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HANSEATIC inspiration - from Travemuende to Hamburg

Short cruise North Sea - Frisian Island stories

HANSEATIC inspiration - from Travemuende to Hamburg
Cruise INS2111
12.05.2021 - 17.05.2021 (5 days)
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    Cruise
    INS2111
    Cruise dates
    12.05.2021 - 17.05.2021

    In the wonderful world of the Wadden Sea, tidal currents and a vast sky, enjoy natural adventures on the North Sea islands of Texel, Borkum and Sylt with the HANSEATIC inspiration.


    Short Trip
    International cruise
    This is an international cruise (on-board languages: German and English) [Read more]

    The highlights of this cruise

    Your ship - HANSEATIC inspiration

    The new expedition class

    The HANSEATIC inspiration was launched in October 2019.

    The wind in your hair and the spray on your skin – become an explorer under an open sky. This is why our ships have more open deck space than any other expedition ship. Hear the ice crack as you stand on the bow. Or discover the dense mangrove forests of the Amazon from various perspectives as they pass by at arm’s length.

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    Your cabins & suites on HANSEATIC inspiration

    Outside Cabin
    • approx. 22 m²/237 ft² cabins on Deck 4, 5 and 6
    • Heated wall in the bathroom
    • Rain shower
    • Free mini bar (soft drinks)
    • Coffee machine
    • Separable beds
    • 24-hour cabin service
    Panoramic Cabin
    • approx. 21 m²/226 ft² Cabins on Deck 5
    • Heated wall in bathroom
    • Rain shower
    • Free mini bar (soft drinks)
    • Coffee machine
    • Separable beds
    • 24-hour cabin service
    • There is one cabin with fully accessible layout and equipment (cabin 404)
    French Balcony Cabin
    • approx. 21/23 m² (226 ft²/248 ft²) Cabins on Deck 6 and 7
    • Heated wall in the bathroom
    • Rain shower
    • Free mini bar (soft drinks)
    • Coffee machine
    • Separable beds
    • 24-hour cabin service
    Balcony Cabin
    • approx. 27 m²/291 ft² Cabins incl. balcony (approx. 5 m²/54 ft²) on Deck 5, 6 and 7
    • Heated wall in the bathroom
    • Rain shower
    • Free mini bar (soft drinks)
    • Coffee machine
    • Separable beds
    • 24-hour cabin service
    Junior Suite
    • approx. 42 m²/452 ft² Suites on Deck 6 and 7
    • including private balcony (approx. 6 m²/65 ft²)
    • Separate living and sleeping areas
    • Separate dining area
    • Sleeping area with panoramic view
    • Separable beds
    • TV in living and sleeping areas
    • Bathroom with two sinks and rain shower
    • Steam sauna in shower area
    • Heated wall in bathroom
    • Free mini bar with a selection of spirits
    • Coffee machine
    • 24-hour cabin service
    • Butler service
    • Fixed table reservation in the main restaurant, if desired
    Grand Suite
    • approx. 71 m²/764 ft² Suites on Deck 6 and 7
    • including private veranda (approx. 16 m²/172 ft²) with space heaters
    • Separate living and sleeping areas
    • Separate dining area
    • Sleeping area with panoramic view
    • Separable beds
    • TV in living and sleeping areas
    • Daylight bathroom with two sinks, free-standing bath, rain shower and veranda access
    • Steam sauna in shower area
    • Heated wall in bathroom
    • Separate toilet
    • Free mini bar with a selection of spirits
    • Coffee machine
    • 24-hour cabin service
    • Butler service
    • Fixed table reservation in the main restaurant, if desired
    • Free choice of Zodiac group
    Cruise
    INS2111
    Cruise dates
    12.05.2021 - 17.05.2021

    At anchor

    Wednesday, 12.05.2021

    Individual travel arrangements to Travemunde
    Travemunde, departure 22.00 hrs

    Salt on your lips and the wind in your hair: this short cruise on the HANSEATIC inspiration will take you up-close to the secrets of a unique habitat. The Wadden Sea blurs the lines between the elements. The ebb and flow, the endless coming and going, creates a landscape of salt flats, dunes, tidal creeks and surf zones, constantly changing shape with the currents. Texel, Borkum and Sylt will enchant you with landscapes full of character and a rugged charm. Each island has its own personality – and each encounter will bring thrilling discoveries.

    Thursday, 13.05.2021

    Daytime passage through the Kiel Canal

    Your cruise begins with a shortcut: the Kiel Canal travels across the German state of Schleswig-Holstein, removing the need to circumnavigate Jutland. As you pass through, the geest landscape and Eider-Treene Depression glide by as though pulled by a string. Make sure to be on deck when the ship is raised through the lock in Brunsbuttel. Where the Elbe broadens out to join the North Sea, you will find the gateway to a world of wind and water.

    Friday, 14.05.2021

    Texel/Netherlands, from 9.30 to 19.00 hrs

    Seals and grey seals live off the Dutch island of Texel. They love to doze on the sandbanks and be warmed by the sun. If you can resist this temptation, enjoy the island’s harmonious colours on a walk between the heather, dykes and beaches. Texel sheep are true islanders. Unimpressed by the wind, they graze on the dykes in large herds. A hike in the De Slufter nature reserve* allows you to experience the Wadden Sea with all your senses and watch the animals that live in this “in-between” area. Eider ducks, little terns and skylarks breed in the protected area, which floods during storms. On the salt flats, interspersed with picturesque tidal creeks, only those plants that have perfectly adapted to the harsh conditions can grow, including sea lavender and sea thrift. A visit to the Ecomare information centre* in the middle of Texel National Park will tell you more about the Wadden Sea’s marine ecosystem. The associated bird and seal rescue centre looks after sick animals and pups.

    Saturday, 15.05.2021

    Borkum, from 8.00 to 16.00 hrs

    Breathe deeply: Borkum’s tangy, iodine-infused air is not just healthy; it also revives the senses. A fresh breeze will encourage you to explore between the dazzling dune landscapes and the heather. Stunning paths lead into the island’s interior, where orchids grow on salt flats and birds of prey live in the forests. Between the island and the mainland, the Wadden Sea is constantly moving: water flows into the mud through the inlets between the islands and forms flowing transitions between the land and the exposed seabed. Tidal creeks border sandy patches of land, seaweed and mussels grow on sandbanks and the water draws sublime patterns with its waves. Travelling alone on this vast expanse would be perilous. Not to fear! Your expert guide will take you safely to the biosphere reserve on a hike through the mudflats of the national park in Borkum* and return you to the mainland. Learn about safety, and above all about rescues at sea, on a visit to a DGzRS sea rescue cruiser*, one of 20 ships that the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service uses on the North and Baltic Seas. This is a great opportunity to explore an engine room and learn more about operational planning and rescues at sea on the ship’s flying bridge.

    Sunday, 16.05.2021

    List/Sylt, from 6.00 to 16.00 hrs
    (lay time subject to the tides)

    Wooden stages in the water and dazzling dunes under an endless sky – Sylt is a dream landscape out at sea and one of Germany’s most popular islands. Cotton grass meadows, cliffs and coastal panoramas with spectacular cloud formations create a unique fascination. The island itself bears witness to the power of the tides and wind, its coastlines constantly reshaped by severe weather and currents. The best way to experience the inimitable character of Schleswig-Holstein’s Wadden Sea, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is on a walk on the mudflats of Blidsel Bay*. Walk barefoot across the soft mud and feel a multitude of lifeforms beneath your toes. These include “Sylter Royal” oysters, which are cultivated on banks in the bay and rinsed with nutrient-rich water at high tide. Explore the island on a vintage bus* and get to know Sylt’s most beautiful parts on dry land. Your journey will take you through a wandering dune landscape, past villages such as Wenningstedt, Westerland and Hornum until you reach Keitum with its thatched-roof houses. Taking an e-bike across the island* is a truly moving way to explore. Stunning views along the “elbow” will bring peace to your soul before you sample speciality cakes in one of Kampen’s traditional cafes.

    Monday, 17.05.2021

    Hamburg, arrival 7.00 hrs
    Individual travel arrangements from cruise arrival point

     

    The itinerary depends on weather conditions. The natural experiences and wildlife sightings described are possibilities on this expedition and are not guaranteed.

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

    Cruise
    INS2111
    Cruise dates
    12.05.2021 - 17.05.2021

    HANSEATIC inspiration - The new expedition class

    HANSEATIC inspiration

    The HANSEATIC inspiration can accommodate up to 230 guests (or just 199 for Antarctic expeditions and cruises around Spitsbergen).

    What makes an expedition your expedition? The freedom to choose! The new expedition class is setting standards in variety, comfort and personal space.

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    Cabins & Suites

    In the HANSEATIC inspiration cabins and suites, curved lines, natural colours and premium materials come together in a harmonious room concept that promises – and delivers – pure relaxation.

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    Restaurants

    Come with us on a culinary voyage of discovery around the globe: on board, three spacious first-class restaurants create a unique and indulgent combination of expedition spirit and international gourmet cuisine. Spend your days and evenings however you wish thanks to flexible mealtimes, a free choice of seating and attentive 24-hour cabin service.

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    Fitness & Wellness

    A breathtaking Zodiac ride, a challenging hike, a day in the Arctic ice – then close your eyes, feel the heat and indulge your senses.

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    Knowledge on board

    Your shore excursions and Zodiac rides will be accompanied by countless natural wonders that will leave you speechless. But to see the bigger picture, you need to understand the background. The HANSEATIC inspiration takes your expedition to the next level with fascinating presentations, personal studies in the Ocean Academy and the perfect equipment for the research trip of your life.

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    Cruise
    INS2111
    Cruise dates
    12.05.2021 - 17.05.2021
    Cruise
    INS2111
    Cruise dates
    12.05.2021 - 17.05.2021
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