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HANSEATIC inspiration - from Ushuaia to Lyttelton (Christchurch)

Semi-circumnavigation of Antarctica - exploring the white wilderness

HANSEATIC inspiration - from Ushuaia to Lyttelton (Christchurch)
Cruise INS2203
05.02.2022 - 10.03.2022 (33 days)
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    Cruise
    INS2203
    Cruise dates
    05.02.2022 - 10.03.2022

    The Antarctic and a semi-circumnavigation with the HANSEATIC inspiration – no other expeditions compare with these experiences. With the highest ice class (PC6) and driven by a pioneering spirit, the ship sets sail for icy worlds that few people have laid eyes on before. Brave the extremes and become a polar explorer.


    International cruise
    Expedition
    Non smoking
    Extend your cruise ashore
    This is an international cruise (on-board languages: German and English) [Read more]
    Price specials - Attractive combination discount

    Extend your stay with the subsequent cruise INS2204 and save € 500 per person. (Applies to Categories 1 – 10)


    Special offer for single travellers

    The surcharge for single travellers on this cruise (Categories 1 – 8) is only 20 %.

    The highlights of this cruise

    Be inspired by our cruise film and enjoy a preview of the destinations of this cruise with the HANSEATIC inspiration from unique perspectives.

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    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
    INS2203
    Cruise dates
    05.02.2022 - 10.03.2022

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    Optional bookable
    Thursday, 03.02.2022

    Scheduled flight from Germany to Buenos Aires

    Friday, 04.02.2022

    City tour
    Overnight stay with breakfast

    Saturday, 05.02.2022

    Charter flight to Ushuaia/Argentina, departure 18.00 hrs

    Sunday, 06.02.2022

    Sailing through the Drake Passage

    Monday, 07.02.2022 to
    Saturday, 12.02.2022

    South Shetland Islands , Antarctic Peninsula

    The semi-circumnavigation of the Antarctic is something very special for those in search of an unforgettable expedition. The HANSEATIC inspiration is embarking on this nautical experience for the very first time with an unbelievable route from South America to New Zealand. The captain and crew will adapt the itinerary to the constantly changing conditions – starting with the South Shetland Islands. Towering basalt cliffs, rugged volcanic rock and black volcanic beaches herald an impressive destination: the Antarctic Peninsula. Icebergs, glaciers and majestic mountains – populated by penguins, seals and a huge variety of seabirds. A small manoeuvrable expedition ship like the HANSEATIC inspiration promises unforgettable days here. Numerous Zodiac rides and landings heighten the sense of discovery. Stories of pioneers are brought to life on islands, in bays and in seas with names harking back to great explorers. Whether in the footsteps of James Clark Ross, Robert Falcon Scott or Sir Ernest Shackleton – you’ll follow their pioneering spirit on your expedition.

    Sunday, 13.02.2022 to
    Monday, 21.02.2022

    Relaxation at sea
    (cruising through Bellingshausen Sea, Amundsen Sea and Ross Sea – 21 February omitted due to crossing the International Date Line)

    Depending on the ice and weather conditions, the HANSEATIC inspiration will head to Deception Island. Marvel at the extinct volcano all around you as the ship sails into the centre of the flooded caldera and takes you to the black volcanic beaches. Along wonderful icy panoramas populated by Weddell and fur seals, you will head for Paradise Bay and its drifting icebergs. Perhaps some humpback whales will follow the ship through the Neumayer Channel, a labyrinthine strait of water framed by a bizarre coastline of cliffs and ice. In Port Lockroy, you will be greeted by gentoo penguins with their striking cry, and you can send a unique greeting home from the world’s southernmost post office. Mountains up to 1,000 m (3,281 ft) high flank the narrow Lemaire Channel on one of the world’s most beautiful sea passages. Keep an eye out for gentoo and Adelie penguins and the blue-eyed cormorants that have their breeding colonies on Petermann Island. Other ships have long had to turn back at this point, but the HANSEATIC inspiration is able to cross the Antarctic Circle and head for more Antarctic adventures. It is hard to imagine living in this isolation as a scientist, but the remains of a hut and a plaque at the cape of Prospect Point serve as reminders that some once did.
    With the highest ice class for passenger ships, the HANSEATIC inspiration can forge its way to the most beautiful and rarely visited regions such as Marguerite Bay and a British research station dating back to the 1960s. On Stonington Island, you will discover how skuas and Antarctic terns have taken possession of the researchers’ abandoned base. The following days at sea will be shaped not only by fascinating expert presentations on board, but also by the golden age of Antarctic research as the HANSEATIC inspiration cruises 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 this remote region without modern technology, putting their lives on the line. And they may well have been just as impressed as you are by similar views.

    Tuesday, 22.02.2022 to
    Sunday, 27.02.2022

    Ross Island , Terra Nova Bay , Victoria Land

    The excitement builds on board: what are the ice conditions on the Ross Sea? It is the ideal season, the perfect timing – can the HANSEATIC inspiration make its way 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 such as Cape Royds? The spot where Sir Ernest Shackleton built a base camp for his South Pole expedition in 1908 is now home to penguins. Cape Evans, by contrast, set the scene for the Terra Nova expedition led by Robert Falcon Scott, who never returned from his attempt to beat Roald Amundsen to the South Pole. The American McMurdo Station will also bring polar history to life (subject to authorisation). In the shadow of the modern building and the mighty Mount Erebus stands the Discovery hut built by Scott in 1902. A good ten years later, it also played an important part in Shackleton’s Endurance expedition as a base camp for the planned crossing of Antarctica. With a little luck, you might spot emperor penguins and whales in this historically significant region. Another indescribable highlight awaits as you cruise in front of the fantastic backdrop of the Ross Ice Shelf: the gigantic wall of ice as tall as houses stretches for hundreds of kilometres. Next, Victoria Land welcomes you with an endless expanse in Terra Nova Bay, named after the ship that Scott was sailing in when he discovered the bay in 1901. The features here now include an Italian research station. In Cape Adare, you will find the ruins of a hut that Borchgrevink built in 1899 and in which an expedition team spent a winter in Antarctica for the first time. The spectacular natural surroundings are just as moving as the region’s past – including the largest colony of Adelie penguins in Antarctica with over 250,000 breeding pairs.

    Monday, 28.02.2022

    Relaxation at sea

    Tuesday, 01.03.2022

    Cruising off the Balleny Islands/New Zealand

    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. The small, manoeuvrable HANSEATIC inspiration allows you to cruise as closely as possible to the coast – even closer if the authorities permit us to land. The largely glaciated Balleny Islands offer mystical sights.

    Wednesday, 02.03.2022 to
    Thursday, 03.03.2022

    Relaxation at sea

    Friday, 04.03.2022

    Macquarie Island/Australia

    If authorisation is granted, you can watch king and royal penguins and fur seals on Macquarie Island.

    Saturday, 05.03.2022

    Relaxation at sea

    Sunday, 06.03.2022 to
    Tuesday, 08.03.2022

    Campbell Island , Auckland Islands , cruising off the Snares Islands/New Zealand

    The world’s largest breeding colony of southern royal albatrosses can be found on Campbell Island. And on a Zodiac ride, you might be able to make out some elephant seals among the tussock grass. With grasslands, moors and dense rata forests, the Auckland Islands have the lushest flora of all the subantarctic islands. As well as yellow-eyed penguins, New Zealand sea lions also live here. The Snares penguin, meanwhile, is only found on the Snares Islands, where they live alongside cape petrels and albatrosses among bizarre rock formations. It will become particularly striking here that by making this semi-circumnavigation of the Antarctic, you are one of the few people who have delved deep into the secrets of this remote region.

    Wednesday, 09.03.2022

    Relaxation at sea

    Thursday, 10.03.2022

    Lyttelton (Christchurch)/New Zealand, arrival 6.00 hrs

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    Optional bookable
    Thursday, 10.03.2022

    Scheduled flight from Christchurch to Germany

    Friday, 11.03.2022

    Arrival in Germany

    The itinerary depends on weather and ice conditions and on official approval (1.3 – 8.3.2022). The natural experiences and wildlife sightings described are possibilities on this expedition and are not guaranteed.

    Pre-cruise and post-cruise programmes 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.

    The following programmes are offered in German:

    Our proven pre- and post-cruise programmes

    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.

    PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: IGUACU
    PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: USHUAIA – DISCOVERIES AT THE ENDS OF THE EARTH
    PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME C: BUENOS AIRES – TIME FOR EXPLORATION
    POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: CHRISTCHURCH – THE VICTORIAN GARDEN CITY

    Individual travel arrangements

    Our travel concierge would be happy to put together travel arrangements tailored to your very own preferences. Whether you’re interested in boutique hotels, luxurious beach resorts, theatre-ticket reservations or restaurant recommendations in the most exciting cities, you can find exclusive tips here and by visiting www.hl-cruises.com/travel-concierge. Our travel concierge will be at your service before the cruise and when on board, of course.

    YOUR INDIVIDUAL TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS – NEW ZEALAND
    Cruise
    INS2203
    Cruise dates
    05.02.2022 - 10.03.2022

    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
    INS2203
    Cruise dates
    05.02.2022 - 10.03.2022
    Cruise
    INS2203
    Cruise dates
    05.02.2022 - 10.03.2022
    Price specials - Attractive combination discount

    Extend your stay with the subsequent cruise INS2204 and save € 500 per person. (Applies to Categories 1 – 10)


    Special offer for single travellers

    The surcharge for single travellers on this cruise (Categories 1 – 8) is only 20 %.

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