Ice landscapes far away from civilisation: for many guests, a journey to the Arctic or Antarctica with Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is the fulfilment of a lifelong dream. They even have a chance to go ashore and watch seals or penguins in sites normally inaccessible to ships or other boats – thanks to zodiacs. “On our expeditions, zodiacs are often launched in the water several times a day,“ explains Isolde Susset, Director Product Management Expedition Cruises. “They enable our guests to explore nature from a unique perspective in small groups and without any major waiting times.”
Zodiacs are robust inflatable boats with a rigid floor and buoyancy tubes. The air reserves secure the boats’ ability to float and stay safe in the water. Due to their flat floor, the boats powered by an outboard engine are particularly well suited to land on coastlines or beaches. ”We also use the zodiacs for expeditions in Antarctica, for instance, to take the guests ashore in otherwise virtually inaccessible sites,” says Isolde Susset.