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Hanseatic Inspiration

Hanseatic Inspiration Review and Specifications

Specifications of Hanseatic Inspiration

Year built2019 new ship
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderVARD shipyards (Tulcea Romania and Langsten Norway)
Classice-strengthened expedition ship
Building costEUR 145 million (USD 155 million)
OperatorHapag-Lloyd Cruises
Speed16 kn / 30 kph / 18 mph
Length (LOA)138 m / 453 ft
Beam (width)22 m / 72 ft
Gross Tonnage15540 gt
Passengers199 - 230
Decks with cabins7
Sister-shipsHanseatic Nature, Hanseatic Spirit
Christened bytba

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Review of Hanseatic Inspiration

Hapag-Lloyd entered the expedition travel market with three ultra-luxury cruise ships - Hanseatic Inspiration (October 2019), Hanseatic Nature (April 2019) and Hanseatic Spirit (2021). All boats are of the same design.

History - construction and ownership

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises (Kreuzfahrten) is Hamburg-based cruise company, subsidiary of Hapag-Lloyd AG (shipowner) - currently ranked world's 5th largest container shipping line in terms of fleet capacity. Until 2017, HL Cruises was a fully-owned subsidiary of Europe's leading travel group TUI AG.

The 230-passenger cruise ship Hanseatic Inspiration was built by Norwegian company VARD Holdings Ltd (a subsidiary of Fincantieri) at Tulcea shipyard (Romania). The vessel has ice-class PC6 (highest for passenger ships) and offers 5-star premium hotel service and amenities, gourmet cuisine, large staterooms, and public spaces.

Hanseatic Inspiration cruise ship (Hapag-Lloyd)

Hapag-Lloyd's new cruise ship design is based on an ice-strengthened hull and implemented top-notch marine technologies developed specifically for a polar vessel. 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 icy waters, showing and mapping approaching hazards, such as icebergs or shallow coral reefs.

The ship design features 2 extendible glass balconies (glass-bottomed and glass-walled) providing passengers with the unique feeling of floating over the water. The vessel has a retractable Navigation Bridge wing allowing it to pass through the narrow river and canal locks.

Hanseatic Inspiration cruise ship (Hapag-Lloyd)

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

Hanseatic Inspiration cruise ship (Hapag-Lloyd)

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 the 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, a 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 a fixed rate EUR 60 per night.

Shipboard dining options - Food and 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 seats) and Bistro Restaurant (Lido Buffet) with 84 indoor seats plus around 100 outdoor seats.

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

MS Hanseatic Inspiration offers a 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, jacuzzi, Pool Bar
  • Spacious top-deck Sun Deck with flexible canopy (shaded seating area).
  • (Ocean Academy) Interactive Knowledge Studio - enables passengers to do their own research whenever they wish by viewing the information.

In late-February 2019, Hapag-Lloyd announced a user-friendly digital concept for onboard learning never seen before on expedition vessels. The new "study wall" is available on fleet's three new Hanseatic ships Inspiration, Nature, and Spirit.

  • The innovative touchscreen technology (screen size 6x1,8 m / 20x6 ft) allows passengers to research information and various topics related to ship's current cruise itinerary destinations. The digital Study Wall was developed over a 2,5-year period via a partnership with two German companies (Intermediate Engineering GmbH, and mpg ErlebnisRaumDesign GmbH).
  • Digital content (articles, biographies, photos, videos) is divided into 5 categories. Most of the information is provided by GEOMAR (Kiel Germany), also by journalists, scientists, and experts.
  • The Study Wall is located in Knowledge Studio (Wissens Atelier / Deck 8). The research facility also has four Study Seats (with touchscreens to explore the content), Study Poster (visual scientific explanations), a dedicated area for microscope research.

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Cruise ship cabins were prefabricated by the shipbuilder's sister company VARD Accommodation. Staterooms were designed by the Finnish company NIT Design, which also supplied all the materials. Besides the ship's cabins and their balconies, NIT Design also made the Spa, the a la carte restaurant, all staircases and outdoor deck areas.

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).

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 hull (weight 6500 tons), while the rest of the ship was built at the VARD shipyard in Langsten Norway (near Alesund). The 4000 ml (6450 km) long towing of the hull from Romania to Norway takes around 5 weeks. The voyage (through Istanbul Turkey and Gibraltar) of the 6500-ton hull started on February 16, 2019.

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 an 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 of slamming.

Hapag-Lloyd opened bookings for both new Hanseatic ships (Inspiration and Nature) on January 23, 2018.

Initially, the cruise ship's christening ceremony was scheduled for October 13, 2019 (in Antwerp Belgium). However, the naming ceremony was later rescheduled for October 11, to be held in Port Hamburg (at Uberseebrucke Cruise Terminal). Ship's Captain is Ulf Wolter.

Inaugural itineraries 2019-2020

The Inaugural Cruise (scheduled for April 2019) was a 13-day itinerary from Hamburg (Germany) to Lisbon (Portugal). Next were planned itineraries in the Mediterranean and Canary Islands.Follows a list of the rescheduled 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.

15-day Inaugural Cruise

Date / TimePort
14 Oct 22:00Departing from Antwerp, Belgium
15 OctAt Sea
16 Oct 08:00 - 19:00Honfleur, France
17 Oct 08:00 - 18:00Guernsey Island, St Peter Port, Channel Islands
18 OctAt Sea
19 Oct 10:00 - 19:00La Coruna, Spain
20 OctCies Islands, Spain
21 OctTagus River, Portugal
21 Oct 14:00 / 22 Oct - 17:00 (overnight)Lisbon, Portugal
23 Oct 08:00 - 13:00Portimao, Portugal
24 Oct 08:00 - 21:00Casablanca, Morocco
25 OctAt Sea
26 Oct 09:00 - 19:00Porto Santo Island, Madeira, Portugal
27 Oct 08:00Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal
28 OctAt Sea
28 Oct - 07:00Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal
29 Oct 07:00Arriving in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands

16-day inaugural Transatlantic repositioning crossing from Europe to Caribbean

Date / TimePort
29 Oct 21:00Departing from Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands
30 OctEl Hierro, Canary Islands
31 Oct - 01 NovAt Sea
02 NovSao Nicolau Island, Tarrafal, Cape Verde
03 NovPraia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde
04 NovFogo Island, Sao Filipe, Cape Verde
05 NovMindelo, Sao Vicente Island, Cape Verde
06 NovSanto Antao Island, Porto Novo, Cape Verde
07-08-09-10-11-12 NovAt Sea
13 Nov 13:00Bridgetown, Barbados
14 NovArriving in Bridgetown, Barbados

14-day inaugural Caribbean and Panama Canal cruise

Date / TimePort
14 Nov 19:00Departing from Bridgetown, Barbados
15 NovAt Sea
16 NovLos Roques Islands, Venezuela
17 NovKralendijk, Bonaire Island, Dutch Antilles
18 NovAt Sea
19 NovCartagena, Colombia
20 NovSan Blas Islands, Panama
21 NovPanama Canal
22 NovDarien National Park, Panama
23 NovUtria National Park, Colombia
24-25 NovAt Sea
26 NovLobos de Tierra Island, Peru
27 NovAt Sea
28 Nov 06:00Arriving in Callao, Lima, Peru

18-day inaugural Antarctica cruise

Date / TimePort
16 Dec 22:00Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina
17 DecAt Sea
18-19 DecPort Stanley, East Falkland Island
20-21 DecAt Sea
22-23-24 DecSouth Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica
25 DecAt Sea
26-27-28-29-30-31 DecSouth Orkney Islands, Antarctica
01-02 JanDrake Passage, Antarctica
03 Jan 06:00Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina

Godspeed to the new ship!

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Hanseatic Inspiration Itineraries

The below listed Hanseatic Inspiration cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Hapag-Lloyd Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 Oct 14 15 days, one-way from Antwerp to Santa Cruz de Tenerife Antwerp
2019 Oct 29 16 days, one-way from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Bridgetown Santa Cruz de Tenerife
2019 Nov 14 14 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Callao Bridgetown $12163
2019 Nov 28 18 days, one-way from Callao to Ushuaia Callao $14395
2019 Dec 16 18 days, round-trip Antarctica Ushuaia
2020 Jan 19 16 days, round-trip Antarctica Ushuaia
2020 Feb 04 12 days, round-trip Antarctica Ushuaia
2020 Feb 16 20 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires Ushuaia $20674
2020 Mar 07 18 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Belem Buenos Aires $12164
2020 Mar 25 17 days, one-way from Belem to Iquitos Belem
2020 Apr 11 17 days, one-way from Iquitos to Belem Iquitos
2020 Apr 28 16 days, one-way from Belem to Nassau Belem $10693
2020 May 13 5 days, one-way from Nassau to Boston Nassau $4414
2020 May 18 16 days, one-way from Boston to Toronto Boston
2020 Jun 03 15 days, one-way from Toronto to Chicago Toronto
2020 Jun 17 14 days, one-way from Chicago to Toronto Chicago
2020 Jul 01 20 days, one-way from Toronto to Kangerlussuaq Toronto $15582
2020 Jul 21 14 days, round-trip Greenland Kangerlussuaq $13633
2020 Aug 04 17 days, round-trip Greenland Kangerlussuaq $16675
2020 Aug 21 17 days, round-trip Greenland Kangerlussuaq $14029
2020 Sep 07 19 days, one-way from Kangerlussuaq to Hamburg Flight $14276
2020 Sep 26 4 days, round-trip German Bight Hamburg
2020 Oct 07 11 days, one-way from Hamburg to Porto-Leixoes Hamburg $6203
2020 Oct 18 13 days, one-way from Porto-Leixoes to Sal Island Porto-Leixoes $8181
2020 Oct 31 13 days, one-way from Sal Island to Montevideo Sal Island $5524
2020 Nov 13 18 days, one-way from Montevideo to Ushuaia Montevideo $17497
2020 Dec 01 16 days, round-trip Antarctica Ushuaia $17235
2020 Dec 17 17 days, round-trip Antarctica Ushuaia $19806
2021 Jan 03 18 days, round-trip Antarctica Ushuaia $20629
2021 Jan 21 12 days, round-trip Antarctica Ushuaia $13961
2021 Feb 02 13 days, round-trip Antarctica Ushuaia $14711
2021 Feb 15 20 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Cape Town Flight $18294
2021 Mar 07 16 days, one-way from Cape Town to Walvis Bay Cape Town $11499
2021 Mar 22 11 days, one-way from Walvis Bay to Sal Island Walvis Bay $5355
2021 Apr 02 13 days, one-way from Sal Island to Funchal Sal Island $9161
2021 Apr 15 13 days, one-way from Funchal to Bilbao Funchal $7851
2021 Apr 28 9 days, one-way from Bilbao to Hamburg Bilbao $5669
2021 May 07 6 days, one-way from Hamburg to Travemunde Hamburg $2945
2021 May 12 5 days, one-way from Travemunde to Bremerhaven Travemunde $2945
2021 May 17 12 days, one-way from Bremerhaven to Reykjavik Bremerhaven $7609
2021 May 29 10 days, round-trip Iceland Reykjavik $7349
2021 Jun 08 14 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq Reykjavik $10857
2021 Jun 22 14 days, one-way from Kangerlussuaq to Montreal Flight $13561
2021 Jul 06 14 days, one-way from Happy Valley-Goose Bay to Kangerlussuaq Happy Valley-Goose Bay $13347
2021 Jul 20 13 days, round-trip Greenland Flight $11487
2021 Aug 02 16 days, round-trip Greenland Flight $13640
2021 Aug 18 16 days, round-trip Greenland Kangerlussuaq $15015
2021 Sep 03 18 days, one-way from Kangerlussuaq to Toronto Kangerlussuaq $15189

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