Hanseatic Inspiration


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Hanseatic Inspiration Review and Specifications

Specifications of Hanseatic Inspiration

Year built 2019 new ship
Builder VARD shipyards (Tulcea Romania and Langsten Norway)
Class ice-strengthened expedition ship
Building cost EUR 145 million (USD 155 million)
Owner TUI AG
Operator Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
Speed 16 kn / 30 kph / 18 mph
Length (LOA) 138 m / 453 ft
Beam (width) 22 m / 72 ft
Gross Tonnage 15540 gt
Passengers 199 - 230
Crew 170
Decks 9
Cabins 120
Decks with cabins 7
Sister-ships Hanseatic Nature
Christened by tba

Review of Hanseatic Inspiration

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises introduced the Hanseatic brand name by naming its new, top-luxury expedition cruise vessels "MS Hanseatic Inspiration" (scheduled launch October 2019) and MS Hanseatic Nature (scheduled launch April 2019). Both polar cruise ships are of the same design. The investment was made by the parent company TUI Group on behalf of its subsidiary company Hapag-Lloyd (based in Hamburg Germany).

History - construction & ownership

The 230-passenger cruise ship ms Hanseatic Inspiration was built by Norwegian company VARD Holdings Ltd (subsidiary of Fincantieri) at the Tulcea shipyard (Romania). The vessel boasts the highest ice class for passenger ships, PC6. Hanseatic Inspiration features many advantages, such as outstanding five-star service provided by the crew, unforgettable culinary, more space for the passengers and a lot of hidden amenities. 

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises new expedition cruise ship design (bow view)

The design concept for MS Hanseatic Inspiration is called “inspired by Nature” and reflects the expeditionary spirit which is the creative idea backing the vessel. Nature is not only expessed outside, but is also reflected in the interior design of the ship through the choice of materials, forms and colours, as well as in the lines and contours of walls and surfaces.

There are 2 extendible glass balconies (glass-bottomed and glass-walled) providing passengers with the unique feeling of floating over the water.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises new expedition cruise ship design (aft view)

Hanseatic Inspiration is fitted with modern environmental-friendly technologies and equipment. The vessel's hull shape is optimised to reduce fuel consumption and the overall bunker consumption. The ship has SCR catalytic converter, reducing NOx emissions by nearly 95%. The ship's propulsion features a PROMAS rudder with specially-designed propeller that helps reducing fuel consumption and lowers emissions. A special polar equipment are the ice detectors - thermal imaging technology with infrared cameras. Cold ironing (shore-to-ship power capabilities) are also available.

Cruise itinerary program

MS Hanseatic Inspiration itinerary program is based on cruise expeditions to Polar destinations (Arctic and Antarctica), as well as tropical destinations like the South Seas and Amazon remaining on the itinerary.

In addition to polar itineraries, the ship also operates on voyages visiting Amazon River, Chilean Fjords, Azores Islands, Cape Verde Islands. Itinerary durations range between 4-day Frisian Islands (aka Wadden Islands, in North Sea, Europe) to 20-day Antarctica.

During the inaugural cruise season, the ship will also visit the Great Lakes.


MS Hanseatic Inspiration accommodates up to 230 passengers (up to 199 on Antarctic expeditions) in a total of 120 cabins in 10 categories.

  • Cabins: Panorama (22 m2/237 ft2), French Balcony 21/23 m2 (226/248 ft2), and Balcony (28 m2/301 ft2) with private balcony (6 m2/65 ft2). Amenities include separable beds, Nordic walking poles, binoculars, rain shower, free mini bar, coffee machine, heated wall in the bathrooms for wet parkas and towels.
  • Junior Suites (43 m2/463 ft2) with private balcony (6 m2/65 ft2). Amenities include butler service, separate living and sleeping areas (with panoramic views and TVs), separate dining area, separable beds, Nordic walking poles, binoculars, free mini bar, coffee machine, bathroom with rain shower and two sinks, steam sauna in the shower area, heated wall in the bathrooms for wet parkas and towels.
  • Grand Suites (71 m2/764 ft2) with private veranda (16 m2/172 ft2) featuring space heaters. Amenities include exclusive service privileges, butler service, separate living and sleeping areas (with panoramic views and TVs), separate dining area, separable beds, Nordic walking poles, binoculars, free mini bar, coffee machine, daylight bathroom with balcony access, free-standing bath, rain shower and two sinks, steam sauna in the shower area, separate toilet, heated wall in the bathrooms for wet parkas and towels.
  • Kids under 11 years old travel for free. Teens (ages 12-15) travel at fixed rate EUR 60 per night.

Dining options - Food & Drinks

Meals are offered within open-seating during the day. Dinner is served in the ship's main dining room restaurant (aft on deck 4). The ship has 2 bars and 3 restaurants: Main Restaurant (178 seats), Speciality Restaurant (44 seat) and Bistro Restaurant (Lido Buffet) with 84 indoor seats plus around 100 outdoor seats.

Entertainment options - Fun & Sport

MS Hanseatic Inspiration offers sophisticated atmosphere and the chance to visit exotic ports. Each voyage is accompanied by lectors. There are extensive wellness and fitness areas, as well as an aft marina platform for water sports. 16 onboard Zodiacs (inflatable boats) and E-Zodiacs (with electric-powered engines) make possible landings in remote expedition areas, regardless of their vicinity to a port.

  • Main Lounge (deck 4) with cutting-edge technology suitable for media presentations, precaps and recaps, full Bar, separate Smoking Lounge.
  • Observation Lounge (deck 8)
  • Fitness area (100 m2 / 1076 ft2) with modern exercise equipment, separate Course Room (for classes).
  • Spa area (215 m2 / 2314 ft2) with ocean view.
  • Pool deck area with swimming pool, jaccuzi, Pool Bar
  • Spacious top-deck Sun Deck with flexible canopy (shaded seating area).
  • Interactive Knowledge Studio - enables passengers to do their own research whenever they wish by viewing the information.

Hanseatic Inspiration wiki

  • Hapag-Lloyd's new cruise ship design is based on ice-strengthened hull and implemented top-notch expedition vessel technologies. Among those is the long-range 3D sonar "FarSounder 1000". The device is forward-looking (installed in the ship's bow) and integrated into the vessel's bridge navigation system. The sonar allows it to maneuver through the icy waters, showing and mapping approaching hazards, such as icebergs or coral reefs.
  • The ship's scheduled delivery was for October 2019, but instead the vessel will be delivered 6 months earlier (April 2019). The cruise ship will be launched with Hapag-Lloyd's new livery (on a blue hull).
  • The vessel features a retractable Navigation Bridge wing allowing it to pass through narrow river and canal locks.
  • On October 9, 2017, was the vessel's steel-cutting ceremony held at the VARD shipyard in Tulcea Romania. The keel-laying ceremony was on October 18, during which a special coin was traditionally placed under the first steel block (part of the hull) for good luck. In Romania was constructed only the vessel's hull, while the rest of the ship was built at the VARD shipyard in Langsten Norway.
  • In November 2017, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises announced that hull design changes resulted in projected over 10% annual fuel savings for the new expedition vessels. After initial assessment, the hull's efficiency was optimized using DNV GL developed form optimization process that included 10,000 hull design analysis to confirm the hull model optimization results. The main changes were done to the hull's stern - optimized for passenger comfort by minimizing the impact from slamming.

Inaugural itineraries 2019-2020

The Inaugural Cruise (scheduled for April 2019) is 13-day itinerary from Hamburg Germany to Lisbon Portugal. Follow itineraries in the Mediterranean and Canary Islands.

Follows a list of maiden voyages with ports of call.

  • 15-day "Western Europe" (October 14-29, 2019) from Antwerp Belgium to Tenerife, Canaries, visiting Honfleur, Guernsey (Channel Islands), La Coruna, Lisbon (overnight), Portimao, Casablanca (Morocco), Porto Santo Island (Madeira), Funchal (Madeira, overnight).
  • 17-day "Amazon River" (March 25-April 11, 2020) from Belem Brazil to Iquitos (Peru) (via Manaus Brazil).
  • 14-day "Great Lakes" (June 3-17, 2020) cruising on Detroit River, Lake Huron (visiting Mackinac Island), Sault Ste. Marie (Ontario, Canada), Lake Superior (visiting Thunder Bay), Lake Michigan.

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