Hanseatic Nature

Hanseatic Nature Review and Specifications

Specifications of Hanseatic Nature

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)
OwnerTUI AG
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
Crew170
Decks9
Cabins120
Decks with cabins7
Sister-shipsHanseatic Inspiration, Hanseatic Spirit
Christened byIsolde Susset

Current itinerary / position of Hanseatic Nature

Hanseatic Nature current cruise is 17 days, round-trip Greenland. The itinerary starts on 12 Aug, 2019 and ends on 29 Aug, 2019.

All Itineraries Current Position
Date / TimePort
12 Aug 21:00    Departing from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland hotels
13 Aug    At Sea
14 Aug    Uummannaq, Greenland
15 Aug    At Sea
16 Aug    Baffin Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada
17 Aug    Devon Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada
18 Aug    Ellesmere Island, Grise Fiord, Nunavut, Arctic Canada
19 Aug    Jones Sound, Nunavut, Arctic Canada
20 Aug    At Sea
21 Aug    Baffin Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada
22 Aug    Scenic Cruising
23 Aug    Siorapaluk, Greenland
24 Aug    Qaanaaq, Greenland
25 Aug    Cape York, Greenland
26 Aug    At Sea
27 Aug    Ilulissat, Greenland
28 Aug    Scenic Cruising
28 Aug    Sisimiut, Greenland
29 Aug 06:00    Arriving in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland hotels

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 a 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 (a 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.

Hanseatic Nature 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 a narrow river and canal locks.

Hanseatic Nature cruise ship (Hapag-Lloyd)

Hanseatic Nature 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 Nature cruise ship (Hapag-Lloyd)

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.

Cabins

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, 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 of 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 Nature 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.

Hanseatic Nature wiki

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.

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 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.

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 was initially scheduled for April 12, 2019, to be held in Port Hamburg (Germany). The inaugural cruise (maiden voyage) scheduled for 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.

However, on March 29, 2019, Hapag-Lloyd issued a statement about the cancellation of the first two Hanseatic Nature cruises due to delayed delivery. The maiden voyage was re-scheduled for May 5 (leaving from Hamburg). Customers booked on the affected cruises received full refund plus 50% future Hapag-Lloyd cruise voucher (valid fleetwide through September 2021). Travel agents received their commissions for all canceled bookings.

The liner was officially delivered by VARD on May 2, 2019.

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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.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 Jul 26 17 days, round-trip Greenland Flight
2019 Aug 12 17 days, round-trip Greenland Kangerlussuaq
2019 Aug 29 13 days, one-way from Kangerlussuaq to Reykjavik Kangerlussuaq $13493
2019 Sep 11 15 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Dublin Reykjavik $13099
2019 Sep 26 12 days, one-way from Dublin to Ponta Delgada Dublin $8037
2019 Oct 08 13 days, one-way from Ponta Delgada to Dakar Ponta Delgada $9525
2019 Oct 21 13 days, one-way from Dakar to Montevideo Dakar $5952
2019 Nov 03 15 days, one-way from Montevideo to Ushuaia Montevideo
2019 Nov 18 16 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia Buenos Aires
2019 Dec 04 16 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia Buenos Aires
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 29 18 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Callao Flight $14020
2020 Mar 18 19 days, one-way from Callao to Belem Callao $13535
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 $5288
2020 May 19 11 days, one-way from Ponta Delgada to Porto-Leixoes Ponta Delgada $8009
2020 May 30 11 days, one-way from Porto-Leixoes to Hamburg Porto-Leixoes $6460
2020 Jun 17 11 days, one-way from Hamburg to Reykjavik Hamburg $7431
2020 Jun 28 11 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Longyearbyen Reykjavik $8676
2020 Jul 09 10 days, one-way from Longyearbyen to Tromso Longyearbyen
2020 Jul 19 10 days, one-way from Tromso to Longyearbyen Tromso
2020 Jul 29 17 days, one-way from Longyearbyen to Kangerlussuaq Longyearbyen $13997
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 $11753
2020 Oct 17 24 days, one-way from Keelung to Lautoka Keelung $19686
2020 Nov 10 15 days, one-way from Lautoka to Papeete Lautoka $15517
2020 Nov 25 24 days, one-way from Papeete to Punta Arenas Papeete $18328
2020 Dec 18 19 days, one-way from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia Punta Arenas $21103
2021 Jan 06 18 days, round-trip Antarctica Flight $20618
2021 Jan 24 12 days, round-trip Antarctica Flight $14539
2021 Feb 05 18 days, round-trip Antarctica Flight $19709
2021 Feb 23 12 days, round-trip Antarctica Flight $14004
2021 Mar 07 18 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Callao Ushuaia $15331
2021 Mar 25 19 days, one-way from Callao to Belem Callao $14449
2021 Apr 13 17 days, one-way from Belem to Iquitos Belem $16123
2021 Apr 30 17 days, one-way from Iquitos to Belem Iquitos $16011
2021 May 17 9 days, one-way from Belem to Ponta Delgada Belem $5310
2021 May 26 12 days, one-way from Ponta Delgada to Dublin Ponta Delgada $7909
2021 Jun 07 10 days, one-way from Dublin to Reykjavik Dublin $7206
2021 Jun 17 10 days, round-trip Iceland Reykjavik $7938
2021 Jun 27 12 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Tromso Reykjavik $9357
2021 Jul 09 10 days, one-way from Tromso to Longyearbyen Tromso $9954
2021 Jul 19 10 days, one-way from Longyearbyen to Tromso Longyearbyen $9954
2021 Jul 29 10 days, one-way from Tromso to Longyearbyen Tromso $9954
2021 Aug 08 10 days, one-way from Longyearbyen to Tromso Longyearbyen $9954
2021 Aug 18 17 days, round-trip Northern Europe Tromso $14875
2021 Sep 04 17 days, one-way from Tromso to Reykjavik Tromso $14891
2021 Sep 21 9 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Hamburg Reykjavik $5876

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