Vard to build the third Hanseatic class
The subsidiary shipyard of Fincantieri has signed a contract for a new expedition cruise vessel for Hapag Lloyd
TUI Group of Germany will invest in another new-build for its Hamburg-based subsidiary Hapag-Lloyd Cruises which signed a contract for another ship with Norwegian Vard shipyard, a subsidiary of Italian shipbuilding company Fincantieri.
The new expedition ship will be called the Hanseatic Spirit and will be launched in the second quarter of 2021 as the fleet’s first ‘adults-only’ ship. Before this, the German company will add two more expedition ships to its fleet in the form of the Hanseatic Nature (Spring 2019) and Hanseatic Inspiration (Autumn 2019).
The new ships will be fitted with cutting-edge equipment and environmental technology and will also have the highest ice class for passenger ships (PC6), meaning that they will be positioned in the polar regions (the Arctic and Antarctic), as well as in warmer destinations such as the Amazon region. The on-board Zodiacs will make it possible to land in expedition areas that do not have ports, and there will be a marina for water sports.
“Our expedition segment is already a success and offers potential for growth in the 5-star segment that we want to harness with these three new ships. With the new ships, we are launching a new expedition class and strengthening our leading position in this segment. By investing in the new Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ ships, the TUI Group is underlining its strategy for this cruise segment and the importance of our luxury brand to the group portfolio” Karl J. Pojer, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, said.
The TUI Group currently operates a fleet of 16 cruise ships via its subsidiaries Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, British Marella Cruises and the TUI Cruises joint venture.