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Hapag-Lloyd Hanseatic - Perfect Combination of Luxury and Adventure Cruising

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Hapag-Lloyd Hanseatic Cruise Ship Overview - Antarctica Cruise
Hapag-Lloyd Hanseatic in Antarctica

Hapag-Lloyd Hanseatic cruise ship at Whaler's Bay on Deception Island in Antarctica

Photo (c) 2005 Linda Garrison
The Hanseatic is a small cruise ship that gives its passengers a taste of two worlds--luxury cruising and adventure cruising. The Hanseatic was designed for worldwide expedition cruising, and its ice-reinforced hull allows the Hanseatic to sail to both the Antarctic and the Arctic. The atmosphere onboard the Hanseatic is relaxed and informal, but the surroundings are luxurious yet comfortable. My husband Ronnie and I sailed on the Hanseatic from Ushuaia, Argentina to the Falkland Islands and Antarctica in January 2005. It was an amazing adventure, and I came away impressed with the Hanseatic, her crew, and the knowledgeable expedition leaders and guides who made this region of the world come alive for all of us onboard. Read a copy of my Antarctica logbook.

Although the Hanseatic is operated by the German cruise line Hapag-Lloyd, several cruises each year are marketed to English-speaking passengers as well as Germans. We had about 50 "non-German speakers" on our cruise, or about a third of the passengers. The crew all spoke several languages, and we had no communication problems. All announcements and restaurant menus were in both English and German, and the excellent lectures were given in both languages, although (fortunately) at different times.

Anyone who seeks a destination-oriented nature cruise with international companions and a relaxed, yet elegant environment, will love the Hanseatic and its itineraries. Let's tour the Hanseatic and learn more about the ship.

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