On board MS BREMEN from Auckland to Fiji
Expedition to New Caledonia and Vanuatu – secret paradises
Uncover the surprising sides of this South Seas picture book, which remains inaccessible to many people. Away from the usual routes, the BREMEN and Zodiacs will take you to secluded islands in the turquoise sea, jungle worlds and encounters with foreign cultures – a dream come true!
from Auckland to Fiji
|Cruise dates:||from 14.03.2017 to 04.04.2017 (21 days)|
|Your ship:||MS BREMEN|
16 days cruise only from € 6,641 per person
incl. travel packages to / from departure / arrival point from € 9,681 per person
| Tue, 14.03.2017 |
Scheduled flight Frankfurt – Singapore
| Wed, 15.03.2017 |
Connecting flight to Auckland
| Thu, 16.03.2017 |
Auckland/New Zealand, departure 19.00 hrs
| Fri, 17.03.2017 |
Bay of Islands/New Zealand
Island beauties in the South Pacific
Your breathtaking journey of discovery begins in the far north of New Zealand with the pristine Bay of Islands, an archipelago with over 150 idyllic islands. A helicopter flight* will provide fantastic views of the wonderful natural surroundings and the famous Hole in the Rock off Cape Brett. Alternatively, discover typical New Zealand mangrove forests on a hike to Haruru Falls*. With a bit of luck, you might spot the cormorants that nest here.
| Sat, 18.03.2017 |
Relaxation at sea
| Sun, 19.03.2017 |
Seldom-visited Norfolk Island is a world of its own where you will land with the Zodiacs if the weather is good to discover an island idyll of lush meadows and typical araucaria forests.
| Mon, 20.03.2017 |
Relaxation at sea
| Tue, 21.03.2017 |
- Fri, 24.03.2017
New Caledonia (Ile des Pins , Noumea, Mare , Hienghene )
Your route takes you towards New Caledonia to bring dreams of Pacific discovery to life. For the first time, the BREMEN will spend plenty of time in these little paradises. Even those familiar with the South Seas will be surprised by the unspoilt natural beauty of these places. You can see why the French have held onto this overseas territory for more than 150 years. It is so beautiful that you may not want to leave. You will feel like a god in a piece of France at the other end of the world when you let your spirit soar in the shadow of the pines on the long, white sandy beaches of Ile des Pins or go snorkelling in the turquoise lagoon. Noumea, the capital of New Caledonia, welcomes you with colonial charms. From here, you will visit the outlying island with the Amedee Lighthouse* in a glass-bottom boat or glide over the crystal-clear waters in a catamaran for a very special sailing experience*. Mare, a green gem in the turquoise sea, is a premiere destination for the BREMEN. On white sandy beaches lined with forests of coconut palms and sandal wood trees, you will feel a little like Robinson Crusoe. Traditional culture awaits you on the main island of Grande Terre and the little village of Hienghene – a seldom-visited place and a premiere destination on the BREMEN’s route. The inhabitants, who live in clans with huge wooden figures as their tribal symbols, have a particular respect for nature. Be it a tree or rock, anything may be home to the deceased, as your experts will explain in fascinating talks during a jungle hike.
| Sat, 25.03.2017 |
- Thu, 30.03.2017
Vanuatu (Tanna , Malakula , Espiritu Santo, Ureparapara , Pentecost , Ambrym , Efate)
Vanuatu: ancient rituals in pristine natural surroundings
This is apparently home to the world’s happiest people. And it’s no wonder when you look at the blue lagoons, colourful coral gardens and magnificent jungle. When you land on remote beaches with the Zodiacs away from the typical tourist routes, you will be in paradise. The panorama of this unspoilt expeditionary territory is shaped by five active volcanoes. Even James Cook described the crater on Tanna as the “lighthouse of the South Seas”. See for yourself on an impressive tour to the Yasur volcano*. Immerse yourself in the exotic rituals of the archipelago when you take the Zodiacs to the island of Malakula, where more than 30 languages are spoken. Words cannot express the fascination of the mystical mask dances performed here. A variety of encounters also awaits you on Espiritu Santo. In tranquil Luganville, you will visit the small fruit-and-vegetable market before relaxing on the brilliant white Champagne Beach. Be seized by a true feeling of discovery once again when the BREMEN sets sail for Ureparapara – an extinct volcano now covered in lush vegetation. Wander along the edge of the caldera or visit the bat caves. In addition to the lush natural surroundings, you will be fascinated again and again by the rituals and traditions of the inhabitants – such as the land diving on Pentecost from heights of up to 30 m, or the seldom-performed Rom dance in magical spirit masks on Ambrym. You will gain thrilling insights into the cultural heritage of Vanuatu*, which is over 300 years old, in the open-air museum on the island of Efate. The “bushmen” will show you how they have adapted to life in the wilderness. Alternatively, go on a hike to the Mele Cascades Waterfall*, which will lead you to hidden bathing sites.
| Fri, 31.03.2017 |
Relaxation at sea
| Sat, 01.04.2017 |
The dream destination of Fiji, with shimmering green island gems, rounds off your unforgettable Pacific expedition in wonderful fashion. When the sun produces magical reflections on the sea on Sawa-i-lau and you enjoy the hospitality of the Fijians during a traditional kava ceremony, your South Seas dream will be perfect.
| Sun, 02.04.2017 |
Lautoka/Fiji, arrival 7.00 hrs
| Mon, 03.04.2017 |
| Tue, 04.04.2017 |
Arrival in Frankfurt
* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.
= at anchor
Attractive combination discount of € 900
Enjoy savings when you extend this cruise to include BRE1705.
Please note that this cruise is conducted in German.
You will find more information, especially with regards to vaccination and visa requirements, in the General Information section.
The Cruise Price Includes
- Expedition in the booked category
- Full board on the ship (early bird breakfast, breakfast, late morning 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 in every cabin. On the HANSEATIC, these also provide access to your private e-mail account as well as an integrated video-on-demand system
- Sending and receiving e-mails (without attachments) free of charge
- German ship, cruise and expedition management as well as a Germanand English-speaking service crew on board
- Comprehensive information about the cruise, service handbooks about the flora and fauna of the Amazon, 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, Nordic Walking poles and bicycles are provided on loan on board both expedition ships (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 expenses insurance
- Bankruptcy insurance
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: AUCKLAND AND THE WILD WESTERN COAST
POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: LOMANI ISLAND RESORT – YOUR SOUTH SEAS HIDEAWAY
POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: DOWN UNDER: SYDNEY AND AYERS ROCK
A geography specialist in the team of experts
Fascinated by the tropics and subtropics, Ole Stapelfeld studied geography, Portuguese philology and urban development. Numerous backpacking trips off the usual routes took him to the craters of active volcanoes and the beaches and reefs of remote coasts and islands.