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Construction begins for HANSEATIC Inspiration

A steel cutting ceremony has marked the start of the building process for Hapag-Lloyd’s new expedition ship, HANSEATIC Inspiration.

The ship is being built in Romania by the Norwegian VARD Group who are a subsidiary of the famous Italian shipbuilding company, Fincantieri. The group, which is also tasked with the construction of Ponant Cruises’ new expedition ships, will build the hull of HANSEATIC Inspiration in Romania before transporting it to Norway where the interiors will be installed.

HANSEATIC Inspiration is one of two new ships currently being built for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. The steel cutting ceremony, which was held in Tulcea, Romania, was attended by representatives from both the Hapag-Lloyd management team and Vard, who presented the Hapag team with a symbolic steel silhouette of HANSEATIC Inspiration.

Commenting on the need for Hapag-Lloyd to meet discerning travellers desire for off-the-beaten-track itineraries aboard comfortable ships, Hapag CEO, Karl J. Pojer said:

“The demand for expedition cruising is three times higher than supply and so with our two new builds we shall be ideally prepared for the future and also to satisfy the marketplace. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is growing and the HANSEATIC Inspiration will marketed to an English-speaking audience”.

HANSEATIC Inspiration is scheduled to enter service for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises in October 2019. Offering capacity for 230 guests (199 on Antarctica voyages), the ship will be used in the Polar Regions and tropical destinations such as the Amazon and the Caribbean. She will be equipped with a fleet of Zodiacs and will have the highest ice class rating for a passenger ship.

For further information regarding Hapag-Lloyd Cruises or to pre-register your interest in receiving itinerary information HANSEATIC Inspiration when it is released, please call our Voyage Consultants on 0800 008 6677.