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HANSEATIC spirit - from Otaru to Otaru

Expedition Kamchatka and Kuril Islands - archaic facets of the Russian soul

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

    • The drama of creation: secrets of the Kuril Islands and unknown Kamchatka
    • Unspoilt and primeval Russia: a side of nature rarely seen
    • In the midst of the wilderness: fur seals, seals, sea eagles and whales in their natural habitat
    • The Ring of Fire – a wonder of nature: volcanic power of creation in many guises
    • Zodiac adventures: true expedition feeling in landscapes otherwise hard to reach


    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 SPI2408 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
    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

    Rishiri/Japan

    Northern Japan will be the prologue to your adventure. The island of Rishiri off Hokkaido is dominated by a volcano of the same name, with a cone-shaped peak. Spring is here – be fascinated as you explore the colourful nature with your experts.

    Tuesday, 11.06.2024 to
    Wednesday, 12.06.2024

    Sakhalin/Russia (Korsakov, Tyuleny )

    The course will take you to the Sea of Okhotsk, where Anton Chekhov brought literary notoriety to the island of Sakhalin when he wrote about the erstwhile penal colony of Korsakov in his travelogue. Still impressed by the historical details, you will then take a Zodiac to the east coast of the island of Tyuleny. Its beaches are home to huge colonies of fur seals and its jagged cliffs are populated by flocks of common murres. Like in so many other places on this route, whales can often be spotted here.

     

    Thursday, 13.06.2024 to
    Friday, 14.06.2024

    Kuril Islands (Chirpoy, Lovushka Islands)

    Hardly any other region in the world offers such a mesmerising reflection of the natural forces of the Pacific Ring of Fire as the Kuril Islands. Overgrown mountain peaks shimmer through the mist and the spray thunders against steep cliffs: here, numerous Zodiac rides and landings will allow you to experience the vastness of nature. Wildlife sightings are a truly special part of the adventure. Chirpoy, part of an archipelago with still-active volcanoes, is home to sea lion colonies, for example. With a bit of luck, the Zodiacs will let you see marine mammals and seabirds up-close around the Lovushka Islands. The basalt coast provides birds with shelter and you with the most stunning subjects for your photos.

    Saturday, 15.06.2024 to
    Wednesday, 19.06.2024

    Kamchatka (Tikhirka Bay , two days in Petropavlovsk, Morzovaya Bay , Bering Island )

    The many facets of Kamchatka could fill several books: active and extinct volcanoes, sputtering geysers and deep fjords, verdant forests and crystal-clear rivers. The HANSEATIC spirit’s route is adjusted according to daily weather conditions and expected sightings. Experience the true feeling of expedition late into the light evenings – for example, on a hike with your experts in Tikhirka Bay and with the possibility of spotting sea otters. The renowned scientists on board will happily expand your knowledge of different eras of Russian history, whether you’re interested in the indigenous peoples – the Itelmen and Koryaks – or the Cossack conquerors. You will then see the inhabitants of Petropavlovsk, the scientific and cultural centre of Kamchatka, in a new light. To marvel at the spectacle of fuming sulphur springs and columns of water from the perspective of the sea eagle, take a helicopter flight to the Valley of the Geysers*. The flight to Nalychevo Nature Park* also promises breathtaking panoramas and the opportunity to bathe in the wilderness. Alternatively, a hike up the Avacha volcano* will reward you with fantastic views. You’ll also find these on your Zodiac landing in Morzovaya Bay: keep a lookout for Steller’s sea eagles and relics of times gone by. Salmon return from the Pacific to spawn at this time of year – easy prey for the Kamchatka brown bears, who you might see with a little luck. From this natural kingdom, the HANSEATIC spirit will set off for Bering Island, where the great pioneering acts of the famous explorer will be brought to life. Vitus Bering ran aground here in 1741 on the way home from his second Kamchatka expedition.

    Thursday, 20.06.2024

    Relaxation at sea

    Friday, 21.06.2024 to
    Saturday, 22.06.2024

    Kuril Islands (Ptichiy Islands, Atlasova, Yankicho (Ushishir))

    What is life like for the people in the village of Nikolskoje? On a Zodiac ride off the Ptichiy Islands, see the islands – and the home of common and spotted seals – for yourself. Your experts will also explain how volcanoes work at Atlasova’s black lava beach and at the Alaid, the tallest volcano in the Kuril Islands at more than 2,000 m (6,562 ft). On Yankicho (Ushishir), you can explore inside the steep caldera in the Zodiacs if the weather is good.

    Sunday, 23.06.2024

    Relaxation at sea

    Monday, 24.06.2024

    Korsakov/Sakhalin (official stop)

    A relaxing day at sea will take you back to Otaru via Korsakov. How will you remember the Far East – as an adventure or a Russian fairy tale?

    Tuesday, 25.06.2024

    Otaru (Sapporo)/Japan, arrival 7.00 hrs

    Show departure travel package
    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.

    The itinerary depends on official approval and 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: IMPERIAL CITIES OF JAPAN: TOKYO, KYOTO AND NARA (SUPERIOR)
    PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: IMPERIAL CITIES OF JAPAN: KYOTO, NARA AND TOKYO (DELUXE)
    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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    Binoculars allow you to delve deep into the wonders of our planet
    Cruise
    SPI2409
    Cruise dates
    09.06.2024 - 25.06.2024
    Cruise
    SPI2409
    Cruise dates
    09.06.2024 - 25.06.2024
    Price specials - Attractive combination discount

    Extend your stay with the previous cruise SPI2408 and save € 900 per person. (Applies to Categories 1 – 10)

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