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HANSEATIC inspiration - from Colon to Valparaiso

Expedition South America with Panama Canal - mysterious equatorial adventure

HANSEATIC inspiration - from Colon to Valparaiso
Cruise INS2517
19.11.2025 - 05.12.2025 (16 days)
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    Cruise
    INS2517
    Cruise dates
    19.11.2025 - 05.12.2025

    • Relics and rainforests, deserts and ancient civilisations – the diversity of South America on the Pacific coast
    • Five-country adventure with Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Chile
    • Daytime passage through the Panama Canal, with knowledgeable commentary from your experts
    • Pure adventure: with the Zodiacs to remote places
    • Encounter with the Indigenous people of the rainforest


    International cruise
    Extend your cruise ashore

    e.g. cruise in a Smart Cabin from

    $ 10,549 per person

    cruise incl. travel packages to / from departure / arrival point from $ 12,507

    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 subsequent cruise INS2518 and save € 900 per person (applies to PLATINUM fare).

    The highlights of this cruise

    There is no more spectacular way to witness the contrasts of South America than with one of this continent’s engineering wonders. Enjoy a daytime passage through the Panama Canal. Gigantic locks reveal the past and present of the waterway. Once you arrive in the Gulf of San Miguel, you will meet the Embera tribe in the Darien jungle. Look forward to the exotic flora and fauna in Utria National Park in Colombia. A wooden walkway leads you through the mangrove swamp and anteaters, howler monkeys, sloths, hummingbirds and other animals take centre stage on a jungle hike. Whether or not the privateer Sir Francis Drake really buried his silver on Isla de la Plata remains unknown. But you will find the true treasure: the habitat of the lava lizards. Following Paita which tells of pirate attacks in the 16th century, Isla Lobos de Tierra with its huge population of sea lions amazes. If the authorities grant permission, the Zodiacs will take you ashore, where pelicans and blue-footed boobies live. Near Salaverry, traces of ancient civilisations are found in the ruins of Chan Chan* and in the Moche Valley* with the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon. Equally exciting from Callao are Lima* or the temple ruins* of Huaca Huallamarca. The Paracas Peninsula has natural treasures in store. The Islas Ballestas* are teeming with seals and seabirds. A flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines* reveals monumental figures and animal images in the desert. As the “Sugar Loaf Island”, the Isla Pan de Azucar sweetens your last Zodiac ride of this expedition with an opportunity to observe Peruvian pelicans.

    The itinerary depends on official approval. The natural experiences and wildlife sightings described are possibilities on this expedition and are not guaranteed.

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

    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
    INS2517
    Cruise dates
    19.11.2025 - 05.12.2025

    Show arrival travel package
    Optional bookable
    Tuesday, 18.11.2025

    Scheduled flight from Germany to Panama City
    Overnight stay with breakfast

    Wednesday, 19.11.2025

    City tour, journey to Colon/Panama

    Wednesday, 19.11.2025

    Colon/Panama, departure 22.00 hrs

    Thursday, 20.11.2025

    Daytime passage through the Panama Canal

    The Panama Canal stands as one of the most impressive technological wonders of the modern world. This artificial waterway is a vital maritime passage that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, bypassing the need to navigate the dangerous and time-consuming waters around Cape Horn at the southern tip of South America. Stretching approximately 82 kilometers through the Isthmus of Panama, the canal serves as a crucial shortcut that has not only revolutionized shipping routes but also significantly influenced international trade. Sophisticated lock systems are at the heart of the Panama Canal, lifting and lowering ships to different levels of the waterway. This allows vessels of all sizes and classes to overcome the 26-meter height difference between the oceans. Through this innovation, the canal has significantly reduced navigation time and fuel consumption, leading to lower transportation costs and a more efficient international supply chain. A unique feature of the Panama Canal is its so-called mules - special towing locomotives that should not be confused with conventional trains. These powerful machines are specially designed to maneuver the massive ships precisely through the locks. Anchored on steel rails with impressive pulling power, these locomotives work in sync to keep the ship centered in the lock chamber, preventing collisions and damage.

    Friday, 21.11.2025

    Gulf of San Miguel

    The Gulf of San Miguel is located off the usual tourist paths on the Pacific coast of Panama and is a sprawling marine basin that stands out for its natural beauty and peaceful environment. This Gulf, known for its biological diversity, provides protection for the lush mangrove forests, which in turn serve as nurseries for numerous marine species. Remote and barely developed, this area is home to indigenous communities such as the Kuna and Emberá, who have preserved their traditional way of life. The Gulf of San Miguel is therefore a place to experience nature in its purest form and to develop a deeper understanding of the harmonious coexistence of humans and the environment.

    Saturday, 22.11.2025

    Utria National Park/Colombia

    Utría National Park, a natural paradise stretching along the Colombian Pacific coast, is an untouched protected area known for its impressive mangrove forests, pristine beaches, and stunning biodiversity. The area is a significant refuge for marine animals, including whales that come here to calve, and offers unique opportunities for ecotourism and whale watching. With its rich culture of indigenous Emberá and Afro-Colombian communities that harmoniously blend into the natural environment, the park also offers visitors the chance to immerse themselves in local culture and traditions. Utría National Park is truly a magical place where the deep blue of the ocean meets the emerald green jungle, and visitors can experience an unparalleled wilderness experience in Colombia.

    Sunday, 23.11.2025

    Relaxation at sea

    Monday, 24.11.2025

    Isla de la Plata/Ecuador

    The Isla de la Plata, also known as the "little Galápagos," is a beautiful island off the coast of Ecuador that attracts nature and adventure lovers alike. It is part of the Machalilla National Park and is home to an impressive variety of wildlife, such as blue-footed boobies, sea turtles, and colorful reef fish that visitors can discover while hiking or snorkeling. With picturesque hiking trails, hidden beaches, and a rich marine fauna, Isla de la Plata is a wonderful destination for those who want to experience Ecuador's fascination and biodiversity in a compact and easily accessible setting.

    Tuesday, 25.11.2025 to
    Thursday, 27.11.2025

    Peru (Paita, Isla Lobos de Tierra , Salaverry)

    Friday, 28.11.2025

    Relaxation at sea

    Saturday, 29.11.2025

    Callao (Lima), from 6.00 to 18.00 hrs

    Callao is the largest port in Peru near the capital Lima. Despite chaotic traffic conditions, constant gray mist (Garua), and the rapidly growing shantytowns, formerly called Barriadas and now known as Pueblos Jovenes, numerous historical sights from the colonial era and impressive collections of Peruvian art offer visitors a wealth of interesting impressions.

    Sunday, 30.11.2025

    Paracas, from 7.00 to 14.00 hrs

    Paracas, located on the southern Pacific coast of Peru, is a picturesque fishing village and the gateway to the stunning Paracas Peninsula, known for its breathtaking natural beauty and ecological richness. Explore the fascinating Paracas National Park, home to a variety of wildlife including seabirds, sea lions, and penguins. The mysterious Nazca Lines, huge geoglyphs in the nearby desert sand, also draw the curiosity of history and culture enthusiasts. With the nearby Ballestas Islands, the "Galapagos of Peru," Paracas offers a unique combination of natural beauty, wildlife encounters, and cultural heritage.

    Monday, 01.12.2025 to
    Tuesday, 02.12.2025

    Relaxation at sea

    Wednesday, 03.12.2025

    Isla Pan de Azucar/Chile

    The Isla Pan de Azucar in Chile, part of the Pan de Azúcar National Park, fascinates visitors with its stark beauty and rich marine fauna, including the iconic Humboldt penguins. Washed by the surrounding clear Pacific, the island provides a spectacular backdrop for nature observations in the Atacama region.

    Thursday, 04.12.2025

    Relaxation at sea

    Friday, 05.12.2025

    Valparaiso/Chile, arrival 6.00 hrs

    Show departure travel package
    Optional bookable
    Friday, 05.12.2025

    Journey to Santiago de Chile
    Scheduled flight from Santiago de Chile to Germany

    Saturday, 06.12.2025

    Arrival in Germany

    The itinerary depends on official approval. 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: CONTRASTS OF PANAMA – RAINFOREST AND SKYSCRAPERS

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    PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: BEAUTIFUL PANAMA

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    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 – SANTIAGO DE CHILE

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    Cruise
    INS2517
    Cruise dates
    19.11.2025 - 05.12.2025

    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
    INS2517
    Cruise dates
    19.11.2025 - 05.12.2025
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