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HANSEATIC inspiration - from Inchon (Seoul) to Otaru

Unknown Japan and South Korea - Far East realms, up-close

HANSEATIC inspiration - from Inchon (Seoul) to Otaru
Cruise INS2208
18.05.2022 - 30.05.2022 (12 days)
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    Cruise
    INS2208
    Cruise dates
    18.05.2022 - 30.05.2022

    Trendy and traditional, bustling and calm: discover Korean contrasts and the secret faces of a mysterious island realm on the seldom-visited west coast of Japan.


    International cruise
    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 previous cruise INS2207 and save € 300 per person. (Applies to Categories 1 – 10)

    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
    INS2208
    Cruise dates
    18.05.2022 - 30.05.2022

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    Optional bookable
    Tuesday, 17.05.2022

    Scheduled flight from Germany to Seoul

    Wednesday, 18.05.2022

    Inchon (Seoul)/South Korea, departure 21.00 hrs

    Thursday, 19.05.2022

    Relaxation at sea

    Friday, 20.05.2022

    Busan/South Korea, from 11.30 to 20.00 hrs

    Enter the fascinating Far East in South Korea. Our optional pre-cruise programmes enable you to start your experience by getting to know the metropolis of Seoul or tracing the footsteps of Korean history. From Busan, explore the relics of the old Silla dynasty in Gyeongju – a UNESCO World Heritage Site*, while the alternative coastal walk through Igidae Park* with its small suspension bridges reveals Korea’s close relationship with nature. The HANSEATIC inspiration will then set off along the Korea Strait. Further exciting experiences of the Far East await you in Japanese territorial waters.

    Saturday, 21.05.2022

    Karatsu/Japan, from 7.00 to 17.00 hrs

    Japan is just like a haiku, its traditional short-form poem: its connections only become evident with experience. Your cruise with the HANSEATIC inspiration will steer you in exactly the right direction to increase your understanding of Japan. Set a course for profound insights into Japanese culture and nature – for example in Karatsu, when you explore the centre of this coastal resort and its pine forests. Opt to explore on your own or take a group excursion to Karatsu Castle*: this pagoda-style castle is one of the most beautiful in Japan. Its splendid garden is testament to the power of the Ogasawara clan from the 17th century.

    Sunday, 22.05.2022

    Miyajima, from 8.00 to 13.00 hrs
    Hiroshima, from 14.00 to 20.00 hrs

    The picturesque coastal landscapes of the sacred island of Miyajima have inspired both art and literature. After landing, discover its allure: the Itsukushima Shrine is one of Japan’s most famous landmarks. At high tide, the famous red gate is reflected in the water, symbolising the ancient veneration of nature characteristic of Shintoism. Hiroshima symbolises a very eventful period in modern history – your exploration of the area will be shaped by memorials. The witness to global history* excursion will touch on the tragic events of 1945 and take you to the Peace Memorial Park, designed by star architect Kenzo Tange.

    Monday, 23.05.2022

    Beppu, from 7.00 to 17.00 hrs

    Follow in the footsteps of the samurai in the spa resort of Beppu. These warriors often asked for support from the deities while bathing in hot water. When you ease yourself into the hot thermal waters during your visit to an onsen*, you will also be able to partake in this relaxing tradition. The more than 60 stone Buddhas in Usuki*, made from lava and tuff around 1,000 years ago, are a special expression of Japan’s religion.

    Tuesday, 24.05.2022

    Hamada, from 8.00 to 14.00 hrs

    The HANSEATIC inspiration will leave the inland sea, passing through the Kanmon Straits between the main islands of Kyushu and Honshu, and back into the Sea of Japan. Hamada is located on the coast, against a backdrop of verdant hilly ridges. A premiere destination for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, a gateway to a wondrous past for you. On a visit to the Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine*, explore the more than 400-year-old history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Wednesday, 25.05.2022

    Maizuru, from 8.00 to 19.00 hrs

    Just like a “crane spreading its wings” – which is what the name of this harbour town means – your understanding of belief systems of the Far East will unfold in Maizuru. From here, you will travel to the spiritual centre of the country: Kyoto – the old imperial city* with its myriad temples and extravagantly decorated shrines. After your visit to the Golden Pavilion, you will admire Nijo Castle, or focus on the rich natural landscape: the Amanohashidate sandbar is as delicate as Japanese calligraphy. Enjoy a natural experience on the “bridge to heaven”* – walk through one of Japan’s most beautiful landscapes with around 8,000 pine trees and long sandy beaches.

    Thursday, 26.05.2022

    Kanazawa, from 7.00 to 20.00 hrs

    Architectural charm is an inherent part of Kanazawa, with its old geisha and samurai houses and the famous Kenroku-en Garden* – the perfect combination of vastness and seclusion, craftsmanship and tradition. The historic villages of Shirakawa-go* will add to these aesthetic impressions with architectural masterpieces in the gassho-zukuri, or “folded hands”, style. The Eihei-ji Temple* comprises more than 60 different buildings. It is among the most important sites of Zen Buddhism, which is said to reveal the true nature of people and show things as they really are.

    Friday, 27.05.2022

    Sado Island, from 8.00 to 17.00 hrs

    Religious beliefs also characterised the classic Noh theatre. Many Noh stages can be found on Sado Island. Just as exotic are the wooden “washtub boats” traditionally used by the fisherwomen of Sado*. Try them for yourself during a tour of the port.

    Saturday, 28.05.2022

    Noshiro, from 8.00 to 19.00 hrs

    Further north, impressive natural beauty reveals itself: close to Noshiro in the far north of Honshu, explore the green hinterland and the Shirakami-Sanchi beech forest*, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also discover the tranquillity of the northern island of Hokkaido.

    Sunday, 29.05.2022

    Hakodate, from 7.00 to 13.00 hrs

    From Hakodate, visit Onuma Quasi-National Park* with its volcano, birds and rich vegetation. Return home enriched by your impressions – your questions about many aspects of Asia replaced with in-depth knowledge.

    Monday, 30.05.2022

    Otaru (Sapporo)/Japan, arrival 8.00 hrs

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    Optional bookable
    Monday, 30.05.2022

    Journey to Sapporo
    Scheduled flight to Tokyo
    Overnight stay with breakfast

    Tuesday, 31.05.2022

    Scheduled flight from Tokyo to Germany

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

    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: THE CONTRASTS OF SEOUL
    PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF KOREAN HISTORY
    POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: TOKYO – TRADITION AND MODERNITY
    POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: IMPERIAL CITIES OF JAPAN – TOKYO, KYOTO AND NARA
    Cruise
    INS2208
    Cruise dates
    18.05.2022 - 30.05.2022

    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.

    Here you see more information about the cabins & suites

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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
    INS2208
    Cruise dates
    18.05.2022 - 30.05.2022
    Cruise
    INS2208
    Cruise dates
    18.05.2022 - 30.05.2022
    Price specials - Attractive combination discount

    Extend your stay with the previous cruise INS2207 and save € 300 per person. (Applies to Categories 1 – 10)

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