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HANSEATIC spirit - from Porto to Madeira

Expedition Azores - highs of the Azores with all nine islands

HANSEATIC spirit - from Porto to Madeira
Cruise SPI2321
07.10.2023 - 20.10.2023 (13 days)
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    Cruise
    SPI2321
    Cruise dates
    07.10.2023 - 20.10.2023

    • A mild climate and stunning contrasts: the riches of all nine Azores islands on one cruise
    • Natural phenomena in many forms: volcanic craters, lava fields, caves and fumaroles
    • Cultural heritage and seafaring history – from proud Renaissance buildings to former whaling stations
    • Good chances of spotting whales and dolphins
    • Experience the Garden of Eden in the Atlantic and its diverse nature on numerous hikes and Zodiac rides


    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 previous cruise SPI2320 or with the subsequent cruise SPI22322 and save € 300 per person. (Applies to Categories 1 – 10)

    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
    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
    SPI2321
    Cruise dates
    07.10.2023 - 20.10.2023

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    Optional bookable
    Saturday, 07.10.2023

    Scheduled flight from Germany to Porto

    Saturday, 07.10.2023

    Leixoes (Porto)/Portugal, departure 19.00 hrs

    Sunday, 08.10.2023 to
    Monday, 09.10.2023

    Relaxation at sea

    Tuesday, 10.10.2023

    Southern Azores (Sao Miguel)

    The Azores – volcanic and beautiful, wild and dreamlike. Combine all nine islands in the archipelago for a contrast-filled expedition on the small HANSEATIC spirit. Enjoy impressive excursions and independent shore visits in the mild Azores climate that will feel like an extended summer. “Bem-vindo!” Portugal’s autonomous region welcomes you first to Sao Miguel, the largest island in the archipelago. The sun is still strong enough to warm up the long esplanade, charming parks and idyllic plazas of the city of Ponta Delgada. Discover the temperature of the earth’s core with the fumaroles at Furnas. Follow the route into the hiker’s paradise of Sao Miguel* along narrow paths and lush river valleys, passing small waterfalls on the way. An all-terrain vehicle tour across the island* – taking in craters and one of Europe’s few tea plantations – will reveal how natural forces created a bizarre landscape and fertile soil.

    Wednesday, 11.10.2023

    Central Azores (Graciosa)

    The rich contrasts in natural phenomena continue on Graciosa. The “graceful” island with its little villages reveals its idyllic nature on an island tour* – and its nature proves even more untamed around 100 m (328 ft) beneath the earth’s surface: hot springs bubble in a sulphur cave and rising steam creates a mystical atmosphere. Descend into this volcanic wonder on a hike to the Furna do Enxofre*.

    Thursday, 12.10.2023 to
    Friday, 13.10.2023

    Western Azores (Flores, Corvo )

    Passionate explorers and nature lovers will be in their element on Flores. Green moss carpets the landscape, hidden crater lakes shimmer in turquoise and steep rocky slopes provide spectacular views. Get to know the flower island of Flores* from surprising perspectives: on your tour, you will encounter the imposing Rocha dos Bordoes, mighty basalt columns that rise up to 30 m (98 ft) out of the landscape like organ pipes. A walk along ancient island trails* leads you along the bizarre coastal cliffs to stunning views of powerful waterfalls. Corvo, the smallest of the Azores, is a paradise for seabirds and marine mammals. The steep, weathered slopes rise up to a mighty volcanic crater that shapes the landscape. On an independent shore visit, your experts will explain the origins of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and the history of the Mediterranean windmills.

    Saturday, 14.10.2023 to
    Tuesday, 17.10.2023

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

    With its high, steep and overgrown coast and the spray from the waves, Sao Jorge is an impressive sight above the deep blue of the ocean. Stroll through the town of Velas to the highlights of the “dragon island”* and follow in the footsteps of Saint George, dragon slayer and patron saint. Alternatively, an excursion with fajas and coffee tasting* takes you to the fertile stretches of land formed by cooled lava, where tropical fruits, vegetables and coffee are cultivated.
    Horta’s harbour on Faial is popular with sailors, who use it as a starting point to cross the Atlantic. The HANSEATIC spirit will stay here overnight so that you can spend the evening exploring the old town, its palaces and manor houses at your leisure. Peter Cafe Sport is a famous meeting point for people who have circumnavigated the globe – seize the opportunity to mingle. Sailors’ yarns become living natural history when you go whale and dolphin watching* and learn all about these marine mammals. A hike around the Faial Caldera* prepares the ground for learning about volcanoes. Along the approximately 400 m (1,312 ft) deep crater, gain background knowledge of plate tectonics and eruptions and enjoy views of the crater lakes and the vast ocean. Pico, too, has something exceptional in store. Around 2,300 m (7,546 ft) high, the majestic volcano of the same name overlooks villages whose history was shaped by whaling. A scenic tour across the crater island of Pico* spans its many experiences, from lava fields to natural swimming pools and a visit to the whaling museum. With a little luck, you will have the opportunity throughout the cruise to watch whales and dolphins off the coast. Get to know the home of the famous Verdelho wine when you explore Pico’s vineyards on foot*. Surrounded by basalt walls, the white grapes used to make this exquisite beverage are cultivated here. Brightly coloured and crafted by masters in a Renaissance style, Terceira was once one of the most important supply ports for the Portuguese and Spanish. The city walk through Angra do Heroismo*, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will be filled with magnificent aristocratic residences and churches, town houses and small streets. Dreamy towns and regional delicacies contrast with bizarre lava formations and volcanic caves when you explore Terceira in a jeep*.

    Wednesday, 18.10.2023

    Southern Azores (Santa Maria)

    Santa Maria was the first island in the archipelago to be inhabited. Take an island tour* and follow in the footsteps of Columbus, who came ashore here on his voyage home in 1493. Or take a coastal hike to Formosa beach* and enjoy the enticing sand and relaxing hours of sunshine. Whatever your tastes, this expedition ensures everyone can enjoy the highs of the Azores.

    Thursday, 19.10.2023

    Relaxation at sea

    Friday, 20.10.2023

    Funchal/Madeira/Portugal, arrival 7.00 hrs

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    Optional bookable
    Friday, 20.10.2023

    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.

    The itinerary depends on the weather conditions. The natural experiences and wildlife sightings described are possibilities on this expedition 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: HIGHLIGHTS OF PORTO
    PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: CULTURAL DISCOVERIES IN THE NORTH OF PORTUGAL
    POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: MULTIFACETED MADEIRA
    POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: ACTIVE EXPLORATIONS OF MADEIRA

    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
    YOUR INDIVIDUAL TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS – LISBON STOPOVER
    Cruise
    SPI2321
    Cruise dates
    07.10.2023 - 20.10.2023

    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
    SPI2321
    Cruise dates
    07.10.2023 - 20.10.2023
    Cruise
    SPI2321
    Cruise dates
    07.10.2023 - 20.10.2023
    Price specials - Attractive combination discount

    Extend your stay with the previous cruise SPI2320 or with the subsequent cruise SPI22322 and save € 300 per person. (Applies to Categories 1 – 10)

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