The extraordinary every day

In today’s seemingly fully developed world, there are still opportunities to make great discoveries and enjoy extraordinary cruises. Where large cruise ships have to turn about or can only sail past, you will experience a renaissance of wonder. Regions that often have no beacons, pilots, harbours, hotels or airports. These are the expedition destinations of the BREMEN and the HANSEATIC, where your curiosity sets the course. Rather than journeys from A to B, these ships offer intensive discoveries from A to Z.

Know more, see more, experience more

A team of prestigious experts in various fields accompanies every cruise. Wise minds who, as well-travelled cosmopolitans, translate the essence of their professions to passengers as passionate speakers.

Exciting and informative: our experts are the perfect accompaniment for your expedition and can provide you with a sea of s and information on board and ashore. Benefit from their inexhaustible know-how during Zodiac rides and landings,
in fascinating presentations and personal conversations.

Broadening horizons: whenever possible, you will head ashore and out in the Zodiacs with our experts. This reveals exciting background information and trains you to spot extraordinary things that other travellers would miss. Priceless if this fixes your attention to a particular experience just at the right moment.

A new perspective on nature and culture: complex links and scientific research are made understandable with “living” examples. Our experts have visited each destination many times and conducted in-depth studies and research or written about them in books. As a result, they serve as travel companions, field guides and bridges between cultures.

Inspiration for young explorers: on “cruises for young explorers”, our experts transform the destinations into exciting research areas for ten- to 17-year-olds*. Entertaining learning is all part of the experience – with hikes, Zodiac rides, microscopes, a course on sailors’ knots and much more.

* During school holidays

Knowledge and intuition

For these great seafarers, the waterways of the world’s oceans were unpredictable routes filled with unknown perils. Today, the uncertainties and hardships of earlier explorers have given way to the many years of experience of the people on board the BREMEN and the HANSEATIC. However, the passion for new destinations has remained and will ensure unforgettable moments during your expeditions.

The 85th line of latitude – 480 km from the North Pole. Thick fields of pack ice cover the water. There seems no way of getting through this untouched landscape of ice with its bizarre floe shapes. But thanks to the experience of the people on board – the captain, officers, expedition leaders and cruise directors – even spectacular routes like the Northeast Passage will be conquered. The captains of both ships have completed more than 100 cruises in the Arctic and Antarctic in total. They know where to find the most beautiful aspects of the polar regions.

Captain Jörn Gottschalk

Captain Roman Obrist

Captain Thilo Natke

Captain Axel Engeldrum

Accompanied by the sound of ice rumbling at the hull, the ships will carve through these massive obstacles, which most vessels simply cannot manage. The BREMEN and the HANSEATIC are the only two ships certified with the highest ice class for passenger ships, and they will safely transport you to breathtaking, unspoilt regions. The team on board know where to halt the ship to present you with striking panoramic views – such as the fjords of Greenland. Everyone on board shares a passion for exploration. Even the officers will stand on the bridge, their eyes wide, looking for the blow of a whale. Sightings will be announced immediately over the loudspeakers to ensure that you can enjoy this natural spectacle. For your trips ashore – for example, on Spitsbergen – a scout boat will be dispatched in advance to find the best landing place for your excursion. Your expedition leader knows where – with a little luck – you will be able to spot some polar bears. In other climate zones, such as the Solomon Islands, they will show you the most beautiful places to snorkel.

Extraordinary memories

The many unforgettable experiences on your expedition will make for perfect photo opportunities. And the people on board will provide even more vivid memories. Warmth and a passion for the extraordinary are in their blood. Where the most spectacular regions in the world leave nothing more to be desired, an array of exclusive moments on every expedition will give you a truly personal feeling of well-being. A champagne reception right next to a gigantic ice floe. An ice cream parlour built from palm leaves in the crystal-clear waters of the South Seas. Or fresh glacial ice for your drink. A crew of over 100 is there to carry out all the wishes, big and small, of no more than 175 guests. Attentive, enthusiastic and pleasantly discreet – your smile is reward enough for us.

The birth of the modern cruise

In 1891, Albert Ballin, director of the Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Aktien-Gesellschaft (HAPAG) sends the flagship Augusta Viktoria to the Mediterranean with 241 passengers. The "inventor of the cruise", Albert Ballin, created a very special way to travel. Today, the expeditions on board the BREMEN and the HANSEATIC continue this tradition. As here in the spectacular terrain of Franz Josef Land in the Northeast Passage or in the icy world of the Northwest Passage, you will also become part of this unique history this expedition season.

1922: the "Albert Ballin"

A true premiere on the ice: In 1996, the BREMEN becomes the first passenger ship to circumnavigate the islands and archipelagos of Spitsbergen. A very special moment for the passengers and crew.

Uncharted territory ahead! On an expedition in the Antarctic in 2003, the BREMEN discovers a previously unknown strait of water that leads to an inaccessible island. Since this spectacular discovery, these have been known as the Bremen Channel and Bremen Island.

Premieres at the North Pole and South Pole: In 2012, the HANSEATIC travels to the fascinating icy landscape of the Antarctic for the 100th time. In August of the same year, the BREMEN passes the 82nd line of latitude in the Arctic Circle for the first time, 887 km from the North Pole!

All of the Azores islands in one cruise: In 2013, the BREMEN makes its first trip to all nine of the diverse paradises in the archipelago for breathtaking natural spectacles and whale watching.

Pioneering endeavours in the Northeast Passage: In 2014, the HANSEATIC becomes the first non-Russian cruise ship to negotiate the legendary sea route – 6,032 nautical miles between the Russian Far East and Europe. Furthermore, the ship set a new record for passenger ships: the HANSEATIC reached the northernmost point at 85°, 40.7' north and 135°, 39.6' east. This is just 480 km from the North Pole.

First! In 2016, the BREMEN became the first cruise ship to pass through the McClintock Channel in the Canadian Arctic. Before this, only two icebreakers had succeeded in passing through this ice-covered sea route.

We protect...

Experiencing the beauty of our planet on our expeditions creates a new awareness of the importance of environmental protection. At Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, the measures required are therefore given high priority. Modern environmental technology, regular maintenance and modernisation are just some of the aspects employed. All ships have seawater desalination technology for the treatment of water, biological sewage treatment plants and waste incineration facilities.

The underwater paint is free from TBT. Our operations are also sustainable: during lay times in European ports, we use fuel with a low sulphur content of a maximum of 0.1 %. Emissions are also reduced through efficient route management. We do not push vessels to go as fast as possible, reducing consumption by around one-third in the process. These examples demonstrate our appreciation for environmental protection, which will allow future generations of explorers to be amazed by the wonders of the world.

...what we love

We also consider it important to treat vulnerable ecosystems such as the Arctic and Antarctic with the respect they deserve. For years, we have been replacing crude oil with eco-friendlier diesel and have a strict code of conduct. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is an active member of IAATO (International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators), a voluntary association of Antarctic tour operators to promote ecologically sustainable tourism while also benefiting from the experiences of all members.

This inspires many of our guests to get involved in environmental protection themselves. One option is to offset the CO2 emissions of your cruise. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises offers this in conjunction with the climate protection organisation atmosfair. Calculate the amount you would like to donate to non-profit-making climate projects to offset your cruise – and we will cover 25 %.

Compensation of CO2 emissions

Compensation of CO2 emissions

In cooperation with the climate protection organisation atmosfair, we are the first cruise operator to offer our guests the opportunity to offset their cruise-only CO2 emissions. Using our climate calculator, the passengers can ascertain the relevant climate protection contribution of their cruise in advance and voluntarily compensate the remaining inevitable emissions. A quarter of the compensation amount is paid by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

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Expeditions for young explorers

Discovering extraordinary regions, intensive experiences of the world and fascinating insights from well-versed experts - the proven expedition concept from Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is also used on cruises for young discoverers. Varied and entertaining, our experts will impart knowledge and analytical thinking.

Whether it's eventful hikes or Zodiac rides, the examination of specimens under a microscope, a spot of navigation, a course on sailors' knots or age-appropriate talks: the crew and a renowned expert offer an exciting programme for those aged 10 to 17 years old, awakening young people's curiosity and encouraging inquiring minds - and giving the entire family an expeditionary experience they will never forget.

A sea of knowledge
The programme has been specially designed for teenagers in order to encourage the curiosity of young explorers. Be it with a spot of navigation on board, Zodiac rides, activities ashore or looking through a microscope, learning oceanography, geology and geography will become a fun activity for children of a similar age. An experienced academic expert and numerous crew members - from the captain to the navigation officer to the ship's cook - will work to ensure age-appropriate learning. Every day, the many discoveries and experiences will develop into a real adventure.

Earn your sea legs
"Landlubbers" will be made into little "mariners" on board - visit the captain on the bridge and take part in question-and-answer sessions with the officers for exciting insights into seafaring - from reading nautical and bathymetric charts to navigating and using the radar and sonar.

Broaden your horizons
See the raw materials of the sea with your own eyes. For example, research ore that is millions of years old under the microscope as you study geological marine deposits. Studying microfossils under the microscope also provides compelling insights into the history of the oceans.

Enjoy XXL holiday fun
Roll the cameras for the cinema evening - just for kids. With popcorn, of course. Order a pizza with the works during the pizza evening. And if you're a talented scout, you might have a chance at winning the rally through the ship. Full of variety! As holidays should be.

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