Hapag-Lloyd will hold the naming ceremony for its 2nd expedition ship, Hanseatic Inspiration, on October 13, 2019 against the backdrop of Belgian seaport Antwerp. For the first time in the history of the city, an ocean-going cruise ship will be christened in Antwerp.
The exciting announcement was made today, March 19, by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises CEO, Karl J. Pojer, who spoke to representatives of the press and Deputy Mayor of Antwerp, Koen Kennis. Once she's been christened, Hanseatic Inspiration will set sail from Antwerp the next day for her 15-day maiden cruise to Tenerife.
The Hamburg-based cruise line will be putting a couple of new expedition ships into service in 2019. Hapag-Lloyd recently announced that the official naming ceremony for Hanseatic Nature, the sister ship of Hanseatic Inspiration, will be held in Hamburg on April 12, 2019. The two manoeuvrable expedition vessels feature cutting-edge technology and the highest ice class for passenger vessels (PC6). The routes will take the cruise ships from one extreme to another, from cold polar waters to warm regions of Amazon.
Hanseatic Inspiration will make her 15-day maiden cruise between October 14-29, 2019 from Antwerp to Tenerife with calls in Honfleur, Guernsey, numerous destinations on Iberian Peninsula, in Morocco, Madeira, with prices starting from EUR 8,530 (US$ 9,810) per person, cruise-only.