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HANSEATIC inspiration - from Milwaukee to Halifax

Great Lakes and St Lawrence River - unlocking the American dream

HANSEATIC inspiration - from Milwaukee to Halifax
Cruise INS2514
08.10.2025 - 25.10.2025 (17 days)
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    Cruise
    INS2514
    Cruise dates
    08.10.2025 - 25.10.2025

    • Pioneering spirit times two: the Great Lakes and St Lawrence River combined in one cruise
    • Lock adventures: nautical masterpieces on the Welland Canal and St Lawrence River
    • Experience the magic of Indian summer along the coasts and in the forests on active hikes
    • “Vive la France” in Canada: explore traditional French-Canadian flair in Montreal, Quebec and Tadoussac
    • Architecture that tells stories: contrasts ranging from Victorian villas to skyscrapers


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    $ 13,130 per person

    cruise incl. travel packages to / from departure / arrival point from $ 14,802

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    This is an international cruise (on-board languages: German and English) [Read more]
    Price specials - EXTEND AND SAVE

    Extend your stay with the subsequent cruise INS2515 and save € 500 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
    INS2514
    Cruise dates
    08.10.2025 - 25.10.2025

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    Optional bookable
    Wednesday, 08.10.2025

    Scheduled flight from Germany to Chicago
    Journey to Milwaukee

    Wednesday, 08.10.2025

    Milwaukee
    Overnight stay on board

    Adventure, an explorer’s dream, natural wonders in shades of yellow and red: the Great Lakes and the mighty river system of North America, the St Lawrence River, united in the colours of Indian summer on one cruise. As an optional pre-cruise programme, you can discover Chicago before your eventful days with the HANSEATIC inspiration begin in Milwaukee on Lake Michigan. The influences of former German immigrants can be seen during a city tour with a visit to the Milwaukee Art Museum* and a walk through the German quarter*. Alternatively, you can visit the Harley-Davidson Museum*.

    Thursday, 09.10.2025

    Milwaukee/Lake Michigan/USA, departure 12.30 hrs

    Friday, 10.10.2025

    Mackinac Island/Lake Huron, from 8.30 to 18.00 hrs

    Mackinac Island on Lake Huron is a bit more tranquil. European explorers came to the island in the 17th century. Soon Mackinac Island occupied a strategically important position as a trading centre for the fur trade in the Great Lakes region. Here Victorian mansions and the fort from the War of Independence tell of the beginnings of the United States of America.

    Saturday, 11.10.2025

    Sault Ste. Marie/Canada, from 6.00 to 15.30 hrs

    On a walk through Sault Ste. Marie, you can immerse yourself in fascinating stories of immigrants at the museum or marvel at the enormous lock system that separates Canada and the US here.

    Sunday, 12.10.2025

    Parry Sound, from 9.00 to 17.00 hrs

    Whether by kayak, canoe or ship, Parry Sound is an El Dorado for water sports enthusiasts, as a boat trip of the Thirty Thousand Islands* will reveal. The composition of blue lakes, autumnal forests and pink granite rocks puts you in the midst of a masterpiece of nature in Killbear Provincial Park*.

    Monday, 13.10.2025

    Killarney, from 7.00 to 13.00 hrs

    Killarney is reminiscent of Ireland. Stop and pause as you walk on the “emerald isle” of George Island to fully appreciate the nature and tranquillity. Nature and hiking lovers, above all, will feel at home here.

    Tuesday, 14.10.2025

    Windsor, from 8.00 to 19.00 hrs
    Cruise on Lake Erie

    Windsor forms a contrast to the vast and impressive landscape. Take in the skyline of the former “Motor City” – witnessing the transformation of Detroit* is exciting. This is followed by a cruise on Lake Erie and truly great experiences ...

    Wednesday, 15.10.2025

    Lock adventure in the Welland Canal: daytime passage through eight locks

    The next stage of your cruise is all about nautical masterpieces: follow the challenging passage during a lock adventure on the Welland Canal on the deck tour at the bow or the ship’s many open deck areas. Through eight locks, your small ship overcomes almost 100 m (328 ft) of height, corresponding to a lock lift the height of Niagara Falls. This is only possible thanks to the ship’s retractable bridge wings.

    Thursday, 16.10.2025

    Toronto/Lake Ontario, from 6.00 to 18.00 hrs

    In Toronto, a city tour by tram* shows how skyscrapers, parks and trendy districts complement each other well. As Canada’s largest city, Toronto is Canada’s economic centre and one of the world’s leading financial centres, after decades during which Montreal had held that role. The city is located on the north-western shore of Lake Ontario, the smallest of the five Great Lakes.

    Friday, 17.10.2025

    Lock adventure on the St Lawrence River: daytime passage through seven locks

    Your curiosity will know no bounds on the next experience: a lock adventure on the St Lawrence River – with knowledgeable commentary provided from the bridge. Enjoy the exciting manoeuvres in the seven locks from the deck.

    Saturday, 18.10.2025

    Montreal, from 7.00 to 18.00 hrs

    European charm welcomes you in Montreal on a city tour*. The sommelier in you, by contrast, will be awakened by the wineries in the Eastern Townships*. As a city of over a million inhabitants, Montreal is of particular importance to Canada in terms of tourism, especially because of its sights and its diverse range of cultural offers, including museums as well as numerous film, theatre and music festivals.

    Sunday, 19.10.2025

    Quebec, from 8.00 to 18.00 hrs

    French savoir vivre and Canadian zest for life invite you to explore the historic quarter in Quebec. A walking tour with tea at Chateau Frontenac* brings around 400 years of history to life. On a trip to Montmorency Falls and Ile d’Orleans,* you will pass some of Canada’s oldest French settlements.

    Monday, 20.10.2025

    Tadoussac, from 7.00 to 13.00 hrs

    Dive deeper into the settlers’ history in Canada’s oldest village, Tadoussac. With a little luck, you might also spot whales here. A population of belugas lives in the waters all year round.

    Tuesday, 21.10.2025

    Gaspe, from 13.00 to 19.00 hrs

    From Gaspe, picturesque bays and rocky coastline shape your impressions on a scenic tour across the peninsula and to Forillon National Park*. You can also explore this paradise for amateur ornithologists on an active hike* amidst autumnal colours.

    Wednesday, 22.10.2025 to
    Thursday, 23.10.2025

    Iles de la Madeleine , Prince Edward Island

    On the Iles de la Madeleine, red cliffs and long sandy beaches provide breathtaking island impressions*. Alternatively, a culinary tour* combines cheese, fish and the art of brewing. Finally, Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island welcomes you to an urban idyll where the sound of horse-drawn carriages echoes through the streets. As your cruise slowly draws to a close, your American-Canadian dream comes to an end in beautiful natural surroundings.

    Friday, 24.10.2025

    Relaxation at sea

    Saturday, 25.10.2025

    Halifax/Canada, arrival 7.00 hrs

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    Optional bookable
    Saturday, 25.10.2025

    Scheduled flight from Halifax to Germany

    Sunday, 26.10.2025

    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 – 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: CHICAGO – CITY OF ARCHITECTURE
    POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: MARITIME NOVA SCOTIA

    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
    YOUR INDIVIDUAL TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS – NEWFOUNDLAND
    Cruise
    INS2514
    Cruise dates
    08.10.2025 - 25.10.2025

    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
    INS2514
    Cruise dates
    08.10.2025 - 25.10.2025
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