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HANSEATIC spirit - from Ushuaia to Christchurch

Semi-circumnavigation of Antarctica - an eternal route - legends and lifelong dreams

HANSEATIC spirit - from Ushuaia to Christchurch
Cruise SPI2402
28.01.2024 - 01.03.2024 (32 days)
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    Cruise
    SPI2402
    Cruise dates
    28.01.2024 - 01.03.2024

    • Exploring the white wilderness – one of the greatest adventures of our times
    • Regions that very few people have seen In the wake of historic explorers: add your own chapters to the story of polar exploration at the sites of expeditions past
    • Illuminating and fascinating: experts accompany hikes and Zodiac rides into the ice
    • Wildlife sightings in spectacular landscapes – penguins, sea lions, fur seals, elephant seals and much more


    Expedition
    Extend your cruise ashore
    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 - Special offer for single travellers

    The surcharge for single travellers on this cruise (Categories 1 – 8) is only 20 %.

    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
    SPI2402
    Cruise dates
    28.01.2024 - 01.03.2024

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    Optional bookable
    Friday, 26.01.2024

    Scheduled flight from Germany to Buenos Aires

    Saturday, 27.01.2024

    City tour
    Overnight stay with breakfast

    Sunday, 28.01.2024

    Charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia/Argentina, departure 18.00 hrs

    Monday, 29.01.2024

    Sailing through the Drake Passage

    Tuesday, 30.01.2024 to
    Sunday, 04.02.2024

    South Shetland Islands , Antarctic Peninsula , crossing the Antarctic Circle

    The semi-circumnavigation of the Antarctic is something very special for those in search of an unforgettable expedition. The HANSEATIC spirit is embarking on this nautical experience for the very first time with an unbelievable route from South America to New Zealand. The captain and crew will adapt the itinerary to the constantly changing conditions, starting with the South Shetland Islands. Towering basalt cliffs, rugged volcanic rock and black volcanic beaches herald an impressive destination: the Antarctic Peninsula. Icebergs, glaciers and majestic mountains populated by penguins, seals and a huge variety of seabirds. A small, manoeuvrable expedition ship like the HANSEATIC spirit promises unforgettable days here. Numerous Zodiac rides and landings heighten the expedition feeling. Stories of pioneers are brought to life on islands, in bays and in seas with names harking back to great explorers. Whether in the footsteps of James Clark Ross, Robert Falcon Scott or Sir Ernest Shackleton, follow their pioneering spirit on your expedition. Depending on the ice and weather conditions, the HANSEATIC spirit will head to Deception Island. Marvel at the extinct volcano all around you as the ship sails into the centre of the flooded caldera and takes you to the black volcanic beaches. Along wonderful icy panoramas populated by Weddell and fur seals, you will head for Paradise Bay and its drifting icebergs. Perhaps humpback whales will accompany the ship through the Neumayer Channel, a labyrinthine strait of water framed by a bizarre coastline of cliffs and ice. The feeling of exploration on board soars with each nautical mile – and with it the dimensions of the landscapes that you can watch in awe whenever you like thanks to the many open deck spaces. Mountains up to 1,000 m (3,281 ft) high flank the narrow Lemaire Channel on one of the world’s most beautiful sea passages. Keep an eye out for gentoo and Adelie penguins and the blue-eyed cormorants that have their breeding colonies on Petermann Island. Other ships would have long since had to turn back, but the HANSEATIC spirit is able to cross the Antarctic Circle and head for more Antarctic adventures. It is hard to imagine living in this isolation as a scientist, but the remains of a hut and a plaque at the cape of Prospect Point serve as reminders that some once did.

    Monday, 05.02.2024 to
    Tuesday, 13.02.2024

    Relaxation at sea (cruise through Bellingshausen Sea, Amundsen Sea and Ross Sea – 13.02 omitted due to crossing the International Date Line)

    With the highest ice class for passenger ships, the HANSEATIC spirit can forge its way to the most beautiful and rarely visited regions such as Marguerite Bay and a British research station dating back to the 1960s. On Stonington Island, you will discover how skuas and Antarctic terns have taken possession of the researchers’ abandoned base. The following days at sea will be shaped not only by fascinating expert presentations on board, but also by the golden age of Antarctic research, as the HANSEATIC spirit cruises in the Bellingshausen Sea, Amundsen Sea and Ross Sea. These seas take their names from the daring explorers who boarded their vessels many years ago to travel this remote region without modern technology, putting their lives on the line. And they may well have been just as impressed as you are by similar views.

    Wednesday, 14.02.2024 to
    Monday, 19.02.2024

    Ross Island , Terra Nova Bay , Victoria Land

    The excitement builds on board: what are the ice conditions on the Ross Sea? The season is ideal, the timing perfect – can the HANSEATIC spirit make its way through the pack ice and drifting ice to get to Ross Island? Will the weather and ice conditions allow us to land in legendary places such as Cape Royds? The spot where Sir Ernest Shackleton built a base camp for his South Pole expedition in 1908 is now home to penguins. Cape Evans, by contrast, set the scene for the Terra Nova expedition led by Robert Falcon Scott, who never returned from his attempt to beat Roald Amundsen to the South Pole. The American McMurdo Station will also bring polar history to life (subject to authorisation). In the shadow of the modern building and the mighty Mount Erebus stands the Discovery hut built by Scott in 1902. A good ten years later, it also played an important part in Shackleton’s Endurance expedition as a base camp for the planned crossing of Antarctica. With a little luck, you might spot emperor penguins and whales in this historically significant region. Another indescribable highlight awaits as you cruise in front of the fantastic backdrop of the Ross Ice Shelf: the gigantic wall of ice as tall as houses stretches for hundreds of kilometres. Next, Victoria Land welcomes you with an endless expanse in Terra Nova Bay, named after the ship that Scott was sailing in when he discovered the bay in 1901. The features here now include an Italian research station. In Cape Adare, you will find the ruins of a hut that Borchgrevink built in 1899 and in which an expedition team spent a winter in Antarctica for the first time. The spectacular natural surroundings are just as moving as the region’s past – including the largest colony of Adelie penguins in Antarctica with over 250,000 breeding pairs.

    Tuesday, 20.02.2024

    Relaxation at sea

    Wednesday, 21.02.2024

    Cruising off the Balleny Islands/New Zealand

    In the southern Pacific Ocean, you will discover untouched island worlds barely known in our latitudes – true natural paradises that are home to a rich animal kingdom. The small, manoeuvrable HANSEATIC spirit allows you to cruise as closely as possible to the coast – even closer if the authorities permit us to land. The largely glaciated Balleny Islands offer mystical sights.

    Thursday, 22.02.2024 to
    Friday, 23.02.2024

    Relaxation at sea

    Saturday, 24.02.2024

    Macquarie Island/Australia

    If authorisation is granted, you can watch king and royal penguins and fur seals on Macquarie Island.

    Sunday, 25.02.2024

    Relaxation at sea

    Monday, 26.02.2024 to
    Wednesday, 28.02.2024

    Campbell Island , Auckland Islands ,
    cruising off the Snares Islands/ New Zealand

    The world’s largest breeding colony of southern royal albatrosses can be found on Campbell Island. And on a Zodiac ride, you might be able to make out some elephant seals among the tussock grass. With grasslands, moors and dense rata forests, the Auckland Islands have the lushest flora of all the subantarctic islands. As well as yellow-eyed penguins, they are also home to New Zealand sea lions. The Snares penguin, meanwhile, is only found on the Snares Islands, where they live alongside cape petrels and albatrosses among bizarre rock formations. It will become particularly striking here that by making this semi-circumnavigation of the Antarctic, you are one of the few people who have delved deep into the secrets of this remote region.

    Thursday, 29.02.2024

    Relaxation at sea

    Friday, 01.03.2024

    Lyttelton (Christchurch)/New Zealand, arrival 6.00 hrs

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    Optional bookable
    Friday, 01.03.2024

    Scheduled flight from Christchurch to Germany

    Saturday, 02.03.2024

    Arrival in Germany

    The itinerary depends on official approval, weather and ice conditions (21.02 – 28.02.2024). The natural experiences/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: IGUACU
    PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: USHUAIA – DISCOVERIES AT THE END OF THE EARTH
    PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME C: BUENOS AIRES – TIME FOR EXPLORATION
    POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: CHRISTCHURCH – THE VICTORIAN GARDEN CITY
    Cruise
    SPI2402
    Cruise dates
    28.01.2024 - 01.03.2024

    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
    SPI2402
    Cruise dates
    28.01.2024 - 01.03.2024
    Cruise
    SPI2402
    Cruise dates
    28.01.2024 - 01.03.2024
    Price specials - Special offer for single travellers

    The surcharge for single travellers on this cruise (Categories 1 – 8) is only 20 %.

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