from Dublin to Reykjavik
12 days (11 days cruise only)
Extend your stay with the previous cruise HAN1810 and save € 200 per person. Extend your stay with the subsequent cruise HAN1812 and save € 300 per person. (Applies to categories 2 – 7)
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.
Scheduled flight from Germany to Dublin
Dublin/Ireland, departure 18.00 hrs
Belfast/Northern Ireland, from 8.00 to 18.00 hrs
Belfast, where the heart of Northern Ireland beats, is where your fascinating expedition between the Irish Sea and Arctic Circle begins. Learn all about the story of the most famous ship to be launched from the major shipyard Harland & Wolff at the Titanic interactive centre* with its extensive exhibition. You can expect to see some giants made of lava and basalt on a trip to see Giant’s Causeway and the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge*. Formed as the result of a volcanic eruption about 60 million years ago, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is a geological marvel: this impressive natural monument is made up of over 37,000 basalt columns. A true monument to whiskey awaits you on a visit to the Old Bushmills Distillery*, where you can taste the finest whiskies from one of the world’s oldest distilleries.
Cruising on Upper Loch Fyne and around Ailsa Craig
Enjoy the views from the deck when the HANSEATIC cruises on Upper Loch Fyne and then passes by the rocky island of Ailsa Craig. You may be able to observe some northern gannets and auks.
Rathlin Island/Northern Ireland , Inner Hebrides/Scotland (Sound of Islay, Iona, Staffa)
The landing on Rathlin Island is also about exciting encounters with animals: compared with the island’s nearly 100 human inhabitants, the many kittiwakes and puffins are clearly in the majority. The passage through the Sound of Islay is no less impressive. Wonderfully contoured natural scenes of the Inner Hebrides unfold on the banks of the sound. Just as on Iona, which is famous for being the cradle of Scottish Christianisation for centuries. As well as an abbey, there are also the graves of more than 60 kings, including the Scottish king Macbeth, on this island. You can discover the monuments of wild nature when cruising off Staffa. Thousands of years of spray breaking against the cliffs formed the basalt Fingal’s Cave, which inspired Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy to compose his Hebrides overture.
Outer Hebrides (cruising off St Kilda and Boreray)
Literally as solid as a rock: the steep, towering “stacks” emerge off the coast of the seldom-visited island group of St Kilda. According to official specifications, the Zodiacs will cruise off the main island of Hirta with its typical stone bothies and grazing sheep. On the uninhabited island of Boreray lives a rare, horned breed of sheep of the same name. There, you will also cruise past the bird-inhabited cliffs.
The HANSEATIC will take you even further into the soul of Scotland. From the charming little coastal town of Ullapool, you will be able to follow the trail of the secrets of Loch Ness, Inverness and Urquhart Castle*. Their magic will probably only be outdone by an alternative West Highlands panoramic trip*. You will be surrounded by blooms in Inverewe Garden*, where the effects of the Gulf Stream allows subtropical plants from all over the world to flourish.
In the picturesque fishing village of Portree on Skye, you will encounter colourful houses which stand out in contrast against the black cliffs and green highlands. Explore your surroundings on a panoramic trip on the Isle of Skye* or during a visit to Eilean Donan Castle*, where scenes from the film Highlander were shot.
The island of Lewis also has an interesting history to tell. How did the mysterious, 4,000-year-old stone circles of Callanish* come about? And what would Scotland be without tweed? On a scenic journey to Harris*, you can learn how it is made in a traditional factory.
Relaxation at sea
Westman Islands/Iceland (Heimaey, cruising around Surtsey)
Heimaey, the largest of the Westman Islands and situated to the south of Iceland, is an explorer’s paradise. An island tour* takes you to petrified victims of the Eldfell volcanic eruption of 1973. Surtsey, an island which is a strictly protected nature conservation area, indicates the creative power of primeval forces: the volcanic island, which emerged only around 50 years ago, may only be accessed by scientists who want to observe how life is developing here.
Reykjavik/Iceland, arrival 7.00 hrs
Lasting impressions of a visit to Reykjavik are the perfect way to round off your expedition experiences between mystical expanses, a rich animal kingdom and great natural spectacles.
Island tour, overnight stay with breakfast
Travel to Keflavik Scheduled flight from Keflavik to Germany
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:
Our proven pre and post programs cover a wide range of excursions and experiences and are accompanied by experienced Hapag-Lloyd Cruises tour guides. For all travelers who like to share experiences in a group of like-minded people.
Our travel concierge will be pleased to tailor exclusive travel arrangements to your wishes. From trendy design hotels to luxury beach resorts to insider tips for the most exciting metropolises - exclusive recommendations can be found here and at www.hl-cruises.com/travel-concierge. Your travel concierge is available to you before traveling and on board.
* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to change.
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.More information
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.
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.
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.