Hapag-Lloyd Cruises orders third expedition ship from Vard

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises orders third expedition ship from Vard
Hanseatic Nature will have the same interior and exterior design as her sister Hanseatic Nature (Image: Hapag-Lloyd Cruises)

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has contracted Norwegian shipyard Vard to build its third expedition cruise ship, which will be named Hanseatic Spirit when she launches in the second quarter of 2021.

Signed on 2 July 2018, the contract follows the news that Hapag-Lloyd’s parent company TUI Group had approved an order for a third ship this May. Hanseatic Spirit will be Hapag-Lloyd’s first adults-only vessel and will be designed as a sister to Hanseatic Nature and Hanseatic Inspiration, which will be delivered by Vard in spring and autumn 2019 respectively.

“Our expedition segment is already a success and offers potential for growth in the five-star segment that we want to harness with these three new ships,” said Karl J. Pojer, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. “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.”

Like her sisters, Hanseatic Spirit will feature interiors designed by German company Ocean Architects and will have three restaurants, 120 suites and cabins (many with balconies) that will accommodate up to 230 guests, Zodiacs for exploration, a water sports marina and much more.

The vessel will also be built to Polar Class 6 standards and equipped with environmental technology to enable her to sail in the Arctic, Antarctic and warmer destinations such as the Amazon region.

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Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
Wednesday, July 4, 2018