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HANSEATIC spirit - from Sao Miguel to Hamburg

Azores and Channel Islands - a pioneering spring

HANSEATIC spirit - from Sao Miguel to Hamburg
Cruise SPI2309
12.05.2023 - 27.05.2023 (15 days)
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    Cruise
    SPI2309
    Cruise dates
    12.05.2023 - 27.05.2023

    New perspectives so close at hand: volcanic beauty, magnificent seafaring history and flourishing nature reveal surprising facets of Europe in May.

    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 spirit

    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
    • Fixed table reservation in the main restaurant, if desired
    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
    SPI2309
    Cruise dates
    12.05.2023 - 27.05.2023

    Show arrival travel package
    Optional bookable
    Thursday, 11.05.2023

    Scheduled flight from Germany to Lisbon
    Overnight stay with breakfast

    Friday, 12.05.2023

    Scheduled flight to Ponta Delgada/Sao Miguel/Azores

    Friday, 12.05.2023

    Ponta Delgada/Sao Miguel/Azores, departure 18.00 hrs

    Saturday, 13.05.2023 to
    Monday, 15.05.2023

    Azores (Faial, Pico , Terceira )

    When spring revitalises coastlines, this cruise transforms the Azores, the Channel Islands and Helgoland into fascinating new territory. Welcome to Faial, home to whales and marine biologists. Horta's harbour 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 scenic tour to the Capelinhos volcano* or a hike around the Faial Caldera*. Deep-black rocks, rugged volcanic cones and Portugal's highest mountain: Pico continues the overwhelming sights. 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*. The grapes grow in labyrinths of small stone walls. The creative power of the earth's core also becomes apparent on Terceira. Explore the island in a jeep* and marvel at lava formations, natural swimming pools and the interior of a volcanic cave. On a city walk through Angra do Heroismo*, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, attractive white houses, a cathedral and a palace tell of the times when the city was an intermediate stop for overseas trade.

    Tuesday, 16.05.2023 to
    Wednesday, 17.05.2023

    Relaxation at sea

    Thursday, 18.05.2023

    Leixoes (Porto), from 8.00 to 18.00 hrs

    The HANSEATIC spirit follows in the footsteps of the pioneering seafarers of old when it heads for the Portuguese mainland. Porto is like an open-air museum of the baroque. Take a nostalgic tram ride in the old town* or explore at your own pace - fall in love with this port city over and over again. Or do the Middle Ages make your heart beat faster? If so, historic Guimaraes* is perfect for you, with a majestic castle, opulent palace rooms and town houses.

    Friday, 19.05.2023

    Islas Cies/Spain

    If the authorities give the green light to explore the Islas Cies, pine forests, sprawling beaches and impressive cliffs will vie for your attention.

    Saturday, 20.05.2023

    Relaxation at sea

    Sunday, 21.05.2023

    Douarnenez/France, from 8.00 to 18.00 hrs

    Douarnenez, a new cruise destination, is closely linked with the development of the sardine industry. From here, explore the capital of art, history and legends: take a city walk of Quimper* through streets lined with half-timbered houses and embark on an architectural journey through time - rounded off with the 13th-century Gothic Cathedral of Saint Corentin. Mighty granite rock faces and heathland set the scene for a walk on Cap Sizun*.

    Monday, 22.05.2023 to
    Wednesday, 24.05.2023

    Channel Islands/Great Britain (Jersey, Guernsey, Sark, Alderney)

    Plenty of time has been scheduled for the unknown territory of the Channel Islands: three days, four islands - a blend of wild and romantic landscapes, aristocratic charm and blossoming glory. On Jersey, go for a coastal walk* and enjoy the Mediterranean atmosphere of the picturesque bays. A visit to Mont Orgueil Castle* will show that very few castles have been constructed so strategically: built on the cliff tops, surrounded by cliffs, overlooking the fishing village of Gorey. Guernsey's nature inspired Renoir. The gardens around Saint Peter Port* would be the perfect subject for an impressionist painting. The vintage flair on Guernsey* bus tour shows how the mild climate of the Gulf Stream allows a diverse range of splendid and exotic plants to bloom. La Seigneurie is one of the finest gardens in the Channel Islands. This paradise is designed around an 18th-century manor house, and you can explore it at your own pace on the little rocky island of Sark. The rich flora and fauna on Alderney also paint unforgettable pictures. A hike along the west coast* will allow you to cast your gaze over cliffs, bays and the nesting places of thousands of northern gannets. Alternatively, take a bicycle tour of the island* to revive your body and soul. Your destination: a lighthouse dating from 1912.

    Thursday, 25.05.2023

    Relaxation at sea

    Friday, 26.05.2023

    Helgoland

    The red sandstone of a North Sea beauty also sends a strong signal: Helgoland. Many people tend to forget about it, but for the HANSEATIC spirit, this is a truly fascinating destination. Take the time to walk around Germany's island gem. Lange Anna, a natural landmark, adds a final exclamation point to this special cruise bursting with contrasts.

    Saturday, 27.05.2023

    Hamburg, arrival 7.00 hrs
    Individual travel arrangements from cruise arrival point

    * 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

    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 - HAMBURG
    Cruise
    SPI2309
    Cruise dates
    12.05.2023 - 27.05.2023

    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
    SPI2309
    Cruise dates
    12.05.2023 - 27.05.2023
    Cruise
    SPI2309
    Cruise dates
    12.05.2023 - 27.05.2023
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