Hanseatic Nature delay cancels first two cruises

Hanseatic Nature starts a series of three expedition newbuilds for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Hanseatic Nature starts a series of three expedition newbuilds for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises confirmed a further delay in the delivery Hanseatic Nature, under construction at Vard in Norway. The first two cruises, including the maiden voyage, were canceled.

New date: May 5

Hanseatic Nature is now scheduled to enter service at Hamburg on May 5.

At the beginning of March Hapag-Lloyd had confirmed a slight delay, and canceled the christening event planned April 12. At that time, the company was still optimistic to that Hanseatic Nature could sail its maiden voyage, starting April 13.

Karl J. Pojer, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, today expressed his regret that this plan could not be kept.

Free cancellation and future cruise credit

Passengers booked for Hanseatic Nature's maiden voyage had already been offered free cancellation plus a 50% credit on any future cruise until September 2021. This has now been extended to all passengers booked on the two canceled itineraries. Travel agent commissions are protected.

Hanseatic Nature is the first of three sister ships comprising the line's future expedition fleet. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises recently announced all its expedition vessels, including Bremen, are going to operate solely on marine gas oil from July 2020. MGO has a maximum sulfur content of 0.1%, significantly below the 0.5% cap to be introduced for global shipping next year.

Posted 29 March 2019

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Frederik Erdmann

German Correspondent