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MS HANSEATIC - from Lisbon to Dakar
Cruise HAN1718
08.10.2017 - 22.10.2017 (15 days)
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08.10.2017 - 22.10.2017

Expedition Madeira, Canary Islands, Cape Verde - island gems in golden autumn

MS HANSEATIC - from Lisbon to Dakar

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Cruise HAN1718

08.10.2017 - 22.10.2017

15 days (14 days cruise only)

    Three archipelagos, each with three islands, will add a golden glow to your October. Rugged volcanoes and lush forests, idyllic beaches and desert landscapes, colonial treasures and African roots – off the beaten track, contrasting discoveries and premiere destinations on the HANSEATIC present an enchanting autumn.


    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

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    Optional bookable
    Sunday, 08.10.2017

    Scheduled flight from Germany to Lisbon

    Sunday, 08.10.2017

    Lisbon/Portugal, departure 18.00 hrs

    Monday, 09.10.2017

    Relaxation at sea

    Tuesday, 10.10.2017

    Funchal/Madeira, arrival 13.00 hrs

    Madeira: Garden of Eden in the Atlantic
    Look forward to unforgettable places and insiders’ tips. In addition to Madeira, the “island of eternal spring”, the HANSEATIC’s route takes in the barely known and seldom-visited neighbouring islands of Ilha Deserta Grande and Selvagem Grande. Eventful days will take you up-close to the beauty of these fascinating island worlds and leave the familiar behind – on a range of excursions, walks and individual explorations. The capital of Funchal, situated in a picturesque bay, welcomes you to Madeira with banana plantations and idyllic gardens. The air is filled with the scent of laurels and eucalyptus when you embark on a levada hike*. Follow the unique irrigation system through lush vegetation and spectacular landscapes. Taking a “tukxi” through Funchal* – an electric vehicle with open sides – will present life in the tiny alleys from a different perspective. It is also thrilling to explore the island capital at your own pace – for example, in the evening after dining in the on-board restaurant. Stroll along the promenade and mix with the islanders in the cafes. Enjoy plenty of sensory impressions on an all-terrain vehicle tour of Madeira* – passing mountain villages to fantastic panoramic views.

    Wednesday, 11.10.2017

    Funchal, departure 13.00 hrs
    Ilha Deserta Grande

    Some nautical miles away, the uninhabited Ilha Deserta Grande presents new terrain for the HANSEATIC. A Zodiac landing in the middle of the nature reserve will get explorers’ hearts racing. A guided tour with rangers provides insights into the home of the Mediterranean monk seal, which is threatened with extinction.

    Thursday, 12.10.2017

    Selvagem Grande 

    Another premiere destination awaits on the way to the Canary Islands: Selvagem Grande. Subject to official approval, you will walk across the island with conservationists to find out about geckos, Cory’s shearwaters and endemic plants.

    Friday, 13.10.2017

    Santa Cruz de la Palma/La Palma/Spain, from 9.00 to 22.00 hrs

    Contrasting landscape off the coast of Africa
    With their mild climate, the Canary Islands are particularly popular in the autumn. Look forward to the fascinating aspects of these three islands selected for the HANSEATIC route: La Palma, the heavily forested “isla verde”; Tenerife, a hiker’s paradise with Spain’s highest peak; El Hierro, the rugged, tranquil biosphere reserve. The natural spectacles continue when the imposing volcanic landscape welcomes you to La Palma. With its 16th- and 17th-century buildings, the coastal city of Santa Cruz is of great cultural and historic value. Take the opportunity here to explore the old town at your own pace and stroll along the Avenida Maritima with its typical wooden balconies. Nature lovers can take a ride to the Caldera de Taburiente National Park* along breathtaking escarpments to one of the world’s largest erosion craters. Volcanos and wine* flow together when you visit a landscape of cooled lava streams, pine forests and vineyards.

    Saturday, 14.10.2017

    Santa Cruz/Tenerife, from 9.00 to 22.00 hrs

    Finally, enjoy a relaxing stroll through Tenerife’s capital. The island shows its untamed side in Teide National Park*, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, or on a kayak tour along the coast*.

    Sunday, 15.10.2017

    Puerto de la Estaca/El Hierro, from 9.00 to 18.00 hrs

    The grand forces of nature have even shaped El Hierro, the smallest of the Canary Islands. Away from the tourist routes, explore the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve* or follow in the footsteps of the native inhabitants on a hike to the Arbol del Garoe*, the sacred tree. According to legend, the moisture of the clouds was caught in its crown and supplied the people with water – a tale depicted in the island’s coat of arms.

    Monday, 16.10.2017

    Relaxation at sea

    Wednesday, 18.10.2017 to
    Thursday, 19.10.2017

    Cape Verde (Sao Vicente, Santo Antao, Sal )

    Cape Verde –still rarely visited
    Gentle bays, fine beaches, desert landscapes, magnificent mountains and lush forests bid you welcome. With around 350 days of sunshine a year, Cape Verde offers very special highlights – with colonial treasures and African “joie de vivre”. Mindelo on Sao Vicente is a melting pot of cultures – discover its market and old town on a walk through the city*. Mindelo and Baia das Gatas* provide a fascinating contrast: pure nature, created by elemental forces and demonstrated by the bizarre lava formations in the “bay of cats”. Or go off-road* and head deep inland to spectacular mountain ranges and volcanic craters. The forces of nature have also shaped Santo Antao. Travelling on foot through the fertile Paul Valley will bring you particularly close to nature on the pristine island of Santo Antao* – as will a scenic journey* along former trading routes. On Sal, probably the sunniest island in the archipelago, enter a paradise of archaic deserts and dry valleys, silent volcanoes and oases. An island tour* takes you to the relics of what was once the centre of salt mining. Or take an all-terrain vehicle to the wild north* and the rocky cliffs of Buraconda. Enjoy this timeless cruise through golden October days.

    Saturday, 21.10.2017

    Relaxation at sea

    Sunday, 22.10.2017

    Dakar/Senegal, arrival 7.00 hrs

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    Optional bookable
    Sunday, 22.10.2017

    Day room
    Scheduled flight from Dakar to Frankfurt

    Monday, 23.10.2017

    Arrival in Frankfurt

    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.

    PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: LISBON AND ROYAL SINTRA
    POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: DAKAR – THE SOUL OF SENEGAL

    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 www.hl-cruises.com/travel-concierge. 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.

    Country expert on the team

    Tilman Giezendorf has been lecturing on cruise ships around the world for more than ten years. His experiences from study and expedition trips to over 110 countries will be incorporated into his presentations.


    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 Dakar Expedition Madeira, Canary Islands, Cape Verde - island gems in golden autumn
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