Hapag-Lloyd's new expedition ships will sail in polar and tropical waters from 2019 (Image: Hapag-Lloyd Cruises)
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is to name its two new expedition ships Hanseatic Nature and Hanseatic Inspiration when they launch in April and October 2019, respectively.
To be constructed to Polar Ice Class 6 by Norwegian shipbuilder Vard (a subsidiary of Italy’s Fincantieri Marine Group), the identical ships will each accommodate up to 230 passengers, or up to 199 passengers on Antarctic expeditions.
Each ship will have three restaurants, an extensive wellness and fitness area, two extendable glass balconies and a marina for watersports. This will include 16 onboard Zodiacs and E-Zodiacs with eco-friendly electric drive systems, which will be used for remote expeditions.
“By virtue of the comfort and luxuriousness of our state-of-the-art new vessels, we will appeal to even more customers in the luxury segment in future,” said Karl J. Pojer, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. “At the same time, authentic, natural spectacles that convey the feeling of a personal expedition have always been the basis for our decision making. With our choice of names, we are continuing the success story of today’s Hanseatic – the only five-star expedition ship – retaining the popular and well-known brand name and establishing a new and separate class within our fleet.”
Both newbuilds will be equipped with SCR catalytic converters to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by almost 95%, and Promas rudders with a special propeller to help reduce fuel consumption and emissions. The ships’ hulls have been designed to achieve the maximum reduction in fuel consumption for the propulsion system and cut overall bunker consumption. Infra-red ice detectors will enable crew to spot ice at night and in misty conditions.
Hanseatic Inspiration and Hanseatic Nature will offer itineraries in polar waters, as well as tropical destinations.