In the wonderful world of the Wadden Sea, tidal currents and a vast sky, enjoy natural adventures on the North Sea islands of Texel, Borkum and Sylt with the HANSEATIC inspiration.

Highlights


• Short cruise North Sea - Frisian Island stories.


Travemunde, departure 22.00 hrs Salt on your lips and the wind in your hair: this short cruise on the HANSEATIC inspiration will take you up-close to the secrets of a unique habitat. The Wadden Sea blurs the lines between the elements. The ebb and flow, the endless coming and going, creates a landscape of salt flats, dunes, tidal creeks and surf zones, constantly changing shape with the currents. Texel, Borkum and Sylt will enchant you with landscapes full of character and a rugged charm. Each island has its own personality – and each encounter will bring thrilling discoveries.
Your cruise begins with a shortcut: the Kiel Canal travels across the German state of Schleswig-Holstein, removing the need to circumnavigate Jutland. As you pass through, the geest landscape and Eider-Treene Depression glide by as though pulled by a string. Make sure to be on deck when the ship is raised through the lock in Brunsbuttel. Where the Elbe broadens out to join the North Sea, you will find the gateway to a world of wind and water.
From 9.30 to 19.00 hrs Seals and grey seals live off the Dutch island of Texel. They love to doze on the sandbanks and be warmed by the sun. If you can resist this temptation, enjoy the island’s harmonious colours on a walk between the heather, dykes and beaches. Texel sheep are true islanders. Unimpressed by the wind, they graze on the dykes in large herds. A hike in the De Slufter nature reserve* allows you to experience the Wadden Sea with all your senses and watch the animals that live in this “in-between” area. Eider ducks, little terns and skylarks breed in the protected area, which floods during storms. On the salt flats, interspersed with picturesque tidal creeks, only those plants that have perfectly adapted to the harsh conditions can grow, including sea lavender and sea thrift. A visit to the Ecomare information centre* in the middle of Texel National Park will tell you more about the Wadden Sea’s marine ecosystem. The associated bird and seal rescue centre looks after sick animals and pups.
From 8.00 to 16.00 hrs Breathe deeply: Borkum’s tangy, iodine-infused air is not just healthy; it also revives the senses. A fresh breeze will encourage you to explore between the dazzling dune landscapes and the heather. Stunning paths lead into the island’s interior, where orchids grow on salt flats and birds of prey live in the forests. Between the island and the mainland, the Wadden Sea is constantly moving: water flows into the mud through the inlets between the islands and forms flowing transitions between the land and the exposed seabed. Tidal creeks border sandy patches of land, seaweed and mussels grow on sandbanks and the water draws sublime patterns with its waves. Travelling alone on this vast expanse would be perilous. Not to fear! Your expert guide will take you safely to the biosphere reserve on a hike through the mudflats of the national park in Borkum* and return you to the mainland. Learn about safety, and above all about rescues at sea, on a visit to a DGzRS sea rescue cruiser*, one of 20 ships that the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service uses on the North and Baltic Seas. This is a great opportunity to explore an engine room and learn more about operational planning and rescues at sea on the ship’s flying bridge.
From 6.00 to 16.00 hrs (lay time subject to the tides) Wooden stages in the water and dazzling dunes under an endless sky – Sylt is a dream landscape out at sea and one of Germany’s most popular islands. Cotton grass meadows, cliffs and coastal panoramas with spectacular cloud formations create a unique fascination. The island itself bears witness to the power of the tides and wind, its coastlines constantly reshaped by severe weather and currents. The best way to experience the inimitable character of Schleswig-Holstein’s Wadden Sea, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is on a walk on the mudflats of Blidsel Bay*. Walk barefoot across the soft mud and feel a multitude of lifeforms beneath your toes. These include “Sylter Royal” oysters, which are cultivated on banks in the bay and rinsed with nutrient-rich water at high tide. Explore the island on a vintage bus* and get to know Sylt’s most beautiful parts on dry land. Your journey will take you through a wandering dune landscape, past villages such as Wenningstedt, Westerland and Hornum until you reach Keitum with its thatched-roof houses. Taking an e-bike across the island* is a truly moving way to explore. Stunning views along the “elbow” will bring peace to your soul before you sample speciality cakes in one of Kampen’s traditional cafes.
Arrival 7.00 hrs Individual travel arrangements from cruise arrival point As you embark on your final journey to Bremerhaven, cast a glance over the blurred horizon and the sandbanks that emerge from the sea at low tide. Your journey of discovery has taken you to the heart of a fascinating natural heritage site that must be protected to help preserve the planet’s biodiversity.
Itineraries are subject to change.

GUARANTEED OUTSIDE CABIN

$ 2970 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

$ 3300 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

$ 3470 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

$ 3640 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

$ 3810 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

$ 4980 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

$ 7000 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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