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Hapag-Lloyd Cruises: new ship names inspired by nature

by Mike

8 March 2017 • As you know Hapag-Lloyd Cruises (HLC) has ordered two expedition cruise ships. We'll still have to wait until 2019 to see the first one in service, but today the names of the ships have been revealed at ITB Berlin: HANSEATIC NATURE and HANSEATIC INSPIRATION.

Karl J. Pojer, CEO of HLC, said: “With our choice of names, we are continuing the success story of today’s HANSEATIC, retaining the popular and well-known brand name and establishing a new and separate class within our fleet.”

HANSEATIC NATURE will cater for the German-speaking markets; the HANSEATIC INSPIRATION the international markets.

The all-round deck on the bow (see picture) ensures a genuine expeditionary feeling. Here, passengers can experience the action at close quarters – closer even than the captain. This contributes to the expeditionary character, especially when the ships embark on journeys to the Arctic, Antarctic, or Amazon.


The new expedition ships are being built by Norwegian company Vard. The current and successful route concept, which focuses on untouched and unspoilt regions, will be continued and expanded.

PC6, the highest ice class for passenger ships, makes it possible to conduct expeditions far into Polar waters, with tropical destinations such as the South Seas and the Amazon remaining on the itinerary. Sixteen on-board Zodiacs and E-Zodiacs with eco-friendly electric drive systems allow for landings in remote expedition areas, regardless of the vicinity to a port.

The design concept, “inspired by nature”, reflects the expeditionary spirit and is the creative idea underpinning both ships. Nature is not only experienced outside, but also is reflected in the interior design. This comes to the fore in the choice of materials, colours and forms, as well as in the contours and lines of walls and surfaces, the lines of sight and therefore the interplay between the interiors and the world outside.

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