Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has revealed details of its 2012/2013 expedition voyages on board the small expedition ships, MS Hanseatic and MS Bremen.

The ships will be offering 12 international (English/German) itineraries next season.

They include travel in Antarctica, the Northwest Passage, Greenland, Spitsbergen, Norway, the Amazon, the South Seas and New Zealand.

In addition, the expedition itineraries feature new ports of call in Madagascar and Mozambique and a maiden voyage through the Sea of Okhotsk in Russia’s Far East.

Both ships are well equipped for travel in difficult waters, holding the highest ice class ranking for passenger vessels.

Onboard experts include a team of experienced scientists, expedition leaders and specialists who guide landings and offer guests the rare opportunity to observe plant and animal life up close.

For the first time, the Hanseatic, one of just a handful of 5-star expedition ships, will set out to circumnavigate the Sea of Okhotsk alongside the Bremen in Russia’s Far East, which will take guests to volcanoes, geysers and glaciers.

Stops on the Sea of Okhotsk include the Iony, a tiny island populated by sea lions, along with Shantar Islands and Malminskie Islands which are natural sanctuaries for songbirds, birds of prey, seals and sea otters.

Prices for the 16-day cruise around the Sea of Okhotsk, from June 13-30, 2012, start at EUR 9.007 / GBP 6.310 / USD 10.810 per person/ based on double occupancy for an outside cabin.

The Indian Ocean cruises from December 3-19, 2012, start at  EUR 6.451 / GBP 4.520 / USD 7.750 per person/ based on double occupancy for an outside cabin.

In 2012, the Northwest Passage cruise will be onboard the Hanseatic. It starts in Nome, Alaska before sailing through the Canadian Arctic, the heart of the Northwest Passage, ultimately ending in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Rates for this 25-day itinerary from August 14 – September 8, 2012,  start at EUR 16.480/ GBP 11.540 / USD 19.780 per person/ based on double occupancy for an outside cabin.

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