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.