Kayak tours – Questions and answers

Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions about our kayak tours on our expedition cruises. 

For safety reasons, in Arctic and Antarctic waters, kayak tours are only offered with instruction from an experienced kayak guide and only on selected cruises.

A kayak tour costs € 95 per person and is charged to your on-board account. Bookings can only be made on board through your kayak guide. Please note that the price cannot be refunded if the tour is cut short due to poor weather or if you cancel your place after 22.00 hrs on the day before the tour.

A kayak tour lasts around two hours. The distance that we cover is not large. There will be regular stops and we will take the wishes of participants into consideration.

At least four and no more than twelve. The kayaks accommodate two people.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises provides high-quality equipment for kayaking: kayak, paddle, life vest with whistle attached and a waterproof bag. Each participant will also be given appropriate clothing for the polar region: a drysuit with boots and gloves, shoes and, if necessary, a balaclava.

Under the drysuit you should wear multiple layers of warm undergarments such as thermal underwear or Polartec clothing, as well as warm socks. It is highly recommended that you wear a hat or balaclava. If you wear glasses, please bring a suitable glasses strap to keep them secure. If you need a safety strap for your camera, for example, please bring one with you. If you have any questions, please ask the kayak guide.

The highly experienced kayak guide who is leading the tour will give a briefing in advance and will of course be with you for the entire tour. The kayak tour requires a good standard of normal physical fitness. Our kayak guide will assess this and may refuse participation as a safety precaution.

Kayaking experience or experience in other water sports is an advantage for kayak tours in polar regions. Our tours are ideal for beginners with previous experience. It is always best to discuss whether the tour is suitable for you with the kayak guide.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises endeavours to offer kayak tours several times on an advertised cruise, but this is of course dependent on the landing region and the local weather conditions.

Before the tour, the kayak guide will give a briefing to familiarise you with all the safety rules and provide you with important information. On the day of the kayak tour, you will be given your equipment and brought to the embarkation point where you will receive your final instructions and start the tour. The group will follow the kayak guide and will stay together at all times. The route will take you to protected places where you can marvel at the natural world and enjoy an up-close experience.

Our kayak tours will only go ahead in good weather. This means that the tour will not run if it is very windy, if there are high waves or if it is foggy. If the weather conditions change during the tour or other dangers cannot be excluded, we will return to the ship. Our tours are designed so that we can return to the starting point at any time with the assistance of an accompanying boat if necessary.

Yes, you can stow your things in the kayak. However, we recommend that you leave any items that you don’t absolutely need in the cabin. Jewellery in particular must not be worn as it can get lost easily and can damage the drysuit when putting it on. If you wish to bring a camera, it should be waterproof or be carried in a waterproof, transparent cover. Please secure any items you bring with you to your body. Please remember that we are kayaking in salt water and that items may get wet at any time due to water spray. If you bring any items with you, this is always at your own risk.

We use kayaks that are robust and built to be particularly steady and suitable for polar regions.

The minimum age for children is 16. Children must also have kayaking experience to take part.