Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Launches Its 2014/2015 International Expedition Cruises Brochure

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·           Eleven international (English/ German) expedition itineraries on board the expedition ships HANSEATIC and BREMEN
·           New itineraries to the Amazon, Siberia, the Chukchi Peninsula and Wrangel Island offered onboard the expedition ships
·           Voyage for Young Discoverers – Alaska Itinerary Welcoming Youngsters

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises announces the arrival of its 2014-2015 expeditions brochure, offering eleven itineraries operated in English and German. The small and beautifully-appointed expedition ships, MS HANSEATIC and MS BREMEN will be traveling to Siberia, the Chukchi Peninsula and Wrangel Island, Antarctica, the Chilean Fjords, Cape Verde, the Amazon, Alaska, and the "small" Northwest Passage in 2014-2015. The HANSEATIC, the world's only 5-star expedition ship* and the BREMEN, a 4-star plus expedition ship*, were built to provide intensive exploration in the most elegant surroundings for a maximum of 184 guests on the HANSEATIC and 164 guests on the BREMEN.

New itinerary and destination - Expedition Siberia

Away from the explored regions of civilization lies terra incognita – the unknown territory. During a premiere expedition on the HANSEATIC, guests will experience one of the most remote corners of the world and explore the region of Primorye, taking in the unspoiled nature of the deep southeast of Siberia. This unique itinerary makes stops in

Pusan/Republic of Korea, various stops in Siberia/Russia, such as Rimsky Islands, Vladivostok, Petrov Island, and ends in Otaru/Japan. The HANSEATIC is one of the few non-Russian ships to set out on this cruising adventure along the Siberian coast. This 15-day itinerary is from 11 - 26 May, 2014, from Shanghai/China to Otaru/Japan, rates start at €7,800 per person/ based on double occupancy, cruise-only.

New itinerary and destination - Wrangel Island and Chukchi Peninsula

Even if you have travelled to the extremes of the earth, you will be treading new ground on this expedition premiere with the HANSEATIC, setting course for the Chukchi Peninsula and its unknown coasts to the east and north – for some intensive wildlife observations. The expeditionary experiences intensify still further as the ship first heads for the first time to Wrangel Island. A Russian prohibited zone for many decades and scarcely accessible even today due to the icy conditions, this is true pioneering territory in the most magnificent natural setting. Even in summer, it is often surrounded by a thick belt of drift ice. Polar bears looking for seals can by chance be seen on the belt of drift ice. The HANSEATIC will stay here for four intensive days as you explore the most beautiful aspects of Wrangel Island. This 15-day itinerary is from 29 July – 13 August, 2014, from/to Nome/Alaska to Nome/Alaska (includes a roundtrip charter flight from Vancouver to Nome), rates start at €9,400 per person/ based on double occupancy, cruise-only.

The Pursuit of The "Small" Northwest Passage

In 2014, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' popular Northwest Passage will be offered with a shorter itinerary, through the High Arctic, along the icy coast of Greenland and the islands off of Canada.

This 19-day itinerary on board BREMEN is from 18 August – 6 September, 2014, from Kangerlussuaq/Greenland to Reykjavik/Iceland, rates for this itinerary start at €10,260 per person/ based on double occupancy, cruise-only.

Discovering Antarctica

In addition to observing penguins, whales and ice on the Antarctic Peninsula, guests will also have the opportunity to explore the Falkland Islands and South Georgia.

·       Antarctica and the Australia and New Zealand's Sub Antarctic Region: This 26-day itinerary on the HANSEATIC is from 25 January – 21 February, 2014, from Ushuaia/Argentina to Bluff/New Zealand, with stops in Macquarie Island/Australia and Auckland Island/New Zealand (includes charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia), rates start at €17,060 per person/ based on double occupancy, cruise-only.

·       Antarctica: This 18-day itinerary on the HANSEATIC is from 22 January – 9 February, 2015, from Ushuaia to Ushuaia, (includes a roundtrip charter flight from Buenos Aires) rates start at €11,410 per person/ based on double occupancy, cruise-only.

·       Antarctica and Polar Circle: This 19-day itinerary on the HANSEATIC is from 9 – 28 February, 2015, from Ushuaia to Ushuaia, (includes a roundtrip charter flight from Buenos Aires) rates start at €11,890 per person/ based on double occupancy, cruise-only.

·       Antarctica and Polar Circle: This 20-day itinerary on the BREMEN is from 12 February – 4 March, 2015, from Ushuaia/Argentina to Montevideo/Uruguay, (includes a charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia) rates start at €9,860 per person/ based on double occupancy, cruise-only.

Additional Itineraries: Amazon, South America, Cape Verde, Alaska

·       Chilean Fjords: This 18-day itinerary is from 28 February – 18 March, 2014 on the BREMEN, from Ushuaia/Argentina to Callao/Lima/Peru (includes a charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia), rates start at €6,890 per person/ based on double occupancy, cruise-only.

·       The Amazon: This 16-day itinerary on the BREMEN is from 10 – 26 April, 2015, from Iquitos/ Peru (includes a charter flight from Lima to Iquitos) to Belem/Brazil, rates start at €7,300 per person/ based on double occupancy, cruise-only.

·       The Inside Passage of Alaska: This 16-day itinerary is from 13 – 29 July, 2014 on the HANSEATIC, from Vancouver/Canada to Nome/Alaska, (includes a charter flight from Nome to Vancouver/Canada), rates for this itinerary start at €8,690 per person/ based on double occupancy, cruise-only. This itinerary is part of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises "Voyage for Young Discoverers," welcoming youngsters between the ages of 10-17, with special guided tours of the bridge, zodiac cruises as well age appropriate educational programmes with special lecturers.

·       Cape Verde and the Canary Islands: This 14-day itinerary on the HANSEATIC is from 11 – 25 October, 2014, from Funchal, Madeira/Portugal to Dakar/Senegal, rates start at €6,050 per person/ based on double occupancy, cruise-only.

*According to the 2013 Berlitz Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships

For more information on Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' exciting destinations and itineraries visit www.hl-cruises.com.