Hanover/Hamburg, 3 July 2018

TUI Group: another expedition ship for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises / expansion of the growth segment of cruises

  • HANSEATIC spirit: a new ship for the luxury expedition segment 
  • Commissioning scheduled for 2021 
  • Adults-only ship with highest polar class rating PC6 for passenger ships

The TUI Group is increasing its presence in the strategic growth market of cruises. Hamburg-based TUI subsidiary, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, has added another HANSEATIC expedition ship to its fleet. HANSEATIC sprit will be joining the fleet in the second quarter of 2021. It has been agreed that no financial details will be disclosed. The supervisory board and executive committee of the world’s leading travel company gave the go-ahead for negotiations on the construction of the new ship in May in the context of the six-month figures for 2018.

The two current new expedition ships, HANSEATIC nature and HANSEATIC inspiration, will be put into service in spring and autumn 2019. The entire Hapag-Lloyd Cruises fleet, including the three new expedition ships, the expedition ship Bremen and the luxury cruise ships Europa and Europa 2, will be owned by TUI Group in future.

The HANSEATIC spirit is also being built at the Norwegian Vard shipyard, which is owned by Vard Holdings Limited, an associate company of Italian Fincantieri Marine Group. Like HANSEATIC nature and HANSEATIC inspiration, HANSEATIC spirit will be fitted with cutting-edge equipment and environmental technology. The ship is graded PC6, which is the highest polar class for passenger ships, so it can be used in the polar regions of Arctic and Antarctic, as well as on tropical routes such as the Amazon.

The TUI Group currently operates a fleet of 16 cruise ships via its subsidiaries Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, British Marella Cruises and the TUI Cruises joint venture.  

Further information about the new ship

  • luxury expedition segment
  • Adults-only
  • Ship data: 
    • Gross tonnage: 15,650
    • Length: 139 metres
    • Width: 22 metres
    • Draught: 5.6 metres
    • Passenger decks: 7
    • Cabins and suites: 120 
    • Maximum passenger capacity: 230 (199 on Antarctic expeditions and Spitzbergen routes)
    • Crew: approx. 175 members
    • High proportion of cabins with balconies
    • Restaurants: 3
    • Interior design: Oceanarchitects

About TUI Group

TUI Group is the world’s leading integrated tourism group operating in more than 100 destinations worldwide. The company is headquartered in Germany. The TUI Group’s share is listed in the FTSE 100 index, the leading index of the London Stock Exchange, and in the German open market.

In financial year 2019, TUI Group recorded turnover of around €19bn and an operating result of €893m. The Group employs more than 70,000 people worldwide. TUI offers its 28 million customers, including 21 million customers in European national companies, integrated services from a single source. It covers the entire tourism value chain under one roof. This comprises more than 400 hotels and resorts with premium brands such as RIU, TUI Blue and Robinson as well as 18 cruise ships ranging from the MS Europa and MS Europa 2 luxury class vessels and expedition ships to the Mein Schiff fleet of TUI Cruises and the vessels of Marella Cruises in the UK. The Group also includes leading European tour operator brands, five airlines with 150 modern medium- and long-haul aircraft and 1,600 travel agencies. Apart from the expansion of its core business with hotels, cruises and destination activities, TUI is increasingly investing in digital platforms. The Group is transforming as a digital company.

Global responsibility for sustainable economic, ecological and social activity is a key feature of our corporate culture. TUI Care Foundation, initiated by TUI, promotes the positive effects of tourism, education and training as well as environmental and social standards with projects in 25 countries. It thus contributes to the development of the holiday destinations. TUI Care Foundation, operating around the world, initiates projects creating new opportunities for the next generation.