Hanseatic Nature


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Hanseatic Nature Review and Specifications

Specifications of Hanseatic Nature

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
Cabins 120
Christened by tba

Review of Hanseatic Nature

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises entered the ultra-luxury expedition market with MS Hanseatic Inspiration (launched in October 2019) and "MS Hanseatic Nature" (launched in April 2019). Both expedition vessels 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 was built by Norwegian company Vard Holdings Ltd (subsidiary of Fincantieri) at the shipyard in Tulcea Romania. 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.

There are 2 extendible glass balconies providing passengers with the unique feeling of floating over the water. An all-round deck (top deck forward) ensures the expedition cruising feeling with passengers being able to experience the real action at close quarters.

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

Hanseatic Nature 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 Nature 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. 


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. The ship has 3 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 an aft marina platform 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

  • 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 vessel's steel-cutting ceremony was on May 9, 2017, when Karl Pojer (Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' CEO) gave the official signal to start the ship's building process at the VARD shipyard in Tulcea Romania.
  • On June 20, 2017, was held the vessel's keel laying ceremony. During the special event, HP's CEO Mr Pojer placed a lucky coin, later welded into the steel block. The ship's keel consists of 2 steel blocks, each with length 9 m, width 11 m, height 1,5 m and weight 33 tons.
  • In Romania was constructed only the vessel's hull, while the rest of the ship was built at the VARD shipyard in Langsten Norway.
  • The christening and inaugural cruise (maiden voyage) were planned for April 2019. The 2nd vessel from this series (sister-ship) Hanseatic Inspiration will be launched 6 months later (in October 2019).

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