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MS HANSEATIC First Non-Russian Cruise Ship To Navigate Northeast Passage

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, MS HANSEATIC, has become the first non-Russian cruise ship to successfully navigate the legendary, Northeast Passage, which runs along the north coasts of Asia and Europe, from the Bering Sea to the White Sea.

MS HANSEATIC arrived into the port of Bodö, Norway, yesterday morning after sailing a total of 6,032 nautical miles.

The expedition vessel, which has the highest ice class for passenger ships (E4), set sail from Nome, Alaska, on her expedition voyage on 13 August 2014. Her itinerary included stops and stations at anchor off the Chukchi Peninsula and Wrangel Island, then on through the Kara Sea to Novaya Zemlya, the Barents Sea and Murmansk – which marks the end of the Northeast Passage.

The sailing was full and her expert crew did a fantastic job in organising 22 landings and tours with use the 14 on-board Zodiacs – rubber inflatable boats, which are perfectly suited to expeditions in this region. There were spectacular animal sightings from on board the ship, with guests spotting polar bears and walruses – a real once in a lifetime opportunity.

HANSEATIC also set a new record for passenger vessels: during her expedition, she reached the northernmost point at 85°, 40.7' north and 135°, 39.6' east. At this latitude, she was just 480 kilometres from the North Pole. Incredible!

MS HANSEATIC is a five-star expedition vessel that was purpose built to provide intensive exploration in the most elegant surroundings for a maximum of just 175-guests. Her design and E4 ice class, allow her to travel to many destinations previously inaccessible to a cruise ship.

With HANSEATIC, guests can explore the world’s best-kept secrets via zodiacs, with only 10-12 other guests accompanying them. On-board experts include a team of experienced scientists, expedition leaders and specialists, who guide landings and offer guests the rare opportunity to observe plant and animal life up close. However, what makes these expedition adventures standout for guests is the security of knowing that highly experienced captains are guiding the vessels and have together already travelled to the Arctic and Antarctica more than 200 times.

For more information on expedition voyages with Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, please call one of our Cruise Experts on 0800 008 6677.