Hanseatic Nature


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Hanseatic Nature Review and Specifications

Specifications of Hanseatic Nature

Year built 2019  /  Age : -2
Builder Vard Holdings Ltd., Norway
Class ice-strengthened expedition ship
Owner TUI AG
Operator Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
Passengers 120 - 230
Cabins 120
Christened by tba

Review of Hanseatic Nature

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises put trust in the Hanseatic brand name, naming the company's two new ships (top-luxury expedition vessels) Hanseatic Inspiration (scheduled launch in October 2019) and "Hanseatic Nature" (scheduled launch in April 2019). Both expedition 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 Nature is currently being built by Norwegian company Vard Holdings Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Italian Fincantieri Marine Group. The vessel boasts the highest ice class for passenger ships, PC6. Hanseatic Nature 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 Nature 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, and therefore in the interplay between the world outside and the interiors.

The onboard highlights include two extendible glass balconies. Travellers standing on these can experience the increadible feeling of floating over the ocean. There is also the all-round deck in ship's upper deck forward which ensures an expeditionary feeling. There, passengers are able to experience the real action at close quarters, and even closer than the captain. 

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

Hanseatic Nature has been fitted with cutting-edge environmental technology and equipment. In a highly complex process, the hull of the ship has been optimised in order to achieve maximum reduction in fuel consumption for vessel's propulsion system and reduce overall bunker consumption. The newbuild is fitted with SCR catalytic converter, cutting nitrogen oxide emissions by nearly 95%. Additionally, ms Hanseatic Nature features PROMAS rudder with special propeller. This helps reduce fuel consumption and lower emissions. The IR ice detectors are another highlight, with an infrared camera which makes it possible to spot ice in misty conditions and at night. Cold ironing is envisioned, as well.


Cruise itinerary program

MS Hanseatic Nature itinerary program is based on cruise expeditions far into Polar waters, as well as tropical destinations like the South Seas and Amazon remaining on the itinerary. 


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

Dining options - Food & Drinks

Meals are offered within open seating during the day, dinner is served in Hanseatic Nature’s main restaurant. MS Hanseatic Nature boasts a total of three restaurants.

Entertainment options - Fun & Sport

MS Hanseatic Nature 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 a marina for water sports. 16 onboard Zodiacs and E-Zodiacs featuring eco-friendly electric drive systems make possible landings in remote expedition areas, regardless of their vicinity to a port.

Hanseatic Nature wiki

  • The first steel for the vessel was cut on May 9, 2017. Karl Pojer (Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' CEO) gave the official start signal for the building process of Hanseatic Nature at the VARD shipyard in Tulcea, Romania. The keel laying ceremony was scheduled for June 2017, the christening ceremony and the inaugural cruise - for April 2019.

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