Hanseatic Spirit

Hanseatic Spirit current position

Hanseatic Spirit current location is at South America Inland (coordinates -2.49730 S / -54.96945 W) cruising en route to ALTER DO CHAO. The AIS position was reported 19 minutes ago.

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Current itinerary of Hanseatic Spirit

Hanseatic Spirit current cruise is 18 days, one-way from Belem to Iquitos. Prices start from USD 15808 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 19 Mar, 2023 and ends on 06 Apr, 2023.

Date / TimePort
19 Mar 21:00    Departing from Belem, Brazil hotels
20 Mar    Breves, Brazil Amazon
21 Mar    Guajara, Brazil Amazon
23 Mar    Santarem, Brazil Amazon
24 Mar    Parintins, Brazil Amazon
25 Mar - 28 Mar    Manaus, Brazil Amazon
02 Apr    Leticia Colombia, Amazonas
04 Apr - 05 Apr    Pevas, Peru Amazon
06 Apr 07:00    Arriving in Iquitos, Peru Amazon hotels

Specifications of Hanseatic Spirit

Year of build2021  /  Age: 2
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
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
2023 Feb 14 19 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Montevideo Ushuaia
2023 Mar 05 14 days, one-way from Montevideo to Belem Montevideo $4622
2023 Mar 19 18 days, one-way from Belem to Iquitos Belem $15808
2023 Apr 06 18 days, one-way from Iquitos to Belem Iquitos
2023 Apr 24 9 days, one-way from Belem to Ponta Delgada Belem $3313
2023 May 03 9 days, round-trip Azores Ponta Delgada
2023 May 12 15 days, one-way from Ponta Delgada to Hamburg Ponta Delgada $8969
2023 May 27 12 days, one-way from Hamburg to Reykjavik Hamburg
2023 Jun 08 10 days, round-trip Iceland Reykjavik $6321
2023 Jun 29 10 days, one-way from Longyearbyen to Tromso Longyearbyen $9381
2023 Jul 09 10 days, one-way from Tromso to Longyearbyen Tromso $9793
2023 Jul 19 10 days, one-way from Tromso to Longyearbyen Tromso
2023 Jul 29 12 days, one-way from Longyearbyen to Reykjavik Longyearbyen $9803
2023 Aug 10 16 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Tromso Reykjavik $13001
2023 Aug 26 16 days, one-way from Tromso to Reykjavik Tromso $14373
2023 Sep 24 13 days, one-way from Porto-Leixoes to Ponta Delgada Porto-Leixoes $7508
2023 Oct 07 13 days, one-way from Ponta Delgada to Funchal Ponta Delgada $7158
2023 Oct 20 12 days, one-way from Funchal to Sal Island Funchal $6757
2023 Nov 01 12 days, one-way from Sal Island to Montevideo Sal Island $3698
2023 Nov 13 18 days, one-way from Montevideo to Puerto Montt Montevideo $11438
2023 Dec 01 20 days, one-way from Puerto Montt to Ushuaia Puerto Montt $16702
2023 Dec 21 18 days, round-trip Antarctica Ushuaia $18150
2024 Jan 08 20 days, round-trip Antarctica Ushuaia
2024 Jan 28 33 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Lyttelton-Christchurch Ushuaia $31152
2024 Mar 01 17 days, one-way from Lyttelton-Christchurch to Noumea Lyttelton-Christchurch $12367
2024 Mar 18 16 days, one-way from Noumea to Papeete Noumea $13182
2024 Apr 03 18 days, one-way from Papeete to Noumea Papeete $12230
2024 Apr 21 19 days, one-way from Noumea to Koror-Palau Noumea
2024 May 10 18 days, one-way from Koror-Palau to Incheon Koror-Palau $12119
2024 May 28 12 days, one-way from Incheon to Sapporo-Otaru Incheon $7980
2024 Jun 09 16 days, round-trip Asia Sapporo-Otaru $12812
2024 Jun 25 20 days, one-way from Sapporo-Otaru to Seward Sapporo-Otaru $18425
2024 Jul 15 15 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward $11518
2024 Jul 30 15 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver $11518
2024 Aug 14 29 days, one-way from Seward to Kangerlussuaq Seward $26340
2024 Sep 12 19 days, one-way from Kangerlussuaq to Hamburg Kangerlussuaq $14024

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.


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 is constructed only the hull (weight 6500 tons), while the rest of the ship is built 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


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