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MS HANSEATIC - from Hamburg to Hamburg
Cruise HAN1610
16.03.2015 - 16.03.2015 (13 days)
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16.03.2015 - 16.03.2015

Around Great Britain – best of Britain

MS HANSEATIC - from Hamburg to Hamburg

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Cruise HAN1610

16.03.2015 - 16.03.2015

13 days (0 days cruise only)

    Embark on a journey through 5,000 years of turbulent British history against a backdrop of art, architecture and gardens. From Stone Age monuments to the trail of the Romans through to the contemporary avant-garde – crowned by the beauty of rugged islands and wonderful gardens.


    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 HANSEATIC

    Magical moments for explorers

    The world's only five-star expedition ship (Berlitz Cruise Guide 2018) combines adventure with excellent comfort. This provides the perfect setting for your extraordinary expedition routes with special facilities and many special on-board details - from the ship's furnishings to the first-class service provided by the crew. With no more than 175 guests on board the HANSEATIC, you can enjoy a sense of well-being with an almost familial character that you will not find any-where else.

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    Your cabins & suites on MS HANSEATIC

    Outside cabin (category 2) with portholes
    • Comfortable: 22 m² (237 sq ft) cabins
    • Ocean view: portholes on the Amundsen Deck
    • Private e-mail account (free of charge), flat screen with Internet access (for a fee), choice of films, Wi-Fi access and DVD player
    • Mini bar: free soft drinks
    • 24-hour cabin service
    Outside cabin (category 3-6) with panoramic window
    • Comfortable: 22 m² cabins
    • Ocean view: panoramic window on the Explorer Deck
    • Private e-mail account (free of charge), flat screen with Internet access (for a fee), choice of films,Wi-Fi access and DVD player
    • Mini bar: free soft drinks
    • 24-hour room service (up to category 6: 24-hour butler service)
    Suite (category 7) with panoramic window
    • Comfortable: 44 m² suite
    • Ocean view: panoramic window on the Bridge Deck
    • Private e-mail account (free of charge), flat screen with Internet access (for a fee), choice of films, Wi-Fi access and DVD player
    • Mini bar: free soft drinks
    • Exclusive: 24-hour butler service

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

    Monday, 16.03.2015

    Individual travel arrangements to Hamburg, departure 17.00 hrs

    Monday, 16.03.2015

    Relaxation at sea

    Monday, 16.03.2015

    Torquay/Britain, 12.30 – 19.30 hrs

    Counties – history’s open book
    Your cruise experience will begin with one of Great Britain’s most attractive areas: southern England. In the elegant seaside resort of Torquay, the English Riviera provided inspiration for Agatha Christie, who was born here. Dr Carsten Seick will take you to a world straight from her novels on his expert excursion: Gardens, literature and culture – a  trip with the steam train to Greenway manor house*. The Georgian villa belonged to the crime writer, who spent her holidays here. You will also discover the county’s exciting side in medieval Totnes and on a visit to Buckfast Abbey*, which was built in 1018 by Benedictine monks.

    Monday, 16.03.2015

    Scilly Isles

    England’s flourishing natural world is no less impressive than its flourishing culture: on Tresco, the second largest of the Scilly Isles, the warm Gulf Stream allows subtropical plants from all over the world to be cultivated here. Relax and enjoy the diversity of the gardens, which are unique throughout Great Britain.

    Monday, 16.03.2015

    Avonmouth (Bristol), 6.00 – 15.45 hrs (subject to the tides)

    Seldom visited by cruise ships, Bristol is another impressive location. After travelling here from Avonmouth, immerse yourself in a history dating back to Roman times. Discover historic pilgrimage and assembly sites as well as the remnants of Celtic settlements on the trail of Christianity: Wells and Glastonbury*. Feel as though transported back to the Middle Ages on a visit to Cardiff Castle*, which will bring the turbulent history behind the castle walls to life. In addition to the Norman castle, the Victorian manor house presents a vivid history with murals and stained-glass windows.

    Monday, 16.03.2015

    Holyhead/Wales, 14.00 – 19.00 hrs

    From Holyhead, you will travel along the enchanting landscape to a 13th-century castle that was highly important for England’s monarchs. To this day, regal Caernarfon Castle* is the setting for the conferment of the title of “Prince of Wales”, most recently to Prince Charles in 1969. Nature lovers can look forward to a different type of crowning highlight on the expert excursion: Bodnant Garden, one of the world’s most beautiful gardens*. Learn all about the special features of the stylish terraces­ with roses, rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias.

    Monday, 16.03.2015

    Greenock/Scotland, 11.00 – 23.00 hrs

    A realm as full-bodied as its whisky
    The Scottish coastal town of Greenock is your gateway to the rugged highlands. Pass typical villages and little lakes on a striking scenic journey to Loch Lomond*. For centuries, this has been the setting of stories and songs passed down through the generations. You could hardly imagine a more beautiful abundance of plants than here on the west coast, for which we have the Gulf Stream to thank. See some of the warm climate’s greatest creations on the expert excursion: Geilston Garden and Glenarn*. The head gardener will also seize the opportunity to welcome you with a diverse kitchen garden, herbaceous borders and a 100-year-old sequoia. The Inner Hebrides will impress as soon as you spot them from the deck, a rugged island world off Scotland’s coast. Here, the wind and weather have shaped raw natural beauty. The Zodiacs and a range of shore excursions will bring you close to nature and culture.

    Monday, 16.03.2015

    Islay, 13.30 – 18.30 hrs

    For the first time, the HANSEATIC will visit Port Ellen in the south of Islay. The panoramic view of the “Queen of the Whisky Islands” is shaped by a broad, undulating landscape up to 500 m high. This is fertile ground for producing the famous single-malt whiskies of the Isle of Islay*, their peaty and smoky taste reflecting the region’s allure. Passage through the Sound of Islay will also showcase the natural character of this place. The sun sets late and, if the weather is good, the panoramic coastal views will glow as if in a very special summer night’s dream.

    Monday, 16.03.2015

    Cruising off Fingal’s Cave/Staffa

    Experience the creations of wild nature when the HANSEATIC cruises off the Hebridean island of Staffa. Thousands of years of spray breaking against the cliffs have formed the famous basalt Fingal’s Cave, which inspired Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy to compose his Hebrides overture. Even from the sea, the Scottish Orkney Islands hint at their fascinating secrets – a mystical aura surrounds the rough and imposing steep cliffs.

    Monday, 16.03.2015

    Stromness/Orkney Islands, 7.00 – 17.00 hrs

    From Stromness, you will travel back to the islands’ early history on a scenic journey to the Ring of Brodgar, Skara Brae and Skaill House*. What was the purpose of the formidable stone circle, built around 2,700 BCE? What was life like in a Neolithic settlement or in a venerable manor house in the 17th century? Without question, the pure natural beauty of the area is a thrilling sight – as you will discover on the excursion Wind, water and walking: active on the Orkneys*.

    Monday, 16.03.2015

    Aberdeen/Scotland, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

    In north-east Scotland, cultural traditions and modern industry come together at the mouth of the rivers Dee and Don. Aberdeen, the city of flowers and granite*, fascinates with its tropical winter gardens in Duthie Park as well as its massive granite buildings and old town. You will also get a taste of the Scottish soul on a visit to a historic whisky distillery and Dunnottar Castle*, once the home of the Scottish crown jewels.

    Monday, 16.03.2015

    Leith (Edinburgh), 11.00 – 19.30 hrs

    Be in royal company in Leith: the Britannia, the former Royal Yacht, has been anchored in Edinburgh since 1997. Just as majestic is the castle in the middle of the city, which sits on an extinct volcano – just one of the highlights of your exploration of Edinburgh with a tour of the castle*, home to many Scottish kings. Your many impressions will be rounded off in style by the expert excursion: the Royal Botanic Garden*. This is one of the oldest in Europe, with majestic trees and the Queen Mother’s Memorial Gardens. A magnificent and stylish setting in which to reflect on your “Best of Britain” expedition.

    Monday, 16.03.2015

    Relaxation at sea

    Monday, 16.03.2015

    Hamburg, arrival 9.00 hrs
    Individual travel arrangements from cruise arrival point

    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:

    YOUR PRIVATE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS – HAMBURG

    * The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.

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    Your specialist for Britain’s gardens

    A skilled landscape gardener who has studied the history of garden art, Dr Carsten Seick has been travelling the British Isles since he was a child. He studied at University College London and has worked in both the Museum of London and Kensington Palace.


    MS HANSEATIC - Your Personal Expedition

    The HANSEATIC

    The world's only five-star expedition ship (Berlitz Cruise Guide 2018) combines adventure with excellent comfort. This provides the perfect setting for your extraordinary expedition routes with special facilities and many special on-board details - from the ship's furnishings to the first-class service provided by the crew. With no more than 175 guests on board the HANSEATIC, you can enjoy a sense of well-being with an almost familial character that you will not find any-where else.

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    Cabins & suites

    Feel at home on the open sea: What could be better than travelling in the most remote regions of the world and yet still feeling right at home? The HANSEATIC’s state-of-the-art cabins and suites measuring 22 m²/237 ft² and 44 m²/474 ft², respectively, ensure that you have plenty of room to enjoy and recall your diverse discoveries and impressions in a relaxed frame of mind. The many details make your cruise especially enjoyable: tasteful furnishings, lighting designed to create a pleasing ambience and a mini bar that is replenished daily with refreshing non-alcoholic beverages free of charge. After all, when your days are thrilling, you need a place to relax.
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    Culinary art, bars & lounges

    Gourmets together: A place in the main restaurant, Marco Polo, is already reserved for your journey into delicious culinary worlds. Discover the creative gastronomic variety and discerning gourmet philosophy of our top chefs against the backdrop of the most beautiful expedition regions. Bistro Lemaire offers a variety of culinary treats - from the breakfast and lunch buffets through to the incomparable "Ethno Dinner", which reinterprets the exotic diversity of various cruise destinations.

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    Experiences & relaxation

    Your time: The HANSEATIC invites you to live out your exploratory urges and spend your time however you wish. Enjoy active relaxation in the fitness room with ocean view or in the whirlpool.

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    Prestigious experts on board

    Room for inspiring moments: Share your impressions with like-minded guests and experts in the Observation Lounge with a 180° panoramic view and piano music in the evenings, for example. Explorers will meet in the Explorer Lounge, where the experts will prepare for and follow up on the trips ashore. The Darwin Hall presentation room, where specialists share their knowledge, will also be a focal point. Laptops and microscopes are available for loan and will help you to enhance your experiences.

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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
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