Small ships for great moments

Where the wilderness calls our expedition ships are in their element. They are particularly small, extremely manoeuvrable and have a shallow draught. This allows them to access regions that other cruise ships cannot explore. Their small size and the skill of the people on board allow the ships to set out on extraordinary routes and make spontaneous changes of course, be it to follow whales, see polar bears or discover new land.

Exquisite comfort every day and everywhere

With their special ambiance, our expedition ships create an extraordinarily personal atmosphere on innovative, award-winning routes. Their small size means that you will quickly feel part of the little expedition family and share your experiences with like-minded people. The atmosphere on board is welcoming with plenty of freedom – whether it’s thanks to the comfortable cabins and suites, the culinary delights or the many special moments you’ll enjoy on board.

In the Arctic, a stroll around the ship gives you a panoramic view of the realm of the polar bears. Near the Azores, your restaurant seat will become a front-row seat as you watch whales at play. In the Amazon, the sun lounger on the deck will become a lookout point for exotic birds. A drink at the bar in the South Seas will lead to a stimulating discussion about the underwater environment with an expert. With all of these opportunities for passionate explorers, only one question remains: when will we have the pleasure of welcoming you on board?

Explore ships

Immerse yourself in the world of our expeditions class. Here you will learn all about life on board. Familiarise yourself with our cabins, suites and restaurants or explore the BREMEN and the HANSEATIC inspiration on a virtual tour. The deck plans will allow you to quickly get your bearings, and the ship’s position and webcam provide an insight into the local conditions. Our films provides an initial impression of the indoor and outdoor areas on the HANSEATIC nature and HANSEATIC inspiration expedition ships, which are currently under construction.

Setting course for adventure

On the expeditions, the Zodiacs are often deployed several times per day. These inflatable rubber boats are perfect for expeditions and can take you ashore whenever there is no harbour. A sense of pure adventure is never far behind.

Climb into the Zodiacs in small groups and with no long waiting times, and see the scenery from a unique angle: just a few centimetres above the surface of the water, travel to regions that have remained untouched. The robust inflatable boats navigate through the ice formations of the Arctic and Antarctic and provide an opportunity to enjoy impressive wildlife sightings. You will be joined by experts, who will help you discover special details. Your excursions are allocated generous amounts of time with plenty of scope for first-hand sightings and exciting new impressions that can only be experienced this way.

Zodiacs are designed to handle extreme conditions, and there are 12 on the BREMEN and 17 on the new expedition class. They will be under the control of specially trained operators. They have also been trained to operate the electric Zodiacs used by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. At the end of the day, we are all in the same boat when it comes to environmental protection.

I shall find a way or make one
– Robert Edwin Peary (1856-1920)

The famous phrase uttered by polar researcher Robert Edwin Peary (1856 - 1920) could not have put it more succinctly. However, a pioneering spirit needs the powerful support of an ice class to overcome the icy forces of nature safely. Our expeditions ships have been designed completely differently to a "normal" (cruise) ship. For example, their steel plating is thicker and the main ice areas of their hulls are significantly larger. With these attributes, they have qualified for the highest ice class certification. This certification is a prerequisite for extremely evocative yet safe experiences in the icy regions at the poles of the world.

Thanks to their ice class (E4), the BREMEN can push broken pack ice aside with ease and even break through ice up to 50 cm (20 in.) thick. This allows them to carve a safe path to the wonders of the Arctic and Antarctic. The new ships, the HANSEATIC nature, HANSEATIC inspiration and HANSEATIC spirit, will also be extremely stable and fitted with exceptional equipment to allow them to move safely through polar waters. Certified with the highest ice class for passenger ships (PC6), they push broken pack ice aside with ease and can even break through ice up to 90 cm (35 in.) thick.