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Expedition Amazon with Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Bremen and Hanseatic expedition vessels offer passengers first-hand experiences when it comes to the wonders of the Amazon both onboard and during extensive Zodiac rides.

The shallow draught of these two ships enables them to travel the more than 4,000-kilometre-long passage from the mouth of the Amazon in Belem, Brazil to Iquitos, Peru and back.

12 robust Zodiacs (inflatable boats) await to carry 164 guests aboard the Bremen on numerous detours into the fascinating Amazonian environment. The slightly larger Hanseatic can carry its 184 passengers and has 14 of these Zodiacs on hand to take guests on a real Amazon adventure.

After Manaus, the Amazon narrows and flattens, but the shallow draughts of both cruise ships allows them to continue on to Iquitos. The constant proximity to the world’s largest tropical rainforest, the unusual flora and fauna and the indigenous cultures combine to make an Amazon cruise on board the Bremen or Hanseatic an exciting adventure.

This perpetual close proximity to the shoreline poses a particular challenge for the captains and crew throughout the Amazon journey. Not one single nautical mile of this river, which is occasionally several kilometres wide, is navigated using the autopilot.

Amazon expeditions with Hapag-Lloyd Cruises are extremely popular and operate all year round. The two Bremen cruises for 2014 are already fully booked, however, the 2015 season will see both ships cruise the Amazon for the first time.

For more information on these cruises or for information on other Hapag-Lloyd cruises then please call one of our cruise experts on 0800 008 6677