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MS BREMEN - from Ushuaia to Bluff
Cruise BRE1702
17.03.2015 - 17.03.2015 (35 days)
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17.03.2015 - 17.03.2015

Semi-circumnavigation of Antarctica - An eternal route – legends and lifelong dreams

MS BREMEN - from Ushuaia to Bluff

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Cruise BRE1702

17.03.2015 - 17.03.2015

35 days (0 days cruise only)

    One of the greatest adventures of modern times: the semi-circumnavigation of Antarctica. At one time, daring researchers and pioneers endured unimaginable burdens and hardships to uncover the secrets of the sixth continent. To this day, humans have been a marginal presence in this barely accessible region, whose fantastic icy landscapes and creatures appear to have come from another world. Fulfil a lifelong dream with the BREMEN on the journey from South America to New Zealand – a magnificent route that only a few explorers have conquered.


    Expedition
    Please note that your choosen cruise is conducted in German only. All printed matters are available in German. Nevertheless our crew is fluent in English.

    The highlights of this cruise

    Your ship - MS BREMEN

    Your personal expedition

    Having been awarded four stars by the Berlitz Cruise Guide 2018, the BREMEN is the perfect setting for a truly personal expedition with no more than 155 guests. The wonderful experiences of nature that you will enjoy on your cruise are also reflected in the ship’s ambience. A concept in which our architects and designers break new ground to create a special sense of well-being. With carpets, patterns and materials which reflect the animal and plant kingdoms in their appearance and an awe-inspiring chandelier shaped like a school of fish, enjoy an extraordinarily authentic ship with true character.

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    Your cabins & suites on MS BREMEN

    Outside cabin (category 6) with veranda
    • Comfortable: 18 m² cabins with balcony on Deck 6
    • Wi-Fi access, flat screen and DVD player
    • Mini bar: free soft drinks
    • Room service from 7.00 to 22.00 hrs
    • cabins 615 – 618 have two twin beds that cannot be joined together
    Outside cabin (category 1) with portholes
    • Comfortable: 18 m² cabins
    • Ocean view included: maritime portholes on Deck 3
    • Wi-Fi access, flat screen and DVD player
    • Mini bar: free soft drinks
    • Room service from 7.00 to 22.00 hrs
    Outside cabin (category 2-5) with panoramic window
    • Comfortable: 18 m² cabins
    • Ocean view included: panoramic window on Deck 4-5
    • Wi-Fi access, flat screen and DVD player
    • Mini bar: free soft drinks
    • Room service from 7.00 to 22.00 hrs
    • Cabins 409 and 411 have disabled facilities
    Suite (category 7) with veranda
    • Comfortable: 24 m² suite with veranda on Deck 7
    • Wi-Fi access, flat screen and DVD player
    • Mini bar: free soft drinks
    • Room service from 7.00 to 22.00 hrs

    At anchor - If the ship anchors in open water the ferrying ashore will be done with tenders or Zodiacs.

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    Optional bookable
    Tuesday, 17.03.2015

    Scheduled flight Germany – Buenos Aires

    Tuesday, 17.03.2015

    City tour, overnight stay with breakfast

    Tuesday, 17.03.2015

    Charter flight to Ushuaia/Argentina, departure 18.00 hrs

    Tuesday, 17.03.2015

    Sailing through the Drake Passage

    The adventure begins
    In a spectacular world of ice, unforgettable expedition experiences await you. Between mighty glaciers and majestic icebergs, the captain and crew will adapt the flexible itinerary to the constantly changing conditions and offer you the best possible experience.

    Tuesday, 17.03.2015

    South Shetland Islands , Antarctic Peninsula

    For example, on the South Shetland Islands, the first destination on your cruise into the endless ice. Numerous Zodiac rides and landings will reveal fascinating contrasts, for example, of the volcanic Deception Island. The BREMEN will travel directly into the flooded caldera to the black lava beaches – an impressive sight. Along wonderful icy panoramas populated by Weddell and fur seals, you will head for Paradise Bay. The moment you first set foot onto the Antarctic mainland will be both ceremonious and intense. Perhaps some humpback whales will follow the ship through the Neumayer Channel, a labyrinthine strait of water framed by imposing cliffs and glaciers. In Port Lockroy, you will be greeted by gentoo penguins with their striking cry, and you can send extraordinary greetings back home from the world’s southernmost post office. Mountains up to 1,000 m high flank the narrow Lemaire Channel on one of the world’s most beautiful passages. Other ships would have long since given up, but the BREMEN continues relentlessly towards the Antarctic Circle. Upon crossing this magical boundary, you will enter an exploratory territory that has been attracting brave pioneers and researchers for generations. Thanks to the highest ice class for passenger ships, the ship’s reinforced bow pushes the white surface aside and makes for the most beautiful and rarely visited regions of the Antarctic. Depending on the ice, you will reach Horseshoe Island in Marguerite Bay and travel back in time: closed since the 1960s, the British research station looks as though it was used just yesterday. A visit to the scientists at Rothera Station (subject to authorisation) will provide fascinating insights into current climate observations. And on Stonington Island, you will discover how skuas and Antarctic terns have taken possession of the researchers’ abandoned base.

    Tuesday, 17.03.2015

    Relaxation at sea (cruise through Bellingshausen Sea, Amundsen Sea and Ross Sea – 13.2 omitted due to crossing the International Date Line)

    The journey is the destination – through seas with long names
    The following days at sea beyond the Antarctic Circle will be shaped not only by fascinating expert presentations on board, but also by the golden age of Antarctic research. The BREMEN will cruise in the Bellingshausen Sea, Amundsen Sea and Ross Sea. These seas take their names from the daring explorers who boarded their vessels many years ago to travel and traverse this remote region without modern technology, putting their lives on the line. And they may well have enjoyed similar views: the polar sun ensures long days and casts its light over huge tabular icebergs and shimmering ice formations in a parade of shapes and colours that you would rarely get to see on a “normal” Antarctic expedition.

    Tuesday, 17.03.2015

    Ross Island , Terra Nova Bay , Victorialand

    In famous company on Ross Island
    The excitement builds on board: what are the ice conditions on the Ross Sea? The season is ideal, the timing perfect – how will the natural surroundings look? Can the captain steer the BREMEN through the pack ice and drifting ice to get to Ross Island? Will the weather and ice conditions allow us to land in legendary places? If the attempt is successful, you will experience unforgettable and moving moments. The history of exploration will become not just noticeable, but tangible. Cape Royds is the most westerly point on Ross Island. It was here that Ernest Shackleton built a hut in 1908 during his Nimrod expedition that served as the base camp for his attempt to reach the South Pole. Even to this day, the hut is not empty: it now hosts a large colony of Adelie penguins. Cape Evans, meanwhile, was the setting of Robert Falcon Scott’s tragic Terra Nova expedition. He set out from his hut, built in 1911, to beat Roald Amundsen to the South Pole. But he never came back. Gain an insight into the heroic era of historic Antarctic expeditions when you get to see the hut for yourself, and the places where Scott, Bowers and Wilson slept. Subject to official approval, you can also visit the American McMurdo Station. In the shadow of the modern building and the mighty Mount Erebus stands the historic Discovery hut, which was built by Scott in 1902 on his expedition of the same name. Ten years later, it also played an important role in Shackleton’s Endurance expedition: the hut served as base camp for the Ross Sea Party, the men who were to set up a provisions store deep in the endless ice for Shackleton’s planned Antarctic crossing. However, they did not know their efforts would be in vain because Shackleton’s ship had already sunk in the Weddell Sea. With a little luck, you might spot emperor penguins and orcas in this historically significant region.

    If the weather and ice allow, you will experience another indescribable highlight when cruising off the fantastic backdrop of the Ross Ice Shelf. Up to 40 m high, the massive wall of ice stretches for 750 km and ensures magical moments and a horizon the likes of which you have never seen before.

    Pure pioneering spirit! Terra Nova Bay and Victorialand

    Discovered by Scott in 1901 and named after his ship: today, Terra Nova Bay houses an Italian research station, among other things. At Cape Hallet, spectacular mountains and mighty glaciers form the backdrop for landings with the Zodiacs – a beautiful, almost unreal sight. Where the Norwegian Carsten Borchgrevink became the first person to set foot on the Antarctic mainland back in 1895, you will also go ashore if the weather and ice allow. In Cape Adare, you will follow in the footsteps of the legendary explorer – in the ruins of a hut that Borchgrevink built in 1899 and in which an expedition team spent a winter in the Antarctic for the first time. The spectacular natural surroundings are just as moving as the region’s history – including the largest colony of Adelie penguins in the Antarctic with over 250,000 breeding pairs!

    Tuesday, 17.03.2015

    Relaxation at sea

    Tuesday, 17.03.2015

    Balleny Islands/New Zealand

    Seldom visited: Australian and New Zealand Subantarctic region
    In the southern Pacific Ocean, you will discover untouched island worlds barely known in our latitudes – true natural paradises that are home to a rich animal kingdom. Some of the islands are strictly protected and may not be visited. However, the small, manoeuvrable BREMEN allows you to cruise as close as possible to the coast – even closer if the authorities permit us to land. The Balleny Islands provide a mystical setting: steep cliffs rise suddenly from the sea. And colonies of Adelie and chinstrap penguins fill the largely glaciated island group with life.

    Tuesday, 17.03.2015

    Relaxation at sea

    Tuesday, 17.03.2015

    Macquarie Island/Australia

    Macquarie Island, which already belongs to Australia and is halfway between the Antarctic and Tasmania, has a rich flora and fauna. The BREMEN will cruise off the coast of this UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site and – depending on the conditions – the Zodiacs will also take you close to the island. Between lakes, streams and swamps live large populations of king and royal penguins and fur seals.

    Tuesday, 17.03.2015

    Entspannung auf See

    Tuesday, 17.03.2015

    Campbell Island , Auckland Islands , Snares Islands/New Zealand

    Meanwhile, the world’s largest colony of southern royal albatrosses can be found on New Zealand’s Campbell Island. And on a Zodiac ride, you might be able to make out some elephant seals among the tussock grass. The Auckland Islands have the lushest flora of all the subantarctic islands. Grasslands, moors and dense ironwood forests shape a landscape that houses both yellow-eyed penguins and New Zealand sea lions, which are threatened with extinction, and which you might be lucky enough to spot from the Zodiacs. The Snares penguin, meanwhile, is a species only found on the Snares Islands, where they live alongside cape petrels and albatrosses among bizarre rock formations.

    Tuesday, 17.03.2015

    Bluff/New Zealand, arrival 6.00 hrs
    Scheduled flight to Christchurch
    Overnight stay with breakfast (mid-range hotel)

    On a Zodiac ride along the coast to the strictly protected island, you will get as close to the creatures as possible – the final highlight of an expedition packed with unique experiences that comes to an end in Bluff and that you will remember forever. Having completed a semi-circumnavigation of the Antarctic, you are now one of the few people to have explored the endless ice at close quarters and delved deep into remote worlds.

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    Optional bookable
    Tuesday, 17.03.2015

    Scheduled flight Christchurch – Singapore – Frankfurt

    Tuesday, 17.03.2015

    Arrival in Frankfurt

    Pre & Post-Program for your trip

    The following programmes can be booked.

    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:

    POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: QUEENSTOWN – CITY OF ADVENTURE

    A change in itinerary may become necessary on this expedition. The captain will decide on the best possible alternative depending on weather and ice conditions and official approval.

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    MS BREMEN - Your Personal Expedition

    The BREMEN

    Having been awarded four stars by the Berlitz Cruise Guide 2018, the BREMEN is the perfect setting for a truly personal expedition with no more than 155 guests. The wonderful experiences of nature that you will enjoy on your cruise are also reflected in the ship’s ambience. A concept in which our architects and designers break new ground to create a special sense of well-being. With carpets, patterns and materials which reflect the animal and plant kingdoms in their appearance and an awe-inspiring chandelier shaped like a school of fish, enjoy an extraordinarily authentic ship with true character.

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    Cabins & Suites

    Freedom with an ocean view: Every one of the 80 outside cabins and 2 suites on the BREMEN gives you lots of space to relax in complete comfort. The personal touch is highlighted by the little things, such as the bathrobe, the mini bar (which is refilled with soft drinks for free every day) and the live images from the forward-view camera. You can also adjust the temperature of your room to suit you. And naturally, you can always enjoy an ocean view through wide panoramic windows, through the maritime portholes or from your private balcony.
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    Culinary art, bars & lounges

    A cruise of culinary discovery: Against the backdrop of the most beautiful expedition regions, you can enjoy excellent cuisine – such as the fantastical creations and modern interpretations of our chef de cuisine here in the restaurant. On the Lido Deck, a barbecue al fresco is just as inspiring as a drink in the Panorama Lounge with its incredible views. The BREMEN Club is always a popular meeting place for breakfast, the lunch buffet or evening cocktails at the bar. Whatever place you choose, it will be just to your taste.

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    Experiences & relaxation

    Enjoy your time: Relax in the sauna, in the pool or on the sun deck. Feeling good has never been so interesting.

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    Prestigious experts on board

    Personal touch: On the BREMEN, there are many ways to add a personal touch to your expedition moments. Marvel at spectacular views of the most beautiful natural spectacles and animal worlds and absorb new information during the numerous talks held by experts. They can also compound your experiences before and after shore excursions with their precaps and recaps. Alternatively, how about a literary expedition through the well-stocked on-board library of specialist literature and fiction books?

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    Additional 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
    MS BREMEN - from Ushuaia to Bluff Semi-circumnavigation of Antarctica - An eternal route – legends and lifelong dreams
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