On board MS HANSEATIC from Fiji to Tahiti

Expedition South Seas - Pearls from the South Seas treasure chest

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Gather a wealth of natural impressions on the turquoise ocean. Famous island treasures and seldom-visited gems of discovery come one after the other on this HANSEATIC route. Lush, green rainforest, bizarre coral gardens and white dreamlike beaches – which often can only be reached in the Zodiacs.


from Fiji to Tahiti

Cruise dates:from 08.11.2016 to 28.11.2016 (21 days)
Your ship: MS HANSEATIC
Cruise number: HAN1621

15 days cruise only from € 7,880 per person
incl. travel packages to / from departure / arrival point from € 10,960 per person

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This cruise is operated in German. For individual programmes kindly ask our travel concierge.

Itinerary

Tue, 08.11.2016

Scheduled flight from Frankfurt to Singapore

Wed, 09.11.2016

Connecting flight to Sydney
Two overnight stays with breakfast

Thu, 10.11.2016

City tour with lunch

Fri, 11.11.2016

Scheduled flight to Lautoka/Fiji, departure 21.00 hrs

Sat, 12.11.2016
- Sun, 13.11.2016

Fiji (Ovalau , Fulanga )

Dream destinations ahoy
Your wonderful expedition begins on Fiji with a journey into the past. Founded by Europeans in 1830, Ovalau has retained the charm of the times of the pioneers. Picturesque colonial houses, Fiji’s first church and the warmth of the people make a visit to Levuka unforgettable. The HANSEATIC and its Zodiacs will take you to more and more seldom-visited destinations. Fulanga will give you a taste of the intense exploration feeling to come. Surrounded by tiny islands, which emerge from the turquoise water like mushrooms, you can walk along the overgrown limestone coast and white beaches or go for a swim in crystal-clear water.

Mon, 14.11.2016
- Wed, 16.11.2016

Tonga (Nuku’alofa, cruising off Tofua, Ha’apai Group , Vava’u )

The last Polynesian monarchy
The archipelago of 176 islands is a kingdom for explorers. The paradise of Tonga is ruled from Nuku’alofa, where the royal family’s remarkable palace stands, made from New Zealand Norfolk pines. Fascinating island impressions* await you on a visit to Tonga’s National Museum and the blowholes in the coral banks, from which the crashing waves shoot impressively high fountains of water. When cruising off Tofua, marvel at the power of the earth, which once produced this volcanic island. William Bligh is reported to have gathered provisions here after the mutiny on the Bounty. The South Seas dream continues in the Ha’apai Group. After landing on the white beach of the palm-lined island of Foa, you will receive a ceremonial welcome to your village visit with “Malo e me’a mai”. By now, you will understand why James Cook called Tonga the “Friendly Islands”. You will get to know the native flora and fauna during your visit. Dominated by a natural forest and the flat-topped Mount Talau, the idyllic natural harbour of Neiafu is situated on Vava’u. As you walk through this tranquil town, the colonial buildings and bustling market will work their special magic.

Thu, 17.11.2016
- Fri, 18.11.2016

Samoa (Upolu, Savai’i )

In the 19th century, the colonial powers’ interest in Samoa grew as a result of copra, the raw material from which coconut oil is extracted. For passionate explorers, however, the real riches can be found in the beautiful fairy-tale landscape, such as the black beaches and green vegetation of Upolu. You can discover its unknown side in the capital of Apia and the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum*. At the summit of Mount Vaea, which sits above the city, you will find the last resting place of author Robert Louis Stevenson. The neighbouring island of Savai’i, the largest island in the archipelago, demonstrates the more peaceful side of the South Seas with picturesque beaches and palm forests. Here, you will gain insights into traditional village life* and Samoan culture. According to legend, the local deity Tui Fiti, who is invisible to the native people, occasionally appears to foreign visitors. Perhaps you will be one of the chosen few? Spectacular contrasts are provided by impressions of Savai’i island* with a “history book” of volcanology, left behind by the eruption of Matavanu at the start of the 20th century with igneous lava flows and tubes.

Sat, 19.11.2016

Relaxation at sea
Crossing the International Date Line (day counts twice)

Sat, 19.11.2016

Relaxation at sea

Sun, 20.11.2016
- Tue, 22.11.2016

Cook Islands (Rarotonga , Aitutaki Atoll )

Heaven on earth and underwater
The Cook Islands with their beach paradises, lush rainforests and overgrown mountains seem to float in the emerald-green water of the Pacific. Rarotonga is almost too beautiful to be true. Immerse yourself in its magic on a boat trip to Muri Lagoon* to relax and snorkel. No less impressive is the walk through the rainforest with Pa Son*, a Polynesian guide, who will lead you through the green vegetation and reveal the secrets of the fauna and flora. Aitutaki Atoll only measures around 20 km2 – making this South Seas paradise all the greater. You will travel by boat through the blue lagoon*, one of the world’s most beautiful and a fantastic snorkelling site. Or you can take a tour of idyllic villages, the Marea site and vegetable plantations to gather unforgettable impressions of the island*.

Wed, 23.11.2016

Bora Bora/Society Islands/French Polynesia

Epitome of South Seas dreams
One of the most famous South Seas islands in French Polynesia was said to have been “created by the gods” – and your impressions of Bora Bora* will confirm it. On an island tour through small villages, you will enjoy plenty of fantastic views of the mighty volcanic massif at the centre of the island. The colourful underwater life at the edge of the reef will fascinate you on a trip on a glass-bottom boat*.

Thu, 24.11.2016

Raiatea

The beauty of Raiatea, the cradle of Polynesian civilisation, stems from its rocky coasts, steep summits, lush vegetation and dreamlike lagoons. On a canoe trip on the Faaroa* river, you can wonder at the green spirit of the island as you pass hibiscus, bamboo and purau trees.

Fri, 25.11.2016

Moorea
Papeete/Tahiti/Society Islands/French Polynesia, arrival 19.30 hrs
Overnight stay on board

Moorea is another wonderful example of South Seas romanticism. Its lagoon gleams blue and green and colourful flowers light up the countryside. The white beach will entice you to unwind. Explore the impressive island of Moorea* with its pineapple plantations, Mount Rotui and traces of old stone temples. And walking the Three Coconut Trees Pass* through the exotic natural surroundings is certain to provide more unique South Seas moments to round off your HANSEATIC expedition.

Sat, 26.11.2016

Papeete
Transfer to the Middle Class Hotel Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort, Day Room, in the evening Transfer to scheduled flight to Los Angeles.

Sun, 27.11.2016

Los Angeles
Connecting flight to Germany.

Mon, 28.11.2016

Arrival in Germany

* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.
** Depending on the flight schedule, a change to the travel arrangements to the cruise departure point may be necessary.
A change in itinerary may become necessary on this expedition. The captain will decide on the best possible alternative depending on local conditions.

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Price specials

Attractive combination discount of € 800

Enjoy savings when you extend this cruise to include HAN1622.

Clear and simple – our pricing model

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.


Included services

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

 

Attractive combination discount of € 800
Enjoy savings when you extend this cruise to include HAN1622.

 

 

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: LOMANI ISLAND RESORT – YOUR SOUTH SEAS HIDEAWAY


PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: DOWN UNDER: SYDNEY AND AYERS ROCK

A geology specialist in the team of experts

For Dr Hans-Joachim Lauenstein, the more inhospitable the landscape and the more foreign the culture, the better. Having studied mineralogy and geology, he will enchant you with extraordinary presentations about the Pacific Ocean.