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HANSEATIC spirit - from Sao Miguel to Sao Miguel

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

HANSEATIC spirit - from Sao Miguel to Sao Miguel
Cruise SPI2308
03.05.2023 - 12.05.2023 (9 days)
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    Cruise
    SPI2308
    Cruise dates
    03.05.2023 - 12.05.2023

    In May, your explorer's dreams will flourish in the Azores: an intensive encounter with eight of the nine islands that will make you a whale researcher, a volcanologist, a historian and a fan of trekking.


    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 - Extend and save

    Start your Expedition Azores (SPI2308) with another nine days of fascinating ocean moments: cross the Atlantic on board the HANSEATIC spirit at an attractive rate in the cabin you booked.

    • Experience the adventure of crossing the Atlantic with all the conveniences of the HANSEATIC spirit. (Travel package from cruise arrival point bookable separately)
    • Stay in the same cabin you booked and benefit from the exclusive savings for combination travellers. (Valid for double and single occupancy.)
    • Only € 2,290 (extension price for SPI2307, cruise only)

    The highlights of this cruise

    Your ship - HANSEATIC spirit

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    The new expedition class

    The naming ceremony of the HANSEATIC spirit took place off the coast of Helgoland on 24 August 2021. Together with its structurally identically sister ships HANSEATIC inspiration (2019) and HANSEATIC spirit (2019), 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 spirit

    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 cabine
    • 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
    • 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
    Grand Suite
    • approx. 71 m²/764 ft² Suites on Deck 6 and 7
    • 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
    SPI2308
    Cruise dates
    03.05.2023 - 12.05.2023

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    Optional bookable
    Tuesday, 02.05.2023

    Scheduled flight from Germany to Lisbon
    Overnight stay with breakfast

    Wednesday, 03.05.2023

    Scheduled flight to Ponta Delgada/Sao Miguel/Azores/Portugal

    Wednesday, 03.05.2023

    Ponta Delgada/Sao Miguel/Azores/Portugal, departure 0.00 hrs

    Thursday, 04.05.2023

    Relaxation at sea

    Lush, green and abundant: the Azores will reveal their most beautiful sides in the mild May temperatures. Little visited and largely unknown, the islands allow explorers to experience unspoilt nature. The HANSEATIC spirit's fascinating route to eight of the nine islands promises blooming hydrangeas, bizarre volcanoes, fertile valleys and picturesque towns. With a little luck, the many open deck spaces will allow you to watch marine creatures, as well as the numerous contrasts along the coasts and ashore. After the cruise begins in Sao Miguel, you'll spend an expedition day at sea searching for whales and dolphins. The captain and crew will react spontaneously when a spout of water or a fluke emerges from the water. Such moments cannot be planned, but will awaken the explorer within.

    Friday, 05.05.2023

    Western Azores (Flores )

    A UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and Europe's most westerly point, Flores is an insider tip for nature lovers. Historians will also be in their element: wonderful villas from the 18th and 19th century adorn the village's streets. Get to know the flower island of Flores* from surprising perspectives: the imposing Rocha dos Bordoes are a true sensation, mighty basalt columns that rise up to 30 m (98 ft) out of the landscape like organ pipes. In Faja Grande, the powerful waterfalls will take your breath away. During a hike along ancient island trails*, seas of intensely coloured flowers sway in the wind.

    Saturday, 06.05.2023 to
    Wednesday, 10.05.2023

    Central Azores (Pico , Faial, Sao Jorge , Graciosa, Terceira )

    The green pastures and wine-growing areas on Pico create a significant contrast with the island's deep-black volcanic rock. Head for the heart of the crater island of Pico*: at over 2,300 m (7,545 ft), the majestic volcano is Portugal's highest peak, overlooking small villages whose history was shaped by whaling. See the home of the Verdelho wine, famous to this day, when you explore Pico's vineyards on foot*: surrounded by basalt walls, the white grapes used to make this exquisite beverage are cultivated here. 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 Azores archipelago with its manor houses, museums and churches. The legendary Peter Cafe Sport is a meeting place for sailors. It is known for its tales of the high seas and serves perhaps the best gin and tonic in the Atlantic. Marvel at the almost circular Caldeira do Pico Gordo on a panoramic trip through volcanic landscapes*. The Capelinhos volcano on the island's western tip is another natural artwork. For those who love exercise, a hike around the Faial Caldeira* along the around 400 m (1,312 ft) deep crater offers a stunning view of the crater lakes. The green of Sao Jorge's high, steep coast is an impressive sight above the deep blue of the ocean. It is known as the "dragon island" due to its strange, stretched out shape, and also for Saint George, the dragon slayer. Take a walk to explore the small town of Velas at your own pace and discover pictures of the island's patron saint in the paving stones with just such a monster. Natural beauties also await on the smallest of the Azores visited on this cruise: Graciosa, the "enchanting" island. Small villages, volcanoes and a bubbling sulphur cave await on your island tour* to the Calderina crater, which is estimated to be around 20,000 years old. Explore this natural phenomenon in depth on a hike to the Furna do Enxofre*. Steps descend into the funnel of a volcano to around 100 m (328 ft) below the earth's surface. The brightly coloured capital of Terceira was crafted by masters in a Renaissance style. On a city walk through Angra do Heroismo*, follow the cobbled alleys through its centre - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - to the typical white houses, churches and the impressive cathedral. When you explore Terceira in a jeep*, bizarre lava formations and volcanic caves combine with delicious island specialities to fascinate the eyes and palate.

    Thursday, 11.05.2023

    Southern Azores (Santa Maria )

    The Azores are both a Garden of Eden and a gateway for beach lovers, as demonstrated by the idyllic island of Santa Maria. Columbus must have felt so joyful when he landed here after returning from America. On an island tour*, traditional colourful houses in the Algarve and Alentejo architectural styles reflect the connection with the Portuguese mainland. Alternatively, go for a hike to Formosa beach*, possibly the most beautiful in the Azores. Enjoy plenty of time for relaxation and soak up the sun before returning home with the special feeling of spring in the middle of the Atlantic.

    Friday, 12.05.2023

    Ponta Delgada/Sao Miguel/Azores/Portugal, arrival 6.00 hrs

    Show departure travel package
    Optional bookable
    Friday, 12.05.2023

    Scheduled flight from Ponta Delgada to Lisbon
    Overnight stay with breakfast

    Saturday, 13.05.2023

    Scheduled flight from Lisbon to Germany

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

    The itinerary depends on the weather conditions. The described natural experiences and animal sightings are possibilities on these expeditions 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 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: SAO MIGUEL - THE GREEN AZORES ISLAND
    PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: WALKS AND WHALES - ACTIVE ON SAO MIGUEL
    Cruise
    SPI2308
    Cruise dates
    03.05.2023 - 12.05.2023

    HANSEATIC spirit - The new expedition class

    HANSEATIC spirit

    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 spirit 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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    Binoculars allow you to delve deep into the wonders of our planet
    Cruise
    SPI2308
    Cruise dates
    03.05.2023 - 12.05.2023
    Cruise
    SPI2308
    Cruise dates
    03.05.2023 - 12.05.2023
    Price specials - Extend and save

    Start your Expedition Azores (SPI2308) with another nine days of fascinating ocean moments: cross the Atlantic on board the HANSEATIC spirit at an attractive rate in the cabin you booked.

    • Experience the adventure of crossing the Atlantic with all the conveniences of the HANSEATIC spirit. (Travel package from cruise arrival point bookable separately)
    • Stay in the same cabin you booked and benefit from the exclusive savings for combination travellers. (Valid for double and single occupancy.)
    • Only € 2,290 (extension price for SPI2307, cruise only)
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