Specifications of Hanseatic Spirit
|Year built||2021 new ship|
|Builder||VARD shipyards (Tulcea Romania and Langsten Norway)|
|Class||ice-strengthened expedition ship|
|Building cost||EUR 145 million (USD 155 million)|
|Owner||TUI AG (via TUI Cruises GmbH)|
|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 Nature|
Hanseatic Spirit Itineraries
|Date||Itinerary||Departure Port||Price from|
|2021 May 15||9 days, round-trip Baltic Sea with Hanseatic spirit||Hamburg|
|2021 May 24||15 days, one-way from Hamburg to Longyearbyen||Hamburg||$12197|
|2021 Jun 08||10 days, one-way from Longyearbyen to Tromso||Longyearbyen||$10835|
|2021 Jun 18||10 days, one-way from Tromso to Longyearbyen||Tromso||$10835|
|2021 Jun 28||17 days, one-way from Longyearbyen to Kangerlussuaq||Longyearbyen||$15412|
|2021 Jul 15||13 days, round-trip Greenland with Hanseatic spirit||Kangerlussuaq||$12504|
|2021 Jul 28||16 days, round-trip Greenland with Hanseatic spirit||Kangerlussuaq|
|2021 Aug 13||28 days, one-way from Kangerlussuaq to Anchorage AK||Kangerlussuaq|
|2021 Sep 10||22 days, one-way from Anchorage AK to Kanazawa||Anchorage AK|
|2021 Oct 02||13 days, one-way from Kanazawa to Keelung||Kanazawa||$10118|
|2021 Oct 15||24 days, one-way from Keelung to Lautoka||Keelung||$18827|
|2021 Nov 08||16 days, one-way from Lautoka to Papeete||Lautoka|
|2021 Nov 24||22 days, one-way from Papeete to Punta Arenas||Papeete||$15819|
|2021 Dec 16||21 days, one-way from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia||Punta Arenas||$23443|
|2022 Jan 06||16 days, round-trip Antarctica with Hanseatic spirit||Ushuaia||$16343|
|2022 Jan 22||19 days, round-trip Antarctica with Hanseatic spirit||Ushuaia||$23537|
|2022 Feb 10||18 days, round-trip Antarctica with Hanseatic spirit||Ushuaia||$18151|
|2022 Feb 28||18 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Callao||Ushuaia||$13172|
|2022 Mar 18||19 days, one-way from Callao to Belem||Callao||$13102|
|2022 Apr 06||17 days, one-way from Belem to Iquitos||Belem|
|2022 Apr 23||17 days, one-way from Iquitos to Belem||Iquitos||$14700|
|2022 May 10||11 days, one-way from Belem to Porto-Leixoes||Belem||$3835|
|2022 May 21||12 days, one-way from Porto-Leixoes to Hamburg||Porto-Leixoes||$6890|
|2022 Jun 09||12 days, one-way from Hamburg to Reykjavik||Hamburg||$7344|
|2022 Jun 21||10 days, round-trip Iceland with Hanseatic spirit||Reykjavik||$6773|
|2022 Jul 01||11 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Longyearbyen||Reykjavik|
|2022 Jul 12||10 days, one-way from Longyearbyen to Tromso||Longyearbyen||$10835|
|2022 Jul 22||10 days, one-way from Tromso to Longyearbyen||Tromso||$10835|
|2022 Aug 01||10 days, one-way from Longyearbyen to Tromso||Longyearbyen||$10835|
|2022 Aug 11||16 days, one-way from Tromso to Reykjavik||Tromso||$12916|
|2022 Aug 27||13 days, round-trip Greenland with Hanseatic spirit||Reykjavik||$10573|
|2022 Sep 09||13 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Porto-Leixoes||Reykjavik||$7869|
|2022 Sep 22||13 days, one-way from Porto-Leixoes to Santa Cruz de Tenerife||Porto-Leixoes||$7693|
Hanseatic Spirit Review
Review of Hanseatic Spirit
MS Hanseatic Spirit cruise ship is the third (last, for now) of Hapag-Lloyd's new expedition cruise ships - with sisterships Hanseatic Inspiration (October 2019) and Hanseatic Nature (April 2019). Spirit is currently on order (under construction) with a scheduled launch in 2021-Q2. All boats are of the same design.
Like a Hapag-Lloyd ship, Spirit serves predominantly German-speaking travellers. 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.
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 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.
Cruise itinerary program
MS Hanseatic Spirit 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.
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 cruise season, the ship will also visit the Great Lakes.
MS Hanseatic Spirit accommodates up to 230 passengers (up to 199 on Antarctic cruises) having 120 staterooms in 10 categories.
- Cabins: 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) with step-out balcony (6 m2 / 65 ft2). Amenities include 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, heated wall in the bathrooms for wet parkas and towels.
- Grand Suites (71 m2 / 765 ft2) with private veranda (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, 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 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.
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.
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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. 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.
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 ml (6450 km) long towing of the hull from Romania to Norway takes around 5 weeks.
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.
Bookings for Hanseatic Spirit cruises were opened on July 23, 2019.
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