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HANSEATIC inspiration - from Ushuaia to Christchurch

Expedition Semi-circumnavigation Antarctica - the emperor's route among Antarctic cruises

HANSEATIC inspiration - from Ushuaia to Christchurch
Cruise INS2502
28.01.2025 - 02.03.2025 (32 days)
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    Cruise
    INS2502
    Cruise dates
    28.01.2025 - 02.03.2025

    • One of the greatest adventures of our times: the semi-circumnavigation of Antarctica
    • Ice in all its form: from pack ice and tabular icebergs to the spectacular Ross Ice Shelf
    • In the wake of historic explorers: add your own chapters to polar history
    • The wilderness is alive – in abundance: penguins, sea lions, whales, elephant seals and many more in their habitat
    • Only possible on this route: with a bit of luck, observe emperor penguins


    International cruise
    Extend your cruise ashore

    e.g. cruise incl. charter flight in a Smart Cabin from

    $ 31,860 per person

    cruise incl. travel packages to / from departure / arrival point from $ 34,533

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    This is an international cruise (on-board languages: German and English) [Read more]
    Price specials
    Special offer for single travellers

    The surcharge for single travellers on this cruise is only 20 % on the regular cruise-only price (applies to PLATINUM fare for Cat. 1 – 8).


    Attractive combination discount

    Extend your stay with the subsequent cruise INS2503 and save € 2,000 per person (applies to PLATINUM fare).

    The highlights of this cruise

    Welcome to the highest, driest and coldest continent on the planet! Welcome to Antarctica! From November to March it is summer here and the best time to travel. Where other ships have to turn round, the adventure begins for you. Thanks to the highest ice class for passenger ships, our expedition fleet travels through the polar ice world and you will see sights that you will never forget: glistening icebergs, huge glacier panoramas, colonies of seabirds, seals and, of course, thousands of penguins.

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    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
    INS2502
    Cruise dates
    28.01.2025 - 02.03.2025

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    Optional bookable
    Sunday, 26.01.2025

    Scheduled flight from Germany to Buenos Aires

    Monday, 27.01.2025

    Buenos Aires
    City tour, overnight stay with breakfast

    Tuesday, 28.01.2025

    Charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia/Argentina, departure 18.00 hrs

    Wednesday, 29.01.2025

    Sailing through the Drake Passage

    Thursday, 30.01.2025 to
    Tuesday, 04.02.2025

    South Shetland Islands , Antarctic Peninsula , crossing the Antarctic Circle, Marguerite Bay

    The semi-circumnavigation of the Antarctic is something very special for those in search of an unforgettable expedition. The HANSEATIC inspiration braves this endeavour on an incredible route from South America to New Zealand. The captain and crew flexibly adjust the itinerary to the constantly changing conditions. Experience the South Shetland Islands between ice and awe intensively – on deck as well as by Zodiac. Towering basalt cliffs, rugged volcanic rock and snow-covered mountains herald an impressive destination: the Antarctic Peninsula. Icebergs, glaciers and majestic mountains – populated by penguins, seals and a huge variety of seabirds. The small, manoeuvrable expedition ship promises unique days. 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. With the highest ice class for passenger ships, the HANSEATIC inspiration can forge its way by crossing the Antarctic Circle to the most beautiful and rarely visited regions such as Marguerite Bay.

    Wednesday, 05.02.2025 to
    Thursday, 13.02.2025

    Relaxation at sea (cruise through Bellingshausen Sea, Amundsen Sea and Ross Sea – 13.02 will be lost due to crossing the International Date Line)

    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.

     

    Friday, 14.02.2025 to
    Wednesday, 19.02.2025

    Ross Island , Terra Nova Bay , Victoria Land

    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). Perhaps you’ll 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.

    Thursday, 20.02.2025

    Relaxation at sea

    Friday, 21.02.2025

    Cruising off the Balleny Islands/New Zealand

    Further along your route, you will come across untouched island worlds with a rich fauna that are hardly known in our latitudes. In a small group of like-minded people, the aim is to discover these paradises and develop a special awareness for them. Nature conservation is playing an increasingly important role in their preservation, which is why permits are becoming more and more complex. Destinations in New Zealand, for example, are dependent on the authorities granting permission to cruise and land. If they give the green light, you can enjoy mystical views of the largely glaciated Balleny Islands.

    Saturday, 22.02.2025 to
    Tuesday, 25.02.2025

    Relaxation at sea

    Wednesday, 26.02.2025 to
    Friday, 28.02.2025

    Cruising off the subantarctic islands of New Zealand

    Which of New Zealand’s subantarctic islands will a landing be successful on? With a bit of luck, you will experience Campbell Island and the world’s largest breeding colony of southern royal albatrosses. The Auckland Islands have the lushest flora of all the islands – yellow-eyed penguins and New Zealand sea lions are native here. The Snares penguin, meanwhile, is only found on the Snares Islands, alongside Cape petrels and albatrosses. By making this semi-circumnavigation of the Antarctic, you will be one of the few people who have delved deep into the secrets of this remote region.

    Saturday, 01.03.2025

    Relaxation at sea

    Sunday, 02.03.2025

    Lyttelton (Christchurch)/New Zealand, arrival 6.00 hrs

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    Optional bookable
    Sunday, 02.03.2025

    Scheduled flight from Christchurch to Germany

    Monday, 03.03.2025

    Arrival in Germany

    The itinerary depends on official approval, weather and ice conditions. 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 END 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
    INS2502
    Cruise dates
    28.01.2025 - 02.03.2025

    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
    INS2502
    Cruise dates
    28.01.2025 - 02.03.2025
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