Hamburg, 5 May 2019

HANSEATIC nature: The first new vessel of the new expedition class of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is now setting sail

In the recent years TUI Group has successfully developed into a hotel and cruise company and is growing with its own ships and hotels. Now the growth in the cruise business continues – today the HANSEATIC nature, the first of a total of three identical constructed vessels of Hapag Lloyd Cruises' new expedition class, is setting sail.

With the commissioning of the HANSEATIC nature, the TUI Group is consistently continuing its growth path in the cruise business. The first new vessel of the new expedition class of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is now setting sail.

The HANSEATIC nature, the first of a total of three identical constructed vessels of the new expedition class, will make its premiere on a journey starting from Hamburg. The route will take it via the Hebrides towards the Orkney and Shetland Islands to Bergen. In summer, the ship will set course for the Arctic for the first time. The HANSEATIC nature is a small, manoeuvrable and state-of-the-art 5-star expedition ship. A genuine expedition experience and the greatest possible closeness to nature characterize the routes as well as the construction and design. At the same time, the new ship will provide the highest standards of comfort and service. In October 2019, the commissioning of the new HANSEATIC inspiration will follow, and in May 2021 the HANSEATIC spirit.

State-of-the-art engineering and environmental technology characterize the HANSEATIC nature and its future sister ships. All three new vessels will have an SCR catalyst that reduces nitrogen oxide emissions by almost 95 percent. In addition, the ships will be equipped with PROMAS rudders with special propellers and have a special hull construction – both of which will contribute to the reduction of fuel consumption and thus to the reduction of emissions. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises implements various environmental protection measures – some of which go beyond the statutory provisions. For example, the company is already refraining from the use of heavy fuel oil in areas that are particularly worthy of protection, and uses the low-emission fuel marine gas oil for about 70 percent of its expedition journeys. From July 2020 on all routes of the entire expedition fleet only marine gas oil will be used. All new vessels are equipped for the use of shore power.

The new vessel provides accommodation for 230 guests, on Antarctic tours and Spitsbergen circumnavigation 199 guests. The ship sets new standards in the expedition cruise sector and has numerous structural features which further intensify the expedition experience. The ice classes PC6, two retractable balconies, the "Nature Walk" circuit on the foredeck, 17 Zodiacs and E-Zodiacs with environmentally friendly electric drive as well as a marina and on-board kayaks provide intensive nature experiences for the passengers.