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)|
|Speed||16 kn / 30 kph / 18 mph|
|Length (LOA)||138 m / 453 ft|
|Beam (width)||22 m / 72 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||15540 gt|
|Passengers||199 - 230|
|Decks with cabins||7|
|Sister-ships||Hanseatic Inspiration, Hanseatic Spirit|
Review of Hanseatic Nature
Hapag-Lloyd entered the expedition travel market with three ultra-luxury cruise ships - Hanseatic Nature (April 2019), Hanseatic Inspiration (October 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 fully-owned subsidiary of Europe's leading travel group TUI AG.
The 230-passenger cruise ship Hanseatic Nature was built by Norwegian company Vard Holdings Ltd (subsidiary of Fincantieri) at the shipyard in Tulcea Romania. The vessel has 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's new cruise ship design is based on ice-strengthened hull and implemented top-notch marine technologies developed specifically for 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 narrow river and canal locks.
Hanseatic Nature is fitted with modern environmental-friendly technologies and equipment. 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 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, 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 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 seat) and Bistro Restaurant (Lido Buffet) with 84 indoor seats plus around 100 outdoor seats.
Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and 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 (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, jaccuzi, 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 an 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 2,5-year period via partnership with two German companies (Intermediate Engineering GmbH, and mgp 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 was 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.
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 vessel's keel-laying ceremony, during which Karl Pojer placed a lucky coin, later welded into the steel block. 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 November 2017, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises announced that hull design changes resulted in projected over 10% annual fuel savings for the new expedition vessels. After 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 from slamming.
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 tow of the hull from Romania to Norway started on July 18 and ended on August 27.
Liner's christening ceremony is scheduled for April 12, 2019, to be held in Port Hamburg (Germany). The inaugural cruise (maiden voyage) starts on April 13. The 2nd vessel from this series (sistership) Hanseatic Inspiration is scheduled for launch 6 months later (in October 2019). Hapag-Lloyd Cruises opened bookings for both new Hanseatic ships (Nature and Inspiration) on January 23, 2018.
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Hanseatic Nature Itineraries
The below listed Hanseatic Nature 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.
|Date||Cruise Name||Departure Port||Price from|
|2019 Apr 13||13 days, one-way from Hamburg to Lisbon||Hamburg|
|2019 Apr 26||9 days, one-way from Lisbon to Dublin||Lisbon||$6266|
|2019 May 05||9 days, one-way from Dublin to Bergen||Dublin||$6570|
|2019 May 14||10 days, one-way from Bergen to Dublin||Bergen|
|2019 May 23||9 days, one-way from Dublin to Hamburg||Dublin||$5804|
|2019 Jun 01||17 days, one-way from Hamburg to Tromso||Hamburg|
|2019 Jun 18||10 days, one-way from Tromso to Longyearbyen||Tromso|
|2019 Jun 28||10 days, one-way from Longyearbyen to Tromso||Longyearbyen|
|2019 Jul 08||18 days, one-way from Tromso to Kangerlussuaq||Tromso||$15148|
|2019 Jul 26||17 days, round-trip Greenland||Kangerlussuaq|
|2019 Aug 12||17 days, round-trip Greenland||Kangerlussuaq|
|2019 Aug 29||13 days, one-way from Kangerlussuaq to Reykjavik||Kangerlussuaq||$11935|
|2019 Sep 11||15 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Dublin||Reykjavik||$11406|
|2019 Sep 26||12 days, one-way from Dublin to Ponta Delgada||Dublin||$7689|
|2019 Oct 08||13 days, one-way from Ponta Delgada to Dakar||Ponta Delgada||$9921|
|2019 Oct 21||13 days, one-way from Dakar to Montevideo||Dakar||$5738|
|2019 Nov 03||15 days, one-way from Montevideo to Ushuaia||Montevideo||$12826|
|2019 Nov 18||16 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia||Buenos Aires||$19602|
|2019 Dec 04||16 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia||Buenos Aires||$19602|
|2019 Dec 20||16 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia||Buenos Aires|
|2020 Jan 05||18 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia||Buenos Aires|
|2020 Jan 23||18 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia||Buenos Aires|
|2020 Feb 10||19 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia||Buenos Aires|
|2020 Feb 29||18 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Callao||Flight||$14017|
|2020 Mar 18||19 days, one-way from Callao to Belem||Callao||$14753|
|2020 Apr 06||17 days, one-way from Belem to Iquitos||Belem|
|2020 Apr 23||17 days, one-way from Iquitos to Belem||Iquitos|
|2020 May 10||9 days, one-way from Belem to Ponta Delgada||Belem||$5287|
|2020 May 19||11 days, one-way from Ponta Delgada to Porto-Leixoes||Ponta Delgada||$7322|
|2020 May 30||11 days, one-way from Porto-Leixoes to Hamburg||Porto-Leixoes||$5805|
|2020 Jun 17||11 days, one-way from Hamburg to Reykjavik||Hamburg||$7429|
|2020 Jun 28||11 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Longyearbyen||Reykjavik||$9520|
|2020 Jul 09||10 days, one-way from Longyearbyen to Tromso||Longyearbyen|
|2020 Jul 19||10 days, one-way from Tromso to Longyearbyen||Tromso||$10033|
|2020 Jul 29||17 days, one-way from Longyearbyen to Kangerlussuaq||Longyearbyen||$13995|
|2020 Aug 15||28 days, one-way from Kangerlussuaq to Anchorage||Kangerlussuaq|
|2020 Sep 12||22 days, one-way from Anchorage to Kanazawa||Anchorage|
|2020 Oct 04||13 days, one-way from Kanazawa to Keelung||Kanazawa||$12200|
|2020 Oct 17||24 days, one-way from Keelung to Lautoka||Keelung||$19682|
|2020 Nov 10||15 days, one-way from Lautoka to Papeete||Lautoka||$15514|
|2020 Nov 25||24 days, one-way from Papeete to Punta Arenas||Papeete||$18325|
|2020 Dec 18||19 days, one-way from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia||Punta Arenas||$21099|
|2021 Jan 06||18 days, round-trip Antarctica||Flight|
|2021 Jan 24||12 days, round-trip Antarctica||Flight||$14537|
|2021 Feb 05||18 days, round-trip Antarctica||Flight||$19706|
|2021 Feb 23||12 days, round-trip Antarctica||Flight||$14001|
|2021 Mar 07||18 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Callao||Ushuaia||$15328|
|2021 Mar 25||19 days, one-way from Callao to Belem||Callao||$14447|
|2021 Apr 13||17 days, one-way from Belem to Iquitos||Belem||$16120|
|2021 Apr 30||17 days, one-way from Iquitos to Belem||Iquitos||$16008|
|2021 May 17||9 days, one-way from Belem to Ponta Delgada||Belem||$5309|
|2021 May 26||12 days, one-way from Ponta Delgada to Dublin||Ponta Delgada||$7907|
|2021 Jun 07||10 days, one-way from Dublin to Reykjavik||Dublin||$7205|
|2021 Jun 17||10 days, round-trip Iceland||Reykjavik||$7937|
|2021 Jun 27||12 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Tromso||Reykjavik||$10341|
|2021 Jul 09||10 days, one-way from Tromso to Longyearbyen||Flight||$9952|
|2021 Jul 19||10 days, one-way from Longyearbyen to Tromso||Longyearbyen||$9952|
|2021 Jul 29||10 days, one-way from Tromso to Longyearbyen||Tromso||$9952|
|2021 Aug 08||10 days, one-way from Longyearbyen to Tromso||Longyearbyen||$9952|
|2021 Aug 18||17 days, round-trip Northern Europe||Tromso||$13362|
|2021 Sep 04||17 days, one-way from Tromso to Reykjavik||Tromso||$14888|
|2021 Sep 21||9 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Hamburg||Reykjavik||$5340|