Hapag-Lloyd reveals names of new expedition ships
By Mary Ann Pickford | 8 Mar 2017
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has revealed the names of its two new expedition ships will be HANSEATIC nature and HANSEATIC inspiration.
Karl J. Pojer, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, said: “With our choice of names, we are continuing the success story of today’s HANSEATIC, retaining the popular and well-known brand name and establishing a new and separate class within our fleet.”
The company unveiled the names of the two, new members of the fleet and released various other details at a press conference held today at ITB Berlin. The expedition ships, which are planned to launch in April and October 2019, respectively, will both feature an identical construction.
Each will accommodate up to 230 passengers (or up to 199 passengers on Antarctic expeditions). Alongside the highest ice class for passenger ships, they each boast three restaurants and an extensive wellness and fitness area. There is also a marina for water sports.
The design concept, “inspired by nature”, reflects the expeditionary spirit and is the creative idea underpinning both ships. Onboard design highlights include the two extendible glass balconies. Passengers standing on these balconies can experience the unique feeling of floating over the ocean.
HANSEATIC nature and HANSEATIC inspiration have been fitted with cutting-edge equipment and environmental technology. In a highly complex process, the hulls of the two ships have been optimised to achieve the maximum reduction in fuel consumption for the propulsion system and cut overall bunker consumption.
The new vessels are also fitted with an SCR catalytic converter, which reduces nitrogen oxide emissions by almost 95 per cent, while 16 on-board Zodiacs and E-Zodiacs with eco-friendly electric drive systems allow for landings in remote expedition areas, regardless of the vicinity to a port.
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