German cruise line Hapag-Lloyd has recently unveiled five English speaking international expedition cruises through Antarctica, the Arctic and the North East Passage set to launch in 2018/2019. Two of the new routes will be aboard the 5-star rated Hanseatic and three on the Bremen, with the line’s new expedition ship Hanseatic inspiration set to take over the Bremen’s routes when it is launched in October 2019.
Summer 2018 – Arctic and North East Passage
During summer of 2018 (June – September in the Northern Hemisphere), the Hanseatic will sail the North Pole from Kangerlussuaq, taking in the West coast of Greenland, the Northern Canadian Arctic, the Nares Strait and the Northwest Coast of Greenland.
The expedition will run from 7 – 25 August 2018 (18 days) and will be priced from €14,421 (about A$21, 607) per person.
The Bremen will be taking guests on a rare and exciting journey traversing the Northeast Passage from Tromsø to Nome, taking in Murmansk, Nowaja Semlja, Franz Josef Land, Severnaya Zemlya, Cape Chelyuskin, New Siberian Islands, Wrangel Islands, Kolyuchin Island and Chukchi Peninsula. Hapag-Lloyd expedition ships are the only non-Russian passenger ships allowed to travel this route, making it an exclusive experience for intrepid travellers to tick off their bucket list.
The expedition will run from 11 August – 7 September 2018 (28 days) and will be priced from €21,632 (about A$32, 411) per person.
Winter 2019 – Antarctica
The Bremen will sail two Antarctica Expeditions in 2019 from Ushuaia to Ushuaia, taking in Falkland Islands, South Georgia, South Orkney Islands, Weddell Sea, South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula. These trips will include unique immersive experiences such as camping ashore for the night and sleeping amid the Antarctic ice.
The 19 day expedition will run from 22 January – 10 February and from 10 Feburary to 1 March and will be priced from €13,690 (about A$20, 511)