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HANSEATIC nature - from Seward to Kangerlussuaq

Expedition Northwest Passage – a living epic of Arctic history

HANSEATIC nature - from Seward to Kangerlussuaq
Cruise NAT2314
14.08.2023 - 11.09.2023 (28 days)
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    NAT2314
    Cruise dates
    14.08.2023 - 11.09.2023

    There are still pages to be filled in the history book of the far north – it’s up to you to continue the story. Write your own chapter in the chronicle of the Northwest Passage. Add to the fascinating myths written by legendary pioneers as you continue your adventures on the HANSEATIC nature.


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    Please note that your choosen cruise is conducted in German only. All printed matters are available in German. Nevertheless our crew is fluent in English.

    The highlights of this cruise

    Your ship - HANSEATIC nature

    The new expedition class

    The naming ceremony of the HANSEATIC nature took place in Hamburg on 4 May 2019. Together with its structurally identically sister ships HANSEATIC inspiration (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!

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    Your cabins & suites on HANSEATIC nature

    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
    • Separate toilet
    • Free mini bar with a selection of spirits
    • Coffee machine
    • 24-hour cabin service
    • Butler service
    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
    NAT2314
    Cruise dates
    14.08.2023 - 11.09.2023

    Show arrival travel package
    Optional bookable
    Sunday, 13.08.2023

    Scheduled flight from Germany to Seattle
    Overnight stay with breakfast

    Monday, 14.08.2023

    Scheduled flight to Anchorage
    Journey to Seward/Alaska/USA

    Monday, 14.08.2023

    Seward/Alaska/USA, departure 18.00 hrs

    A maritime route that has inspired a pioneering spirit for centuries. A route that still remains legendary. A feat that very few ships can master. The Northwest Passage is around 5,800 km (3,604 mi.) long and passes through places that have often never been captured on film and remain shrouded in myths and vague ideas. Despite all this, the passage is a focus for the world. Global warming could open the icy gates to the natural resources of the Arctic. Countries around the world are eyeing the huge gas and oil reserves or elements such as lithium. An ice-free passage would also make shipping transport between the continents significantly shorter. Virtually no other routes bring together the past, present and future of exploration better than this one. Paint your own picture on this epoch-making cruise, where the journey matters more than the destination.

    Tuesday, 15.08.2023

    Relaxation at sea

    Wednesday, 16.08.2023

    Alaska Peninsula (cruising off Kak Island, Chignik** )

    In 1906, Roald Amundsen navigated the entire Northwest Passage for the first time. Now you can tackle this pioneering feat yourself on board the HANSEATIC nature – in the opposite direction. The first chapters of your adventurous weeks start on the impressive coast of the Alaska Peninsula. As you cruise off Kak Island, the cliffs teeming with birds will stir up your anticipation of what lies ahead. Chignik means “strong wind” in the Alutiiq language. Gain an insight into life in this small fishing town, which has around 80 residents.

    Thursday, 17.08.2023 to
    Friday, 18.08.2023

    Aleutian Islands (Popof Island** , Unalaska Island)

    The volcanic island chain of the Aleutian Islands stretches into the Pacific like a great arc. Here you’ll visit Popof Island, where bison roam the land and bald eagles rule the skies. Your gaze will instinctively be drawn upwards when you hear their call above Unalaska Island. The settlers in Dutch Harbor looked to the heavens for different reasons, as can been seen from the oldest Russian Orthodox church in North America with its white towers topped with onion domes.

    Saturday, 19.08.2023

    Saint Paul Island/Pribilof Islands**

    A colony of northern fur seals will welcome you as you hike with your experts on Saint Paul Island – a taste of the intensive encounters that await you with the amazingly diverse fauna of this remote region.

    Sunday, 20.08.2023

    Relaxation at sea
    Cruising in the Bering Sea

    As you cruise through the Bering Sea, keep a lookout for whales from the excellent vantage point offered by the many open deck spaces. 

    Monday, 21.08.2023

    Nome

    Just like rich experiences have drawn you to this region, it was gold that was the magnet in Alaska in the early 1900s. The city of Nome is still shaped by the gold rush of bygone times, with disused steam trains, tracks and gold dredges.

    Tuesday, 22.08.2023 to
    Thursday, 24.08.2023

    Relaxation at sea
    Cruising through the Chukchi Sea and the Beaufort Sea

    The excitement on board grows as you cruise through the Chukchi Sea and the Beaufort Sea and draw nearer to the lifelong dream and magnet for countless adventurers and explorers ...

    Friday, 25.08.2023 to
    Wednesday, 06.09.2023

    Adventure in the Northwest Passage – from the Beaufort Sea to Lancaster Sound (including Herschel Island/Canada, Smoking Hills, Victoria Island, Jenny Lind Island, cruising in the Victoria Strait, Prince of Wales Island, cruising in Peel Sound or Prince Regent Inlet, Beechey Island, Devon Island)

    The Northwest Passage: to this day, fascinating legends surround this famous waterway. The manoeuvrable HANSEATIC nature is perfect for navigating safely through these regions, which are extremely challenging to sail. Enjoy an exceptionally up-close experience of the fascinating Arctic with the highest ice class for passenger ships and the experienced expedition crew. Although the route is carefully planned, the weather and ice often determine the actual course, with the captain and the team adjusting the details each day. To start your adventures, the rarely visited Herschel Island sets the scene. If the local conditions permit, you can explore the former whaling station. With a little luck, rough-legged buzzards will herald your arrival and the timid Arctic fox might even make an appearance. Franklin Bay is enveloped by the history of Franklin the explorer and the phenomenon of the Smoking Hills. The smoky effect is caused by layers of rocks within the hills that contain pyrite and have ignited themselves. A Zodiac ride offers unique perspectives of this mystical spectacle. On Victoria Island, named after the British queen, you might have the chance to see mighty musk oxen weighing up to 400 kg (882 lb). Will you perhaps even see polar bears here? Look forward to amazing insights into the way of life and history of the Inuit, which you will explore in Holman. For centuries, the area around Cambridge Bay was the summer meeting point for the “Copper Eskimo” families – named after their copper tools. The wreck of Roald Amundsen’s research ship Maud bore silent witness to his bravery from its resting place in the ice here for around 90 years before being taken back to Norway in 2018. A great voice echoes on Jenny Lind Island, which owes its name to a Swedish opera singer from the 19th century lovingly known as the “nightingale”. The island will indeed provide opportunities for birdwatching, and you may find yourself surprised by four-legged residents such as Arctic hares, Arctic foxes and caribou. As the ship cruises in Victoria Strait, the dramatic scenery will reflect the moving history of this area. For a long time, the lost ships of the Franklin expedition, which tried and failed to find the Northwest Passage in 1845, were thought to be at the entrance to the strait. One of them, the Terror, was discovered in 2016 in Terror Bay, around 100 km (62 mi.) further south than expected. Find out about the fate and the unflinching courage of those who braved the forces of nature back then with your experts on board. Zodiac rides and landings are possible throughout the habitat of whales, seals and polar bears. Along the way, Prince of Wales Island invites you to hike through the untouched nature. The conditions will decide whether your adventure continues through Peel Sound or in Prince Regent Inlet – the ice sets the pace as the HANSEATIC nature manoeuvres safely through the island labyrinth to the next destinations. Very few ships are capable of this feat, which requires first-class equipment and an experienced crew. Follow in the footsteps of past explorers on Beechey Island. A walk to the graves of members of the Franklin expedition will bring the historic significance to the fore. The world’s largest uninhabited island, Devon Island, welcomes you with its monumental wilderness of vast tundra. An abandoned station of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police reinforces the impression of vast and remote silence. As the ship then sets sail from Lancaster Sound for Greenland, you’ll have completed the feat and be among the few people who can say they have conquered the Northwest Passage.

    Thursday, 07.09.2023

    Relaxation at sea

    Friday, 08.09.2023 to
    Sunday, 10.09.2023

    Western coast of Greenland  (Uummannaq, Ilulissat, Disko Bay, Sisimiut)

    The final chapter in your adventure takes you along the western coast of Greenland. Small but perfectly formed, Uummannaq nestles at the foot of a spectacular heart-shaped mountain. The splendid Jakobshavn Glacier near Ilulissat is the “birthplace” of around 10 % of Greenland’s icebergs. Marvel at the glistening ice masses that gather here with a hike to the ice fjord. This is followed by an amazing natural spectacle: in the glittering splendour of Disko Bay, mighty icebergs drift majestically through the water – an event that you can watch unfold around you from the deck and in a Zodiac. Sisimiut provides an atmospheric end to your expedition, with its houses dotted across several hills. Enter the museum-like old town through a gate made of whale jawbones. A discovery tour with your experts will trace the history of whaling here. Almost an entire month filled with milestones of seafaring history lies behind you now – the experiences of a lifetime and wonderful memories will stay with you for years to come.

    Monday, 11.09.2023

    Kangerlussuaq/Greenland, arrival 6.00 hrs
    Charter flight from Kangerlussuaq to Germany*

    * Approximately six months before departure, you will be informed at which German airport the charter flight will land.
    ** The ship’s tender boats will be used (instead of Zodiacs) due to official regulations.
    ­­­­----- The ice conditions determine the course here (see map).

    Important note on this expedition: This expedition is a very demanding cruise to organise and sail. All of our experience and careful preparation notwithstanding, the actual itinerary depends on official approvals and rules, the weather and ice conditions, which may make it necessary to change the itinerary. The natural experiences and animal sightings described are possibilities and are not guaranteed. We will do everything in our power to ensure that this cruise takes place as advertised, but wish to inform you of the flexibility this requires. The captain will decide on the best possible alternative depending on local conditions.

    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 and are charged additionally to the travel package. The prices and conditions for these programmes can be found on the German travel details page and are charged additionally to the travel package. 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: SEATTLE – THE VARIED METROPOLIS
    PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: EXPERIENCE ALASKA’S NATURE – DISCOVER THE LAND OF THE BEARS
    Cruise
    NAT2314
    Cruise dates
    14.08.2023 - 11.09.2023

    HANSEATIC nature - The new expedition class

    HANSEATIC nature

    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 nature 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 nature & 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
    NAT2314
    Cruise dates
    14.08.2023 - 11.09.2023
    Cruise
    NAT2314
    Cruise dates
    14.08.2023 - 11.09.2023
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