Hanseatic Spirit

Hanseatic Spirit current position

Hanseatic Spirit current location is at North America West Coast (coordinates 59.60668 N / -151.41440 W) cruising en route to HOMER. The AIS position was reported 1 hour ago.

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Current itinerary of Hanseatic Spirit

Hanseatic Spirit current cruise is 20 days, one-way from Sapporo-Otaru to Seward. Prices start from USD 14158 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 25 Jun, 2024 and ends on 15 Jul, 2024.

Date / TimePort
25 Jun 22:00    Departing from Sapporo-Otaru, Japan Shiribeshi hotels
26 Jun    Kutsugata-Rishiri Island Japan, Hokkaido
27 Jun    Okushiri Island Japan, Hokkaido-Hiyama
28 Jun 08:00 - 20:00    Aomori City, Japan Aomori
29 Jun 07:00 - 14:00    Hakodate, Japan Oshima
30 Jun 07:00 - 19:00    Kushiro City, Japan Kushiro
05 Jul - 06 Jul    Aleutian Islands, Alaska
07 Jul    Dutch Harbor Unalaska, Alaska
08 Jul    Aleutian Islands, Alaska
09 Jul    Chignik AK, Alaska
10 Jul    coastal cruising
11 Jul 06:00 - 12 Jul 21:00    Homer AK, Alaska
13 Jul 09:00 - 19:00    Kodiak Island, Alaska
14 Jul    Kenai Fjords Alaska
15 Jul 06:00    Arriving in Seward, Alaska hotels

Specifications of Hanseatic Spirit

Year of build2021  /  Age: 3
Flag state Malta
BuilderVARD shipyards (Tulcea Romania and Langsten Norway)
Classice-strengthened expedition ship
Building costEUR 145 million (USD 155 million)
Speed16 kn / 30 km/h / 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 Nature
Christened bytba
OwnerTUI AG (via TUI Cruises GmbH)
OperatorHapag-Lloyd Cruises

Hanseatic Spirit Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2024 Jun 25 20 days, one-way from Sapporo-Otaru to Seward Sapporo-Otaru $14158
2024 Jul 15 15 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward $12141
2024 Jul 30 15 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver $12141
2024 Aug 14 29 days, one-way from Seward to Kangerlussuaq Seward $28024
2024 Sep 12 19 days, one-way from Kangerlussuaq to Hamburg Kangerlussuaq $10584
2024 Oct 01 4 days, round-trip German Bight Hamburg $2367
2024 Oct 05 6 days, round-trip British Isles Hamburg $3881
2024 Oct 11 11 days, one-way from Hamburg to Funchal Hamburg $6346
2024 Oct 22 9 days, one-way from Funchal to Santa Cruz de Tenerife Funchal $5178
2024 Oct 31 14 days, one-way from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Hamburg Santa Cruz de Tenerife $7125
2024 Nov 14 15 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Hamburg $8422
2024 Nov 29 15 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Hamburg $8422
2024 Dec 14 7 days, one-way from Hamburg to Kiel Hamburg $4313
2024 Dec 21 15 days, one-way from Kiel to Hamburg Kiel $9179
2025 Jan 05 15 days, round-trip Baltic Sea Hamburg $9179
2025 Jan 20 15 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Hamburg $8638
2025 Feb 04 15 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Hamburg $8638
2025 Feb 19 15 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Hamburg $8638
2025 Mar 06 15 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Hamburg $8638
2025 Mar 21 15 days, round-trip Baltic Sea Hamburg $9179
2025 Apr 05 17 days, one-way from Hamburg to Funchal Hamburg $9936
2025 Apr 22 11 days, one-way from Funchal to Porto-Leixoes Funchal $6562
2025 May 03 11 days, one-way from Porto-Leixoes to Hamburg Porto-Leixoes $6028
2025 May 14 10 days, round-trip British Isles Hamburg $5494
2025 May 24 13 days, round-trip British Isles Hamburg $7138
2025 Jun 06 15 days, one-way from Hamburg to Longyearbyen Hamburg $12055
2025 Jun 21 10 days, one-way from Longyearbyen to Tromso Longyearbyen $9233
2025 Jul 01 10 days, one-way from Tromso to Longyearbyen Tromso $9233
2025 Jul 11 18 days, one-way from Longyearbyen to Kangerlussuaq Longyearbyen $15355
2025 Jul 29 17 days, round-trip Greenland Kangerlussuaq $15731
2025 Aug 15 29 days, one-way from Kangerlussuaq to Seward Kangerlussuaq $26392
2025 Sep 13 22 days, one-way from Seward to Kanazawa Seward $18174
2025 Oct 05 20 days, one-way from Kanazawa to Koror-Palau Kanazawa $13504
2025 Oct 25 19 days, one-way from Koror-Palau to Lautoka Koror-Palau $15017
2025 Nov 13 15 days, one-way from Lautoka to Papeete Lautoka $12098
2025 Nov 28 23 days, one-way from Papeete to Puerto Montt Papeete $16207
2025 Dec 21 22 days, one-way from Puerto Montt to Ushuaia Puerto Montt $19991
2026 Jan 12 22 days, round-trip Antarctica Ushuaia $22910
2026 Feb 03 20 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires Ushuaia $17937
2026 Feb 23 16 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Belem Buenos Aires $10152
2026 Mar 11 18 days, one-way from Belem to Iquitos Belem $19775
2026 Mar 29 18 days, one-way from Iquitos to Belem Iquitos $19775
2026 Apr 16 11 days, one-way from Belem to Porto-Leixoes Belem $3881
2026 Apr 27 12 days, one-way from Porto-Leixoes to Hamburg Porto-Leixoes $6476
2026 May 09 10 days, round-trip Baltic Sea Hamburg $6043
2026 May 19 7 days, round-trip Western Europe Hamburg $4097
2026 Jun 05 8 days, round-trip German Bight Hamburg $4530
2026 Jun 13 10 days, round-trip British Isles Hamburg $5178
2026 Jun 23 19 days, one-way from Hamburg to Kangerlussuaq Hamburg $14693
2026 Jul 12 12 days, round-trip Greenland Kangerlussuaq $11774
2026 Jul 24 12 days, round-trip Greenland Kangerlussuaq $11341
2026 Aug 05 17 days, round-trip Greenland Kangerlussuaq $15017
2026 Aug 22 18 days, round-trip CanadaNew England Kangerlussuaq $15774
2026 Sep 09 15 days, one-way from Kangerlussuaq to Reykjavik Kangerlussuaq $12423

Hanseatic Spirit Review

Review of Hanseatic Spirit

The 2021-built MS Hanseatic Spirit cruise ship is the third/last (for now) of Hapag-Lloyd's new expedition boats - with sisterships Hanseatic Inspiration (2019 October) and Hanseatic Nature (2019 April). All these boats are of the same design.

The vessel (IMO number 9857640) is currently Malta-flagged (MMSI 215973000) and registered in Valletta.

Hanseatic Spirit was officially delivered from VARD (shipbuilder) on June 29, 2021. Like all Hapag-Lloyd cruise ships, Spirit serves predominantly German-speaking travelers. However, unlike the fleetmates Inspiration and Nature, Spirit is marketed as an adults-only boat.

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 Spirit cruise ship (Hapag-Lloyd)

The 230-passenger ship Hanseatic Spirit was built by VARD Holdings Ltd (the Norwegian subsidiary company of the Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri). The hull is constructed at Tulcea shipyard (Romania), while the rest of the ship was built at VARD's shipyard in Langsten (Norway). 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 a narrow river and canal locks.

Hanseatic Spirit cruise ship (Hapag-Lloyd)

Hanseatic Spirit 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.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises new ship design (aft view)

Decks and Cabins

MS Hanseatic Spirit 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 of 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 Spirit 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.

Itineraries

MS Hanseatic Spirit itinerary program is based on expedition voyages to polar destinations - Arctic (Norway, Iceland) and Antarctica, as well as tropical destinations like the South Seas and Amazon River, Mediterranean.

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+ days (Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetlands, South Orkneys, The Falklands) leaving from homeport Ushuaia Argentina.

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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. The ship's keel consists of 2 steel blocks, each with length 9 m, width 11 m, height 1,5 m and weight 33 tons.

Hanseatic Spirit cruise ship construction (Hapag-Lloyd)

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 analyses 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 Cruises new ship design (bow view)

On July 3, 2018, VARD signed the shipbuilding contract for Hanseatic Spirit. Hapag-Lloyd officially announced that the ship will be marketed as adults-only. TUI Group announced its plans for a 3rd vessel in the Expedition series in May 2018.

In Romania was constructed only the hull (weight 6500 tons), while the rest of the ship was assembled at VARD's shipyard in Langsten Norway (near Alesund). The 4000 mi (6450 km) long towing of the hull from Romania to Norway takes around 5 weeks.

The vessel's keel-laying ceremony (at VARD Tulcea shipyard) was held on July 16, 2019. The ship was launched (floated out from VARD Tulcea's drydock) on July 14, 2020, and officially delivered from VARD to Hapag-Lloyd on June 29, 2021.

 

Bookings for Hanseatic Spirit cruises were opened on July 23, 2019.

 

The Inaugural Cruise was scheduled for September 4, 2021.

(MAIDEN VOYAGE 2021) 6-day "German Bight" itinerary (prices from USD 3750 pp / EUR 3150 per person with double occupancy)

Date / TimePort
04 Sep 19:00Departing from Hamburg, Germany
05 Sep 12:00 - 18:00Borkum Island, Germany
06 Sep 08:30 - 18:00Oudeschild, Texel Island, Holland
07 Sep 08:30 - 23:59Heligoland Island, Germany
08 Sep 16:15 - 09 Sep 15:00List auf Sylt, Sylt Island, Germany
10 Sep 08:00Arriving in Hamburg

During winter, the boat is usually deployed in South America for voyages to Antarctica.

(Inaugural Antarctica cruise 2021) 21-day from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia (from USD 23185 / EUR 19485 pp)

Date / TimePort
16 Dec 18:00    Departing from Punta Arenas, Chile Antarctica
18 Dec - 19 Dec    Port Stanley, East Falkland Island
22 Dec - 24 Dec    South Georgia Island, British Antarctica
26 Dec - 27 Dec    South Orkney Islands
28 Dec - 30 Dec    South Shetland Islands
02 Jan - 03 Jan    Antarctic Peninsula
06 Jan    flight
06 Jan 06:00    Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina

Godspeed!