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HANSEATIC inspiration - from Milwaukee to Toronto

Great Lakes - masterpieces of nature

HANSEATIC inspiration - from Milwaukee to Toronto
Cruise INS2420
29.09.2024 - 12.10.2024 (13 days)
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    Cruise
    INS2420
    Cruise dates
    29.09.2024 - 12.10.2024

    • All five lakes as one great experience – an adventure of vast shores and wild forests
    • Experience the locks on board as the HANSEATIC inspiration passes through with flying colours
    • Feel the spirit of discovery and great freedom amidst the wildly romantic nature of North America
    • Explore culture – from the indigenous people, the First Nations, to the settlers and the modern day
    • Architecture that tells stories, with contrasts ranging from Victorian villas to skyscrapers

    Please note that your choosen cruise is conducted in German only. All printed matters are available in German. Nevertheless our crew is fluent in English.

    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
    • 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
    INS2420
    Cruise dates
    29.09.2024 - 12.10.2024

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    Optional bookable
    Sunday, 29.09.2024

    Scheduled flight from Germany to Chicago
    Journey to Milwaukee

    Sunday, 29.09.2024

    Milwaukee/Lake Michigan/USA
    Overnight stay on board

    Monday, 30.09.2024

    Milwaukee/Lake Michigan/USA, departure 18.00 hrs

    Amid the lake landscapes masterfully painted by North America, the HANSEATIC inspiration blends lush nature, vivid stories of settlers and exciting lock experiences. Like an eighth ocean, the Great Lakes stretch between the USA and Canada, framed by magnificent nature, homely coastal towns and living cultural history. This cruise combines all five lakes in one magnificent experience, which starts on Lake Michigan. Once a centre of brewing, Milwaukee now has a vibrant cultural scene. The Harley-Davidson Museum* explains how this vehicle – which is an unmissable feature of the American way of life – originated here and gained worldwide fame. Alternatively, explore the city of architecture, Chicago* on the shores of Lake Michigan – either with our optional pre-cruise programme or as a day excursion from Milwaukee.

    Tuesday, 01.10.2024

    Fayette, from 14.00 to 19.00 hrs

    In the 19th century, Fayette drove industrialisation with one of the region’s most productive iron smelters at the time. Find out what it was like to work at the blast furnaces and live in the historic wooden buildings with a journey back in time.

    Wednesday, 02.10.2024

    Mackinac Island/Lake Huron, from 7.00 to 15.00 hrs

    Back on board, you’ll head for a true gem in Lake Huron: Mackinac Island. Explore the car-free island at your own pace by bicycle, horse-drawn carriage or on foot before delving into the fascinating history of the American Revolutionary War at Fort Mackinac.

    Thursday, 03.10.2024

    Cruising on Lake Superior

    Friday, 04.10.2024

    Duluth/Lake Superior, from 7.00 to 18.00 hrs

    The Soo Locks near Sault Sainte Marie separate the USA and Canada. They will open a gateway for you to explore the destinations of Lake Superior. On the shores of the world’s largest freshwater lake, you’ll be greeted by the American city of Duluth. A city tour* provides insights into a living picture book of times gone by and the fascinating details of the history of European immigrants are brought to life at the old rail depot. Enjoy the scenery at Gooseberry Falls and the Split Rock Lighthouse* – as water cascades down the stony steps of the Gooseberry River, the lighthouse built in 1910 keeps watch from the cliff.

    Saturday, 05.10.2024

    Thunder Bay/Lake Superior/Canada, from 9.00 to 20.00 hrs

    With these impressions in your mind, you will reach the Canadian Thunder Bay with its enchanting coastal landscapes. Climb the local landmark made up of a flat-topped mountain ridge with dramatic granite cliffs on a hiking adventure in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park*. Watch water’s elemental force at work in the “Niagara Falls of the north” as you visit historic Fort William and Kakabeka Falls*: the water plunges nearly 40 m (131 ft) into the Kaministiquia River – an amazing natural spectacle.

    Sunday, 06.10.2024

    Cruising on Lake Superior and Lake Huron

    As you cruise on Lake Superior, enjoy the relaxing views or learn interesting details about the First Nations from your experts on board, before passing through the Soo Locks near Sault Sainte Marie again.

    Monday, 07.10.2024

    Killarney/Lake Huron, from 8.30 to 19.00 hrs

    The small coastal municipality of Killarney reveals its Irish roots in its name. The “emerald isle” of George Island can be reached by ferry and will show off its colourful side in autumn. Exploring the uninhabited island is just one of the many outdoor activities that you can enjoy here.

    Tuesday, 08.10.2024

    Parry Sound, from 8.30 to 17.30 hrs

    It is the unforgettable feeling of freedom that makes the area around Parry Sound so charming – as demonstrated beautifully by a boat trip of the Thirty Thousand Islands*.

    Wednesday, 09.10.2024

    Tobermory, from 7.00 to 14.00 hrs

    In a small bay on Lake Huron lies the fishing village of Tobermory. Surrounded by this tranquil idyll, while away the time in the shops around the picturesque harbour.

    Thursday, 10.10.2024

    Windsor/Detroit River, from 8.00 to 19.00 hrs

    Or how about a hike through the forests to the rocky coastline on the Bruce Trail? The industrial history of the small city of Windsor is overshadowed by its neighbour on the American side of the Detroit River – the Motor City. The skyline of Detroit* heralds exciting insights into the rise, fall and reinvention of the legendary car-making city. Follow in the footsteps of Henry Ford* at the museum that bears his name and see masterpieces of the road and rails from days gone by. Alternatively, experience the city’s many faces and history for yourself on an active and sustainable bicycle tour of Detroit* past Belle Isle Park and with a visit to Eastern Market.

    Friday, 11.10.2024

    Cruising on Lake Erie

    After cruising on Lake Erie, it’s time for this journey to come to an end with the passage of the Welland Canal – after eight locks, around 20 bridges and a change in height of 100 m (328 ft), your memories of the Great Lakes will be just as unique as their untamed magic.

    Saturday, 12.10.2024

    Toronto/Lake Ontario/Canada, arrival 8.00 hrs

    Show departure travel package
    Optional bookable
    Saturday, 12.10.2024

    City tour
    Scheduled flight from Toronto to Germany

    Sunday, 13.10.2024

    Arrival in Germany

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

    The itinerary depends on official approval. Please note that the use of Zodiacs is currently not permitted on the Great Lakes.

    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 and are charged additionally to the travel package. The prices and conditions for these programmes can be found on the German travel details page and are charged additionally to the travel package. 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: CHICAGO – CITY OF ARCHITECTURE
    POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: TORONTO AND NIAGARA FALLS
    POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: CANADIAN CITIES AND NIAGARA FALLS
    Cruise
    INS2420
    Cruise dates
    29.09.2024 - 12.10.2024

    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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    Cruise
    INS2420
    Cruise dates
    29.09.2024 - 12.10.2024
    Cruise
    INS2420
    Cruise dates
    29.09.2024 - 12.10.2024
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