Hapag-Lloyd Cruises will hold the naming ceremony for its second expedition ship, the HANSEATIC inspiration, on 13 October 2019 against the backdrop of the Belgian port city of Antwerp. It will be the first time in the city’s history that an ocean-going cruise ship has been christened in Antwerp.
Next year Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is bringing two new expedition ships into service. The Hamburg-based company recently announced that the naming ceremony for the HANSEATIC nature – the sister ship of the HANSEATIC inspiration – will be held in Hamburg on 12 April 2019.
Earlier today Hapag-Lloyd Cruises announced that the HANSEATIC inspiration will be christened in the city of Antwerp on 13 October 2019. This will be the first time an ocean-going cruise ship will be christened in the city of Antwerp.
The two small, manoeuvrable expedition ships will feature cutting-edge technology and have the highest ice class for passenger ships (PC6). Their routes will take the ships from one extreme to the other – from cold polar waters to the warm regions of the Amazon.
The construction, design and routes of the two new ships revolve around providing a true expedition experience, getting as close to nature as possible and incorporating state-of-the-art equipment to minimise the environmental impact.
“We are delighted to be celebrating the launch of our second expedition ship, the HANSEATIC inspiration, against the beautiful backdrop of Antwerp. We have enjoyed many years of excellent collaboration with all of the city’s representatives and our choice of location for the ceremony demonstrates our deep connection with Antwerp. It also underlines our growth strategy for the international market.” – Karl J. Pojer, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
The HANSEATIC inspiration will make her 15-day maiden voyage from October 14 to 29 October 2019, sailing from Antwerp to Tenerife with stops in Honfleur, and Guernsey, numerous destinations on the Iberian Peninsula, in Morocco and in Madeira. Prices for the maiden voyage start from € 8,530 ($ 9,810 – £ 7,260) per person, cruise-only.