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HANSEATIC inspiration - from Hamburg to Hamburg

New discoveries close to home: France, Belgium and Friesland - varied coasts and tales of the high seas

HANSEATIC inspiration - from Hamburg to Hamburg
Cruise INS2240
24.04.2022 - 04.05.2022 (10 days)
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    Cruise
    INS2240
    Cruise dates
    24.04.2022 - 04.05.2022

    • Spring awakening from France to Friesland: a route with exceptional destinations
    • A small ship makes it possible: island tales and natural adventures on Texel, Helgoland and Borkum 
    • Wild France: Normandy and Brittany inspire with endless Atlantic skies, secluded beaches and landscapes full of contrasts
    • Exclusive city experience: enjoy the alleys and canals of Amsterdam at your leisure
    • Experts share background information and provide knowledgeable commentary on fascinating passages


    International cruise
    This is an international cruise (on-board languages: German and English) [Read more]
    Price specials
    • 50 % reduction on the regular cruise-only price (for double occupancy, valid for Cat. 1 – 9)
    • Note: Our website shows the starting prices with the reduction applied already
    • Single travellers pay no surcharge (Cat. 1 – 8) on the regular cruise-only price
    • Offer cannot be combined with other discounts

    The highlights of this cruise

    Your ship - HANSEATIC inspiration

    The new expedition class

    The naming ceremony of the HANSEATIC inspiration took place in Hamburg on 11 October 2019. Together with its structurally identically sister ships HANSEATIC nature (2019) and HANSEATIC spirit (2021), the small and state-of-the-art expedition ship explores remote destinations and visits the world’s most fascinating natural landscapes on challenging routes.

    The new expedition class – which offers space for a maximum of 230 guests (or 199 guests on Antarctic cruises and Spitsbergen circumnavigations) – sets standards in terms of variety, comfort and personal space. This is why our ship has more open deck space than any other expedition ship. Find out more! HANSEATIC inspiration was launched in October 2019.

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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
    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
    INS2240
    Cruise dates
    24.04.2022 - 04.05.2022

    At anchor

    Sunday, 24.04.2022

    Individual travel arrangements to Hamburg, departure 19.00 hrs

    Monday, 25.04.2022

    Relaxation at sea

    Tuesday, 26.04.2022

    Cherbourg/France, from 13.00 to 19.00 hrs

    Welcome on board the small HANSEATIC inspiration, which offers you many new discoveries on the coasts of Western Europe. Here, history collides with the present day, and cultural treasures are nestled among nature’s wonders as you explore Normandy, Brittany, Belgium and Freisland. The next few days promise an exciting blend of French savoir vivre and European history. Cherbourg awaits with one of France’s most important seaports, a charming town centre and a deep-sea museum that is well worth a visit. You will then stroll through the pretty town centre with its half-timbered houses and cathedral. Alternatively, explore the Val de Saire*. Alternating between rugged and delightful, the unspoilt landscape is enchanting in its contrasts.

    Wednesday, 27.04.2022

    St Malo, from 6.00 to 18.00 hrs

    Follow in the footsteps of great pioneers in medieval St Malo: Jacques Cartier set sail from here in 1534 and went on to discover – and name – Canada. The monastic island of Mont-Saint-Michel* seems like a water-borne mountain, floating when the tide comes in and grounded when the water is low. The tides also shape life in Cancale, the Breton oyster capital*, which was given a town charter in gratitude for supplying profuse quantities of oysters for the royal table. On a coastal hike on Cap Frehel*, the springtime sun shows the sandstone cliffs in their best light. Follow a narrow path and marvel at the play of colours between the stone and wild heathland.

    Thursday, 28.04.2022

    Relaxation at sea

    Friday, 29.04.2022

    Ostende/Belgium, from 8.00 to 18.00 hrs

    A diverse array of experiences await on your explorations from Ostende. Avant-garde fashion, fine chocolates and the adventures of Tintin and Snowy: Belgian artistry is world-renowned, following in the tradition of the Flemish painter Jan van Eyck, the master of naturalism. A visit to the historic trading cities of Brugge and Ghent in Flanders* brings history to life in the cobbled streets. Trade and the textile industry brought prosperity and blossoming culture to the entire region in the Middle Ages. Van Eyck’s famous winged altarpiece, typical guildhalls and a glimpse over a chocolatier’s shoulder: what will be your favourite sensory experience?

    Saturday, 30.04.2022

    Amsterdam/Netherlands, from 8.00 to 18.00 hrs

    Amsterdam: old and new, quiet and busy, provincial and cosmopolitan – no description of Amsterdam is without its contradictions. Discover the jewel of the Netherlands on a city walk with a canal trip* or at your own pace. Only by wandering through the narrow streets will you notice the elegance of the gabled houses, the heron on a house boat or a hidden inner courtyard known as a “hofje”. Head to the Van Gogh Museum or the Moco Museum for a spot of culture. The sun’s first warm rays, chirping birds and flowers beginning to bloom: is there anything more beautiful than spring in the Netherlands? At the Keukenhof*, Europe’s largest flower garden, you can look forward to numerous artworks, flowerbeds and sculptures featuring vivid tulips, daffodils and hyacinths.

    Sunday, 01.05.2022

    Texel, from 7.00 to 17.00 hrs

    Why travel to distant lands when there’s so much to see close by? The answer lies on the Dutch island of Texel, famous for the sheep of the same name and its typical farmhouses. Feel the wind in your hair as you explore the De Slufter nature reserve*, a vast area with tidal creeks and salt flats amidst a chain of dunes. Take an island tour* and discover the dreamy, idyllic little town of De Koog with its lovely centre and small beach cafes. Or get active with a bicycle tour* across the island through the dunes and heathland.

    Monday, 02.05.2022

    Borkum, from 8.00 to 17.00 hrs

    Back in Germany, you’ll be greeted by Borkum, the largest of the East Frisian Islands. Take a deep breath of the fabulous ocean air and let the iodine-infused breeze lift your spirits. Around 80 % of the area belongs to the national park and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll along the promenade and enjoy the views of the Wadden Sea, beach grass, heather and salt flats on a hike through the mudflats*. Alternatively, take a tour in a vintage vehicle* and learn more about Klaus Störtebeker, one of the most famous privateers.

    Tuesday, 03.05.2022

    Helgoland/Germany, from 8.00 to 18.00 hrs

    You have probably heard a lot about this island and perhaps even visited it – but you won’t yet have explored it with the pioneering spirit of the HANSEATIC inspiration: Helgoland. If the weather allows, the Zodiacs will be put to use and you will marvel at “Lange Anna”, one of North Germany’s most imposing natural landmarks, from a totally new perspective. Make sure to stroll along the harbour promenade with its colourful lobster huts and craft stalls. Alternatively, let your thoughts roam free on a walk along the edge of the cliffs with fantastic views of the North Sea. Germany’s island jewel emphasises the wealth of contrasts on a cruise that will thrill you from France to Belgium, the Netherlands, Friesland and on to Hamburg.

    Wednesday, 04.05.2022

    Hamburg, arrival 8.00 hrs
    Individual travel arrangements from cruise arrival point

    * The organised shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. You will receive details prior to departure. All shore activities (organised and individual) may be cancelled by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises at short notice, depending on the given developments at the time of the cruise.

    Cruise
    INS2240
    Cruise dates
    24.04.2022 - 04.05.2022

    HANSEATIC inspiration - The new expedition class

    HANSEATIC inspiration

    How do you combine exciting adventures with the utmost comfort? Our new expedition class has the answers. Enjoy first-class service and unforgettable moments in the world’s most spectacular regions – in the company of a small group of no more than 230 guests (or 199 guests for Antarctic expeditions and circumnavigation of Spitsbergen).

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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 & Bars

    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. Align your inner compass with total well-being – whether in the ocean-view sauna of the OCEAN SPA, with a relaxing massage or with a workout in the Sports Club.

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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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