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06/05/19 10:45

Finally here it is the Hanseatic Nature

The expedition unit manufactured at Vard joined Hapag Lloyd Cruises' fleet, two weeks behind schedule

The Hanseatic Nature was finally delivered by Vard just a couple of weeks behind schedule.

As announced by the company on their socialprofiles, also posting the ship's interiors, the first unit of the expedition class trio ordered Fincantieri's subsidiary by Hapag Lloyd Cruises, was delivered on April 30th to set off on her maiden voyage from Hamburg on May 5th (after having cancelled former April 13th departure).

The ship's construction – 15,000 GT, 138 metres in length, 22 in breadth and capable to board 240 passengers and 170 crew members – originally started in Tulcea-Romania, in May 2017 and from last August continued at Vard Langsten, near Alesund.

She is a small, manoeuvrable and state-of-the-art expedition ship, to be positioned in the 5-star segment. Its construction, design and routes revolve around providing a true expedition experience and getting as close as possible to nature. The new ship can accommodate 230 guests, or 199 on Antarctic cruises and circumnavigations of Spitsbergen. The ship raises the bar in the expedition cruise segment and features many special structural elements that enhance further the expedition experience. The PC6 ice class, two extendible balconies, the Nature Walk deck tour at the ship’s bow, 17 on-board Zodiacs and E-Zodiacs with eco-friendly electric drive systems and a marina and on-board kayaks all enable passengers to enjoy intensive experiences of nature.

The Hanseatic nature also features cutting-edge equipment and environmental technology, being fitted with an SCR catalytic converter, which reduces nitrogen oxide emissions by almost 95 %. The ships also have PROMAS rudders with special propellers and a special hull design to reduce fuel consumption and, therefore, lower emissions. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has implemented a range of environmental protection measures, some of which go beyond the legal requirements.  The company does not use heavy oil in areas that require particular protection and uses low-pollutant marine gas oil on around 70 % of its expedition cruises. From July 2020, marine gas oil will be used on all routes for the entire expedition fleet; all new ships are equipped for cold ironing

This is the first of 3, structurally- identical ships in the cruise line’s new expedition class. The second,  Hanseatic inspiration, will be commissioned in October 2019, followed by the Hanseatic spirit in May 2021. The new expedition class is being financed by an investment from the parent TUI Group.

The ship left Hamburg for its inaugural cruise, which will take it to the Hebrides, Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands, finishing in Bergen. This summer, the ship will visit the Arctic. Between cruises to the Arctic in the European summer and expeditions to the Antarctic in the European winter, the Hanseatic nature will also offer warmer water cruises to destinations such as the Amazon, the South Seas, Chile’s fjords, the Azores and Cape Verde. This allows passengers to visit remote, faraway places and embark on expeditions on the doorsteps of Europe.

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