Hanseatic Inspiration

Hanseatic Inspiration current position

Hanseatic Inspiration current location is at West Africa (coordinates 30.00379 N / -17.58187 W) cruising at speed of 13 kn (24 kph/ 15 mph) en route to VILA DO PORTO, SANTA. The AIS position was reported 5 minutes ago.

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Current itinerary of Hanseatic Inspiration

Hanseatic Inspiration current cruise is 11 days, one-way from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Ponta Delgada. Prices start from USD 8482 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 24 Sep, 2021 and ends on 05 Oct, 2021.

Specifications of Hanseatic Inspiration

Year built2019  /  Age: 2
Flag state Malta
BuilderVARD shipyards (Tulcea Romania and Langsten Norway)
Classice-strengthened expedition ship
Building costEUR 145 million (USD 155 million)
OwnerTUI AG (via TUI Cruises GmbH)
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
Last Refurbishment2020
Sister-shipsHanseatic Nature, Hanseatic Spirit
Christened byRanga Yogeshwar
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Hanseatic Inspiration Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2021 Aug 31 12 days, one-way from Bilbao to Ponta Delgada Bilbao $9089
2021 Sep 12 12 days, one-way from Ponta Delgada to Santa Cruz de Tenerife Ponta Delgada $9089
2021 Sep 24 11 days, one-way from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Ponta Delgada Santa Cruz de Tenerife $8482
2021 Oct 05 8 days, round-trip Azores Ponta Delgada $7754
2021 Oct 13 12 days, one-way from Ponta Delgada to Santa Cruz de Tenerife Ponta Delgada $9089
2021 Dec 05 16 days, round-trip Antarctica Ushuaia $17013
2021 Dec 21 18 days, round-trip Antarctica Ushuaia
2022 Jan 08 12 days, round-trip Antarctica Ushuaia
2022 Jan 20 16 days, round-trip Antarctica Ushuaia
2022 Feb 05 33 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Lyttelton-Christchurch Ushuaia
2022 Mar 10 16 days, one-way from Lyttelton-Christchurch to Auckland Lyttelton-Christchurch $12159
2022 Mar 26 16 days, one-way from Auckland to Noumea Auckland $12742
2022 Apr 11 19 days, one-way from Noumea to Koror-Palau Noumea
2022 Apr 30 18 days, one-way from Koror-Palau to Incheon Koror-Palau $12151
2022 May 18 12 days, one-way from Incheon to Otaru Incheon $9488
2022 May 30 16 days, round-trip Asia Otaru $13118
2022 Jun 15 16 days, round-trip Asia Otaru $14477
2022 Jul 01 20 days, one-way from Otaru to Seward Otaru
2022 Jul 21 15 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward
2022 Aug 05 15 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver
2022 Aug 20 32 days, one-way from Seward to Tromso Seward
2022 Sep 21 9 days, one-way from Tromso to Hamburg Tromso $5718
2022 Oct 07 15 days, one-way from Hamburg to Santa Cruz de Tenerife Hamburg $8520
2022 Oct 22 12 days, one-way from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Sal Island Santa Cruz de Tenerife $7912
2022 Nov 03 12 days, one-way from Sal Island to Montevideo Sal Island $4242
2022 Nov 15 16 days, one-way from Montevideo to Ushuaia Montevideo $11228
2022 Dec 01 18 days, round-trip Antarctica Ushuaia $17858
2022 Dec 19 18 days, round-trip Antarctica Ushuaia $17858
2023 Jan 06 18 days, round-trip Antarctica Ushuaia $19472
2023 Jan 24 16 days, round-trip Antarctica Ushuaia $16244
2023 Feb 09 19 days, round-trip Antarctica Ushuaia $20325
2023 Feb 28 14 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Valparaiso Ushuaia $11528
2023 Mar 14 18 days, one-way from Valparaiso to Colon Valparaiso $11978
2023 Apr 01 13 days, one-way from Colon to Puntarenas Colon $8969
2023 Apr 14 13 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Colon Puntarenas $9614
2023 Apr 27 7 days, one-way from Colon to Boston Colon $2859
2023 May 04 15 days, one-way from Boston to Toronto Boston $12439
2023 May 19 11 days, one-way from Toronto to Chicago Toronto $9926
2023 May 30 13 days, one-way from Chicago to Windsor ON Chicago $10339
2023 Jun 12 10 days, one-way from Windsor ON to Chicago Windsor ON $8154
2023 Jun 22 14 days, one-way from Chicago to Toronto Chicago $12317
2023 Jul 06 18 days, one-way from Toronto to Kangerlussuaq Toronto $14676
2023 Jul 24 12 days, round-trip Greenland Kangerlussuaq $11402
2023 Aug 05 17 days, round-trip CanadaNew England Kangerlussuaq $16808
2023 Aug 22 18 days, round-trip Greenland Kangerlussuaq $17592
2023 Sep 09 18 days, one-way from Kangerlussuaq to Toronto Kangerlussuaq $14987
2023 Oct 22 12 days, one-way from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Sal Island Santa Cruz de Tenerife $7516

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The 2019-built Hanseatic Inspiration cruise ship is the first of the three Hapag-Lloyd boats with which the company entered the ultra-luxury expedition travel market - together with the sisterships Hanseatic Nature (2019 April) and Hanseatic Spirit (2021 June). All these boats are of the same design.

The vessel (IMO number 9183855) is currently Malta-flagged (MMSI 215766000) and registered in Valletta.

History - construction and ownership

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises (Kreuzfahrten) is a Hamburg-based passenger shipping company and premium travel brand owned by TUI AG (shipowner) and managed by its subsidiary TUI Cruises. Between 2017-2020, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises was fully owned by Hapag-Lloyd AG (German-Chilean shipping company, one of the world's oldest), currently ranked the world's 5th largest container shipping line in terms of fleet capacity.

The shipowner TUI AG (Hanover Germany-based) is a British-German multinational currently ranked the world's largest leisure and travel company. It was founded in 1923 and until 2002 was named "Preussag AG". TUI Group's companies specialize in hospitality and tourism services worldwide, with a portfolio including passenger airlines, cruise shipping, package vacations, hotels and resorts, travel agencies, retail shops.

Hanseatic Inspiration cruise ship (Hapag-Lloyd)

The 230-passenger 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.

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 construction (Hapag-Lloyd)

Decks and Cabins

MS Hanseatic Inspiration staterooms (120 total, in 10 cabin categories) allow max passenger capacity 230 (max 199 on Antarctic cruises).

Cabins categories are Panorama (22 m2/235 ft2), French Balcony (21-23 m2/225-250 ft2), and Balcony (28 m2/300 ft2) with private balcony (6 m2/65 ft2). Amenities include separable beds, Nordic walking poles, binoculars, rain shower, free minibar, coffee machine, a heated wall in the bathrooms for wet parkas and towels.

Junior Suites (43 m2/465 ft2) are with step-out balcony (6 m2/65 ft2) and as amenities offer butler service, separate living and sleeping areas (with panoramic views and HDTVs), separate dining area, separable beds, Nordic walking poles, binoculars, free minibar, coffee machine, bathroom with rain shower and two sinks, steam sauna in the shower area, a heated wall in the bathrooms for wet parkas and towels.

Grand Suites (71 m2/765 ft2) are with private terrace (16 m2/170 ft2) featuring space heaters. Amenities include exclusive service privileges, butler service, separate living and sleeping areas (with panoramic views and HDTVs), separate dining area, separable beds, Nordic walking poles, binoculars, free minibar, coffee machine, daylight bathroom with balcony access, free-standing bath, rain shower and two sinks, steam sauna in the shower area, separate toilet, a 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.

The boat has 9 decks, of which 7 are passenger-accessible and 4 with cabins.

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.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises expedition ship design (marina tendering)

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 the fleet's three new Hanseatic ships (Inspiration, Nature, Spirit).

The innovative touchscreen technology (screen size 6x1,8 m / 20x6 ft) allows passengers to research information and various topics related to the ship's current cruise itinerary destinations. The digital Study Wall was developed over a 2,5-year period via a partnership with two German (Hamburg-based) 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.


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

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 season, the ship will also visited the USA's Great Lakes.

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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.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises new ship design (aft view)

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. Ship's delivery was on October 2, 2019. It was launched with Hapag-Lloyd's new livery (on the blue hull).

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises new ship design (bow view)

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 vessel's naming was later rescheduled for October 11, and held in Port Hamburg (at Uberseebrucke Terminal). Ship's godmother is Laura Dekker - 1995-born Dutch sailor. In 2010-2012, she successfully completed a full world circumnavigation (518-day voyage) on a 40-foot ketch (2-masted sailboat). The onboard christening ceremony will be hosted by Ranga Yogeshwar - 1959-born (in Luxembourg City) physicist and natural science journalist.


Ship's builder is Vard Holdings Ltd (VARD) - subsidiary of Fincantieri (Italy). Ship's Captain (Master) 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


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