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HANSEATIC spirit - from Otaru to Otaru

Premiere route “Circumnavigation of Japan” - The land of smiles as an all-embracing experience

HANSEATIC spirit - from Otaru to Otaru
Cruise SPI2409
09.06.2024 - 25.06.2024 (16 days)
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    Cruise
    SPI2409
    Cruise dates
    09.06.2024 - 25.06.2024

    • Premiere: the entire fascination of Japan – circumnavigation with all four main islands
    • Uncharted territory even for Asia experts: from classics to insider tips
    • A route full of contrasts: old values and new perspectives, veneration of nature and futurism – embedded in magnificent natural wonders
    • See more and understand aspects otherwise unexplored: thanks to an experienced, competent team of experts on board
    • Detour to South Korea – vibrant and rich in culture
    • New pre-cruise programmes: visit trendy Nagoya and the imperial city of Kyoto to set the tone for your cruise

    The cruise is fully booked.
    For further assistance please contact us at 040 30703050.

    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 & Save

    If you extend your cruise with the subsequent cruise SPI2410, we offer you a 25% discount on the extension cruise (applies to the PLATINUM fare in categories 1-10, double occupancy). Single travelers pay no surcharge on the regular voyage on the subsequent voyage SPI2410 in categories 1-8 (applies for the PLATIUNIM fare).


    Special offer for single travellers

    Single travellers do not pay any surcharge on the regular cruise-only price on this cruise (applies to PLATINUM fare for Cat. 1 – 8).

    The highlights of this cruise

    Learn more, know more – “Inside Japan” with your Far East experts

    Discover an enigmatic island kingdom with the HANSEATIC spirit: between tradition and modernity, Japan offers visitors extraordinary facets to explore. Historic temples and artistic gardens adorn Nippon just as much as futuristic architecture and moving places of tranquillity. With our experienced team of experts, you will learn about backgrounds and details, both on board and ashore. Exciting lectures, special expert excursions* and personal discussions make every day of your cruise an experience.

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

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    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
    SPI2409
    Cruise dates
    09.06.2024 - 25.06.2024

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    Optional bookable
    Friday, 07.06.2024

    Scheduled flight from Germany to Tokyo

    Saturday, 08.06.2024

    Overnight stay with breakfast

    Sunday, 09.06.2024

    Scheduled flight to Sapporo

    Sunday, 09.06.2024

    Otaru (Sapporo)/Japan, departure 18.00 hrs

    Monday, 10.06.2024

    Relaxation at sea

    Tuesday, 11.06.2024

    Tsuruga/Japan, from 13.00 to 19.00 hrs 

    Japan as you have never experienced it before: for the first time, a ship in the expedition fleet of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises connects all four main islands for a fabulous destination: the circumnavigation of Japan – with a detour to vibrant South Korea. Your discoveries in the New Land of Smiles begin along the north-western coast of the main island of Honshu with the first of many premiere destinations of the HANSEATIC spirit. Tsuruga, a charming coastal town in Fukui Prefecture, impresses with its rich history and diverse sights such as the Kehi-jingu Shrine*, the Museum of Humanity* or the idyllic Kehi-no-Matsubara pine forest. A scenic drive takes you to the majestic Eiheiji Temple*, an important Zen monastery in the mountains and spiritual retreat.

    Wednesday, 12.06.2024

    Oki Islands, from 8.00 to 24.00 hrs

    Both geology and the remote location have created a very special ecosystem on the Oki Islands, characterised by red rock formations and green vegetation. Enjoy the constantly changing views of the Sea of Japan from the 257 m (843 ft) tall Matengai Cliff on a hike along the Kuniga Coast*. Alternatively, you can visit Takuhi Shrine* or learn more about the islands by bus and boat*. 

    Thursday, 13.06.2024

    Sakaiminato, from 7.00 to 17.00 hrs

    Another premiere destination is Sakaiminato, famous for the whimsical bronze figures of the manga artist Mizuki Shigeru, who was born here. Daisen-Oki National Park looks like something from a Japanese ink painting – for example, with the “twin” of Mount Fujiyama – scenes that you can enjoy while hiking on Mount Daisen*. The Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine* is considered one of the most important Shinto shrines. This is where newly-weds pray for a happy marriage and single people wish for a partner. 

    Friday, 14.06.2024

    Busan/Sout Korea, from 12.00 to 19.00 hrs

    Mysterious, remote and little-known: in South Korea, you will enter a fascinating realm. From Busan, a coastal hike through Igidae Park* with its small suspension bridges reveals to you the close bond between Koreans and nature. 

    Saturday, 15.06.2024

    Jeju Island, from 9.00 to 15.00 hrs

    Pure nature: the best way to get to know the landscape of Jeju Island with its volcanic peaks and lava tunnels, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is on an island tour* or a walk to the crater rim of the Sangumburi Crater*.

    Sunday, 16.06.2024

    Nagasaki/Japan, from 8.00 to 18.00 hrs

    Back in Japan on Kyushu, the southernmost main island, Nagasaki will first tell you its moving history*. But you will not only learn about the events around 1945 – the focus will also be on the country’s oldest stone bridge and oldest Christian church.

    Monday, 17.06.2024

    Yakushima, from 7.30 to 18.00 hrs

    In the south-west of Japan, the Nansei Islands are lined up over an area of 1,000 km (621 mi.) as the “South Seas of Japan”. Yakushima features a lush tropical landscape and ancient cedar forests, with numerous bird species and macaques providing the respective soundscape. The rainforest shrouds itself in mystery as the mist glides over the rhododendrons, mosses and lichens. 

    Tuesday, 18.06.2024

    Uwajima, from 13.00 to 19.00 hrs

    Great natural wonders and cultural treasures also characterise the smallest of Japan’s main islands, Shikoku. Surrounded by mountain ranges, a historic castle in the coastal town of Uwajima will transport you back to the Edo period. Explore cultural Uwajima* in the footsteps of the Date clan who once ruled here. You will also gain insights into the tradition of the terraced fields of Yusu – the only agricultural option in the mountain region. Alternatively, a visit to the old town of Uchiko*, a centre of wax and candle production in the 20th century, is like a journey back in time.

    Wednesday, 19.06.2024

    Relaxation at sea

    Thursday, 20.06.2024

    Shimizu, from 7.00 to 19.00 hrs

    The HANSEATIC spirit reaches uncharted territory once again when you uncover the secret of green tea* from the premiere destination Shimizu. Japan’s landmark – Mount Fuji* – is also rich in symbolism and legends. Will the weather reveal the white peak to you, 3,776 m (12,388 ft) high? 

    Friday, 21.06.2024

    Tokyo, from 7.00 to 23.00 hrs

    The buildings of the mega metropolis Tokyo* also reach for the sky. A city of contrasts with its imperial palace, small temples, ornate shrines and lively markets. Take a walk exploring Japanese gardens and art*. Or enjoy the high life on a visit to Japan’s highest tower – the Tokyo Skytree*. 

    Saturday, 22.06.2024

    Relaxation at sea

    Sunday, 23.06.2024

    Miyako, from 7.00 to 18.00 hrs

    Near Miyako, Sanriku-Fukko National Park with its magnificent flora and fauna will show you unique natural wonders. Your motto for the day: discover Japan in an active way – on a coastal hike* along rugged cliffs, in the Ryusendo limestone cave* or by boat along the impressive coast of the Kitayamazaki Cliffs*. 

    Monday, 24.06.2024

    Okushiri, from 13.30 to 19.00 hrs

    Off the northernmost main island of Japan, Hokkaido, you will reach the rugged, small rocky island of Okushiri, famous for abalone shells and sea urchins. If the authorities give the green light, you’ll explore the nature of the island with your experts. In good weather, the Zodiacs will be put to use. And then that will be it – you’ll have completed your circumnavigation of Japan. Driven by curiosity and a pioneering spirit, this cruise will reward you with a unique wealth of experiences in the Far East.  

    Tuesday, 25.06.2024

    Otaru/Japan, arrival 7.00 hrs

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    Optional bookable
    Tuesday, 25.06.2024

    Journey to Sapporo
    Scheduled flight to Tokyo
    Overnight stay with breakfast

    Wednesday, 26.06.2024

    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.
    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: KYOTO, NARA AND NAGOYA
    PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: KYOTO - IMPERIAL CITY
    POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: TOKYO – TRADITION AND MODERNITY
    POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: CONTRASTS ON HOKKAIDO: DAISETSUZAN NATIONAL PARK AND SAPPORO
    Cruise
    SPI2409
    Cruise dates
    09.06.2024 - 25.06.2024

    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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