The new expedition ships

HANSEATIC nature &
HANSEATIC inspiration

With the building of the two, identical 5-star expedition ships HANSEATIC nature and HANSEATIC inspiration, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises will expand its fleet and enhance its pioneering role in the expedition segment.
“Inspired by nature” – the creative idea underpinning these two small, structurally identical ships sets standards in interior design with organic materials, colours and shapes, as well as in the spacious, experience-oriented design of the external deck. For the best views and greatest possible proximity to the wonders of nature.


HANSEATIC nature – Keel laying

The next construction stage of HANSEATIC nature has begun with the keel laying.

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HANSEATIC nature – Steel cutting

The steel cutting of HANSEATIC nature has taken place.

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Design concept - Inspired by nature

The design concept, “inspired by nature”, reflects the expeditionary spirit and is the creative idea underpinning both ships. Nature is not only experienced outside, but also is reflected in the interior design. This comes to the fore in the choice of materials, colours and forms, as well as in the contours and lines of walls and surfaces, the lines of sight and therefore the interplay between the interiors and the world outside.

The on-board design highlights include the two extendible glass balconies. Passengers standing on these balconies can experience the unique feeling of floating over the ocean. The all-round deck in the upper deck forward (bow) ensures a genuine expeditionary feeling. Here, passengers can experience the action at close quarters – closer even than the captain. This contributes to the expeditionary character, especially when the ships embark on journeys to the Arctic, Antarctic, or Amazon.

Exceptional route concept and environmental technology


The current and successful route concept, which focuses on untouched and unspoilt regions, will be continued and expanded. PC6, the highest ice class for passenger ships, makes it possible to conduct expeditions far into Polar waters, with tropical destinations such as the South Seas and the Amazon remaining on the itinerary.

HANSEATIC nature and HANSEATIC inspiration have been fitted with cutting-edge equipment and environmental technology. In a highly complex process, the hulls of the two ships have been optimised to achieve the maximum reduction in fuel consumption for the propulsion system and cut overall bunker consumption. The new vessels are fitted with an SCR catalytic converter, which reduces nitrogen oxide emissions by almost 95 per cent. Additionally, each of the two ships features a PROMAS rudder with a special propeller. This also helps reduce fuel consumption and therefore lower emissions. The IR ice detectors are a further highlight, with the infrared camera making it possible to spot ice at night and in misty conditions. Cold ironing is also envisioned.

16 on-board Zodiacs and E-Zodiacs with eco-friendly electric drive systems allow for landings in remote expedition areas, regardless of the vicinity to a port. There is a marina for water sports.