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HANSEATIC nature - from Madeira to Madeira

Expedition to Madeira and the Azores: whales, wilderness and walking

HANSEATIC nature - from Madeira to Madeira
Cruise NAT2410
02.05.2024 - 13.05.2024 (11 days)
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    Cruise
    NAT2410
    Cruise dates
    02.05.2024 - 13.05.2024

    • Portuguese island-hopping: see the best sides of the two island groups in the Atlantic
    • A hiking paradise with mighty volcanoes, thundering waterfalls, hot springs and charming coastal towns
    • Flowers, tea and wine: explore the gigantic greenhouse of the Azores
    • The ideal cruise for spotting whales and dolphins
    • Step back in time between colonial past, orange barons and whaling history

    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
    • 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
    NAT2410
    Cruise dates
    02.05.2024 - 13.05.2024

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    Optional bookable
    Thursday, 02.05.2024

    Scheduled flight from Germany to Funchal

    Thursday, 02.05.2024

    Funchal/Madeira/Portugal
    Overnight stay on board

    Friday, 03.05.2024

    Funchal/Madeira/Portugal, departure 6.00 hrs
    Cruising off Madeira
    Ilha Deserta Grande (subject to official approval)

    The HANSEATIC nature sets a course for Madeira and the Azores where Mother Nature took no half measures. Bizarre volcanic landscapes, hot springs and lush, green vegetation are just waiting to be explored thoroughly. Cruising off Madeira marks the first stage of your Portuguese island adventure. Some dolphins might even burst out of the deep-blue waters of the Atlantic to awaken a sense of springtime in you. The island group of Madeira also includes the rarely visited Ilha Deserta Grande, an uninhabited nature reserve with rare Mediterranean monk seals. If the local authorities give the green light, the Zodiacs will take you ashore for a tour with a local ranger.

    Saturday, 04.05.2024

    Porto Santo

    In Porto Santo, you will get a taste of what’s to come in Portugal’s islands in the Atlantic. Its glittering escarpments and miles of beach have earned it the nickname of the “golden island”. Discover its riches on an island tour in an all-terrain vehicle* with fascinating geological insights. If you would rather get active, explore the island on horseback as you go riding on Porto Santo*.

    Sunday, 05.05.2024

    Relaxation at sea

    Monday, 06.05.2024 to
    Saturday, 11.05.2024

    Azores (Sao Miguel, Pico , Faial, Sao Jorge , Terceira , Santa Maria )

    Little visited and largely unknown, the Azores allow explorers to experience unspoilt nature. Cloaked in the fresh green colours of spring, the mild climate will make your explorations particularly pleasant. With a little luck, the many open deck spaces and the nature Walk will allow you to watch marine creatures as well as the numerous contrasts along the coasts and ashore. The Zodiacs might also be used, depending on the local conditions. Sao Miguel, perhaps the greenest of the islands, is waiting to welcome you. It is home to numerous volcanic lakes, fumaroles and some of Europe’s few tea plantations, which you can explore on an all-terrain vehicle tour*. Tea has been grown on the island since 1883 and the quality is particularly high thanks to the remote location and microclimate. No visit would be complete without the crater lakes of Sete Cidades* where you can take in spectacular views from the edge of the caldera. The green pastures and wine-growing areas on Pico create a significant contrast with the deep-black volcanic rock. The rolling hills inland feature hundreds of eroded volcanic cones and numerous little lakes. From here you will set out to the heart of the crater island*: at over 2,300 m (7,545 ft), the volcano is Portugal’s highest peak. See the home of the famous Verdelho wine when you explore Pico’s vineyards on foot*. The wine-growing region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site: white grapes grow surrounded by walls of volcanic rock. Alternatively, you can dive deep into the world of the ocean giants on a whale and dolphin watching trip in an RIB*. Faial is a more cosmopolitan prospect. Every year, thousands of sailing boats and yachts moor in Horta, the island’s capital, its old town one of the architectural gems of the archipelago. Peter Cafe Sport is a famous meeting point for people who have circumnavigated the globe – seize the opportunity to mingle. The HANSEATIC nature will stay here overnight, allowing you to enjoy its flair long after the sun has set. See what nature is capable of on a panoramic trip through the volcanic landscape*. Marvel at the almost circular Caldeira do Pico Gordo. For those who love exercise, a hike around the caldera* along the roughly 400 m (1,312 ft) deep crater offers a stunning view.
    Sao Jorge is like something from primeval times. It is known as the “dragon island” because of its wide, undulating flank shaped by volcanic cones, which you will come face to face with on an island tour*. The beauty of untamed nature is reflected in the many fajas – lush, green stretches of land formed by cooled lava where tropical fruits and coffee are cultivated. Here you can go an excursion that is typical of the island: fajas and coffee tasting*. The brightly coloured capital of Terceira was crafted by masters in a Renaissance style. On a city walk through Angra do Heroismo*, stroll through its centre which has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. When you explore Terceira in a jeep*, bizarre lava formations and volcanic caves combine with delicious island specialities to fascinate the eyes and palate. Alternatively, a challenging hike in the wild highlands* will lead you past lakes, hot springs and heathland as you walk through almost untouched natural scenery. The Azores are also a haven for beach lovers, as demonstrated by the idyllic island of Santa Maria. Take a hike to Formosa beach*, possibly the most beautiful place to swim in the Azores. Soak up the sun before you return home with the special feeling of spring in the middle of the Atlantic.

    Sunday, 12.05.2024

    Relaxation at sea

    Monday, 13.05.2024

    Funchal/Madeira/Portugal, arrival 7.00 hrs

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    Optional bookable
    Monday, 13.05.2024

    Scheduled flight from Funchal to Germany

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

    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: MULTIFACETED MADEIRA
    PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: ACTIVE EXPLORATIONS OF MADEIRA
    Cruise
    NAT2410
    Cruise dates
    02.05.2024 - 13.05.2024

    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
    NAT2410
    Cruise dates
    02.05.2024 - 13.05.2024
    Cruise
    NAT2410
    Cruise dates
    02.05.2024 - 13.05.2024
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