Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is set to add another expedition ship to its fleet after its owner TUI Group announced it will invest in another newbuild for its Hamburg-based subsidiary.
On 2 July, the management of the cruise company signed a contract for another ship with Vard shipyard. The new expedition ship will be called Hanseatic Spirit and will launch in Q2 2021 as the fleet’s first adults-only ship. In 2019, two more expedition ships will be added to the company’s fleet: Hanseatic Nature and Hanseatic Inspiration. The parties involved have agreed not to disclose the financial details.
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises chief executive Karl J Pojer said “Our expedition segment is already a success and offers potential for growth in the 5-star segment that we want to harness with these three new ships. With the new ships, we are launching a new expedition class and strengthening our leading position in this segment. By investing in the new Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ ships, the TUI Group is underlining its strategy for this cruise segment and the importance of our luxury brand to the group portfolio.”
The structurally-identical expedition ships will be built in the Norwegian shipyard of Vard Holdings Limited, a subsidiary of the Italian shipbuilding company Fincantieri. The ships will be fitted with cutting-edge equipment and environmental technology. They will also have the highest ice class for passenger ships (PC6), meaning they will be positioned in the polar regions (the Arctic and Antarctic), as well as in warmer destinations such as the Amazon region. The on-board Zodiacs will make it possible to land in expedition areas that do not have ports, and there will be a marina for water sports.
Hanseatic Spirit specifications:
- 5-star expedition segment
- Gross tonnage: 15,650
- Length: 139 m
- Beam: 22 m
- Draught: 5.6 m
- Passenger decks: seven
- Cabins and suites: 120
- Maximum passenger capacity: 230 people (199 for Antarctic expeditions and circumnavigation of Spitsbergen)
- Crew: approximately 175