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Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Christening "HANSEATIC inspiration"
Capt. Ulf Wolter, godmother Laura Dekker and Karl J. Pojer, CEO Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, during the christening ceremony for Hanseatic Inspiration PHOTO: ©Richard Huebner/Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

Hanseatic Inspiration is named in Hamburg, with an expeditionary twist

Hanseatic Inspiration was named during Friday night festivities in Hamburg that took some 230 guests into Zodiacs and boats on the Elbe River for a simulated expedition via projections on the side of the ship.

Laura Dekker, the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe single-handed, served as the godmother.

Into the Zodiacs

At 9:30 p.m. the naming ceremony guests boarded Zodiacs and launches. For one evening, the Elbe and Hanseatic Inspiration became the setting for a naming ceremony in keeping with expedition cruises.

Eleven high-powered projectors put on a 12-minute multimedia show that took the audience on a virtual cruise to the Arctic, the Antarctic and the Amazon. The 3-D mapping — 140 meters/459 feet wide and 22 meters/72 feet high — was designed and programmed specially for the event.

Musical accompaniment was provided by Oonagh, the German pop star and two-time Echo winner, as well as Terje Isunget, the Norwegian musician known for his instruments made of ice.

Science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar hosted the festivities.

Five-star expedition segment

‘The second ship in our new expedition class is a further milestone in our company’s history. With these three new ships, we are positioning ourselves in the exclusive five-star expedition segment, as already demonstrated by the Hanseatic Nature, said Karl J. Pojer, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

Capt. Ulf Wolter and his crew are set to leave Hamburg on Saturday, bound for Antwerp where, on Monday, Hanseatic Inspiration will begin its 15-day maiden voyage to Tenerife.