The second of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ three new expedition ships – HANSEATIC inspiration will be christened in the Port of Hamburg on 11th October. Godmother to this sleek new vessel will be Laura Dekker who rose to fame by sailing solo around the world between 2010 and 2012. The naming ceremony will be undertaken in true expedition style.
“Laura Dekker is the perfect godmother for our new, international, expedition ship,” says Karl Pojer, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. “With her enthusiasm for nature, her spirit of adventure and her love of the sea, she represents the very essence of expedition cruises. We wholeheartedly support the Laura Dekker World Sailing Foundation.”
For her part, Dekker says, “I have sailed more than 50,000 nautical miles and I am continuing to clock up more. I am a motivational speaker, author, world traveller, professional yacht skipper and am still chasing my dreams. I want to pass this spirit onto young people through my sailing project and to motivate and encourage them.”
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has organized a special ceremony for the naming of HANSEATIC inspiration, which will take place on the water, as well as on and around the new ship. Invited guests will embark on a real and virtual expedition cruise and will follow the naming ceremony live on the water from Zodiacs. The ceremony will see the ship itself become a stage.
HANSEATIC inspiration offers five-star service with 175 crew members looking after a maximum of 230 guests - just 199 guests on Antarctic cruises and circumnavigations of Spitsbergen. The ship features the highest ice-class for passenger ships (PC6) and is fitted with cutting-edge equipment and environmental technology. Starting in July 2020, the entire Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ expedition fleet will use low-pollutant marine gas oil fuel worldwide on all routes.
There will be extendible glass balconies on the Sun Deck making guests feel like they are floating above the water. Other features include three restaurants, one of the largest spas of a ship of its size, as well as passenger access to the bow.
- 19th October 2019
Edinburgh-born Gary Buchanan has been a travel writer for over 30 years. He has been a specialist cruise writer for 25 years contributing to leading British publications including national newspapers and consumer magazines. He is the author of five books about cruising and spends over seven months every year at sea sailing the world’s oceans.