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HANSEATIC inspiration - from Puerto Montt to Tahiti

Expedition Easter Island and Austral Islands - Life between motus and moai

HANSEATIC inspiration - from Puerto Montt to Tahiti
Cruise INS2603
20.02.2026 - 15.03.2026 (23 days)
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    Cruise
    INS2603
    Cruise dates
    20.02.2026 - 15.03.2026

    • Mysticism, rites and legends await on secluded atolls and rainforest islands
    • The legend of Easter Island: unravelling the mystery of the moai statues
    • Illuminating the rites of the Polynesians on remote islands
    • Original sites of Robinson Crusoe and the Bounty
    • The Zodiacs land where it is particularly unspoilt


    International cruise
    Extend your cruise ashore

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    $ 15,499 per person

    cruise incl. travel packages to / from departure / arrival point from $ 18,392

    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 INS2602 and save € 1,200 per person (applies to PLATINUM fare). Extend your stay with the subsequent cruise INS2604 and save € 1,000 per person (applies to PLATINUM fare).

    The highlights of this cruise

    Mysterious rituals and mystical relics, lush vegetation and exotic species: your own story of discovery of the South Seas unfolds on nimmt auf der Robinson Crusoe Island, where numerous endemic plants grow. Easter Island is a highlight and is shrouded in legend. Were the moai statues used for ancestral worship? How were they transported? What caused the civilisation there to vanish? With your experts, you will shed light on the myths and legends* as well as the mystery surrounding the “birdman”*. After dreamlike views of the uninhabited Ducie Atoll, the most southerly atoll on earth, the story of the Bounty is brought to life on Pitcairn. You will set foot on yet more historic terrain on Mangareva, the cradle of Polynesian Catholicism. As you venture further into the ocean, relaxing days at sea, which are ideal for studies at the Ocean Academy, alternate with exciting destinations yearning to be explored. The Zodiacs will take you to insider tips such as Raivavae with its emerald-green lagoons, coral reefs, mango and banana trees. One of the prettiest lagoons in Polynesia surrounds Tubuai, with a fringe of coral reefs and a dream beach. Be sure to keep a lookout for the Kuhl’s lorikeet with its precious decorative feathers when you land on Rimatara. The beauty of Rurutu shines through in its rugged mountain landscape and mysterious caves. Finally, enjoy a little more relaxation in the turquoise Pacific while swimming and snorkelling* in Moorea – pure paradise. By now you will know that Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island really exists, even several times over.

    * 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
    INS2603
    Cruise dates
    20.02.2026 - 15.03.2026

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    Optional bookable
    Wednesday, 18.02.2026

    Scheduled flight from Germany to Santiago de Chile

    Thursday, 19.02.2026

    Overnight stay with breakfast

    Friday, 20.02.2026

    Flight to Puerto Montt/Chile

    Friday, 20.02.2026

    Puerto Montt/Chile, departure 23.00 hrs

    Saturday, 21.02.2026 to
    Sunday, 22.02.2026

    Relaxation at sea

    Monday, 23.02.2026

    Robinson Crusoe Island

    The Robinson Crusoe Island, part of the Juan Fernández Archipelago, is located far out in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Chile. This wild and remote island served as inspiration for Daniel Defoe's famous novel "Robinson Crusoe". Today, you can explore the unique flora and fauna of the island, much of which is endemic, and follow in the footsteps of the historical castaway Alexander Selkirk, whose lonely years on the island served as the basis for Defoe's work. From its lush hills to its crystal-clear waters, Robinson Crusoe Island is a true paradise for adventurers and nature lovers.

    Tuesday, 24.02.2026 to
    Friday, 27.02.2026

    Relaxation at sea

    Saturday, 28.02.2026

    Hanga Roa/Easter Island, arrival 14.00 hrs

    Hanga Roa is the pulsating heart of the mysterious Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui, and serves as a central point of reference for visitors who want to explore the island and its legendary Moai statues. As the island's only settlement, Hanga Roa offers a mix of cultural influences, local Rapa Nui traditions, and modern amenities. Excursions to famous archaeological sites like Ahu Tongariki and the volcano Rano Raraku start from here. Hanga Roa combines the spirit of a closely-knit community with the incomparable beauty of one of the most remote places in the world.

    Sunday, 01.03.2026

    Hanga Roa, departure 19.00 hrs

    Monday, 02.03.2026 to
    Tuesday, 03.03.2026

    Relaxation at sea

    Wednesday, 04.03.2026 to
    Thursday, 05.03.2026

    Pitcairn Islands  (cruising off Ducie Atoll, Pitcairn)

    The Pitcairn Islands, known as the refuge of the mutineers of the Bounty, offer an impressive landscape and an exciting history. While sailing in front of the Ducie Atoll, a protected underwater ecosystem, the untouched diversity of the sea in the endless blue ocean is revealed. Experience a rare encounter with one of the most isolated communities in the world on the main island of Pitcairn, explore the culture of the islanders and their legendary past, which is still alive today in the stories and simple lifestyle of their descendants.

    Friday, 06.03.2026

    Relaxation at sea

    Saturday, 07.03.2026

    Mangareva/Gambier Islands/French Polynesia

    Mangareva is the largest island in the Gambier Islands of French Polynesia, a hidden gem surrounded by turquoise lagoons and rich coral reefs. This remote island group is known for its serene beauty, historical pearl farms, and impressive relics of ancient churches and royal palaces that testify to its missionary and colonial past. Visitors to Mangareva can immerse themselves in a world where the pace is slower and nature still appears untouched, perfect for diving, hiking, and discovering Polynesian culture in its purest form.

    Sunday, 08.03.2026 to
    Monday, 09.03.2026

    Relaxation at sea

    Tuesday, 10.03.2026 to
    Friday, 13.03.2026

    Austral Islands (Raivavae, Tubuai, Rimatara, Rurutu)

    The Austral Islands, a less-traveled group of islands in French Polynesia, offer unique insights into Polynesian culture and an impressive range of natural beauties. Raivavae entices with its resemblance to Bora Bora, but boasts a largely pristine idyll. Tubuai, known for its rich history and battlefields from the times of the Mutiny on the Bounty, is surrounded by a magnificent coral reef. Rimatara, the smallest inhabited island in the archipelago, dazzles with its rich birdlife, while Rurutu invites hiking and is famous for its spectacular caves and seasonal whale watching. Together, these islands form a peaceful retreat with authentic island charm.

    Saturday, 14.03.2026

    Moorea
    Papeete/Tahiti/French Polynesia, arrival 20.00 hrs
    Overnight stay on board

    Moorea, the neighboring island of Tahiti in French Polynesia, is a true paradise on Earth. With its emerald green mountains, lush tropical forests, and picturesque beaches, Moorea captivates visitors from around the world. What sets Moorea apart is its untouched nature, which allows for a variety of outdoor activities. From hikes to the mountain peaks to boat tours through the crystal clear lagoons, the island offers numerous opportunities to explore the beauty of the surroundings. Additionally, Moorea is known for its rich marine life, perfect for snorkeling and diving. The friendly locals and their traditional culture also add to the charm of Moorea. Whether you're looking to spend relaxing days on the beach or seek adventure in nature, Moorea will enchant you with its unmatched charm and natural beauty.

    Sunday, 15.03.2026

    Papeete/Tahiti/French Polynesia

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    Optional bookable
    Sunday, 15.03.2026

    Scheduled flight from Papeete to Germany**

    Monday, 16.03.2026

    Arrival in Germany

    ** Depending on the flight plan, it may be necessary to change the post-cruise departure programme.

    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.

    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 – TAHITI
    YOUR INDIVIDUAL TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS – PUERTO MONTT
    Cruise
    INS2603
    Cruise dates
    20.02.2026 - 15.03.2026

    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
    INS2603
    Cruise dates
    20.02.2026 - 15.03.2026
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