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 number one tourism group operating in around 180 destinations worldwide. The company is domiciled 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 2018, TUI Group recorded turnover of €18.5bn and an operating result of €1.177bn. The Group employs 70,000 people in more than 100 countries. TUI offers its around 27 million customers, including 21 million in the national organisations in Europe, comprehensive services from a single source. It covers the entire tourism value chain under one roof. This comprises around 330 Group-owned hotels and resorts with premium brands such as RIU and Robinson as well as 17 cruise ships ranging from the MS Europa and MS Europa 2 luxury class vessels to the “Mein Schiff” fleet of TUI Cruises and the vessels of Marella Cruises in the UK. The Group also includes leading international tour operator brands, 1,600 travel agencies in Europe and five European leisure airlines with around 150 modern medium- and long-haul aircraft. Global responsibility for sustainable economic, ecological and social activity is a key feature of our corporate culture. TUI Care Foundation was founded in 2015 and supports the positive impacts of tourism, learning and education and strengthening of environmental and social standards. It contributes to the development of holiday destinations. Today, the TUI Care Foundation is active in more than 20 countries worldwide and initiates projects creating opportunities for the next generation.