Work on Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Hanseatic Inspiration will be carried out at a Norwegian shipyard this summer, ahead of the ship’s launch in October.

The hull of the vessel was built in Romania and is currently being towed by a tug boat to the Vard Langsten shipyard near Alesund, where the interiors will be fitted.

The 230-passenger Hanseatic Inspiration is being built for the German and international markets and will be launched in the Belgian city of Antwerp on October 13, 2019.

It is part of a new fleet of expedition vessels which include Hanseatic Nature, sailing from April 2019, and Hanseatic Spirit, from 2021.

Tui Group-owned Hapag-Lloyd Cruises said the Hanseatic Nature and Hanseatic Spirit will be operated for the German markets, while all cruises on Hanseatic Inspiration will be conducted in English and German.

The expedition ships will offer voyages in the cold polar waters of the Arctic and Antarctic, as well as the warm regions of the Amazon.

Their design aims to get passengers as close to nature as possible while minimising the environmental impact.

Pictured: an artist’s impression of Hanseatic Nature, Hanseatic Inspiration and Hanseatic Spirit.

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