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HANSEATIC spirit - from Cape Town to Walvis Bay

Wild South Africa - safari of contrasts in the untamed wilderness

HANSEATIC spirit - from Cape Town to Walvis Bay
Cruise SPI2504
05.03.2025 - 21.03.2025 (16 days)
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    Cruise
    SPI2504
    Cruise dates
    05.03.2025 - 21.03.2025

    • South Africa’s untamed soul in the wild: on the trail of the “big five” and other wildlife species
    • Overnight stay in the middle of the wilderness: as part of the optional overland excursions*
    • Between colonial times and the present: illuminating the challenges and new diversity of Africa
    • Urban lifestyle during a visit of Cape Town and Durban
    • Namibia: explorations from art nouveau buildings to sand dunes

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

    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 SPI2503 and save € 1,500 per person. (Applies to Categories 1 – 10)


    EXTEND AND SAVE

    Extend your Wild South Africa adventure with a passage of enjoyment for eleven more exciting days between two continents or as an equator crossing on the trail of old trade routes and true seafarers:

    • Extend your adventure with all the amenities of the HANSEATIC spirit. (Travel package from cruise arrival point bookable separately)
    • Stay in the same cabin you booked and benefit from the exclusive savings for combination travellers. (Valid for double and single occupancy)
    • Only € 990 (extension price for SPI2505, cruise only)

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    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
    • 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
    SPI2504
    Cruise dates
    05.03.2025 - 21.03.2025

    Show arrival travel package
    Optional bookable
    Tuesday, 04.03.2025

    Scheduled flight from Germany to Cape Town

    Wednesday, 05.03.2025

    Cape Town
    Overnight stay on board

    Thursday, 06.03.2025

    Cape Town/South Africa, departure 7.00 hrs

    Friday, 07.03.2025

    Mossel Bay, from 7.00 to 14.00 hrs

    In Mossel Bay, follow in the footsteps of Bartolomeu Diaz, the first European to sail around Africa’s southern tip. Alternatively, take a scenic tour to Knysna* in the heart of the Garden Route or visit an ostrich farm*.

    Saturday, 08.03.2025

    Relaxation at sea

    Sunday, 09.03.2025

    East London, from 7.00 to 13.00 hrs

    You will reach East London along the stunning beaches of the Sunshine Coast. From here, your days will focus on the fascinating wildlife – lions, rhinos, leopards, elephants and buffalo. The legendary “big five” are not actually the largest animals in Africa, but were once considered the most defensive by big-game hunters. Today, South Africa’s focus is on protecting its species – a respectful distance is maintained at all times on game drives. You just might experience your first animal sightings as you cross the vast Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve*. Explore the South African bushland in open-top safari jeeps. The numerous rivers that spring from the Drakensberg mountain range are a lifeline for mammals and birds. Take a kayak tour on the Nahoon River* and explore shores that attract cormorants, kingfishers and herons. There is no way of knowing which species you will see – but this is what makes each game drive so exciting.

    Monday, 10.03.2025

    Richards Bay, arrival 19.30 hrs

    From Richards Bay, you have a wide variety of opportunities to experience Zululand. The overland excursions* to the nearby wildlife reserves are a particular highlight. An overnight stay in the middle of the wilderness, a night-time soundtrack of animal noises, stunning sunrises and sunsets: an intensive African encounter. Go for a game drive early in the morning when the animals are at their most active. Elephants, giraffes, zebras and lions: which species will you manage to see before you return to the ship? 

    Tuesday, 11.03.2025

    Richards Bay, departure 19.00 hrs

    Wednesday, 12.03.2025

    Durban, from 7.00 to 22.00 hrs

    On a city tour*, you will experience Durban as a unique melting pot of Indian, European and African cultures. From here, a game drive through Tala Game Reserve* will take you through the bush, and with a little luck past hippos, ostriches and various species of water birds and birds of prey. Further overland excursions* into the South African hinterland promise safari adventures with wildlife observation and overnight stays in unique lodges.

    Thursday, 13.03.2025

    Relaxation at sea

    Friday, 14.03.2025

    Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth), arrival 8.00 hrs

    The HANSEATIC spirit will spend two days in Gqeberha, giving you plenty of opportunities to explore the surrounding area. Just outside the city, wild hearts beat in Kariega Game Reserve*. One of South Africa’s richest biotopes, it is home to giraffes, antelopes, zebras, gnus and around 200 species of bird. Addo Elephant National Park* is all about the world’s largest land mammal. Encounters with giraffes and buffalo* is a very special African safari adventure, providing you with opportunities to see the animals up close.

    Saturday, 15.03.2025

    Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth), departure 19.00 hrs

    Sunday, 16.03.2025 to
    Saturday, 18.03.2023

    Relaxation at sea

    Wednesday, 19.03.2025

    Luderitz/Namibia, from 7.00 to 14.00 hrs

    Welcome to Namibia. If the authorities give the green light, colourful Luderitz will greet you on the edge of the Namib desert with numerous buildings from the German colonial era. Not far from here is Kolmanskop*, a former diamond mining town – the image of the abandoned settlement is now characterised by houses blown away by sand and is reminiscent of times gone by.

    Thursday, 20.03.2025

    Walvis Bay, arrival 12.00 hrs
    Overnight stay on board

    Walvis Bay is your starting point to explore the desert city of Swakopmund*. Alternatively, you can experience a sea of sand on an off-road journey through the dunes* or from high above on a scenic flight over the desert*. Even if your cruise comes to an end here, your colourful memories of Africa are sure to never fade.

    Friday, 21.03.2025

    Walvis Bay

    Show departure travel package
    Optional bookable
    Friday, 21.03.2025

    Overland tour to Windhoek
    Overnight stay with breakfast (mid-range hotel)

    Saturday, 22.03.2025

    Scheduled flight from Windhoek to Germany

    Sunday, 23.03.2025

    Arrival in 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 cruise 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.
    For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.

    The following programmes are offered in German:

    Private pre- and post-cruise programmes

    Explore your cruise destinations on a more personal basis as a couple – ideal for all those who don’t want to be part of a group. The excursions in the programmes are accompanied by a local tour guide who will be happy to attend to your individual wishes. There will also be enough time and space for your own activities. Transfers are exclusively by private car with private drivers. Prices for solo travellers or groups of three or more are available on request.

    YOUR PRIVATE PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME – MONT ROCHELLE

    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: RELAX AND EXPLORE CAPE TOWN
    PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: CAPE TOWN IN DEPTH
    PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME C: SAFARI IN AND BEYOND NGALA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE
    POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: HIGHLIGHTS OF NORTHERN NAMIBIA AND ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
    POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: CHOBE NATIONAL PARK AND VICTORIA FALLS

    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 – NAMIBIA
    Cruise
    SPI2504
    Cruise dates
    05.03.2025 - 21.03.2025

    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
    SPI2504
    Cruise dates
    05.03.2025 - 21.03.2025
    Cruise
    SPI2504
    Cruise dates
    05.03.2025 - 21.03.2025
    Price specials - Attractive combination discount

    Extend your stay with the previous cruise SPI2503 and save € 1,500 per person. (Applies to Categories 1 – 10)


    EXTEND AND SAVE

    Extend your Wild South Africa adventure with a passage of enjoyment for eleven more exciting days between two continents or as an equator crossing on the trail of old trade routes and true seafarers:

    • Extend your adventure with all the amenities of the HANSEATIC spirit. (Travel package from cruise arrival point bookable separately)
    • Stay in the same cabin you booked and benefit from the exclusive savings for combination travellers. (Valid for double and single occupancy)
    • Only € 990 (extension price for SPI2505, cruise only)

    Book now

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