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HANSEATIC nature - from Madeira to Porto

Expedition Azores - Europe's Garden of Eden in the Atlantic

HANSEATIC nature - from Madeira to Porto
Cruise NAT2411
13.05.2024 - 27.05.2024 (14 days)
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    Cruise
    NAT2411
    Cruise dates
    13.05.2024 - 27.05.2024

    • An exhilarating full experience: all nine islands of the Azores in one cruise
    • An El Dorado for nature lovers: the remote and ethereal archipelago remains a real insider tip
    • Great contrasts: alternating between mystical volcanic landscapes, the flourishing natural world and idyllic bays
    • Sea creatures in view: the ideal time to visit with good chances to spot whales and dolphins
    • Life in the Atlantic: fishing villages, European tea plantations and former pirates’ hideaways have a tale to tell


    Expedition
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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.
    Price specials - Attractive combination discount

    Extend your stay with the subsequent cruise NAT2412 and save € 300 per person. (Applies to Categories 1 – 10)

    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
    NAT2411
    Cruise dates
    13.05.2024 - 27.05.2024

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    Optional bookable
    Monday, 13.05.2024

    Scheduled flight from Germany to Funchal

    Monday, 13.05.2024

    Funchal/Madeira/Portugal, departure 21.00 hrs

    Tuesday, 14.05.2024

    Relaxation at sea

    Wednesday, 15.05.2024 to
    Thursday, 16.05.2024

    Southern Azores (Santa Maria, Sao Miguel)

    The peaks of the Atlantic await. Experience the various facets of Europe’s most westerly islands: subtropical plant life, bizarre volcanic landscapes and hiker’s paradises. When spring revitalises the coastlines, your small expedition ship transforms the Azores into fascinating new territory. The HANSEATIC nature calls at all nine islands to let you really come to terms with the diverse archipelago – something few ships set out to do. This expedition starts in Santa Maria. The most southern island is most famous for its sandy beaches. With idyllic views over green mountain ridges and the blue ocean, take a hike to Formosa beach*, where you can enjoy the spring sunshine on the fine sand. The capital of the Azores, Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel, symbolises the vibrant history of the islands. Churches, squares and the city hall exude baroque flair that you can soak up on a stroll on your own. Travel to the crater lakes of Sete Cidades* and get close to nature’s creative power. Stunning panoramic views await at the edge of the caldera. Alternatively, set off to see fumaroles, tea plantations and the Botanical Gardens* and admire the diverse landscape, which produces tobacco, wine, pineapples and – unusually for Europe – tea.

    Friday, 17.05.2024

    Central Azores (Sao Jorge)

    Reminiscent of an ancient creature rising from the sea, Sao Jorge earns its name as the “dragon island”. The high, steep coast is an impressive sight above the deep blue of the Atlantic. Take a walk through the small town of Velas and trace the story of Saint George, dragon slayer and patron saint, or explore the island on a tour*. The green terraces formed by cooled lava, where tropical fruit and vegetables are cultivated, are particularly appealing on trip to see the surprising fajas with coffee tasting* and culinary treats.

    Saturday, 18.05.2024 to
    Sunday, 19.05.2024

    Western Azores (Corvo, Flores)

    Even from afar, Corvo, the smallest of the Azores, stands out. What looks like a mountain when seen from the sea is revealed to be a volcanic crater when you go ashore with the experts. This isolated, tranquil UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is the perfect place to watch seabirds. With a little luck, you might spot pilot whales, Risso’s dolphins and striped dolphins in the waters off the coast of Flores. The marvellous spectacles do not stop when you go ashore to walk along ancient island trails* through seas of vibrant vegetation. Nature in its purest form also awaits you on an island tour*. Here you will see how the flower island earns its name as the wild and lovely home of hydrangeas, montbretia and canna lilies.

    Monday, 20.05.2024 to
    Friday, 24.05.2024

    Central Azores (Pico , Faial, Graciosa, Terceira )

    Deep-black rocks, rugged volcanic cones and Portugal’s highest mountain: welcome to Pico. A beautiful journey across the crater island* presents you with bizarre rock formations and lava fields. Discover how the nutritious volcanic soil brings the grapevines to life when you explore Pico’s vineyards on foot*. With its walls of volcanic rock and the craftsmanship of its cultivation practices, the wine region has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Horta’s harbour on Faial is steeped in the stories of people who have circumnavigated the globe and who meet in Peter Cafe Sport. Listen to their tales of the high seas or try the Atlantic’s best gin and tonic. Share the passion of volcanologists on a panoramic trip through the volcanic landscape* or on a hike around the Faial Caldera*. On a walk around the crater’s edge, admire the natural sight of the crater, which is around 2 km (1.2 miles) in diameter, 400 m (1,300 ft) deep and offers far-reaching views over the Atlantic. Wonders of nature also await you on Graciosa, “the graceful one”. Idyllic little fishing villages make way for volcanoes, caves and hot springs – as revealed on the hike to the Furna do Enxofre*, which is around 20,000 years old*. The creative power of the earth’s core is plain to see on Terceira. As you explore the island in a jeep* you will see impressive lava formations, natural swimming pools and the interior of a volcanic cave. Those who would prefer to discover the island in a more active way can go on a challenging hike through the wild highlands*. The untouched sides of the island, with its lakes, heathland and hot springs in the geothermal region will be revealed. A city walk through the UNESCO World Heritage Site Angra do Heroismo* will provide more cultural insights. Traditional white houses, churches and the impressive cathedral attest to a time when the city was an intermediate stop for overseas trade. When the HANSEATIC nature sets a course for the Portuguese mainland, you will have plenty of new insights to take home with you. Now is the time to decide which of the Azores is the most beautiful. Or was it the exhilarating full experience that moved you?

    Saturday, 25.05.2024 to
    Sunday, 26.05.2024

    Relaxation at sea

    Monday, 27.05.2024

    Leixoes (Porto)/Portugal, arrival 7.00 hrs

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    Optional bookable
    Monday, 27.05.2024

    Scheduled flight from Porto 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
    POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: HIGHLIGHTS OF PORTO
    POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: CULTURAL DISCOVERIES IN THE NORTH OF PORTUGAL

    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 – PORTO
    Cruise
    NAT2411
    Cruise dates
    13.05.2024 - 27.05.2024

    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
    NAT2411
    Cruise dates
    13.05.2024 - 27.05.2024
    Cruise
    NAT2411
    Cruise dates
    13.05.2024 - 27.05.2024
    Price specials - Attractive combination discount

    Extend your stay with the subsequent cruise NAT2412 and save € 300 per person. (Applies to Categories 1 – 10)

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