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Circumnavigation of Iceland

Discover Iceland’s Natural Wonders aboard the Hanseatic Inspiration

  • 29 May 2021

Join us for this circumnavigation of Iceland which we are offering in conjunction with our associates at Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and their five-star vessel, the Hanseatic Inspiration. There is nowhere better to see nature in the raw than Iceland, the ‘Land of Ice and Fire’ and during this expedition we will witness huge icecaps and glaciers, active volcanoes, gurgling mud pools, steaming hot springs and lava fields. If this were not enough, the immense scale of the landscape is dominated by towering snow-capped mountains, thundering waterfalls and spontaneous erupting geysers.

Europe’s least populated country offers the visitor an unparalleled experience of elemental forces at work and we will take advantage of weather conditions and possible sightings to achieve the maximum with our time. Early summer is the optimum time for this expedition, the skies and rocks will be filled with the sights and sounds of puffins, guillemots and gannets, the wildflowers will be prevalent and the seas will hopefully be rich with whales and marine life. In addition to the wildlife, the island also provides a unique historical, cultural and geological experience. Under the surface, Iceland simmers with the sparks that are the tell-tale signs of its youthfulness as Europe’s most recent geological addition, only 16-20 million years old. Iceland is continuously being created; some of its newest land is a mere 40 years old.

A journey by small ship is the ideal way to get up close to nature and explore areas inaccessible to larger vessels and an expedition such as this can only be undertaken by a special vessel with the self-sufficient qualities of the Hanseatic Inspiration. With her expert expedition team and fleet of Zodiacs we will be able to land on remote beaches and cruise close to shorelines and cliffs crowded with birdlife. Our circumnavigation of Iceland will take us to some of its most dramatic areas and, whilst we sail its waters, we will look out for humpback whales, orcas, white-beaked dolphins and observe the colonies of seabirds.

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Hanseatic Inspiration

Hanseatic Inspiration

Operated by our German associates, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, the Hanseatic Inspiration is a new five-star expedition ship launched in October 2019. With a maximum of just 230 passengers (199 passengers in Antarctica), this unique vessel offers an informal and relaxed atmosphere on board with more open deck space than any other expedition ship. There is a qualified expedition team of naturalists who will accompany you ashore and provide informative talks in the comfort of the well-designed HanseAtrium, and a crew of 175 offering the most exquisite and attentive service on board.

Please note that the images shown are artist impressions. Actual imagery of the vessel will be available online from December 2019.

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Itinerary

  • Husavik
  • Siglufjordur
  • Heimaey Island

Flexibility is key to a successful expedition in Iceland. Although we have outlined an itinerary below, this is only a preliminary plan and the exact route will depend on the weather conditions and wildlife encountered. Please note that with the exception of Zodiac excursions, shore excursions are not included in the price and details of what excursions will be available along with prices will be sent to you three months before departure.

Day 1 London to Reykjavik, Iceland.

Fly by scheduled flight. On arrival transfer to the Hanseatic Inspiration and embark. Set sail this evening.

Day 2 Heimaey & Westman Islands.

Our exciting circumnavigation begins with the Westman Islands where in 1973, the Eldfell volcano erupted on Heimaey, the largest island, covering it in lava streams. At this northern edge of Europe, nature makes its mark with contrasts of heat and ice and geological extremes - very few places give such a direct glimpse into primeval forces. Take a scenic flight above the volcanoes and waterfalls and see the black fields stretch out below you, combining with the icy blue and the white of the glaciers to form a sea of colour, or simply be enchanted by beautiful, mystical landscapes, deep fjords and fascinating wildlife. Travelling in the Nordic summer, we have a good chance of seeing humpback and fin whales that have returned after the winter.

Day 3 At Sea.

Enjoy a day at sea as we cruise towards Iceland’s east coast. Join one of the lectures in the HanseAtrium or relax and enjoy the facilities on board.

Days 4 & 5 Iceland’s East Coast: Seydisfjordur & Bakkagerdi.

Marvel at the fishing town of Seydisfjordur, located at the end of a fjord surrounded by snow-capped peaks where the historic wooden buildings provide great photo opportunities. The Vestdalur Valley is also an enchanting sight and provides interesting walks with its flourishing plant variety. Next, we visit Iceland’s magical side as the “island of mythical creatures and trolls” is revealed in Bakkagerdi where legend has it that the queen of the elves reigns over Borgarfjordhur and the bird-inhabited cliffs where countless puffins learn to fly.

Days 6 to 8 Iceland’s North Coast: Husavik, Grimsey, Akureyri, Hrisey & Siglufjordur.

The feeling of a true expedition will develop on Iceland’s north coast. Together, the fjords and the sea create a natural canvas that is at once remote and soul-stirring. Visit Husavik, the European capital of whale watching where we hope to spot these gentle giants of the seas in the ice-blue bays before heading ashore. The waterfalls of the north are a wonder to behold such as Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall cascading around 45 metres. A hike in Asbyrgi Canyon will take you down into a plunge pool and while the myth says that an enormous horse made this impression in the earth, the canyon was probably hollowed out by icefall. The expedition route also takes us to a magical destination: the northern Arctic Circle on Grimsey. Here we discover the striking basalt columns as the onboard experts provide insights into the geology and wildlife of this volcanic island. Continue on to Akureyri, a true pearl of the north sitting on a long fjord where we will have plenty of time to explore the old town, the lively cultural scene and the famous botanical gardens at leisure. The rugged north of Iceland provides a fascinating contrast, with volcanic forces bubbling on the earth’s surface. Visit Godafoss, the “waterfall of the gods” where following their Christianisation, the Icelanders are said to have consigned their pagan idols to the thundering waters. Alternatively, explore the remote, inhospitable and lunar-like settings of the Askja volcano, Viti crater lake and Iceland’s highlands in a jeep, or you can experience nature up-close with a ride on Icelandic horses, known for their gentle demeanour and special tolt gait. Perhaps see out the day’s adventures in one of Akureyri’s restaurants or cafes and enjoy the ambience of an evening by the fjord. Weather permitting, we also hope to land on the small island of Hrisey which is known for its rich and diverse bird life. Finally, set off on a trip back through time in Siglufjordur, the world’s former capital of herring fishing; until the 1960s, huge shoals brought the region an unprecedented economic upturn.

Days 9 & 10 Iceland’s West Coast: Cruising in the western fjords and off Latrabjarg & Grundarfjordhur.

Experience Iceland’s astounding biodiversity as we continue our voyage through the western fjords – fjords which stretch out into the Atlantic like fingers on a hand and create an extraordinary landscape. Witness the sheer cliffs of Latrabjarg, Europe’s most westerly point and a nesting ground for millions of puffins, guillemots and auks as well as the famous mountain of Grundarfjordhur. Here in the western peninsula of Snaefellsnes, all of Iceland’s characteristic natural elements are brought together: cooled lava flows, steep fjords and snow-covered volcanoes serve as reminders of the elemental power of creation. Perhaps board a snowcat for a glacier experience on Snaefellsjokull and travel through fields of snow until you reach 1,400 metres. At the top, you will see the crater of the coneshaped stratovolcano that Jules Verne described as the starting point of Journey to the Center of the Earth, a fitting end to such an unforgettable expedition.

Day 11 Reykjavik to London.

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your scheduled flight to London.

  • Latrabjarg cliffs
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Dates and Prices

SPECIAL OFFER – SAVE £300 PER PERSON FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY
Prices per person based on double occupancy
29 May to 8 June 2021
Category Brochure Price Special Offer Price
1 Outside cabin Deck 4, 5 & 6 £6695 £6395
2 Panoramic cabin Deck 4 & 5 £6895 £6595
3 French balcony cabin Deck 6 £7195 £6895
4 Balcony cabin Deck 5 £7595 £7295
5 French balcony cabin Deck 7 £7595 £7295
6 Balcony cabin Deck 6 & 7 £7895 £7595
7 Balcony cabin Deck 6 £8295 £7995
8 Balcony cabin Deck 7 £8695 £8395
9 Junior suite with balcony 6 & 7 £9495 £9195
10 Grand suite with veranda Deck 6 & 7 Not Available Not Available
2 Panoramic cabin for sole use £7995 £7695

Tour Reference Code: SCHI290521

PRICE INCLUDES: Economy class scheduled air travel • 10 nights aboard the Hanseatic Inspiration on a full board basis • Mini-bar with soft drinks in your cabin restocked each day • Zodiac excursions • Expedition team including onboard lectures • Gratuities • Transfers • Port taxes • Airport taxes • Loan of waterproof boots & parka during cruise.

Not Included: Travel insurance, shore excursions (details will be available to pre-book three months before departure and payment will be made on board).

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Hanseatic Inspiration

Operated by our German associates, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, the Hanseatic Inspiration is a new five-star expedition ship launched in October 2019. With a maximum of just 230 passengers (199 passengers in Antarctica), this unique vessel offers an informal and relaxed atmosphere on board with more open deck space than any other expedition ship. There is a qualified expedition team of naturalists who will accompany you ashore and provide informative talks in the comfort of the well-designed HanseAtrium, and a crew of 175 offering the most exquisite and attentive service on board.

Please note that the images shown are artist impressions. Actual imagery of the vessel will be available online from December 2019.

 
  • Hanseatic Inspiration
    Hanseatic Inspiration
  • HanseAtrium Bar
    HanseAtrium Bar
  • Junior Suite
    Junior Suite
  • French Balcony
    Hanseatic Inspiration - French Balcony
  • Observation Lounge
    Hanseatic Inspiration - Observation Lounge
  • Lido Restaurant
    Lido Restaurant
  • Hanseatic Restaurant
    Hanseatic Restaurant
  • Your Cabin / Suite

    Your Cabin / Suite

    There are a total of 120 cabins and suites. All cabins/suites feature a comfortable sleeping area with separable beds, a heated wall in the bathroom, a rain shower, TV, a coffee machine and a mini bar with soft drinks refilled daily. They are also equipped with binoculars and Nordic walking poles and 24-hour cabin service is available. The Outside Cabins, Panoramic Cabins and French Balcony Cabins all measure between 21 to 23 square metres and the Balcony Cabins measure 27 square metres including the balcony. The Junior Suites are approximately 42 square metres including the balcony and offer panoramic views, a comfortable living and sleeping area and a separate dining area. They also benefit from the addition of a bathroom with two sinks, a steam sauna and butler service. The Grand Suites are approximately 71 square metres including a private veranda with space heaters. They feature a sleeping area with panoramic views and a comfortable living area as well as a separate dining area. Additional facilities include a bathroom with two sinks, free standing bath, rain shower, steam sauna, balcony access and butler service.

  • Your Space

    Your Space

    The vessel has three spacious restaurants, two bars, a library, Sun Deck with swimming pool and pool bar, fitness room, hair salon and a small boutique. Whilst relaxing on deck and watching for passing wildlife, the excellent service team offer little touches like exotic fruit skewers and cooling cloth towels. There is also a hospital on the lower deck and it is in the HanseAtrium that the expedition team will hold lectures and briefings. The vessel has been designed taking inspiration from nature to reflect the expeditionary theme of the voyages and to provide interplay between the interiors and the world outside. Exciting vistas are guaranteed in the Observation Lounge thanks to the 180-degree panoramic view which can be enjoyed while relaxing with an aperitif at the bar and listening to the music. Another design highlight is the two extendable glass balconies on the Sun Deck from which passing wildlife can be viewed on the ocean surfaces. Guests will have the opportunity to visit the bridge whenever the local regulations and conditions allow, by prior arrangement with the officer on duty.

  • Your Dining

    Your Dining

    Highly trained chefs will surprise you every day with their skill and attention to detail. Diverse and classic delicacies will be available at every meal, whether you are enjoying a quick breakfast or a relaxed evening meal. There is a choice of three spacious open-seating restaurants including the Hanseatic Restaurant with its relaxed atmosphere, the Lido Restaurant offering both indoor and outdoor seating, and the Speciality Restaurant where you will be taken on a culinary voyage of discovery with Japanese and Peruvian creations. The Hanseatic Restaurant and Speciality Restaurant are à la carte whereas the Lido Restaurant offers a buffet-style service. Spend your days and evenings however you wish thanks to flexible mealtimes, a free choice of seating and attentive 24-hour cabin service.

  • Life On Board

    Life On Board

    With your every need attended to, there is nothing to do but relax and enjoy the experience aboard the Hanseatic Inspiration. After a Zodiac excursion, you will be welcomed back on board with hot drinks and snacks, drinks will be handed to you as you stand on deck viewing magnificent icebergs and the crew will think of everything and enhance your cruise in every way possible. Highly qualified, knowledgeable experts will accompany you throughout the cruise; discovering unknown territory and seeing amazing wildlife will be a lot more rewarding with an expert by your side. Whether a naturalist or ornithologist, their passion and enthusiasm will be conveyed through talks on board and during excursions. The onboard fleet of 17 Zodiac landing craft enables guests to reach every spectacular sight, no matter how remote and, due to their manoeuvrability, these inflatable craft allow us to truly immerse ourselves in nature. You can be feet away from glaciers, spectacular birdlife and explore otherwise inaccessible fjords and waterways.

  • For your comfort

    For your Comfort, Safety & Security

    During construction of the Hanseatic Inspiration, the focus has been on making her suitable for all ice conditions and she has been fitted with cutting-edge equipment and environmental technology. The vessels holds the highest ice class for a passenger ship – PC 6, and with a shallow draught, powerful engine and robust propellers, this is a sturdy ship with excellent manoeuvrability. All of these features allow access to remote islands and coastlines and make for one of the finest expedition vessels.

  • Ship Directory

    Hanseatic InspirationShip Directory

    Please find below further details pertaining to the vessel or click on the booklet to download.

    Operated by our German associates, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, the Hanseatic Inspiration is a five-star expedition ship due to launch in October 2019. There are a total of 120 cabins and suites and, with the 180-degree panoramic view provided by the Observation Lounge, two glass balconies on the Sun Deck from which to enjoy watching the wildlife and more open deck space than any other expedition ship, you will be ensured of a comfortable and fascinating voyage.

    The vessel is equipped with a fleet of Zodiac landing craft and the Captain, Officers and crew offer a first-class service and have been selected for their professionalism and expertise. In addition, the expedition team, with their in-depth knowledge and experience, be it marine biology, history or ornithology, are dedicated to offering you the best possible experience during your time on board and ashore. We hope this information booklet answers any questions you may have pertaining to the vessel and wish you a pleasant voyage.

    VESSEL TECHNICAL DETAILS

    Built: October 2019
    Gross tonnage: 15,650 
    Length: 138 metres
    Beam: 22 metres 
    Draught: 5.6 metres
    Speed: 16 knots
    Ice class: PC 6 
    Passenger capacity: 230 (199 for cruises to the Antarctic & Spitsbergen) 
    Crew: 175
    Language: German/English

    AIR CONDITIONING

    The cabins, suites and public areas are equipped with air-conditioning.

    BATHROBE

    A bathrobe for each guest is provided in the cabin/suite.

    BEDS

    All cabins and suites have a double bed that can also be separated to make two single beds. If you would prefer a configuration of two single beds please request this at the time of booking. All Grand Suites and Junior Suites also have a sofa bed.

    BOUTIQUE

    In the onboard boutique on Deck 4 you will find a selection of men’s and women’s clothing, jewellery, gifts and everyday items.

    BRIDGE

    Due to its crucial importance as the control centre for nautical and technical processes, the bridge is a highly sensitive area. This is why international safety regulations prohibit it being open to the general public. However, guests have the opportunity to visit the bridge, unless prevented by nautical interests or the local regulations of the coastal regions we are passing, by prior arrangement with the officer on duty. The bridge officers will be happy to give you information about the itinerary, the ship’s course and position as well as other nautical aspects.

    BUTLER

    In the Junior Suites and Grand Suites, there is a butler at your service. Among other things, the butler is responsible for packing and unpacking your clothes. This personal service is available around the clock.

    CABINS & SUITES

    There are 120 outside cabins/suites with six categories as below; Outside Cabin, Panoramic Cabin, French Balcony Cabin & Balcony Cabin These four cabin types are identically equipped and furnished, with the exception of the window and balcony areas, and all feature the following;

    • Heated wall in bathroom (e.g. for towels and wet parkas) • Rain shower • Free mini bar (soft drinks) • Coffee machine • Separable beds • Extras in the cabin • Extras in the suite and service privileges (see chart) Junior Suite • Separate living and sleeping areas • Separate dining area • Sleeping area with panoramic view • Separable beds • TV in living and sleeping areas • Bathroom with two sinks and rain shower • Steam sauna in shower area • Heated wall in bathroom (e.g. for towels and wet parkas) • Free mini bar with a selection of spirits • Coffee machine • Extras in the suite and service privileges (see chart) Grand Suite • Separate living and sleeping areas • Separate dining area • Sleeping area with panoramic view • Separable beds • TV in living and sleeping areas • Veranda with space heaters • Daylight bathroom with two sinks, free-standing bath, rain shower and veranda access • Steam sauna in shower area • Heated wall in bathroom (e. g. for towels and wet parkas) • Separate toilet • Free mini bar with a selection of spirits • Coffee machine • Extras in the suite and service privileges

    Please note: If you would prefer separate bedrooms, there are a total of six Balcony Cabins/Suites on Decks 6 and 7 (cabin numbers 609/611, 608/610, 646/648, 647/649, 734/736 and 735/737) with a connecting door to the neighbouring cabin/suite. *The French Balcony Cabins in Category 3 on Deck 6 are approximately 23m2 in size, and those in Category 5 on Deck 7 approximately 21m2. **The Balcony Cabins at the stern have a slightly different floor plan.

    CABIN SERVICES

    On embarkation you will be welcomed with a small bottle of champagne and a selection of fruits that will be replenished each day. Each cabin has a mini bar that will be restocked with soft drinks every day free of charge. A wide range of breakfast options and a selection of meals are available through the cabin service (24 hour service).

    DRESS CODE

    During the day, the atmosphere on board is casual. For the evening, we recommend casual elegant attire. For excursions or private trips ashore, clothing should be particularly comfortable and practical, as well as suited to the route you will travel. Sturdy footwear and flat shoes are indispensable when on board the ship and ashore. To ensure that you are protected from water spray on Zodiac rides and during landings, we recommend that you bring waterproof trousers or over trousers with you – in particular, for expeditions in the polar regions. A protective waterproof bag is recommended for your camera equipment.

    E-MAILS

    You can send and receive e-mails using your on board e-mail address, details of which will be provided to you upon embarkation. E-mails of up to 1MB of data are free of charge to send.



    EMERGENCY AND SAFETY PROCEDURES

    Full details of the ship’s emergency and safety procedures will be provided following your embarkation.

    EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT

    If the cruising area and any time spent ashore call for it, you can borrow a pair of rubber boots on board. On expeditions in extreme regions such as the Arctic and Antarctic, a warm parka (sizes XS – XXXL) is at your disposal for the duration of the cruise. Snorkelling equipment, standup paddle boards, kayaks, fishing rods and snowshoes (Antarctic only) are also offered in the relevant regions; each cabin/suite has a set of Nordic poles and Swarovski Optik binoculas.

    EXPERTS/PRESENTATIONS

    Expeditions are accompanied by experts who will be happy to answer your questions about the cruising area. They will share their in-depth knowledge of the destination in fascinating talks, images and presentations, discussions and personal conversations. The experts will also accompany you on Zodiac landings and included walks and hikes. Talks will be held live in the HanseAtrium. The live broadcast and recordings can be viewed in every cabin/suite.

    FILM PROGRAMME

    You may use the guest portal to watch a range of documentaries and feature films on your television, which you can directly access.

    FITNESS ROOM

    There is a fitness room aboard the vessel.

    GUESTS WITH LIMITED MOBILITY

    On the whole, cruises aboard the Hanseatic Inspiration are not suitable for guests with limited mobility. Please note that a large number of the planned Zodiac landings and shore activities require a high level of physical fitness; depending on the conditions, participation can only be guaranteed for guests with no mobility restrictions. The Hanseatic Inspiration has one cabin with fully accessible layout and equipment (cabin 404) but it is highly recommended that you travel with a companion. Please provide Noble Caledonia with details of any disabilities before booking to ascertain whether your individual needs can be met.

    INTERNET/WI-FI

    The internet is available for use (at a surcharge). The entire ship is equipped with Wi-Fi hotspots that you can use to access the Internet from your laptop, tablet or mobile device. Tablets can also be borrowed from reception free of change (subject to availability).The charges for Wi-Fi and Internet use will be deducted from your onboard account. Due to a potentially unstable satellite connection that depends on the weather and ship’s position, especially in northern and southern cruising areas, this service cannot be guaranteed at all times. In extreme regions, such as the Arctic and Antarctic, the TV, radio, Internet, email and phone services may not be available on a daily basis due to satellite positioning.

    ITINERARY CHANGES

    Despite the most careful planning, the itinerary may have to be changed for technical reasons or due to unforeseeable events outside our control. These include official authorisation and the local weather and ice conditions. Any changes made will be in the interests of your safety. Adherence to the itinerary and landings with the Zodiacs may be difficult or impossible due to weather and ice conditions. In such cases, the ship management will always strive to offer the best possible alternative.

    LAUNDRY & IRONING SERVICE

    The Hanseatic Inspiration offers a laundry, dry cleaning and ironing service.

    LIBRARY

    The library is stocked with the latest fiction books and travel literature. You can find the library in the Observation Lounge (Deck 8).

    LIFT

    The various decks are connected by two lifts. Deck 9 is only accessible on foot.

    PAYMENTS ON BOARD

    All monetary transactions on board the ship are processed by Reception. The onboard currency is the Euro. To ensure cashless transactions, an account will be set up for you which you will settle at Reception at the end of your cruise. The following means of payment are accepted: MasterCard, American Express, Visa and German EC/Maestro cards. Please note that, in general, foreign currencies cannot be changed on board.

    MEDICAL SERVICES

    The Hanseatic inspiration has a modern, well equipped ship’s hospital (Deck 3) under the supervision of an experienced ship’s doctor. Guests who are being treated for any medical condition should contact the ship’s doctor directly after embarkation. It is important to bring any medications required on board with you in sufficient quantities in your hand luggage. In the case of an accident caused by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises or its staff members either on board or during a shore activity organised by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, treatment is provided free of charge. Treatment for seasickness is subject to a charge if you make use of the medical services. Thrombosis prevention medication is offered on board if required (subject to a charge). A fee is charged for all other medical treatment in accordance with the valid German medical fee schedule (GOÄ). The costs for any treatment or medication will be charged to your onboard account. At the end of the cruise, you will receive a separate invoice to submit to your health insurance provider.

    MINI BAR

    Soft drinks are available free of charge from the mini bar in your cabin/ suite and are restocked daily. In the Grand Suites and Junior Suites, you can also enjoy a selection of fine spirits free of charge.

    NEWSPAPERS

    Depending on satellite reception, you will receive the latest daily newspapers containing the most important information from around the world.


    SPA & HAIRDRESSER

    The Ocean Spa offers a complete wellness programme (for a surcharge) – from soothing massages and cosmetic treatments with premium quality products to a hairdresser. Reservations are only possible once you are on board. Use of the sauna and steam bath is free of charge.

    PHOTOGRAPHER

    There is a professional photographer on board. It is possible to have digital images burned onto CDs and/or printed (at a surcharge).

    POST

    The Reception staff will post your postcards and letters from most ports where this facility is available. Your onboard account will be debited with the appropriate charges.

    RESTAURANT/ TABLE RESERVATIONS

    There is a choice of three spacious open-seating restaurants including the Hanseatic Restaurant with its relaxed atmosphere, the buffet style Lido Restaurant offering both indoor and outdoor seating, and the Speciality Restaurant where you will be taken on a culinary voyage of discovery with Japanese and Peruvian creations.

    The Maître D’ will be happy to accept table reservations for the speciality restaurant (open only in the evening) at the beginning of your cruise. Guests in the Grand Suites and Junior Suites may make table requests for the Hanseatic Restaurant.

    Cuisine

    The cuisine on board is international and includes: early-bird breakfast, breakfast, bouillon, lunch and dinner (there are three restaurants to choose from in the evening with flexible opening hours), afternoon coffee/tea time, midnight snack.

    Allergies

    We would be happy to take into consideration any special requests regarding dietary requirements and/or food allergies. Please inform Noble Caledonia at the time of your reservation and please reiterate these requests upon embarkation.

    SAFE

    Each cabin/suite has a private safe for storing your valuables.

    SHORE ACTIVITIES

    All Zodiac landings and shore excursions are dependent on the local conditions. The Captain has the final say in all decisions concerning cruise operation and the safety of the ship and the passengers always takes top priority. Please comply with any instructions given by the crew every time you go ashore.

    SMOKING

    Smoking is not permitted in any of the cabins or suites or in any public areas. Guests may smoke cigarettes, cigarillos, pipes and cigars in the Smoker’s Lounge (Deck 4). There is also a designated outdoor smoking area on the port side of the ship near the pool. The smoking of pipes and cigars is only permitted in the Smoker’s Lounge.

    STABILISERS

    The ship is equipped with a stabiliser system that can be extended in a side swell to weaken the rolling movements of the ship in rough seas.

    TELECOMMUNCATIONS/MOBILE PHONES

    The ship is equipped with a satellite communications system. Depending on the satellite reception, this allows you to make direct telephone calls to any destination worldwide directly from your cabin/suite. Please be aware that a charge is incurred immediately upon dialling a telephone/ fax number. The ship is equipped with a GSM mobile network. This system also enables you to use your mobile phone or smartphone at sea in areas where your mobile provider cannot generally guarantee connectivity (service subject to a charge; prices vary depending on the mobile phone provider).

    TELEVISION/RADIO PROGRAMME

    You will receive the channels available in the region where the ship is currently located via satellite.

    TENDER & ZODIAC SERVICE

    In all ports in which the Hanseatic Inspiration is not docked at the pier, but is at anchor, you will go ashore on the ship’s own tender boats or the motorised rubber boats (Zodiacs).

    TOUR MANAGER

    A Noble Caledonia Tour Manager will accompany you on your voyage.

    SWIMMING POOL

    There is a swimming pool aboard the vessel.

    VOLTAGE

    In your cabin/suite, you will find outlets for 220 V (50 Hz) alternating current as well as outlets for 110V (60 Hz). In general, we would recommend that you bring a travel adaptor for different outlets with you. For safety reasons, the use of electric kettles, hair straighteners and irons in the cabins is not permitted.

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  • Your Cabin / Suite

    Your Cabin / Suite

    There are a total of 120 cabins and suites. All cabins/suites feature a comfortable sleeping area with separable beds, a heated wall in the bathroom, a rain shower, TV, a coffee machine and a mini bar with soft drinks refilled daily. They are also equipped with binoculars and Nordic walking poles and 24-hour cabin service is available. The Outside Cabins, Panoramic Cabins and French Balcony Cabins all measure between 21 to 23 square metres and the Balcony Cabins measure 27 square metres including the balcony. The Junior Suites are approximately 42 square metres including the balcony and offer panoramic views, a comfortable living and sleeping area and a separate dining area. They also benefit from the addition of a bathroom with two sinks, a steam sauna and butler service. The Grand Suites are approximately 71 square metres including a private veranda with space heaters. They feature a sleeping area with panoramic views and a comfortable living area as well as a separate dining area. Additional facilities include a bathroom with two sinks, free standing bath, rain shower, steam sauna, balcony access and butler service.

  • Your Space

    Your Space

    The vessel has three spacious restaurants, two bars, a library, Sun Deck with swimming pool and pool bar, fitness room, hair salon and a small boutique. Whilst relaxing on deck and watching for passing wildlife, the excellent service team offer little touches like exotic fruit skewers and cooling cloth towels. There is also a hospital on the lower deck and it is in the HanseAtrium that the expedition team will hold lectures and briefings. The vessel has been designed taking inspiration from nature to reflect the expeditionary theme of the voyages and to provide interplay between the interiors and the world outside. Exciting vistas are guaranteed in the Observation Lounge thanks to the 180-degree panoramic view which can be enjoyed while relaxing with an aperitif at the bar and listening to the music. Another design highlight is the two extendable glass balconies on the Sun Deck from which passing wildlife can be viewed on the ocean surfaces. Guests will have the opportunity to visit the bridge whenever the local regulations and conditions allow, by prior arrangement with the officer on duty.

  • Your Dining

    Your Dining

    Highly trained chefs will surprise you every day with their skill and attention to detail. Diverse and classic delicacies will be available at every meal, whether you are enjoying a quick breakfast or a relaxed evening meal. There is a choice of three spacious open-seating restaurants including the Hanseatic Restaurant with its relaxed atmosphere, the Lido Restaurant offering both indoor and outdoor seating, and the Speciality Restaurant where you will be taken on a culinary voyage of discovery with Japanese and Peruvian creations. The Hanseatic Restaurant and Speciality Restaurant are à la carte whereas the Lido Restaurant offers a buffet-style service. Spend your days and evenings however you wish thanks to flexible mealtimes, a free choice of seating and attentive 24-hour cabin service.

  • Life On Board

    Life On Board

    With your every need attended to, there is nothing to do but relax and enjoy the experience aboard the Hanseatic Inspiration. After a Zodiac excursion, you will be welcomed back on board with hot drinks and snacks, drinks will be handed to you as you stand on deck viewing magnificent icebergs and the crew will think of everything and enhance your cruise in every way possible. Highly qualified, knowledgeable experts will accompany you throughout the cruise; discovering unknown territory and seeing amazing wildlife will be a lot more rewarding with an expert by your side. Whether a naturalist or ornithologist, their passion and enthusiasm will be conveyed through talks on board and during excursions. The onboard fleet of 17 Zodiac landing craft enables guests to reach every spectacular sight, no matter how remote and, due to their manoeuvrability, these inflatable craft allow us to truly immerse ourselves in nature. You can be feet away from glaciers, spectacular birdlife and explore otherwise inaccessible fjords and waterways.

  • For your comfort

    For your Comfort, Safety & Security

    During construction of the Hanseatic Inspiration, the focus has been on making her suitable for all ice conditions and she has been fitted with cutting-edge equipment and environmental technology. The vessels holds the highest ice class for a passenger ship – PC 6, and with a shallow draught, powerful engine and robust propellers, this is a sturdy ship with excellent manoeuvrability. All of these features allow access to remote islands and coastlines and make for one of the finest expedition vessels.

  • Ship Directory

    Hanseatic InspirationShip Directory

    Please find below further details pertaining to the vessel or click on the booklet to download.

    Operated by our German associates, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, the Hanseatic Inspiration is a five-star expedition ship due to launch in October 2019. There are a total of 120 cabins and suites and, with the 180-degree panoramic view provided by the Observation Lounge, two glass balconies on the Sun Deck from which to enjoy watching the wildlife and more open deck space than any other expedition ship, you will be ensured of a comfortable and fascinating voyage.

    The vessel is equipped with a fleet of Zodiac landing craft and the Captain, Officers and crew offer a first-class service and have been selected for their professionalism and expertise. In addition, the expedition team, with their in-depth knowledge and experience, be it marine biology, history or ornithology, are dedicated to offering you the best possible experience during your time on board and ashore. We hope this information booklet answers any questions you may have pertaining to the vessel and wish you a pleasant voyage.

    VESSEL TECHNICAL DETAILS

    Built: October 2019
    Gross tonnage: 15,650 
    Length: 138 metres
    Beam: 22 metres 
    Draught: 5.6 metres
    Speed: 16 knots
    Ice class: PC 6 
    Passenger capacity: 230 (199 for cruises to the Antarctic & Spitsbergen) 
    Crew: 175
    Language: German/English

    AIR CONDITIONING

    The cabins, suites and public areas are equipped with air-conditioning.

    BATHROBE

    A bathrobe for each guest is provided in the cabin/suite.

    BEDS

    All cabins and suites have a double bed that can also be separated to make two single beds. If you would prefer a configuration of two single beds please request this at the time of booking. All Grand Suites and Junior Suites also have a sofa bed.

    BOUTIQUE

    In the onboard boutique on Deck 4 you will find a selection of men’s and women’s clothing, jewellery, gifts and everyday items.

    BRIDGE

    Due to its crucial importance as the control centre for nautical and technical processes, the bridge is a highly sensitive area. This is why international safety regulations prohibit it being open to the general public. However, guests have the opportunity to visit the bridge, unless prevented by nautical interests or the local regulations of the coastal regions we are passing, by prior arrangement with the officer on duty. The bridge officers will be happy to give you information about the itinerary, the ship’s course and position as well as other nautical aspects.

    BUTLER

    In the Junior Suites and Grand Suites, there is a butler at your service. Among other things, the butler is responsible for packing and unpacking your clothes. This personal service is available around the clock.

    CABINS & SUITES

    There are 120 outside cabins/suites with six categories as below; Outside Cabin, Panoramic Cabin, French Balcony Cabin & Balcony Cabin These four cabin types are identically equipped and furnished, with the exception of the window and balcony areas, and all feature the following;

    • Heated wall in bathroom (e.g. for towels and wet parkas) • Rain shower • Free mini bar (soft drinks) • Coffee machine • Separable beds • Extras in the cabin • Extras in the suite and service privileges (see chart) Junior Suite • Separate living and sleeping areas • Separate dining area • Sleeping area with panoramic view • Separable beds • TV in living and sleeping areas • Bathroom with two sinks and rain shower • Steam sauna in shower area • Heated wall in bathroom (e.g. for towels and wet parkas) • Free mini bar with a selection of spirits • Coffee machine • Extras in the suite and service privileges (see chart) Grand Suite • Separate living and sleeping areas • Separate dining area • Sleeping area with panoramic view • Separable beds • TV in living and sleeping areas • Veranda with space heaters • Daylight bathroom with two sinks, free-standing bath, rain shower and veranda access • Steam sauna in shower area • Heated wall in bathroom (e. g. for towels and wet parkas) • Separate toilet • Free mini bar with a selection of spirits • Coffee machine • Extras in the suite and service privileges

    Please note: If you would prefer separate bedrooms, there are a total of six Balcony Cabins/Suites on Decks 6 and 7 (cabin numbers 609/611, 608/610, 646/648, 647/649, 734/736 and 735/737) with a connecting door to the neighbouring cabin/suite. *The French Balcony Cabins in Category 3 on Deck 6 are approximately 23m2 in size, and those in Category 5 on Deck 7 approximately 21m2. **The Balcony Cabins at the stern have a slightly different floor plan.

    CABIN SERVICES

    On embarkation you will be welcomed with a small bottle of champagne and a selection of fruits that will be replenished each day. Each cabin has a mini bar that will be restocked with soft drinks every day free of charge. A wide range of breakfast options and a selection of meals are available through the cabin service (24 hour service).

    DRESS CODE

    During the day, the atmosphere on board is casual. For the evening, we recommend casual elegant attire. For excursions or private trips ashore, clothing should be particularly comfortable and practical, as well as suited to the route you will travel. Sturdy footwear and flat shoes are indispensable when on board the ship and ashore. To ensure that you are protected from water spray on Zodiac rides and during landings, we recommend that you bring waterproof trousers or over trousers with you – in particular, for expeditions in the polar regions. A protective waterproof bag is recommended for your camera equipment.

    E-MAILS

    You can send and receive e-mails using your on board e-mail address, details of which will be provided to you upon embarkation. E-mails of up to 1MB of data are free of charge to send.



    EMERGENCY AND SAFETY PROCEDURES

    Full details of the ship’s emergency and safety procedures will be provided following your embarkation.

    EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT

    If the cruising area and any time spent ashore call for it, you can borrow a pair of rubber boots on board. On expeditions in extreme regions such as the Arctic and Antarctic, a warm parka (sizes XS – XXXL) is at your disposal for the duration of the cruise. Snorkelling equipment, standup paddle boards, kayaks, fishing rods and snowshoes (Antarctic only) are also offered in the relevant regions; each cabin/suite has a set of Nordic poles and Swarovski Optik binoculas.

    EXPERTS/PRESENTATIONS

    Expeditions are accompanied by experts who will be happy to answer your questions about the cruising area. They will share their in-depth knowledge of the destination in fascinating talks, images and presentations, discussions and personal conversations. The experts will also accompany you on Zodiac landings and included walks and hikes. Talks will be held live in the HanseAtrium. The live broadcast and recordings can be viewed in every cabin/suite.

    FILM PROGRAMME

    You may use the guest portal to watch a range of documentaries and feature films on your television, which you can directly access.

    FITNESS ROOM

    There is a fitness room aboard the vessel.

    GUESTS WITH LIMITED MOBILITY

    On the whole, cruises aboard the Hanseatic Inspiration are not suitable for guests with limited mobility. Please note that a large number of the planned Zodiac landings and shore activities require a high level of physical fitness; depending on the conditions, participation can only be guaranteed for guests with no mobility restrictions. The Hanseatic Inspiration has one cabin with fully accessible layout and equipment (cabin 404) but it is highly recommended that you travel with a companion. Please provide Noble Caledonia with details of any disabilities before booking to ascertain whether your individual needs can be met.

    INTERNET/WI-FI

    The internet is available for use (at a surcharge). The entire ship is equipped with Wi-Fi hotspots that you can use to access the Internet from your laptop, tablet or mobile device. Tablets can also be borrowed from reception free of change (subject to availability).The charges for Wi-Fi and Internet use will be deducted from your onboard account. Due to a potentially unstable satellite connection that depends on the weather and ship’s position, especially in northern and southern cruising areas, this service cannot be guaranteed at all times. In extreme regions, such as the Arctic and Antarctic, the TV, radio, Internet, email and phone services may not be available on a daily basis due to satellite positioning.

    ITINERARY CHANGES

    Despite the most careful planning, the itinerary may have to be changed for technical reasons or due to unforeseeable events outside our control. These include official authorisation and the local weather and ice conditions. Any changes made will be in the interests of your safety. Adherence to the itinerary and landings with the Zodiacs may be difficult or impossible due to weather and ice conditions. In such cases, the ship management will always strive to offer the best possible alternative.

    LAUNDRY & IRONING SERVICE

    The Hanseatic Inspiration offers a laundry, dry cleaning and ironing service.

    LIBRARY

    The library is stocked with the latest fiction books and travel literature. You can find the library in the Observation Lounge (Deck 8).

    LIFT

    The various decks are connected by two lifts. Deck 9 is only accessible on foot.

    PAYMENTS ON BOARD

    All monetary transactions on board the ship are processed by Reception. The onboard currency is the Euro. To ensure cashless transactions, an account will be set up for you which you will settle at Reception at the end of your cruise. The following means of payment are accepted: MasterCard, American Express, Visa and German EC/Maestro cards. Please note that, in general, foreign currencies cannot be changed on board.

    MEDICAL SERVICES

    The Hanseatic inspiration has a modern, well equipped ship’s hospital (Deck 3) under the supervision of an experienced ship’s doctor. Guests who are being treated for any medical condition should contact the ship’s doctor directly after embarkation. It is important to bring any medications required on board with you in sufficient quantities in your hand luggage. In the case of an accident caused by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises or its staff members either on board or during a shore activity organised by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, treatment is provided free of charge. Treatment for seasickness is subject to a charge if you make use of the medical services. Thrombosis prevention medication is offered on board if required (subject to a charge). A fee is charged for all other medical treatment in accordance with the valid German medical fee schedule (GOÄ). The costs for any treatment or medication will be charged to your onboard account. At the end of the cruise, you will receive a separate invoice to submit to your health insurance provider.

    MINI BAR

    Soft drinks are available free of charge from the mini bar in your cabin/ suite and are restocked daily. In the Grand Suites and Junior Suites, you can also enjoy a selection of fine spirits free of charge.

    NEWSPAPERS

    Depending on satellite reception, you will receive the latest daily newspapers containing the most important information from around the world.


    SPA & HAIRDRESSER

    The Ocean Spa offers a complete wellness programme (for a surcharge) – from soothing massages and cosmetic treatments with premium quality products to a hairdresser. Reservations are only possible once you are on board. Use of the sauna and steam bath is free of charge.

    PHOTOGRAPHER

    There is a professional photographer on board. It is possible to have digital images burned onto CDs and/or printed (at a surcharge).

    POST

    The Reception staff will post your postcards and letters from most ports where this facility is available. Your onboard account will be debited with the appropriate charges.

    RESTAURANT/ TABLE RESERVATIONS

    There is a choice of three spacious open-seating restaurants including the Hanseatic Restaurant with its relaxed atmosphere, the buffet style Lido Restaurant offering both indoor and outdoor seating, and the Speciality Restaurant where you will be taken on a culinary voyage of discovery with Japanese and Peruvian creations.

    The Maître D’ will be happy to accept table reservations for the speciality restaurant (open only in the evening) at the beginning of your cruise. Guests in the Grand Suites and Junior Suites may make table requests for the Hanseatic Restaurant.

    Cuisine

    The cuisine on board is international and includes: early-bird breakfast, breakfast, bouillon, lunch and dinner (there are three restaurants to choose from in the evening with flexible opening hours), afternoon coffee/tea time, midnight snack.

    Allergies

    We would be happy to take into consideration any special requests regarding dietary requirements and/or food allergies. Please inform Noble Caledonia at the time of your reservation and please reiterate these requests upon embarkation.

    SAFE

    Each cabin/suite has a private safe for storing your valuables.

    SHORE ACTIVITIES

    All Zodiac landings and shore excursions are dependent on the local conditions. The Captain has the final say in all decisions concerning cruise operation and the safety of the ship and the passengers always takes top priority. Please comply with any instructions given by the crew every time you go ashore.

    SMOKING

    Smoking is not permitted in any of the cabins or suites or in any public areas. Guests may smoke cigarettes, cigarillos, pipes and cigars in the Smoker’s Lounge (Deck 4). There is also a designated outdoor smoking area on the port side of the ship near the pool. The smoking of pipes and cigars is only permitted in the Smoker’s Lounge.

    STABILISERS

    The ship is equipped with a stabiliser system that can be extended in a side swell to weaken the rolling movements of the ship in rough seas.

    TELECOMMUNCATIONS/MOBILE PHONES

    The ship is equipped with a satellite communications system. Depending on the satellite reception, this allows you to make direct telephone calls to any destination worldwide directly from your cabin/suite. Please be aware that a charge is incurred immediately upon dialling a telephone/ fax number. The ship is equipped with a GSM mobile network. This system also enables you to use your mobile phone or smartphone at sea in areas where your mobile provider cannot generally guarantee connectivity (service subject to a charge; prices vary depending on the mobile phone provider).

    TELEVISION/RADIO PROGRAMME

    You will receive the channels available in the region where the ship is currently located via satellite.

    TENDER & ZODIAC SERVICE

    In all ports in which the Hanseatic Inspiration is not docked at the pier, but is at anchor, you will go ashore on the ship’s own tender boats or the motorised rubber boats (Zodiacs).

    TOUR MANAGER

    A Noble Caledonia Tour Manager will accompany you on your voyage.

    SWIMMING POOL

    There is a swimming pool aboard the vessel.

    VOLTAGE

    In your cabin/suite, you will find outlets for 220 V (50 Hz) alternating current as well as outlets for 110V (60 Hz). In general, we would recommend that you bring a travel adaptor for different outlets with you. For safety reasons, the use of electric kettles, hair straighteners and irons in the cabins is not permitted.

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