Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is continuing to expand its expedition cruise segment and hence its position in the fast-growing market segment. In 2019, two new expedition cruise ships will join Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ fleet: HANSEATIC nature in spring and HANSEATIC inspiration in autumn. A third ship of the HANSEATIC class will follow in 2021 with the launch of HANSEATIC spirit. Today the cruise company announced that the expedition vessel BREMEN will be sold. In May 2021, the ship will be transferred to her new owner, a subsidiary of the Swiss shipping line Scylla AG. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price. BREMEN will operate under a new name in non-German-speaking markets.
With the sale, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is paving the way early on for the continued rejuvenation and efficiency enhancement of its cruise ship fleet. The HANSEATIC-class newbuilds are 5-star luxury expedition vessels fitted with cutting-edge technological features and environmental technology. Moreover, according to an announcement made by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises last week, the company will exclusively use low-sulfur Marine Gas Oil (MGO) on all routes operated by HANSEATIC nature, HANSEATIC inspiration and BREMEN from July 2020. HANSEATIC spirit, scheduled to launch in 2021, will also be powered by MGO. In particularly vulnerable areas, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has been using Marine Gas Oil for a number of years, long before the corresponding legal regulations have taken effect.
BREMEN, built in 1990, is owned by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and offers 80 cabins for 155 passengers. The 4-star-plus vessel measuring 111 metres in length also has the highest ice class for passenger ships. The charter agreement for HANSEATIC expired in autumn 2018, and the ship has left the fleet.