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Expedition Ships

June 10, 2018

“Hanseatic nature” & “inspiration” (Courtesy Hapag Lloyd)

I have a number of slide-shows of Expedition ships on my blog.

Expedition cruising is about to experience a boom. Twenty-eight new expedition ships are scheduled for introductions between June 2018 and the second quarter of 2022, and more are coming.

For example: SunStone Ships has an order for four expedition newbuilds with an option for six more. There are many more examples.

Expedition ships used to be pretty rare and were often very non-luxurious scientific vessels.

The new breed of Expedition ship are small and very luxurious cruise ships. They offer fantastic creature-comforts with cruises to remote locations, such as Antarctica, for the general public – if they can afford it.

There are also some other Expedition ships which are millionaires (and billionaires) private play-things.  Us mortals are unlikely to  ever step on-board one. However it is interesting to at least look at what the other half own.

Malcolm says: Although these ships are small, 28 will bring a lot of passengers to sensitive environment. If.successful more will be built and possibly bigger.

Expedition Ships: see HERE


Ponant’s Le Lapérouse

May 31, 2018


Ponant’s Le Lapérouse has passed its first set of sea trials off the coast of Norway. She is the first of six 180-guest Explorer-class ships for the French brand will be delivered from the Romanian VARD shipyard in June 2018.

Le Lapérouse will debut in Iceland in June, heading then to the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean, Asia and the Far East. Le Lapérouse will be followed by five more identical ships, between 2018-2020.


Malcom says: What a beautiful looking ship! Unfortunately I’m am unlikely to ever be able to afford to cruise on her. I assume the ship is named after the French naval officer and explorer, 1741–1788.

Hapag-Lloyd Orders Third Expedition Ship

May 12, 2018


Inspired by a strong financial performance  this year, the TUI Group said its board had approved a third Hanseatic-class newbuild for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

The 230-guest ship will join the Hapag-Lloyd fleet from VARD in 2021, following the  and Hanseatic Nature and Inspiration, which will be delivered next year.

Hanseatic Nature and Inspiration: Internal Images: HERE


Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has announced itineraries for their new Hanseatic Inspiration, which will be delivered in October 2019, offering an international experience to English- and German-speaking guests.

The Hanseatic Nature debuts six months earlier, in April 2019, offering a German-speaking experience.

Hapag-Lloyd’s two new expedition ships will both hold a ‘Polar Class 6’, the highest ice class ranking for passenger ships.

The almost identical ships raise the bar in the expedition segment, according to the company, and feature numerous structural elements that make the expeditionary experience even more intense.

“Retractable glass balconies give guests the feeling of hovering directly above the water, and guests can stand on the circuit on the bow of the ship to be closer to the action, even closer than the captain.” a Hapag-Lloyd spokesperson said.

Sample Itineraries:

Maiden voyage, October 14-29, 2019 (15 days) from Antwerp, Belgium to Tenerife, Spain including travel via France (Honfleur), the Channel Islands (Guernsey), Spain (including La Coruna, Islas Cies), Portugal (overnight in Lisbon, Portimao), Morocco (Casablanca), Madeira (Porto Santo Island, and overnight in Funchal).

Expedition Amazon, March 25-April 11, 2020 (17 days) from Belem to Iquitos: upstream on the Lower and Upper Amazon with numerous expedition activities and Zodiac landings (via Manaus).

The Great Lakes, June 3-17, 2020 (14 days) with cruises on the Detroit River, Lake Huron (including Tobermory, Parry Sound and Mackinac Island), Sault Ste. Marie, Lake Superior (including Thunder Bay), and Lake Michigan.


Superyacht, Ida Pfeiffer

May 8, 2018


Malcolm says: Not a very pretty vessel on the outside, but the capabilities and facilities look very impressive.

Antarctica Tourism Numbers Surge

May 2, 2018


(The latest design of polar expedition ship)

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) has reported its visitor numbers for the 2017-2018 Antarctic season at the start of its annual meeting in Newport, Rhode Island.

The upward trend in visitor numbers recorded since 2011-2012 continued in 2017-2018, the group said.

See ‘Cruise Industry News’ article: HERE