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Current itinerary of Hanseatic Spirit
Hanseatic Spirit current cruise is 14 days, one-way from Funchal to Porto-Leixoes. Prices start from USD 9696 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 14 May, 2022 and ends on 28 May, 2022.
|Date / Time||Port|
|14 May 21:00||Departing from Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal hotels|
|16 May||Santa Maria Island Azores, Vila do Porto, Azores Portugal|
|17 May||Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel Island, Azores|
|18 May||Sao Jorge Island Azores, Velas, Azores Portugal|
|19 May||Corvo Island Azores, Azores Portugal|
|20 May||Flores Island Azores, Azores Portugal|
|21 May||Pico Island Azores, Azores Portugal|
|22 May||Horta, Faial Island, Azores|
|23 May||Graciosa Island Azores, Azores Portugal|
|24 May||Praia da Vitoria, Terceira Island, Azores|
|25 May||Angra do Heroismo, Terceira Island, Azores|
|28 May 07:00||Arriving in Porto-Leixoes, Oporto, Portugal hotels|
Specifications of Hanseatic Spirit
|Year built||2021 / Age: 1|
|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 Nature|
|Owner||TUI AG (via TUI Cruises GmbH)|
Hanseatic Spirit Itineraries
|Date||Itinerary||Departure Port||Price from|
|2022 Apr 22||11 days, round-trip Azores||Funchal||$7875|
|2022 May 03||11 days, round-trip Azores||Funchal||$7875|
|2022 May 14||14 days, one-way from Funchal to Porto-Leixoes||Funchal||$9696|
|2022 May 28||12 days, one-way from Porto-Leixoes to Hamburg||Porto-Leixoes||$7171|
|2022 Jun 09||12 days, one-way from Hamburg to Reykjavik||Hamburg||$11030|
|2022 Jun 21||10 days, round-trip Iceland||Reykjavik|
|2022 Jul 01||11 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Longyearbyen||Reykjavik||$11916|
|2022 Jul 12||10 days, one-way from Longyearbyen to Tromso||Longyearbyen|
|2022 Jul 22||10 days, one-way from Tromso to Longyearbyen||Tromso||$11674|
|2022 Aug 01||10 days, one-way from Longyearbyen to Tromso||Longyearbyen||$10715|
|2022 Aug 11||16 days, one-way from Tromso to Reykjavik||Tromso|
|2022 Aug 27||13 days, round-trip Greenland||Reykjavik||$11006|
|2022 Sep 09||13 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Porto-Leixoes||Reykjavik|
|2022 Sep 22||13 days, one-way from Porto-Leixoes to Santa Cruz de Tenerife||Porto-Leixoes||$8907|
|2022 Oct 05||15 days, one-way from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Cape Town||Santa Cruz de Tenerife||$4939|
|2022 Oct 20||17 days, one-way from Cape Town to Port Louis||Cape Town||$12390|
|2022 Nov 06||13 days, round-trip Africa||Port Louis||$10035|
|2022 Nov 19||13 days, round-trip Africa||Port Louis||$10035|
|2022 Dec 02||18 days, one-way from Port Louis to Cape Town||Port Louis||$13081|
|2022 Dec 20||22 days, one-way from Cape Town to Ushuaia||Cape Town||$20981|
|2023 Jan 11||16 days, round-trip Antarctica||Ushuaia||$18639|
|2023 Jan 27||18 days, round-trip Antarctica||Ushuaia||$20496|
|2023 Feb 14||19 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Montevideo||Ushuaia||$18202|
|2023 Mar 05||14 days, one-way from Montevideo to Belem||Montevideo||$9683|
|2023 Mar 19||18 days, one-way from Belem to Iquitos||Belem||$17341|
|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||$3810|
|2023 May 03||9 days, round-trip Azores||Ponta Delgada||$7232|
|2023 May 12||15 days, one-way from Ponta Delgada to Hamburg||Ponta Delgada||$9283|
|2023 May 27||12 days, one-way from Hamburg to Reykjavik||Hamburg|
|2023 Jun 08||10 days, round-trip Iceland||Reykjavik||$7269|
|2023 Jun 29||10 days, one-way from Longyearbyen to Tromso||Longyearbyen||$10788|
|2023 Jul 09||10 days, one-way from Tromso to Longyearbyen||Tromso||$10788|
|2023 Jul 19||10 days, one-way from Tromso to Longyearbyen||Tromso||$11273|
|2023 Jul 29||10 days, one-way from Tromso to Longyearbyen||Tromso||$10788|
|2023 Aug 08||18 days, round-trip Asia||Tromso||$18190|
|2023 Aug 26||16 days, one-way from Tromso to Reykjavik||Tromso|
|2023 Sep 11||13 days, round-trip Greenland||Reykjavik||$11030|
|2023 Sep 24||13 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Porto-Leixoes||Reykjavik||$8713|
|2023 Oct 07||13 days, one-way from Porto-Leixoes to Funchal||Porto-Leixoes||$8664|
|2023 Oct 20||12 days, one-way from Funchal to Sal Island||Funchal||$8179|
|2023 Nov 01||12 days, one-way from Sal Island to Montevideo||Sal Island||$4477|
|2023 Nov 13||18 days, one-way from Montevideo to Puerto Montt||Montevideo||$13846|
|2023 Dec 01||20 days, one-way from Puerto Montt to Ushuaia||Puerto Montt||$20217|
|2023 Dec 21||18 days, round-trip Antarctica||Ushuaia||$20872|
|2024 Jan 08||20 days, round-trip Antarctica||Ushuaia||$21054|
|2024 Jan 28||33 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Lyttelton-Christchurch||Ushuaia|
|2024 Mar 01||17 days, one-way from Lyttelton-Christchurch to Noumea||Lyttelton-Christchurch||$14222|
|2024 Mar 18||16 days, one-way from Noumea to Papeete||Noumea||$14805|
|2024 Apr 03||18 days, one-way from Papeete to Noumea||Papeete||$14805|
|2024 Apr 21||19 days, one-way from Noumea to Koror-Palau||Noumea||$17474|
|2024 May 10||18 days, one-way from Koror-Palau to Incheon||Koror-Palau||$13567|
|2024 May 28||12 days, one-way from Incheon to Otaru||Incheon||$9659|
|2024 Jun 09||16 days, round-trip Asia||Otaru||$15508|
|2024 Jun 25||20 days, one-way from Otaru to Seward||Otaru||$23239|
|2024 Jul 15||15 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver||Seward||$13943|
|2024 Jul 30||15 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward||Vancouver||$12972|
|2024 Aug 14||29 days, one-way from Seward to Kangerlussuaq||Seward|
|2024 Sep 12||19 days, one-way from Kangerlussuaq to Hamburg||Kangerlussuaq||$16977|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 / Time||Port|
|04 Sep 19:00||Departing from Hamburg, Germany|
|05 Sep 12:00 - 18:00||Borkum Island, Germany|
|06 Sep 08:30 - 18:00||Oudeschild, Texel Island, Holland|
|07 Sep 08:30 - 23:59||Heligoland Island, Germany|
|08 Sep 16:15 - 09 Sep 15:00||List auf Sylt, Sylt Island, Germany|
|10 Sep 08:00||Arriving 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 / Time||Port|
|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 06:00||Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina|
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