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HANSEATIC inspiration - from Toronto to Milwaukee

Great Lakes - wilderness and history on vast lake backdrops

HANSEATIC inspiration - from Toronto to Milwaukee
Cruise INS2513
26.09.2025 - 08.10.2025 (12 days)
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    Cruise
    INS2513
    Cruise dates
    26.09.2025 - 08.10.2025

    • American dream: all five lakes as one great experience
    • Lock adventures: nautical masterpieces in the Welland Canal and Sault Ste. Marie Canal
    • Glowing leaves, kindled souls: with luck, Indian summer will abound in all its glorious colours
    • Journey through time: fascinating insights about indigenous people, the First Nations and the legacy of settlers
    • New dream landscapes every day: with skerries, islands, waterfalls, cliffs and lighthouses


    International cruise
    Extend your cruise ashore

    e.g. cruise in a Outside Cabin from

    $ 10,300 per person

    cruise incl. travel packages to / from departure / arrival point from $ 11,983

    Prices & booking
    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 INS2512 and save € 1,000 per person (applies to PLATINUM fare).

    The highlights of this cruise

    The waters where the USA and Canada literally flow into each other reveal themselves to be a challenging exploration area. As a purpose-built expedition ship, the small HANSEATIC inspiration masters the narrow canals and locks with flying colours and takes you to picturesque shores and magnificent coastal towns. The dream of rediscovering America comes true!

     

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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
    INS2513
    Cruise dates
    26.09.2025 - 08.10.2025

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    Optional bookable
    Friday, 26.09.2025

    Scheduled flight from Germany to Toronto

    Friday, 26.09.2025

    Toronto/Lake Ontario/Canada, departure 22.00 hrs

    Saturday, 27.09.2025

    Lock adventure in the Welland Canal: daytime passage through eight locks
    Cruise on Lake Erie

    An “ocean” in the middle of the North American landscape: the Great Lakes, natural wonder and lifeline at the same time. With a total area of around 244,000 km² (94,209 mi.²), they are a superb dream destination for explorers. Each lock opens up a new chapter in a book of beautiful pictures that have come to life with the hues of Indian summer. Passable only for a few ships, the HANSEATIC inspiration masters these nautically demanding passages with flying colours thanks to its retractable bridge wings. This is also the case during the lock adventure on the Welland Canal. On the ship’s many open deck areas, you are right up close when eight locks and almost 100 m (328 ft) of height are overcome, corresponding to a lock lift the height of Niagara Falls. Afterwards, you will enjoy the very best views on your cruise on Lake Erie.

    Sunday, 28.09.2025

    Windsor, from 7.30 to 19.00 hrs

    Leaving Windsor, you can enjoy an unobstructed view of the skyline of the former “Motor City” before heading out to explore the many facets of Detroit*. Your experts on board share knowledge that is just as varied as the shores that you visit.

    Monday, 29.09.2025

    Tobermory/Lake Huron, from 13.00 to 19.00 hrs

    Enriched with exciting background information, you will continue your cruise on Lake Huron to the fishing village of Tobermory. Idyllic bays, deep-green forests and limestone coastlines will leave you with lasting memories as you explore the Bruce Trail at your own pace.

    Tuesday, 30.09.2025

    Parry Sound, from 8.30 to 17.30 hrs

    The small HANSEATIC inspiration is in its element as it charts a course through a scenic labyrinth of water to reach Parry Sound. Explore the town and the nearby lake shore on the marine walking trails or take a boat trip of the Thirty Thousand Islands*. The varied archipelago scenery is filled with islands emerging from the water, narrow channels and imposing cliffs. Alternatively, you can turn your focus to unforgettable panoramic pictures in Killbear Provincial Park*, where pink granite banks and autumnal forest blend to create majestic scenery.

    Wednesday, 01.10.2025

    Killarney, from 7.00 to 17.00 hrs

    The islands around Killarney are a crown jewel in wild nature – unspoilt nature that harks back to the time of the first trappers. This El Dorado for nature lovers is best explored individually.

    Thursday, 02.10.2025

    Lock passage through the Sault Ste. Marie Canal

    Your adventure continues with an exciting lock passage through the Sault Ste. Marie Canal. As the largest lock system in the world, the Soo Locks are a masterpiece of engineering. Built around 150 years ago, huge container ships can master the change in height of around 6 m (20 ft) between Lake Huron and Lake Superior – as can the small HANSEATIC inspiration, with you as an observer of the manoeuvres on deck.

    Friday, 03.10.2025

    Thunder Bay/Lake Superior, from 7.00 to 18.00 hrs

    On Lake Superior, Canada’s Thunder Bay welcomes you with spectacular coastal landscapes. Marvel at the “Niagara Falls of the north”, where the water plunges down around 40 m (131 ft), when you visit historic Fort William and the Kakabeka Falls*. A hiking adventure in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park* will have you climbing a flat-topped mountain ridge with dramatic granite cliffs.

    Saturday, 04.10.2025

    Cruising along the northern shore of Lake Superior

    Cruising along the northern shore of Lake Superior, you can relax and enjoy the panoramic view or learn interesting details about the First Nations from the team of experts on board before your small ship passes the locks again at Sault Ste. Marie.

    Sunday, 05.10.2025

    Sault Ste. Marie/USA, from 7.00 to 23.00 hrs

    In Sault Ste. Marie , in-depth insights into the city’s history await you. Sault Ste. Marie is not only divided by a river, but also by the state border between Canada and the US.

    Monday, 06.10.2025

    Mackinac Island/Lake Huron, from 8.00 to 18.00 hrs

    Mackinac Island is one of the most beautiful islands in the US. In the 17th century, European explorers came to the island that was inhabited by people of the Odawa tribe. Soon Mackinac Island occupied a strategically important position as a trading centre for the fur trade in the Great Lakes region. The British built Fort Mackinac on the island during the American War of Independence. Discover Victorian mansions and the 19th-century Grand Hotel on foot, by bike and on a horse-drawn carriage ride, as the island is car-free to this day.

    Tuesday, 07.10.2025

    Fayette/Lake Michigan, from 8.00 to 17.00 hrs

    In the 19th century, Fayette drove industrialisation with one of the most productive iron smelters at the time. If the authorities grant permission, you can learn more about what it was like working at the blast furnaces and about life in the historic wooden buildings. By the time you reach Lake Michigan, your personal American dream will have come true in Milwaukee

    Wednesday, 08.10.2025

    Milwaukee/Lake Michigan/USA, arrival 7.00 hrs

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    Optional bookable
    Wednesday, 08.10.2025

    Scheduled flight from Chicago to Germany

    Thursday, 09.10.2025

    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. The use of on-board Zodiacs is currently not permitted on this cruise with the exception of Killarney. When the ship is at anchor, the ship’s tender boats will be used.

    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:

    Private pre- and post-cruise programmes

    Discover your travel destinations in a very personal setting as a couple - ideal for those who don't want to join a group. This gives you plenty of time and space for your own activities. Transfers are by car and private driver only. Prices for more or less than two people are available on request.

    YOUR PRIVATE PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME – TORONTO
    YOUR PRIVATE POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME – CHICAGO

    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: TORONTO AND NIAGARA FALLS
    PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: CANADIAN CITIES AND NIAGARA FALLS
    POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: CHICAGO – CITY OF ARCHITECTURE

    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 – CHICAGO
    Cruise
    INS2513
    Cruise dates
    26.09.2025 - 08.10.2025

    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
    INS2513
    Cruise dates
    26.09.2025 - 08.10.2025
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