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Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' first ‘adults-only’ ship launching in 2021

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Supplier: Hapag Lloyd Cruises
Location: Europe

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is set to add another expedition ship to its fleet called the HANSEATIC spirit and will launch in the second quarter of 2021 as the fleet’s first ‘adults-only’ ship. TUI Group is investing in the new-build for its subsidiary Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

On July 2, 2018, the management of the Hamburg-based cruise company signed a contract for another ship with the Norwegian VARD shipyard. Before this, the company will add two more expedition ships to its fleet in the form of the HANSEATIC nature (spring 2019) and HANSEATIC inspiration (autumn 2019).

The structurally-identical expedition ships will be built in the Norwegian VARD shipyard of Vard Holdings Limited, which is a subsidiary of the Italian shipbuilding company Fincantieri. The new ships will be fitted with cutting-edge equipment and environmental technology.

They will also have the highest ice class for passenger ships (PC6), meaning that they will be positioned in the polar regions (the Arctic and Antarctic), as well as in warmer destinations such as the Amazon region. The on-board Zodiacs will make it possible to land in expedition areas that do not have ports, and there will be a marina for water sports.

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