The peaks of the Atlantic await! Experience the various facets of Europe’s most westerly islands: subtropical plant life, bizarre volcanic landscapes and hiker’s paradises.

Highlights


• Expedition Azores - explore the highs of the Azores


Departure 20.00 hrs
On this expedition, the HANSEATIC inspiration will take you to the heart of the Atlantic’s natural paradise: each of the Azores is a world unto itself. Mild temperatures, rich plant life, hidden crater lakes and historic towns will awaken your curiosity. Santa Maria, the sunny island, welcomes you with light sandy beaches and its capital, Vila do Porto, where Portuguese history comes to life. A monument honours the memory of Columbus, who dropped anchor here in 1493 on the Santa Maria. Become an explorer yourself on one of the most inhospitable islands, the crater island of Pico*. Deep-black rocks, raw volcanic cones and Portugal’s highest mountain set the scene for stunning walks. Rich in minerals, the volcanic soil is also perfect for viniculture, adding another string to the island’s bow. Numerous species of marine mammal make their home off the coast – gain fascinating insights into their lives on a whale-and-dolphin-watching trip*. Faial marina exudes cosmopolitan flair, welcoming yachts that have carried people across the Atlantic from all over the world. With its splendid manor houses, churches and museums, the old town is the archipelago’s architectural gem. Discover a magnificent work of nature on a scenic tour to the Capelinhos volcano*. The visitor centre provides all sorts of information about eruptions and volcanic activity. Enjoy an impressive view of the volcanic area on an all-terrain vehicle tour across Faial*. The hike around the caldera* will take you along a narrow path around the almost circular crater. The fantastic views of the ocean will be worth the effort. Conclude your eventful day with a glass of Pico wine at Peter Cafe Sport, the famous meeting point for people who have circumnavigated the globe. A new day, a new blissful island: Flores, a colourful UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, is an insider tip for hikers and nature lovers. Get to know the flower island of Flores* on a fascinating tour. The Rochas dos Bordoes, black basalt columns, rise up to 30 m (98 ft) like organ pipes in the wind. In Faja Grande, the waterfalls plunge down from an equally impressive height. The steep green coasts of Sao Jorge rise out of the deep-blue ocean in impressive fashion. Particularly stunning are the lush stretches of land formed by cooled lava, where tropical fruits and coffee are cultivated. On an independent shore visit to the peaceful town of Velas, discover interesting facts about Saint George, the dragon slayer and the island’s patron saint. The island of Terceira was part of the transatlantic trade routes in the 16th and 17th centuries. Once one of the most important supply ports for the Spanish and Portuguese, now one of the most beautiful cities on the Azores: the Renaissance buildings will shine on a city walk through Angra do Heroismo*. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a charming blend of cobbled alleys, churches and a cathedral. Cross untouched heather and dark lava fields on a hike through the wild highlands of Terceira*. Sao Miguel wins the title of the greenest island. Even pineapples grow here in the mild climate of the Gulf Stream. In Furnas, fumaroles, tea plantations and the Botanical Gardens* create a feast for the senses: straight lines of tea shrubs contrast with steaming springs, while the subtropical plants add a splash of colour. The crater lakes of Sete Cidades* show just what nature can do, the blue sky and green slopes reflected in their water. Idyllic river valleys and beaches await in the hiker’s paradise of Sao Miguel.
From 10.00 to 18.00 hrs As you bid farewell to the Azores, conclude your cruise with Portuguese culture in a baroque city famous for its port wine. Explore Porto in a tuk-tuk* and delight in travelling through the labyrinthine alleys. Porto by bus and boat* takes you into the old town and to the scenic backdrop along the Douro.
Arrival 7.00 hrs
Itineraries are subject to change.

GUARANTEED OUTSIDE CABIN

$ 8060 USD pp
GUARANTEED OUTSIDE CABIN
When a guaranteed cabin is booked, a two-berth outside cabin will be provided (limited numbers). Cabins will be assigned shortly before the beginning of the cruise. If combined cruises are booked, we are unable to guarantee the same accommodation throughout. Your cabin number will be sent to you along with the travel documents.

OUTSIDE CABIN

$ 8930 USD pp
OUTSIDE CABIN
Living area: 22 m² (237 ft²) Binoculars in the cabin Nordic walking poles Heated wall in bathroom (e.g. for towels and wet parkas) Rain shower Free mini bar Coffee machine Separable beds

PANORAMA CABIN

$ 9380 USD pp
PANORAMA CABIN
Living area: 22 m² (237 ft²) Binoculars in the cabin Nordic walking poles Heated wall in bathroom (e.g. for towels and wet parkas) Rain shower Free mini bar Coffee machine Separable beds

FRENCH BALCONY CABIN. From

$ 9820 USD pp
FRENCH BALCONY CABIN. From
Living area: 23 m² (248 ft²) Binoculars in the cabin Nordic walking poles Heated wall in bathroom (e.g. for towels and wet parkas) Rain shower Free mini bar Coffee machine Separable beds

BALCONY CABIN. From

$ 10250 USD pp
BALCONY CABIN. From
27 m² (911 ft²) incl. balcony: 5 m² (54 ft²) Binoculars in the cabin Nordic walking poles Heated wall in bathroom (e.g. for towels and wet parkas) Rain shower Free mini bar Coffee machine Separable beds

JUNIOR SUITE

$ 13340 USD pp
JUNIOR SUITE
42 m² (452 ft²) incl balcony (6 m²/65 ft²) Separate living/sleeping area Separate dining area Sleeping area with panoramic view Separable beds TV in living and sleeping areas Bathroom with two sinks and rain shower Steam sauna in shower area Heated wall in bathroom (e.g. for towels and wet parkas) Butler service Binoculars in the suite Nordic walking poles Free mini bar Coffee machine

GRAND SUITE

$ 18630 USD pp
GRAND SUITE
71 m² (764 ft²) incl veranda (16 m²/172 ft²) Veranda with space heaters Separate living/sleeping area Separate dining area Sleeping area with panoramic view Separable beds TV in living and sleeping areas Daylight bathroom with two sinks, free-standing bath, rain shower and balcony access Steam sauna in shower area Heated wall in bathroom (e.g. for towels and wet parkas) Separate toilet Butler service Exclusive service privileges Binoculars in the suite Nordic walking poles Free mini bar Coffee machine

Hanseatic Inspiration

Vessel Type: Five-star expedition ship

Length: 138 meters

Passenger Capacity: 230 (199 for Antarctic expeditions and cruises around Spitsbergen)

Built: 2017

Explore the Ship:

* More open deck space than on any other expedition ship

* Glass balconies: Float over the ocean with perfect views when watching whales and dolphins, for example

* Observation Deck and Lounge: The terraced Observation Deck offers the best views as well as permanently mounted binoculars. Located one deck lower, the Observation Lounge brings the excitement indoors with its 180-degree panoramic view

* Bow tour: The new deck track at the bow puts you in the front row for wildlife sightings.

* Marina: The marina is the convenient starting point for a variety of warmwater sports – kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and snorkelling equipment are available for you to use

Cabins & Suites:

* An ocean view with even more: exclusively outside cabins and suites, almost all with balconies or French balconies

* Grand Suites with a private veranda

* Spaciously designed – enjoy a relaxing stay in rooms from 21 m² (226 ft²) up to 71 m² (764 ft²) in size

* Exceptionally equipped – for example, with binoculars, Nordic Walking poles, air conditioning, coffee machine and mini bar (free of charge)

* Separable beds in all cabins and suites

* Heated wall in bathroom (e.g. for towels and wet parkas)

Culinary:

* Main restaurant: A relaxed atmosphere at any time of day – from breakfast to dinner, inspired by the region.

* Speciality restaurants: The speciality restaurant on the HANSEATIC inspiration will take you on a culinary voyage of discovery: explore exquisite Japanese creations and Peru’s modern and fashionable cooking. Explore new culinary highlights of the North American east coast on the HANSEATIC nature.

* Bistro Restaurant: Eat under an open sky. The Bistro Restaurant offers 84 indoor and around 100 outdoor seats.

* Bars: spend the evening relaxing with a glass of wine in the Observation Lounge or the HanseAtrium.

Fitness & Wellness:

* Spa area: Our new ships offer professional partial- and full-body massages, classic cosmetic treatments, a hairdresser and treatments for your hands and feet. The Finnish sauna with an ocean view and the steam sauna are the perfect end to every expedition.

* Pool area/bar: Thanks to its flexible canopy, the pool area with bar can be enjoyed whatever the weather. Water loungers and a counter-current system offer pure relaxation.

* Fitness area: The fitness area, which has been expanded significantly to around 100 m² / 1,076 ft², features up-to-date equipment, a separate course room and an incomparable ocean view.

Knowledge On Board:

* HanseAtrium: The central HanseAtrium can be used for many different activities; its cutting-edge technology makes it suitable for presentations and expert lectures as well as intensive precaps and recaps. In the evening, the HanseAtrium is transformed into an atmospheric bar where you can see out the day and reflect on your experiences.

* Ocean Academy: The Ocean Academy allows you to experience science however you desire. You can use the large media wall and interactive poster to display fascinating information on a wide range of disciplines whenever you like.

Cabin layout for Hanseatic Inspiration

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