Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has published the new 2010 brochure for its two expedition ships MS HANSEATIC and MS BREMEN, highlighting almost a dozen bilingual (English/German) adventure cruises for next year including the Antarctic Circle, the Northwest Passage, Kamchatka, Norway and Spitsbergen, as well as island paradises in the Indian Ocean.
MS HANSEATIC, the world’s only 5-star expedition ship and the BREMEN, a 4-star expedition ship, were created to provide intensive exploration in the most elegant surroundings for a maximum of 184 guests (HANSEATIC) and 164 guests (BREMEN). Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is offering guaranteed cruise prices for UK passengers, avoiding price fluctuations due to floating exchange rates.
Well equipped for travel in difficult waters, both ships hold the highest ice class ranking for passenger vessels (E4). Their shallow drafts and high manoeuvrability allow the ships to enter waters larger cruise vessels cannot reach. Trips with Zodiacs, professional expedition guides, lecturers and experts on the travel destinations make every expedition informative and interesting.
The dedicated bilingual cruises included in the 2010 brochure ensure English-speaking passengers feel comfortable from the moment they step onboard.
Documentation in English onboard includes: daily programs, menus, announcements, lectures/video presentations and safety drill instruction. Wherever possible, shore excursions in the port of call are offered in English on a group or individual basis.
Probably the most sought after expedition trip in the world, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises will take guests to the Antarctic Circle on the HANSEATIC in February 2010, and will cross the Antarctic Circle in January 2011 on both the BREMEN and on the HANSEATIC.
Trip logistics: from Ushuaia to Puerto Montt, 12 February to 7 March 2010, 23 days, with stops at the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, South Orkney Islands, South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula; cruise only rates start at £7553 per person
Trip logistics: from Kangerlussuaq to Nome, 16 August to 11 September 2010, 26 days, with stops in Greenland, Cruising in Disko Bay, Baffin Island, Devon Island, Barrow Strait, Northwest Passage and Alaska; rates starting at £11536 per person including the charter flight Hanover – Kangerlussuaq.
Fjords, Glaciers and the Midnight Sun are especially radiant between June and August. MS BREMEN will offer a 16-day Expedition Norway and Circumnavigation of Spitsbergen.
Trip logistics: from Travemuende to Tromsoe, 27 June to 13 July 2010, 16 days, with stops in Norway and the Norwegian fjords, circumnavigation of Spitsbergen, cruising off Bear Island and the Lofoten Islands; rates start at £4279 per person including the charter flight Tromsoe – Hanover.
Home of sea eagles and brown bears, the Kamchatka Expedition cruise in September 2010 onboard MS HANSEATIC will take guests on a unique trip to Japan and the Kuril Islands. This 19-day itinerary departs from Nome, Alaska (via charter flight from Vancouver (included) and ends in Yokohama/Japan.
Trip logistics: From Nome to Yokohama, 8-30 September 2010, 21 days, with stops in Alaska, Chukchi Peninsula, Chukotka, Kamchatka, Kuril Islands, Sakhalin, Japan; cruise only rates start at £6725 per person.
Brochure Highlights – Island Paradises
Trip logistics: From Mahé to Mauritius, 15 to 29 November 2010, with stops in Seychelles, Comores, Madagascar, Reunion Island and Mauritius; cruise only rates starting at £3657 per person.
The cruise only prices include:
• Full board on the ship
• Soft drinks from the mini-bar in the cabins refilled daily
• Lectures with experts including precaps and recaps for every zodiac or shore excursion
• Zodiac excursions and landings
• On board equipment for free use includes: snorkelling equipment, Nordic walking poles, bikes and kayaks (Bremen)
• Waterproof warm parkas and rubber boots for use whilst onboard
• Travel cancellation and bankruptcy insurance
For more information on these and other Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ exciting destinations and itineraries, visit www.hl-cruises.com