Archive for the ‘Expedition Cruising’ Category

Crystal Endeavor – Where Luxury Roams Freely

March 17, 2018



Ponant: Two More Expedition Ships

March 16, 2018

(Image courtesy of Ponant)

Ponant has announced an ordered an additional two expedition ships from the VARD shipyard. This means that the company will have 12 ships by 2021.

Similar to its four-ship Explorer-class order, the additional two ships are sisters, which will accommodate 180 passengers each.

The ships will be named Le Bellot and Le Surville and delivery is set for the first and second quarter of 2020, respectively.


Malcolm says: Even more new expedition ships. I wonder who books them? I’ve yet to meet anybody – but maybe I mix in the wrong circles? Don’t get me wrong, I’d be on-board if I could afford it!

Hanseatic Inspiration Itineraries

September 4, 2017

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.