*You can book the camping experience directly on board. This optional activity is not included in the cruise price. More information.
Scheduled flight from Germany to Buenos Aires
City tour, overnight stay with breakfast
Charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia/Argentina,
departure 18.00 hrs
Sailing through the Drake Passage
South Shetland Islands , Weddell Sea , crossing the Antarctic Circle, Marguerite Bay , Antarctic Peninsula
South Shetland Islands, Antarctic Peninsula
Enjoy unforgettable moments when, for example, you set foot on the Antarctic mainland near to Paradise Bay. Snow-capped summits surround the bay, where icebergs the size of houses drift and glaciers tower hundreds of metres above. The gigantic glacier cliffs, such as those of Neko Harbor, provide a unique backdrop. Gentoo penguins stretch as far as the eye can see, for example on Cuverville Island. One of the most impressive shipping passages in the world is the Lemaire Channel: mountains up to 1,000 m (3,280 ft) high line the strait of water. The Neumayer Channel and Port Lockroy provide panoramic views of glaciers that are no less breathtaking.
When cruising in the Antarctic Sound, the deck becomes your front-row seat for unique natural spectacles, for example when water is suddenly parted by the fluke of a majestic whale. The Weddell Sea is home to breathtaking ice formations, some of which are as tall as a house and covered by Adelie penguins and dense pack ice. How far can your expedition ship go? For example, in 1903, the Nordenskjold expedition was forced to wait ten months to be rescued on the volcanic Paulet Island. Today, the island is home to countless penguins and, like Devil Island, makes for a very lively spectacle.
A magical boundary for seafarers and explorers: 66° 33’ S. The further south you go, the more rugged and icy the surroundings. Thick ice fields are a common sight here, the glaciers seem more dominant, and more icebergs drift on the water than in the north. The HANSEATIC nature knows no boundaries here. Where the weather and ice have more influence than ever on the route the ship will take, the experience and flexibility of the captain and expedition crew are needed more than ever. For insights into an icy world that very few experience. Simply magical.
Sailing through the Drake Passage
Ushuaia/Argentina, arrival 6.00 hrs
Charter flight to Buenos Aires
Scheduled flight from Buenos Aires to Germany
Arrival in Germany
All expeditions to Antarctica may require a change in itinerary. The captain will decide on the best possible alternative depending on weather and ice conditions. Wildlife sightings may vary from year to year.
Should the ice prevent us from crossing the Antarctic Circle, we will alternatively seek to reach the Weddell Sea. Highlights may vary in this case.
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.
The following programmes are offered in German:
Our popular pre- and post-cruise programmes include a broad spectrum of excursions and are usually accompanied by experienced Hapag-Lloyd Cruises tour guides. Recommended for guests who like to share their experiences with a group of like-minded travellers. Explore specially selected highlights of your holiday destination and enjoy the convenience of group travel – we will take care of the transfers, excursions and overnight stays.