Whales ahead – this call is not uncommon on sailings of expedition ships operated by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises in Arctic or Antarctic waters. Of course, unlike many past centuries, the call is no longer used to hunt the marine mammals. Instead, it means that the captain will slow down the ship and the passengers on board will have a lot of time to watch the giants of the ocean and take pictures. Passengers travelling with Hapag-Lloyd Cruises are in for extraordinary experiences: The cruise company, part of TUI Group, is one of the leading providers of luxury and expedition cruises. Accordingly, its excursion programme also comprises extraordinary options.
“Each individual needs something special they want to tell when they get home” say Sarah Schramm (Shore Excursion Manager) and Katharina Seidel (Travel Concierge) working for the Hamburg-based cruise line. “Many of our guests have already travelled a lot and are searching for new experiences.“ With MS EUROPA and MS EUROPA 2, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises operates two luxury cruise ships meeting the highest standards: Since their launch, the two ships have been awarded the 5-stars-plus ranking as the ‘best ships in the world’ by the highly renowned Berlitz Cruise Guide. The shipping line also operates the expedition ships BREMEN, HANSEATIC nature and HANSEATIC inspiration. The expedition ships set sail for the Arctic in the European summer and Antarctica in the European Winter – with their itineraries including calls in the South Pacific, Chile’s fjords, the Azores or the Cape Verde islands. “These voyages offer the passengers a genuine expedition feeling and a unique experience of nature,“ says Schramm.