Pressemitteilung vom 25.08.2022

With a pioneering spirit: HANSEATIC inspiration’s 2023/24 cruise season awaits

  • Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ latest international catalogue for the HANSEATIC inspiration features 26 inspirational and adventurous expedition routes
  • Diverse destinations range from the Arctic and Antarctica to the Great Lakes, Northern and Western Europe, Central and South America
  • Premiere in North America: First itinerary combines the Great Lakes and the St Lawrence River for a lock adventure – with its retractable bridge wings, the HANSEATIC inspiration easily masters the nautical masterpieces and the almost 100 m (328 ft) difference in height

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ 2023/24 season for the bilingual expedition ship HANSEATIC inspiration offers the opportunity for guests to experience both cold and warm water voyages of discovery in highest-standard luxury. The 2023/24 international catalogue opens doors to new, exciting experiences and can be ordered online at 

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In autumn 2023, the HANSEATIC inspiration will sail from Milwaukee to Halifax – combining the Great Lakes and the St Lawrence River - a first-time route for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. During the Indian Summer in 2023 and again in 2024, the small and manoeuvrable expedition ship will take guests to the North American Great Lakes a total of four times. Thanks to the ship’s retractable bridge wings, the HANSEATIC inspiration is predestined for the locks and channels of the lake landscape.

Sailing on, stunning natural spectacles in South and Central America are on the agenda. In November 2023, the ship will embark on a route from Colon to Valparaiso, passing through the legendary Panama Canal during a daytime passage, then reaching the Chilean fjords. From December 2023 to February 2024, the ship will be positioned in the classic expedition destination of Antarctica, reaching Brazil in spring. From there, the HANSEATIC inspiration will set off on another first, making its first two itineraries on the Amazon.

In May 2024, the HANSEATIC inspiration will operate two cruises in the North and Baltic seas before commencing the Arctic season, during which multiple circumnavigations of Spitsbergen will take place.

For those with a pioneering spirit, travellers, for the very first time, can choose to set sail from Tromso in July 2024, cruising to both Franz Josef Land and north-east Spitsbergen in one cruise - combining uniquely, two of the most remote island groups in the Arctic. Passengers have the opportunity to explore remote uncharted territory, participate in hikes with the experts, go on active polar exploration during zodiac rides and with luck observe walruses and whales from the ship’s deck. From there Iceland and Greenland feature on the cruise routes before returning back to the Great Lakes of North America in Autumn 2024.

Launched in October 2019, the HANSEATIC inspiration is equipped with the highest ice class for passenger ships (PC6), featuring cutting-edge technology and the latest environmental standards such as shore power facilities and SCR catalytic converters. As well as all the ships in the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises fleet, the HANSEATIC inspiration operates without heavy fuel oil, using low-pollutant marine gas oil with a maximum sulphur content of 0.1 % instead. Sailing the world’s oceans, experienced scientists and experts will be on board sharing their knowledge with guests, who at the same time enjoy the renowned, highest standards of comfort and service.

The 230-passenger HANSEATIC inspiration (199 passengers only in Antarctica/Spitsbergen regions) is one of three ships in the new expedition class from Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and caters for the international/English-speaking marketplace. The language aboard her sister ships HANSEATIC nature and HANSEATIC spirit is German. The small and manoeuvrable vessels travel to some of the world’s most remote regions; and are equipped with retractable glass balconies on the pool deck, a deck track at the bow as well as many open deck areas, from where guests can watch the passing landscape from the ‘front row’.

All cruises can be booked now through the website:

Example HANSEATIC inspiration cruises:

A confluence of wilderness and history (INS2320): Great Lakes and St Lawrence River from Milwaukee to Halifax
A premiere for the HANSEATIC inspiration, an ocean in the wilderness and a magnificent river system. Calls include Mackinac Island, Parry Sound, Killarney/Lake Huron, Toronto/Lake Ontario and Quebec. 08.10.23 – 26.10.23 (18 days), bookable from £ 11,340 per person, category 1, double occupancy, cruise only.
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Exotic worlds with colourful history (INS2322): Expedition Panama Canal and South America from Colon to Valparaiso
Cruising through the Panama Canal guests experience the contrasts between South America and Chile. Calls include the daytime passage through the Panama Canal, Gulf of San Miguel, Utria National Park/Colombia, Islas Guanape/Peru, Callao (Lima) and Puerto Caldera/Chile. 03.11.2023 – 17.11.2023 (15 days), bookable from £ 7,480 per person, category 0, double occupancy, cruise only.
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Premiere with the best of two Arctic worlds (INS2416): Expedition Franz Josef Land and north-east Spitsbergen from Tromso to Longyearbyen
A challenging route in two of the most remote island groups in the Arctic combined on one route for the first time. Calls include cruising off North Cape, north-east Spitsbergen with the islands of Storoya and Kvitoya and Franz Josef Land. 25.07.2024 – 11.08.2024 (17 days), bookable from £ 11,700 per person, category 0, double occupancy, including charter flights to Tromso and from Longyearbyen.
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Reservations: International guests, as well as travel agencies, can make use of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ free-of-charge phone numbers when requesting or booking a cruise. United Kingdom: 0800 0513 829, United States & Canada: 877 445 7447 or 800 334-2724, Belgium: 0800 79 421, Netherlands: 0800 0220 459; all other countries, please call +49 40 30703070 (English-speaking hotline) – or send an email to salesteam(at) or visit for local agents.

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Hamburg, August 2022

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