HANSEATIC in the Arctic © Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

After Hapag-Lloyd Cruises announced the good news about the order for two new expedition ships it was also clear that the beloved HANSEATIC was going to leave the fleet. Now the company announced that she is set to remain in the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises flotilla for six more months, until the end of September 2018.

“We are preparing our fleet for the future with our two new expedition ships. We are very happy to have largely bridged the gap before the launch of the first ship, by extending our charter for the HANSEATIC. This is the best decision in terms of both cost-effectiveness and offering availability to our guests,” says Karl J. Pojer, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

The first of the two new five-star expedition ships will be launching in April 2019. See our post here.

The international preview brochure, due to be published soon, will contain two international cruises on board the HANSEATIC, as well as three international expedition cruises on board the BREMEN.

If you are interested in expedition cruises I can only give one recommendation: book early. One or even one and a half year in advance is normal.