Newly delivered Hanseatic Nature is presented in Hamburg

Hanseatic Nature is the first of three expedition vessels for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Hanseatic Nature is the first of three expedition vessels for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises PHOTO: Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

After its handover from Vard in Norway, Hanseatic Nature — first of three newbuild expedition ships for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises — was presented in Hamburg on Saturday.

It had been due to enter service in April but was delayed.

Hanseatic Nature's May 5 maiden voyage will take it to the Hebrides, Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands, before ending at Bergen. This summer, the ship will operate in the Arctic.

Small and maneuverable, Hanseatic Nature was built to Polar Class 6 standard and is positioned in the five-star segment. It is dedicated to the German-speaking market.

Hanseatic Nature can accommodate up to 230 passengers,199 on Antarctic cruises and Spitsbergen circumnavigations.

E-Zodiacs amid abundant environmental features

Features include two glass-bottom balconies, a Nature Walk deck tour at the bow, 17 Zodiacs and E-Zodiacs with eco-friendly electric drive systems, a marina and kayaks.

An SCR catalytic converter reduces nitrogen oxide emissions by almost 95%. Promas rudders with special propellers and a special hull design wlll reduce fuel consumption and, therefore, emissions. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is also implementing environmental measures that go beyond regulatory requirements. For example, the company uses low-pollutant marine gas oil on around 70% of its expedition cruises and, starting in July 2020, the entire expedition fleet will use MGO on all routes. All new ships are equipped for cold ironing.

Between cruises to the Arctic in the European summer and expeditions to the Antarctic in austral summer, Hanseatic Nature will also offer warm water cruises to destinations such as the Amazon, the South Seas, Chilean fjords, the Azores and Cape Verde.

Ocean Academy for individual research, learning

Experts will give daily presentations in the HanseAtrium, a multifunctional lounge with the latest technology and large LED screens on the walls and below the ceiling. On Deck 8, the heart of the Ocean Academy is the study wall, a 6-meter by 1.8-meter/19-foot by 5.9-foot touchscreen wall. There passengers can conduct individual studies and research to deepen their knowledge of the natural wonders they encounter on shore excursions and Zodiac rides.

The content — provided by the Geomar Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel, as well as scientists, experts and journalists — is displayed in articles, videos and biographies. The Ocean Academy also has four study seats, digital study posters and a microscope area.

'Inspired by nature' was the design philosophy for the interiors of Hapag-Lloyd's new expedition ships by OCEANARCHITECTS, based in Waren-Müritz, Germany.

Hanseatic Nature's 120 cabins and suites range from panoramic cabins at 21 square meters/226 square feet to grand suites at 71 square meters/764 square feet. All have ocean views and most have balconies or French balconies.

Three dining options

The Hamptons speciality restaurant (44 seats) offers North American dishes with the easy-going maritime flair of the East Coast. The main restaurant (178 seats) and the indoor-outdoor Lido Restaurant (184 seats), with a barbecue and a show kitchen, offer flexible dining times and open seating so passengers can fit their meals around their expedition experiences.

Spacious wellness and fitness areas and a large pool area with a swim-against-the-current system are other features.

Sister ship Hanseatic Inspiration, designed for the international market with all programs in German and English, is scheduled to be named in Antwerp in October, while the adults-only Hanseatic Spirit is due for delivery in May 2021.

See also 'Hanseatic Nature is named by longtime Hapag-Lloyd employee'

Posted 04 May 2019

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