09.2017 - 08.10.2017 (14 days)

Expedition to Europe's islands worlds - kaleidoscope of contrasting coasts

from Reykjavik to Lisbon

from 0 €

Cruise HAN1717

24.09.2017 - 08.10.2017

14 days (14 days cruise only)

    Wild and dramatic, delightful and picturesque: Europe’s unspoilt nature, rich culture and living history come together on this extraordinary premiere route for the HANSEATIC to form a fascinating overall picture. Discover the lesser-known sides of the continent – from Iceland to the Iberian Peninsula.

    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.

    Price specials - Attractive combination discount of € 300

    Enjoy savings when you extend this cruise to include HAN1718 (applies to categories 2 – 7).

    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

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    Optional bookable
    Sunday, 24.09.2017

    Scheduled flight from Frankfurt to Keflavik
    Journey to Reykjavik/Iceland

    Sunday, 24.09.2017

    Reykjavik/Iceland, departure 19.00 hrs

    Monday, 25.09.2017

    Iceland (Heimaey, cruising off Surtsey)

    Wild territory in the far north
    Where nature determines an eventful itinerary, the HANSEATIC has one clear goal: to seek out the special features of islands that other ships can only sail past – such as the Westman Islands off the coast of Iceland. Encounter fire and flames on Heimaey as you take an island tour* to the petrified victims of the Eldfell eruption of 1973. Marvel at Iceland’s contrasts from a unique perspective on an aerial tour above volcanoes and waterfalls* – carpets of green moss, glacial rivers and Eyjafjallajoekull. With the wonder of creation before your eyes, the HANSEATIC will cruise past the volcanic island of Surtsey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and research site.

    Tuesday, 26.09.2017

    Relaxation at sea

    Wednesday, 27.09.2017

    Scotland (Stornoway, Oban)

    In the Celtic kingdom
    The HANSEATIC will allow you to delve deep into the soul of the British Isles. These islands also seem so isolated: the Standing Stones of Callanish* on Lewis are a testament to a long history and the island of Great Bernera* reveals ancient secrets. This will set the mood for the mystical expanses of the mainland, which you will visit on Scotland’s wild west coast. Your exploration of the coastal town of Oban will be crowned by McCaig’s Tower, a replica of Rome’s Colosseum. Mighty Inveraray Castle – residence of the Duke of Argyll* provides a contrast with splendid rooms and vast gardens. The idyllic Arduaine garden* relies on the “goodwill” of the Gulf Stream. Rare, exotic plants grow here under the care of the National Trust for Scotland. This autumnal garden visit will probably be surpassed only by an alternative tour to the Scottish highlands*. Travel along Loch Etive over mountain passes to deep valleys and peaceful lakes.

    Friday, 29.09.2017

    Douglas/Isle of Man

    The Isle of Man is shaped by its gently rolling landscape, picturesque bays and dunes. While the long seafront promenade invites you for a relaxing stroll in Douglas, take the steam train to Rushen Castle*, one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval castles.

    Saturday, 30.09.2017

    Wales (Fishguard, Swansea)

    Wales takes you back to the same era: from tranquil Fishguard, continue to Pembroke Castle and Tenby*. The 12th-century castle is considered the most beautiful in the region and honours the county’s reputation together with the picturesque, Victorian-style coastal town. Immerse yourself in ancient history in St. David’s – Wales’ smallest city* – on a visit to the famous cathedral and the ruins of the Bishop’s Palace. Like tiny natural naves, hidden caves await on a kayak tour* of the coast. Swansea, a premiere destination for the HANSEATIC, is greatly influenced by a Welsh author. Follow in the footsteps of Dylan Thomas* and discover his life and home. As vibrant as his rhapsodic poems, the neighbouring town of Mumbles is packed with shops, restaurants and pubs – an insider’s tip for individual explorations. A visit to Cardiff Castle*, a blend of Roman, Norman and Victorian architectural styles, tells of Welsh tradition and culture.

    Monday, 02.10.2017

    Scilly Isles/England

    The fascination with exploration grows as soon as you reach the Scilly Isles, which are part of Cornwall. One day, two islands, countless impressions: a visit to the Abbey Garden on Tresco, with over 4,000 exotic plants, will almost make you feel you are in the tropics. The neighbouring island of St. Mary’s, whose picturesque coastal landscape is perfect for walking, also beckons with natural beauty.

    Tuesday, 03.10.2017

    Relaxation at sea

    Wednesday, 04.10.2017

    Santander/Spain, from 8.00 to 19.00 hrs

    Masterpieces on the Iberian coast
    Spanish beauty takes artistic forms on the Atlantic coast. The old town of Santander nestles harmoniously into the steep slopes right by the sea. The city of architecture, Bilbao, and the Guggenheim Museum* provide insights into its cultural diversity and the avant-garde aesthetic of Foster, Calatrava, Starck and Gehry. A visit to the listed town of Santillana del Mar and the Cave of Altamira* feels like a journey back through time: historic buildings from the 12th century and prehistoric cave paintings around 14,000 years old are a testament to the skills of great masters.

    Thursday, 05.10.2017

    Gijon, from 8.00 to 14.00 hrs

    The flair of Gijon is underlined by traces of the Romans, baths and a beautiful old town. Oviedo, capital of Asturias*, has particular historical significance. The massive San Salvador cathedral with the Camara Santa (Holy Chamber), a UNESCO cultural monument, looms over the city: merchants’ houses, baroque palaces and Oscar Niemeyer’s modern architecture are combined in the excursion to Aviles and Cabo de Penas* with wonderful views of the rugged cliffs.

    Friday, 06.10.2017

    Relaxation at sea

    Saturday, 07.10.2017

    Cruise on the Tagus River
    Lisbon/Portugal, arrival 13.00 hrs
    Overnight stay on board

    When the HANSEATIC reaches Lisbon, the experts will open up Portugal’s living history on a cruise on the Tagus River with fantastic views of the city. A walk in the footsteps of Fernando Pessoa* will shed light on the country’s literature. Your journey continues along the coastal road and through the Serra de Sintra in an all-terrain vehicle to Cabo da Roca*. Be it the steep cape, the westernmost point on the European mainland or an evening stroll through Lisbon’s vibrant old town – by the end of your cruise, your many impressions will have formed an unforgettable picture of Europe.

    Sunday, 08.10.2017


    Show departure travel package
    Optional bookable
    Sunday, 08.10.2017

    Scheduled flight from Lisbon to 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:

    Guided Pre and Post-Programs

    Our proven pre and post programs cover a wide range of excursions and experiences and are accompanied by experienced Hapag-Lloyd Cruises tour guides. For all travelers who like to share experiences in a group of like-minded people.


    Your individual Travel arrangements

    Our travel concierge will be pleased to tailor exclusive travel arrangements to your wishes. From trendy design hotels to luxury beach resorts to insider tips for the most exciting metropolises - exclusive recommendations can be found here and at Your travel concierge is available to you before traveling and on board.

    * 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 Franz Gingele became fascinated with our planet’s primeval forces while studying geology, glaciology and climatology. On this expedition, he will explain how these forces formed Europe’s islands.

    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 (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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    ¹ Butler service included in categories 6 and 7

    You will find more information, especially with regards to vaccination and visa requirements, in the General Information section.

    MS HANSEATIC - from Reykjavik to Lisbon Expedition to Europe's islands worlds - kaleidoscope of contrasting coasts