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HANSEATIC spirit - from Inchon (Seoul) to Otaru

Unknown Japan and South Korea - the beauty of existence in the Far East

HANSEATIC spirit - from Inchon (Seoul) to Otaru
Cruise SPI2408
28.05.2024 - 09.06.2024 (12 days)
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    Cruise
    SPI2408
    Cruise dates
    28.05.2024 - 09.06.2024

    • Interplay of cultures: Korean facets and Japanese diversity on one cruise
    • Uncharted territory of happiness: discover Japan’s seldom-visited west coast
    • Picture-perfect landscapes: flourishing gardens, holy islands, huge mountains and vast national parks
    • Ancient values, new perspectives: fascinating veneration of nature, bathing rituals, shrines and samurai
    • Open-air museums to Asian architecture: pagodas, temples, tea houses and suspension bridges


    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 - Attractive combination discount

    Extend your stay with the previous cruise SPI2407 and save € 500 per person or with the subsequent cruise SPI2409 and save € 900 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
    SPI2408
    Cruise dates
    28.05.2024 - 09.06.2024

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    Optional bookable
    Monday, 27.05.2024

    Scheduled flight from Germany to Seoul

    Tuesday, 28.05.2024

    Inchon (Seoul)/South Korea, departure 21.00 hrs

    Wednesday, 29.05.2024

    Relaxation at sea

    Thursday, 30.05.2024

    Busan/South Korea, from 8.00 to 20.00 hrs

    The rich diversity of Korea, combined with the rarely visited west coast of Japan: unlock the mystifying symbiosis of tradition and modern high-tech culture. Enter the fascinating Far East in South Korea. Our optional pre-cruise programmes enable you to start your experience by getting to know the metropolis of Seoul or finding out more about Korean history. From Busan, the first harbour on your route, explore the relics of the ancient Silla dynasty in Gyeongju – a UNESCO World Heritage Site*, while the alternative coastal walk through Igidae Park* with its small suspension bridges reveals Korea’s close relationship with nature. On this cruise you can even taste the pioneering spirit: a Korean cooking lesson* will reveal the secrets of the country’s typical ingredients and dishes. The HANSEATIC spirit will then set off along the Korea Strait. Further exciting experiences of the Far East await you in Japan’s territorial waters.

    Friday, 31.05.2024

    Karatsu/Japan, from 7.00 to 17.00 hrs

    Japan is just like a haiku, its traditional short-form poem: its connections only become evident with experience. Your cruise with the HANSEATIC spirit will steer you in exactly the right direction to increase your understanding of Japan. Set a course for profound insights into Japanese culture and nature – for example, in Karatsu when you explore the centre of this coastal resort and its pine forests. The island of Kyushu also provides a new perspective on Japan’s white gold*. Explore over 400 years of porcelain production with a visit to the village of Okawachiyama, which is adorned with ceramics.

    Saturday, 01.06.2024

    Hiroshima, from 8.00 to 14.00 hrs

    Hiroshima symbolises a very eventful period in modern history – your exploration of the area will be shaped by memorials. The witness to global history* excursion will touch on the tragic events of 1945 and take you to the Peace Memorial Park, designed by star architect Kenzo Tange.

    Saturday, 01.06.2024

    Miyajima, from 15.00 to 20.00 hrs

    The picturesque coastal landscapes of the sacred island of Miyajima have inspired both art and literature. After landing, discover its allure: the Itsukushima Shrine is one of Japan’s most famous landmarks. At high tide, the famous red gate is reflected in the water, symbolising the ancient veneration of nature characteristic of Shintoism.

    Sunday, 02.06.2024

    Beppu, from 9.30 to 22.00 hrs

    The spa city of Beppu demonstrates how bathing rituals shape the culture. Even the samurai asked for support from the deities while bathing in hot water. When you ease yourself into the hot thermal waters of Beppu*, you will be able to partake in this relaxing tradition for yourself. The more than 60 stone Buddhas in Usuki*, made from lava and tuff around 1,000 years ago, are a special expression of Japan’s religion. The material came from the Mount Aso volcano* – over time new cones have emerged in its caldera, one of the largest in the world.

    Monday, 03.06.2024

    Relaxation at sea

    Tuesday, 04.06.2024

    Maizuru, from 8.00 to 19.00 hrs

    Just like a “crane spreading its wings” – which is what the name of this harbour means – your understanding of Far East belief systems will unfold in Maizuru. From here, you will travel to the spiritual centre of the country: Kyoto – the old imperial city* with its myriad temples and extravagantly decorated shrines. After your visit to the Golden Pavilion, you will admire Nijo Castle, or focus on the rich natural landscape: the Amanohashidate sandbar is as delicate as Japanese calligraphy. Enjoy a natural experience on the “bridge to heaven”* – walk through one of Japan’s most beautiful landscapes with around 8,000 pine trees and long sandy beaches.

    Wednesday, 05.06.2024

    Kanazawa, from 7.00 to 20.00 hrs

    Architectural charm is an inherent part of Kanazawa, with its old geisha and samurai houses and the Kenroku-en Garden and tea district*, which perfectly combines a spacious setting with craftsmanship and tradition. 

    Thursday, 06.06.2024

    Sado Island, from 8.00 to 18.00 hrs

    Sado Island has a long history of unusual fishing boats: small and oval, like rice bowls. In the charming coastal town of Ogi, the rhythm of Japan comes to life not through the beat of oars, but with a traditional taiko drumming class*. The mines of the gold island of Sado* tell of how a place of exile became one of the most productive sources of precious metals.

    Friday, 07.06.2024

    Akita, from 8.00 to 17.00 hrs

    Follow in the footsteps of the samurai in Akita. The origins of the Kanto festival and the samurai district in Kakunodate* reveal colourful traditions. Alternatively, the sprawling coast and mystical Namahage culture form a fascinating symbiosis on an excursion to the Oga Peninsula*. The northern island of Hokkaido is also a natural beauty.

    Saturday, 08.06.2024

    Hakodate, from 7.00 to 13.00 hrs

    From Hakodate, your attention turns to the birds and vegetation of Onuma Quasi-National Park*. By the time your Far East adventure comes to an end, you will agree with Buddha’s maxim: it is better to travel well than to arrive.

    Sunday, 09.06.2024

    Otaru (Sapporo)/Japan, arrival 8.00 hrs

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    Optional bookable
    Sunday, 09.06.2024

    Journey to Sapporo
    Scheduled flight to Tokyo
    Overnight stay with breakfast

    Monday, 10.06.2024

    Scheduled flight from Tokyo 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: THE CONTRASTS OF SEOUL
    PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF KOREAN HISTORY
    POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: TOKYO – TRADITION AND MODERNITY
    POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: CONTRASTS ON HOKKAIDO: DAISETSUZAN NATIONAL PARK AND SAPPORO
    POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME C: IMPERIAL CITIES OF JAPAN: KYOTO, NARA AND TOKYO (SUPERIOR)
    POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME D: IMPERIAL CITIES OF JAPAN: TOKYO, KYOTO AND NARA (DELUXE)
    Cruise
    SPI2408
    Cruise dates
    28.05.2024 - 09.06.2024

    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
    SPI2408
    Cruise dates
    28.05.2024 - 09.06.2024
    Cruise
    SPI2408
    Cruise dates
    28.05.2024 - 09.06.2024
    Price specials - Attractive combination discount

    Extend your stay with the previous cruise SPI2407 and save € 500 per person or with the subsequent cruise SPI2409 and save € 900 per person. (Applies to Categories 1 – 10)

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