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Expedition Anrarctica: The Awakening of New Life Ushuaia, Argentina Round Trip

MS Hanseatic – January 7 – 25, 2014

  Voyage HAN1401 5% early booking discount if booked before June 9, 2013!

Besides the cracking of the gigantic glaciers, you will hear the sounds of hundreds of thousands of penguin babies while young seals and elephant seals discover their home. The HANSEATIC and her Zodiacs take you right to the heart of this overwhelming “nursery“. Look forward to breathtaking animal observations between glistening icebergs you will never forget.

Date Destination
Tue 07-Jan-2014 Charter flight in the morning from Buenos Aires to  Ushuaia/Argentina where you will embark the MS Hanseatic, departure 18.00 hrs
Wed 08-Jan-2014 Relaxation at sea
Thu 09-Jan-2014 – 10-Jan-2014 Falkland Islands
Dream Destination for Bird Enthusiasts: The Falkland Islands
Step into the Zodiacs of the HANSEATIC and encounter a fascinating, species-rich bird world at close proximity. Following several flexible landings, you will experience this unique ecosystem very intensively when, together with the experts, you watch rockhopper and Magellanic penguins which share their habitat with kelp geese, black-browed albatrosses and steamer ducks. By contrast, the small capital Stanley is perceived as “very British“. Discover Victorian houses and the southernmost Anglican church in the world.
Sat 11-Jan-2014 – 12-Jan-2014 Relaxation at sea
Mon 13-Jan-2014 – 15-Jan-2014 South Georgia
Unforgettable Encounters in South Georgia
Three expedition days full of magnificent experiences lie ahead of you when glaciated peaks on the horizon announce this unique animal paradise. Hundreds of thousands of king penguins populate the coasts and slopes of the island and bring life to the overwhelming landscape. In the context of up to three rides and landings with the Zodiacs per day you will get truly close to the rich animal world and can discover elephant seals fighting over a harem or watch gentoo and thousands of king penguins incubating their eggs or raising their young. Outstanding experts with extensive experiences in Antarctica make you familiar with the fauna and flora. In Grytviken, you can immerse yourself in the enthralling history of polar research – visit the little whalers’ church built in 1913 and the grave of the polar researcher Sir Ernest Shackleton whose legendary “Endurance“ expedition came to a happy end on South Georgia.
Thu 16-Jan-2014 Relaxation at sea
Fri 17-Jan-2014 – 22-Jan-2014 South Orkney Islands , Weddell Sea, South Shetland Islands , Antarctic Peninsula
You can gain an impression of the everyday life of modern polar researchers when, weather permitting, you visit the Argentinian research station Orcadas on the South Orkney Islands with the Zodiacs (subject to approval). And with a little luck, you will spot majestic icebergs for the first time off the coast of Signy Island.
Captivating Moments in the Ice: South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
Where the weather and ice determine the route, only a genuine expedition ship guarantees the full Antarctic experience – small, manoeuvrable and, thanks to the highest ice class for passenger ships, even capable of sailing through drift and pack ice. Relentlessly, the ship makes its way towards the Antarctic Peninsula. You will experience magic moments, for instance when the Zodiacs take you close to thousands of Adelie penguins on Paulet Island in the Weddell Sea. Or while cruising in the Antarctic Sound, when gigantic table icebergs silently drift through the waters. Every day on board is characterised by the spirit of courageous pioneers like Otto Nordenskjöld, who once explored this remote region under great hardship. With their many years of experience in the polar regions of this world, the captain, crew and the versed experts from various fields of expertise facilitate expedition experiences you will never forget. On the black lava beaches of Deception Island, for example, you can take a bath in hot springs. Or marvel at the miracles of Paradise Bay – the Zodiacs will take you past glistening icebergs to majestically tall glacier towers with bright blue crevices. If the ice and weather conditions allow for a landing, you will set foot on the Antarctic mainland – a particularly elevating moment of your expedition. Further south, the passage through the Neumayer Channel reveals to you fantastic glacier panoramas which continue in the narrow Lemaire Channel – spectacular peaks on either side make this waterway one of the most beautiful ship passages in the world. In the Penola Strait, the excitement on board rises once again – how far south will the HANSEATIC be able to advance? A question which can only be answered on board. What is certain, however, is that you will enjoy the immense beauty of this Antarctic world of wonders following the last landings with the Zodiacs. Between icebergs and large colonies of Adelie and chinstrap penguins, it is easy to be amazed – and all the more difficult to say farewell.
Thu 23-Jan-2014 – 24-Jan-2014 Sailing through the Drake Passage
Sat 25-Jan-2014 Ushuaia/Argentina, arrival 6.00 hrs

* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore activities listed here are in the planning stage and are subject to changes.

A change in itinerary may become necessary on this expedition on the Amazon. The captain will decide on the best possible alternatives depending on the local conditions.

5% early booking discount if booked before June 9, 2013! ²

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Cabin Type

Prices per person

1

Two-berth, outside, guaranteed cabin

$13,280

2

Two-berth, outside

$14,750

2

Two-berth, outside, single occ.

$20,900

3

Two-berth, outside

$16,820

4

Two-berth, outside

$17,510

4

Two-berth, outside, single occ.

$25,040

5

Two-berth, outside

$19,040

6

Two-berth, outside¹

$20,280

7

Suite¹

$28,790

8

Sofa bed in cat. 3

$10,590

 

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Antarctica Expedition – The Miracle of Life in a Cold Wasteland
Ushuaia, Argentina Round trip MS Hanseatic – January 22 – February 9, 2015Voyage HAN1502

5% early booking discount if booked before June 24, 2014!

During a brief summer, the Antarctic offers breathtaking opportunities to observe new life in the interminable ice. Thousands of penguins, seals and sea birds are busy rearing their young – a dream come true for you, the nature-loving explorer. On thrilling Zodiac rides and landings, you can experience this glittering wonderland from very close quarters.

Date Destination
Thu22.01.2015 From Buenos Aires take a Charter flight to Ushuaia/Argentina, departure 18.00 hrs
Fri23.01.2015 Relaxation at sea
Sat24.01.2015 – 25.01.2015 Falkland Islands
Fascinating Falkland Islands 
Not until 1690 did anyone step foot on the Falkland Islands, and it took until 1764 before the first settlement was formed. That may be due to the windy, cold climate – in which, however, rockhopper and Magellan penguins feel decidedly at home. Nor are they alone: more than 60 native bird species soar through the skies, including the endemic Falkland pipit and the caracara. The only “town” on the Falkland Islands to this very day is Stanley. The houses and small gardens of this former whaling and sealing station are a Victorian delight.
Mon26.01.2015 – 27.01.2015 Relaxation at sea
Wed28.01.2015 – 30.01.2015 South Georgia
Intensive Observations in the Wildlife Paradise of South Georgia 
Flexible, spontaneous and impressive: the Zodiacs are in use several times a day to enable expeditionary experiences and wildlife sightings that take your breath away. Take standing in front of a gigantic colony of king penguins, for example. Hundreds of thousands of these animals  populate the slopes and coasts of the island. During spectacular landings on three intensive days, including at Salisbury Plain and Gold Harbour, you will encounter fur seals and elephant seals on the beaches along the craggy coastline, while black-browed albatrosses and giant petrels nest in the rocks. Renowned experts including biologists, geologists or glaciologist will accompany you and add new dimensions to your unique natural experiences by revealing surprising details.
Sat31.01.2015 Relaxation at sea
Sun01.02.2015 – 06.02.2015 South Orkney Islands , Weddell Sea , South Shetland Islands , Antarctic Peninsula
Or they will bring to life the pioneering days of Antarctic research: in the former whaling station Grytviken you will visit the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton and remember the heroic efforts with which this man once rescued his team. To find out how modern polar researchers work, you will be travelling to the South Orkney Islands where, weather permitting, you will visit the oldest permanently inhabited research station in the Antarctic, the Argentinian station Orcadas (subject to permission). And with a little luck, you will have your first sighting of majestic icebergs off Signy Island.
Thrilling Moments in the Ice: South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula 
Where weather and ice dictate the route, only a genuine expedition ship such as the HANSEATIC can guarantee you the full Antarctic experience. It is small, manoeuvrable and, thanks to its highest ice class for passenger ships, even capable of sailing through drift and  pack ice. The ship clears its inexorable path in the direction of the Antarctic Peninsula. You will experience moments of magic when, for example, the Zodiacs bring you to Paulet Island in the Weddell Sea to view thousands of Adelie penguins from close quarters. Or when cruising in the Antarctic Sound, where huge tabular icebergs drift silently through the water. Every day on board passes in the spirit of daring pioneers, such as Otto Nordenskjöld, who once endured great hardship to explore this remote region. With their many years of background in the polar regions of this world, the captain, crew and the well-versed experts in various specialised topics will provide you with enthralling expedition experiences that you will never forget. For instance, you can bathe in hot springs on the black lava beaches of Deception Island. Or marvel at the wonders of Paradise Bay. With the Zodiacs, you will glide past sparkling icebergs to majestic, lofty glacial towers, the crevices of which glow blue. If the ice and weather conditions permit a landing, you will be able to set foot on the Antarctic mainland – an exceptionally moving moment during your expedition. Next your journey takes you further south and through the narrow Lemaire Channel where spectacular peaks on both sides make this waterway one of the most beautiful shipping passages in the world. In the Penola Strait, the excitement on board rises yet again. How far to the south can the HANSEATIC actually penetrate? A question that can only be answered from on board when you get there. Yet one thing is certain, the landings with the Zodiacs will reveal to you the full beauty of this Antarctic wonderland between huge colonies of Adelie and chinstrap penguins. The passage through the Neumayer Channel then serves up the grand finale with panoramic views of amazing glaciers. In the midst of icebergs as high as a house, it is easy to be amazed – and all the more difficult to take your leave.
Sat07.02.2015 – 08.02.2015 Sailing through the Drake Passage
Mon09.02.2015 Ushuaia/Argentina, Arrival 6.00 hrs
Charter flight to Buenos Aires – Overnight stay with breakfast

* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore activities listed here are in the planning stage and are subject to changes.

A change in itinerary may become necessary on this expedition on the Amazon. The captain will decide on the best possible alternatives depending on the local conditions.

5% early booking discount if booked before June 24, 2014! ²

Deck  Cabin Type Deck

Price In USD (per person)

1 Two-berth, outside Guarantee

$13,700

2 Two-berth, outside Amundsen

$15,360

Single occupancy Amundsen

$21,770

3 Two-berth, outside Explorer

$17,500

4 Two-berth, outside Marco Polo

$18,220

Single occupancy Marco Polo

$26,060

5 Two-berth, outside Explorer

$18,930

6 Two-berth, outside¹ Bridge

$21,060

7 Suite¹ Bridge

$29,840

8 Sofa bed in Cat. 3 Explorer

$11,090

Early Booking discount until²

24 Jun 2014

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Semi – Circurmnavigation Anrarctica: Great Explorers: Scott, Amundsen & You Ushuaia, Argentina  – Bluff, New Zealand

MS Hanseatic – January 25 – February 21, 2014

  Voyage HAN1402 5% early booking discount if booked before June 27, 2013!

It is one of the greatest adventures of our time – the semi-circumnavigation of Antarctica. In the past, courageous researchers and pioneers had to endure unimaginable exertions and hardships to explore the mysterious sixth continent. Despite all efforts, however, human beings are still only a marginal issue in this barely accessible region, the fantastic ice landscapes and animals of which appear to be otherworldly. Fulfil your lifetime dream and travel from South America to New Zealand along a magnificent route that only a few explorers have ever mastered.

Date Destination
Sat 25-Jan-2014 Charter flight in the morning from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia and trasfer to MS Hanseatic.  Embarkation in Ushuaia/Argentina, departure 18.00 hrs
Sun 26-Jan-2014 Sailing through the Drake Passage
Mon 27-Jan-2014 – 30-Jan-2014 South Shetland Islands , Antarctic Peninsula
Headed for Adventures: South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
In a spectacular world of ice, unforgettable expeditions await you. Between mighty glaciers and majestic icebergs, your captain and crew will flexibly adjust the itinerary to the continuously changing conditions and offer you the greatest possible experiences. On numerous Zodiac rides and landings, you will discover a region that is devoid of human beings but inhabited by an abundant animal world. For example on the Aitcho Islands and Livingston Island, where large colonies of gentoo and chinstrap penguins as well as powerful elephant seals offer overwhelming sights in front of rugged rock formations. An impressive highlight awaits you on Deception Island as soon as the HANSEATIC has sailed through the narrow entrance into the caldera of the volcanic island. Here at the heart of Antarctica, you can bathe in the hot springs under the open sky. The black lava beaches of the island form a contrast to the world of snow and ice, which provides awesome images in Neko Harbour – massive glacier edges and bizarre ice formations are reflected in the sea. Circumstances permitting, you will set foot on the Antarctic mainland – a ceremonious as well as an intensive moment. During the passage through the Neumayer Channel, you will enjoy the magical beauty of majestic cliffs, impressive glaciers and snow-covered mountains on board. Breathtaking scenery that is continued in the Lemaire Channel. Spectacular peaks on both sides make this route one of the most beautiful marine passages in the world. Between these two legendary waterways, you will be greeted in Port Lockroy by gentoo penguins with their distinct screams. From the most southerly post office in the world, you can send home unique greeting cards. Other ships would have had to turn around a long time ago, but the HANSEATIC relentlessly sets course for the Antarctic Circle. Beyond this magical frontier that has attracted generations of courageous explorers and pioneers lies Detaille Island, where the croaking of Adelie penguins fill the air. The HANSEATIC can also make full use of her advantages as an expedition ship in the Gullet Strait. Thanks to the highest ice class for passenger ships, the reinforced hull of the ship is capable of pushing aside the cracking ice. Far from inhabited latitudes, you will discover skuas and Antarctic terns on Stonington Island with its abandoned research station.
Fri 31-Jan-2014 – 09-Feb-2014 Relaxation at sea (voyage through Bellingshausen Sea, Amundsen Sea and Ross Sea – the 8.2. is lost due to crossing the International Date Line)
A fascinating Journey through the History of Explorers
The following days at sea will be spent entirely in the spirit of the golden days of the exploration of Antarctica. Beyond the polar circle, the HANSEATIC cruises through the Bellingshausen Sea, the Amundsen Sea and the Ross Sea. In the course of gripping lectures on board, the biologists, geologists or glaciologists accompanying you on your expedition will bring back to life the bold explorers who have given these locations their names and their historic deeds. On deck and through the large panoramic windows of the Observation Lounge, you will enjoy breathtaking views when the HANSEATIC passes enormous table icebergs and the rays of the polar sun make these fascinating ice landscapes sparkle. Or when you suddenly catch sight of a giant wall of ice on the horizon – the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf, the massive ablation zone on the edge of which rises up to 40 m above the sea and is more than 750 km long. An overwhelming sight you will never forget.
Mon 10-Feb-2014 – 14-Feb-2014 Ross Island and Ross Sea
On the Tracks of Great Explorers
In this remote region, the weather and ice determine the course. How far can the HANSEATIC advance through the drift and pack ice towards Ross Island? Due to their many years of polar experience, the captain and crew react to the conditions and enable unforgettable expedition impressions and moving moments. Whilst it is nature that ultimately defines the route and the itinerary, you will be able to comprehend the drama and the hardships of bygone eras of discovery in the course of numerous landings. Like at Cape Crozier, which was discovered by James Clark Ross as the most eastern point of Ross Island in 1841. In the shade of the majestic volcano Mount Terror which rises to a height of 3,230 m, you might catch a glimpse of the emperor penguins that have formed a small colony here. On the other side of Ross Island lies Cape Royds – and tangible history of discovery: In 1908, Sir Ernest Shackleton built a (meanwhile renovated) hut as a base camp for his ”Nimrod“ expedition. History also comes to life on the rocky Cape Evans when you visit the last recorded whereabouts of Robert Falcon Scott – the hut from which he started out on his race with Roald Amundsen to reach the South Pole in 1911, never to return … Further north you will find the American research station McMurdo. Overshadowed by this station is the ”Discovery“ hut which Scott had built in1902 in order to advance further south than any other person before him from here. With a bit of luck, you will catch a glimpse of orcas and emperor penguins before you land at Cape Hallet and therefore on Victoria Land. Look forward to a breathtaking panoramic view of enormous glaciers and the snow-covered peaks of the Admiralty Mountains. Where the Norwegian Carsten Borchgrevink was the first person to set foot on the Antarctic mainland in 1895, you will also go ashore if the ice and weather conditions permit it: At Cape Adare, you will come across the tracks of the legendary explorer – in the ruins of a hut that Borchgrevink built in 1899 and where an expedition team spent the winter in Antarctica for the first time ever. At least as moving as the history is the spectacular flora and fauna –  which includes the largest colony of Adelie penguins with more than 250,000 breeding pairs!
Sat 15-Feb-2014 – 17-Feb-2014 Relaxation at Sea
Tue 18-Feb-2014 Macquarie Island/Australia
For true Discoverers: Australia’s and New Zealand’s Subantarctic
Already overwhelmed with the unforgettable impressions of your cruise so far, the next untouched expedition territory awaits you – the islands of Australia’s and New Zealand’s Subantarctic, which will allow for fascinating experiences. Macquarie Island, for example, is the only place in the world where the oceanic crust of the Earth has been elevated above the water level. The UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site will provide you with thrilling observations of nature and wildlife while you are cruising with the HANSEATIC. A very diverse animal world has found its home in a network of streams, small lakes and swampy areas. This is why the island is also known as ”Noah’s Ark of Antarctica“. Besides large colonies of thousands upon thousands of crested and king penguins, massive elephant seals and fur seals play around on the beaches, living in peaceful coexistence with gentoo and rockhopper penguins as well as a wide variety of sea bird species.
Wed 19-Feb-2014 Relaxation at Sea
Thu 20-Feb-2014 Auckland Islands/Neuseeland
The richest flora of the subantarctic islands can be found on the Auckland Islands, which belong to New Zealand. Grasslands, bogs and extensive ironwood forests determine the overall picture of a landscape which is the habitat of the rare yellow-eyed penguin as well as the New Zealand sea lions that are in danger of extinction. During a Zodiac ride along the coastline of the strictly protected island, you will get as close as possible to the birds – the final highlight of an expedition full of unique experiences which comes to an end in Bluff and which you will remember forever. After all, with your semi-circumnavigation of Antarctica, you are now one of the few people who have intensively explored the eternal ice and penetrated deeply into remote and inaccessible worlds.
Fri 21-Feb-2014 Bluff/New Zealand, arrival 9.00 hrs.  Disembarkation

* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore activities listed here are in the planning stage and are subject to changes.

A change in itinerary may become necessary on this expedition on the Amazon. The captain will decide on the best possible alternatives depending on the local conditions.

5% early booking discount if booked before June 27, 2013! ²

Category

Cabin Type

Prices per person

1

Two-berth, outside, guaranteed cabin

$20,550

2

Two-berth, outside

$22,780

2

Two-berth, outside, single occ.

$32,730

3

Two-berth, outside

$26,280

4

Two-berth, outside

$27,460

4

Two-berth, outside, single occ.

$39,750

5

Two-berth, outside

$28,610

6

Two-berth, outside¹

$32,140

7

Suite¹

$46,490

8

Sofa bed in cat. 3

$15,760

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Expedition to Wrangel Island and Chuckchi Peninsula: Explorers Wanted for Untamed Wilderness
Nome, Alaska Round trip
MS Hanseatic – July 28 – August 13, 2014
 
Voyage HAN1413

5% early booking discount if booked before December 15, 2013!

Even if you have travelled to the extremes of the earth, you will be treading new ground on this expedition premiere with the HANSEATIC. Set course for the Chukchi Peninsula and its unknown coasts to the east and north – for some intensive wildlife observations and exciting insights into the lives of the indigenous people. Your expeditionary experiences intensify still further as the ship first heads towards the legendary Wrangel Island. A Russian prohibited zone for many decades and scarcely accessible even today due to the icy conditions, this is true pioneering territory in the most magnificent natural setting.

Date Destination
Mon28-Jul-2014 Vancouver – Overnight stay with breakfast
Tue29-Jul-2014 Charter flight to Nome/Alaska/USA, departure 24.00 hrs
Wed30-Jul-2014 Relaxation at sea
Thu31-Jul-2014 Crossing the International Date Line (one day will be lost)
Fri01-Aug-2014 – 05-Aug-2014 Chukchi Peninsula/Russia (incl. Provideniya, Janrakynnot , Lorino , Kolyuchinskaya Bay , Kolyuchin Island , Cape Vankarem )
Expansive Wilderness on the Chukchi Peninsula 
Look forward to fantastic expeditionary territory: the expansive, pristine Chukchi Peninsula in remotest north-east Russia. The HANSEATIC is one of the few ships that head for not only the eastern but also the northern coast of the peninsula – for unforgettable days filled with expedition experiences and pioneering spirit. Its wild coasts are home to whales, sea birds, walruses and seals, which you will see from close quarters on exciting Zodiac rides and landings. Just as spectacular as the close-up wildlife observations are the insights into the culture of the Chukchi people who, for many generations, have cultivated their nomadic traditions and live off hunting and trapping as well as reindeer breeding. The small museum in Provideniya holds interesting exhibits on the culture and nature of the peninsula, perfectly setting the mood for the days to come. As you head towards Janrakynnot, you may see some majestic grey whales. Both there and in Lorino, you will gain fascinating insights into everyday life and the traditions of the Chukchi people before you follow in the footsteps of great discoverers with the HANSEATIC en route through the Bering Strait. Far away from the customary routes, you will be setting course for regions that are only seldom visited, such as the expansive Kolyuchinskaya Bay. On the flat sandbanks, emperor geese can often be spotted, while whales and seals roam the seas. Keep a lookout here, too, for rare yellow-billed loons, snow geese and eider ducks. In the lagoon lies Kolyuchin Island, its steep cliffs a nesting site for guillemots, cormorants and puffins. With luck you may even get your first sighting here of polar bears … Continue your breathtaking wildlife observations at Cape Vankarem, when – accompanied by skuas and Arctic terns – you hike with the experts across the flat headlands, and perhaps come across a walrus or two.
Wed06-Aug-2014 – 09-Aug-2014 Wrangel Island/Chukchi Sea
Wrangel Island: Little-Known UNESCO World Natural Site 
The very approach is beyond compare – now for the first time, the HANSEATIC sets course for the deserted coasts of Wrangel Island which, even in summer, is often surrounded by a thick belt of drift ice. Look forward to exciting hours on deck when the ship, with its ice-proofed hull, inexorably clears a channel that leads you directly into a pioneering adventure. Polar bears hunting for seals can often be seen on the belt of drift ice. The HANSEATIC will stay here for four intensive days as you explore the most beautiful aspects of Wrangel Island. On numerous Zodiac rides and landings you will get to know this isle of rugged beauty so often shrouded in fog – a mystic, unforgettable atmosphere. Wrangel Island is the only Arctic island that is not covered by glaciers, although there are impressive mountain ranges that rise to heights of up to 1,100 metres in its interior. Fossil findings confirm that this was one of the last refuges for the mammoth.
When you tread this new ground, you cannot help but be amazed at the lushly flowering tundra whose lichens, mosses and ferns weave a kaleidoscopic tapestry such as you would never anticipate in the Arctic. The island has been a UNESCO World Naturals Site since 2004. The wildlife here, too, will cast its spell. Steep rocks form the nesting site for numerous species of birds, while far-ranging hikes through the tundra offer you the opportunity to feast your eyes on the fantastic massifs and scan the vast, still landscape for musk oxen, reindeer and polar bears.
Sun10-Aug-2014 Relaxation at sea
Mon11-Aug-2014 – 12-Aug-2014 Chukchi Peninsula (Cape Deschnyow, cruising off Big Diomede, Yittigran Island) Crossing the International Date Line (gain a day)
Grand finale between the Continents 
Still overwhelmed by your experiences on Wrangel Island, you reach the north-easterly extremity of the Eurasian land mass. In good weather, you can even see as far as Alaska from Cape Deschnyow. Travel between the Old and New worlds as the HANSEATIC takes you past the Diomede Islands, a good spot for sighting walruses: Big Diomede belongs to Russia, Little Diomede to the USA – and the International Date Line runs exactly between the two. Finally, on Yittigran Island you will encounter an impressive avenue of whale jaw bones. A masterpiece of Arctic art – and the last highlight on an unforgettable expedition teeming with highlights.
Tue12-Aug-2014 Nome/Alaska/USA, Arrival 19.00 hrs – Overnight stay on board
Wed13-Aug-2014 Disembarkation

* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore activities listed here are in the planning stage and are subject to changes.

A change in itinerary may become necessary on this expedition on the Amazon. The captain will decide on the best possible alternatives depending on the local conditions.

Deck  Cabin Type Deck

Price In USD (per person)

1 Two-berth, outside Guarantee

$11,280

2 Two-berth, outside Amundsen

$12,280

Single occupancy Amundsen

$16,600

3 Two-berth, outside Explorer

$13,770

4 Two-berth, outside Marco Polo

$14,260

Single occupancy Marco Polo

$19,560

5 Two-berth, outside Explorer

$14,750

6 Two-berth, outside¹ Bridge

$16,240

7 Suite¹ Bridge

$22,180

8 Sofa bed in Cat. 3 Explorer

$9,300

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Expedition to Cape Verde – Africa’s Island Pearls in the Atlantic
Funchal (Madeira), Portugal to Dakar, Senegal
MS Hanseatic – October 11-26, 2014
 
Voyage HAN1418

5% early booking discount if booked before March 15, 2014!

Discover the most beautiful range of islands in the Atlantic – seemingly forgotten by the outside world. Cape Verde reveals a landscape of fascinating contrasts: fine beaches, rugged volcanic craters, barren wastelands, lush woodlands – enriched by the cultural treasures of colonial times and characterised by African joie de vivre. An insider’s tip for active explorers in search of unspoilt originality.

Date Destination
Sat11.10.2014 Funchal/Madeira/Portugal, departure 20.00 hrs
Sun12.10.2014 La Palma/Canary Islands
Nature, Culture and Joie de Vivre
With the HANSEATIC and her Zodiacs, you will be able to explore unknown islands in intense detail. With a panoramic setting reminiscent of a giant amphitheatre, you are greeted by the huge volcanic crater that borders the Canary Island harbour town of Santa Cruz on La Palma. Let the natural spectacle begin – with a trip to Caldera de Taburiente National Park*. The journey to the interior takes you along breathtaking escarpments to the lookout point of La Cumbrecita. Those who are hungry for adventure can explore the mountain world of La Palma on four wheels. Go off-road on the Buggy Adventure – active* along mostly unpaved routes right into the mountain world of Brena Alta and Brena Baja. The exciting experiences continue when you reach Cape Verde
Mon13.10.2014 – 14.10.2014 Relaxation at sea
Wed15.10.2014 – 19.10.2014 Ilhas de Barlavento – Windward Group/Cape Verde (Sal , Sao Nicolao , Sao Vicente , Santo Antao , Boa Vista )
On the archipelago’s most sun-drenched island, Sal, there is a paradise to explore, extending from the charms of a barren wasteland to the magic of an underwater world. Setting out from Palmeira, the Jeep Safari in the Wild North* takes you to the spectacular rocky cliffs of Buraconda. Marvel at corals and turtles during a Catamaran Trip with Snorkel Opportunity*. Untouched and spectacular – a good way to describe the Island Impressions of Sao Nicolao*. Admire the extraordinary vegetation with banana, papaya and dragon trees, all against a striking mountain backdrop. The small fishing village of Tarrafal on Sao Nicolao with its black sandy beach is the picturesque departure point for the Hike to Cachaco*, offering breathtaking views of the Monte Gordo which you will never forget. Breathe in the air of solitude for which some of the Cape Verde islands are famous as you visit Preguica, a tiny village the world has all but forgotten. By contrast, Mindelo on Sao Vicente pulsates with life. On a City Walking Tour*, immerse yourself in the melting pot of cultures between the harbour, African market and the old town. The excursion Mindelo and Baia das Gatas* offers you unspoilt nature: enjoy a fantastic view of the town and the bizarre lava formations in the “Bay of Cats”. The raw charm of Porto Novo on Santo Antao – the island of mountains, wind and water – accompanies you on your Tour of Discovery: A Hike on the Trail of Sugar Cane*. An Island Tour* is recommended for those who choose to relax as they take in the lush natural surroundings and bizarre valleys. Peace also abounds in Sal Rei on Boa Vista with its enchanting, colourful house facades in colonial style. The Pristine Boa Vista* excursion tours the northern part of the island en route for Espingueira – the electricity in this pioneering fishing village is generated entirely from the energy of the sun and wind.
Mon20.10.2014 – 23.10.2014 Ilhas de Sotavento – Leeward Group (Brava , Fogo , Maio , Santiago)
Colonial Past on Fertile Land 
Arriving in Brava, you are welcomed by the most flower-covered island in Cape Verde. Furna, its harbour, was constructed in a flooded volcanic crater, protected by high walls of rock. Spectacular vistas over landscapes and the sea are guaranteed on an Island tour* or a Hike in the Faja de Agua*, constantly revealing fantastic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Delightful, impressive, colonial – just some of the words to describe Ponta de Vale de Cavaleiros on the volcanic island of Fogo. An Island Tour with Hike in the Caldera* will take you up as high as 1,600 metres and to a stimulating wine tasting. Succumb to the charms of the picturesque capital during a city walk/tour through Sao Filipe* with its pretty colonial houses. At the easternmost point of the archipelago, remote and sleepy, lies Maio. The island’s kilometre-long beach invites you to relax and go for a swim before you head for Santiago, the biggest of the Cape Verde islands, where a programme of cultural contrasts awaits. In Praia, monuments from glorious seafaring times and city districts with urban flair await you. Here you can give free rein to your spirit of exploration: the excursions Ribeira Grande and Island Tour* or Impressions of Praia and Cidade Velha*, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, take you on the trail of the Portuguese colonial era. Still buzzing after this wealth of cultural experiences and natural attractions, the HANSEATIC sets course for Dakar, where your unforgettable expedition comes to an end.
Fri24.10.2014 Relaxation at sea
Sat25.10.2014 Dakar/Senegal, Arrival 6.00 hrs

* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore activities listed here are in the planning stage and are subject to changes.

A change in itinerary may become necessary on this expedition on the Amazon. The captain will decide on the best possible alternatives depending on the local conditions.

5% early booking discount if booked before March 15, 2014! ²

Deck  Cabin Type Deck

Price In USD (per person)

1 Two-berth, outside Guarantee

$7,260

2 Two-berth, outside Amundsen

$8,040

Single occupancy Amundsen

$11,320

3 Two-berth, outside Explorer

$9,220

4 Two-berth, outside Marco Polo

$9,600

Single occupancy Marco Polo

$13,670

5 Two-berth, outside Explorer

$10,000

6 Two-berth, outside¹ Bridge

$11,160

7 Suite¹ Bridge

$15,860

8 Sofa bed in Cat. 3 Explorer

$5,700

Early Booking discount until²

15 Mar 2014

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SmallShips.travel | MS Hanseatic | Fiji-BaliHAN1405

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Expedition Solomon Islands and Micronesia: Mesmerized by the Magic of the Pacific Lautoka, Fiji – Bali, Indonesia

MS Hanseatic – March 8 – 24, 2014

  Voyage HAN1405 5% early booking discount if booked before August 24, 2013!

Mankind has been longing to experience the South Pacific since time immemorial. However, the entire beauty of nature in this part of the world is only revealed to those who travel beyond the familiar routes. Enjoy a truly special expedition premiere with the HANSEATIC which takes you to remote, magic island worlds. Here, you will have plenty of time to explore untouched beaches, lonely bays and lush rainforests – for a South Seas dream that could not be more authentic.

Date Destination
Mon 24-Mar-.2014 Embarkation of the MS Hanseatic in Lautoka/Fiji, departure 21.00 hrs
Tue 25-Mar-.2014 – 26-Mar-.2014 Relaxation at sea
Thu 27-Mar-.2014 – 30-Mar-.2014 Solomon Islands (Nendoe , Santa Ana Island , Uipi Island , Pirumeri Island
Insiders’ Tips for Discoverers: The Solomon Islands
The hidden Solomon Islands with their exotic charm can only be explored with a true expedition ship such as the HANSEATIC and her manoeuvrable Zodiacs. Visit their pristine beaches and look forward to encounters with cultures which frequently appear mysterious. You will experience the cordiality of the inhabitants for the first time when you are welcomed by the village elder on Nendoe. Following a Zodiac landing on Santa Ana Island, you will be equally thrilled by the wonderful white beaches and the genuineness of the locals. Only few visitors have the chance to witness the impressive welcome ritual of the warriors of the village of Ghupana with their spears. Uipi Island is another true insiders’ tip far away from the usual routes in the remote island world – step into the Zodiacs and land in a lonely lagoon where you can snorkel and swim to your heart’s desire against the backdrop of lush rainforest. On the tiny Pirumeri Island, you are free to immerse yourself in the life of the islanders with their colourful dances and their singing.
Mon 31-Mar-.2014 Relaxation at sea
Tue 01-Apr-2014 – 04-Apr-2014 Papua New Guinea (Rabaul, Garove Island , Kopar/Sepik Fluss , Wewak )
In the Realm of Fire on Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea, an archipelago consisting of more than 600 islands, owes many of its beauties to the untamed forces of the element fire. Even sailing into the port of Rabaul is spectacular – the little town is surrounded by six volcanoes, some of which are still active and emit mystic columns of smoke into the blue sky. Immerse yourself in Rabaul and its history * and visit attractions such as the volcanological observatory. Like Rabaul, Tabar Island belonged to the colony German New Guinea once upon a time. Here, you have the opportunity to go ashore on your own and get to know the fascinating lifestyle of the locals, who are great masters of canoe building and malangan carving.
Sat 05-Apr-2014 Relaxation at sea
Mon 07-Apr-2014 Relaxation at sea
Wed 09-Apr-2014 – 10-Apr-2014 Relaxation at sea
Sat 12-Apr-2014 Indonesia (Benoa/Bali), Arrival 8:00 am. Disembarkation. 

* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore activities listed here are in the planning stage and are subject to changes.

A change in itinerary may become necessary on this expedition on the Amazon. The captain will decide on the best possible alternatives depending on the local conditions.

5% early booking discount if booked before August 24, 2013! ²

Category

Cabin Type

Prices per person

1

Two-berth, outside, guaranteed cabin

$9,890

2

Two-berth, outside

$11,040

2

Two-berth, outside, single occ.

$15,380

3

Two-berth, outside

$12,550

4

Two-berth, outside

$13,040

4

Two-berth, outside, single occ.

$18,380

5

Two-berth, outside

$13,550

6

Two-berth, outside¹

$15,060

7

Suite¹

$21,300

8

Sofa bed in cat. 3

$8,030

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SmallShips.travel | MS Hanseatic | Bluff-Auckland HAN1403

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Expedition New Zealand: Spellbound by the Long White Cloud Bluff, New Zealand – Auckland, New Zealand

MS Hanseatic – February 21 – March 8, 2014

  Voyage HAN1403 5% early booking discount if booked before July 23, 2013!

Inconceivable nature, a unique animal kingdom, a country of wonders – in New Zealand, creation has sculpted a paradise for discoverers. The manoeuvrable HANSEATIC and her Zodiacs take you right to the heart of vast fjords as well as natural preserves and enable you to experience the home of the Maori – the “land of the long white cloud“ – incredibly intensively on this expedition.

Date Destination
Fri 21-Feb-2014 Bluff/New Zealand, departure 19.00 hrs
Sat 22-Feb-2014 Fiordland National Park (cruising in Dusky and Breaksea Sound)
Fascinating Discoveries on the Water, Ashore and in the Air
Right at the beginning of your expedition, you can look forward to overwhelming moments in one of the most magnificent nature reserves in the world – the HANSEATIC cruises through the Fiordland National Park. Waterfalls thunderously empty into the fjords, impressive peaks are reflected in the deep blue bays. Marvel at the evergreen slopes of Dusky and Breaksea Sound before the HANSEATIC spends a considerable amount of time in the famous Milford Sound to enable you to experience this unique miracle of nature intensively.
Sun 23-Feb-2014 Milford Sound
The steep slopes overgrown with rainforest rise out of the water to heights of more than 1,000 m, and the fog almost magically hovers between the mountaintops. The fabulous landscape is crowned by the rugged Mitre Peak.
Mon 24-Feb-2014 Stewart Island
Discover New Zealand’s presumably best-kept secret Stewart Island from a helicopter when you explore Paterson Inlet from the air*. Alternatively, you may wish to follow experienced rangers to the bird sanctuary Ulva Island*, in the untouched forests of which you will look out for kiwis and bellbirds.
Tue 25-Feb-2014 – 1-Mar-2014 New Zealand’s South Island (Dunedin, Lyttelton, Kaikoura Peninsula , Abel Tasman National Park , Marlborough Sounds )
New Zealand’s rich bird world also awaits you near Dunedin when you watch royal albatrosses and yellow-eyed penguins on the Otago Peninsula*. The port of Lyttelton is a flooded volcanic crater. The Banks Peninsula, which you will get to know on the excursion picturesque Akaroa*, also owes its idyllic green landscape to volcanic eruptions. In the sheltered bay with the turquoise blue sea, you may catch sight of sea lions and dolphins. Or you could travel on the TransAlpine Express to Arthur’s Pass* and enjoy breathtaking views across the mountains and the highland.
Truly Close to New Zealand’s Miracles of Nature
Animals living in the wild, untouched forests and majestic fjords – over the days to come, you will explore New Zealand’s magnificent nature in the context of numerous Zodiac rides and landings. The Kaikoura Peninsula, for instance, is a veritable paradise for seals and sea lions. With a little luck, you will also catch sight of whales here. The small Abel Tasman National Park is famous for its many bays and the granite cliffs well worth seeing. Here, the local conditions determine our activities – the options range from a walk through extensive forests via a hike along the coast to relaxed hours on the beach. An unforgettable expedition day also awaits you in the Marlborough Sounds, a huge and complex labyrinth of waterways with countless islands and bays. Follow the traces of James Cook in Ship Cove where his “Endeavour“ once lay at anchor or, given favourable conditions, land on Motuara Island, which is home to New Zealand fur seals and endemic birds. For additional memorable sights, the HANSEATIC will subsequently cruise through Queen Charlotte Sound.
Sun 2-Mar-2014 – 6-Mar-2014 New Zealand’s North Island (Wellington, Napier, cruising off White Island, Tauranga)
On New Zealand’s North Island, you will be welcomed by Wellington. Discover the capital located amidst a spectacular landscape on a helicopter flight* if the weather is favourable or get to know endemic bird species such as bellbirds, kakas or robins at the nature reserve Zealandia*. The gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers* near the small city of Napier allows for additional bird observations. From Napier, you can also set out to visit two of the most renowned vineyards in New Zealand*. The following day, you may look forward to entirely different impressions – the HANSEATIC will cruise as close as possible off the coast of White Island, New Zealand’s only still active volcanic island, and offer you spectacular views of the rough forces of nature from the deck. Similar elemental forces have shaped the scenery of Rotorua, New Zealand’s thermal centre* near Tauranga. A walk takes you past bubbling mud pools, steaming crevices and gorgeous lakes before a premiere awaits you towards the end of your cruise.
Fri 7-Mar-2014 Great Barrier Island.  Auckland/New Zealand, arrival 22.00 hrs with overnight stay on board. 
For the very first time, the HANSEATIC sets course for Great Barrier Island – a destination for true discoverers and flexible expedition experiences with its white beaches, pristine forests and hot springs and the magnificent finale of your fantastic New Zealand voyage.
Sat 8-Mar-2014 Disembarkation in Auckland, New Zealand.  

* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore activities listed here are in the planning stage and are subject to changes.

A change in itinerary may become necessary on this expedition on the Amazon. The captain will decide on the best possible alternatives depending on the local conditions.

Category

Cabin Type

Prices per person

1

Two-berth, outside, guaranteed cabin

$8,720

2

Two-berth, outside

$9,635

2

Two-berth, outside, single occ.

$13,125

3

Two-berth, outside

$10,865

4

Two-berth, outside

$11,295

4

Two-berth, outside, single occ.

$15,635

5

Two-berth, outside

$11,715

6

Two-berth, outside¹

$12,975

7

Suite¹

$18,175

8

Sofa bed in cat. 3

$7,125

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SmallShips.travel | MS Hanseatic | Auckland-Fiji HAN1404

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Expedition South Seas (Melanesia): The Authentic South Seas for Genuine Pioneers Auckland, New Zealand – Lautoka, Fiji

MS Hanseatic – March 8 – 24, 2014

  Voyage HAN1404 5% early booking discount if booked before August 8, 2013!

Mankind has been longing to experience the South Pacific since time immemorial. However, the entire beauty of nature in this part of the world is only revealed to those who travel beyond the familiar routes. Enjoy a truly special expedition premiere with the HANSEATIC which takes you to remote, magic island worlds. Here, you will have plenty of time to explore untouched beaches, lonely bays and lush rainforests – for a South Seas dream that could not be more authentic.

Date Destination
Sat 08-Mar-2014 Embarkation of the MS Hanseatic in Auckland/New Zealand, departure 19.00 hrs
Sun 09-Mar-2014 Bay of Islands
From New Zealand to New Caledonia: Expedition to the Green Heart of Oceania
Your fabulous voyage of discovery begins amidst the pristine scenery of the Bay of Islands, an archipelago with more than 150 idyllic islands. A fantastic view of the landscape and the world-famous Hole in the Rock off the coast of Cape Brett will be offered to you on a helicopter flight*. Alternatively, you could set out on a hike through mangrove forests to the Haruru Falls*. With a little luck, you will spot nesting cormorants here.
Mon 10-Mar-2014 Relaxation at sea
Tue 11-Mar-2014 Norfolk Island/Australia
If the weather is favourable, you will land with the Zodiacs on the rarely visited Norfolk Island – a world in itself, the island idyll of which is characterised by lush meadows and the typical Araucaria forests.
Wed12-Mar-2014 Relaxation at sea
Thu13-Mar-2014 – 14-Mar-2014 New Caledonia (Nouméa, Ile des Pins )
With the turquoise lagoon of the overseas department New Caledonia, you will get to know one of the most beautiful sides of France. The capital Nouméa welcomes you with its colonial charm. From here, you may wish to set out to visit the offshore Amedee Lighthouse Island* by glass-bottom boat or discover the overwhelming nature during a helicopter flight over the coast*. In the fine white sand of  Ile des Pins, you can subsequently unwind in the shade of the pine trees and enjoy your South Seas dream to the full.
Sat 15-Mar-2014 – 18-Mar-2014 Vanuatu (Tanna , Malakula , Ambrym Island , Espiritu Santo )
Fascinating Discoveries on Vanuatu
It is said that the inhabitants of this archipelago are the happiest people in the world. And when you land on the white beaches of Vanuatu off the tourist tracks with the Zodiacs and marvel at the gorgeous jungle, it will feel like paradise to you, too. The panorama of this pristine expedition territory is dominated by five active volcanoes. Even James Cook referred to Mount Yasur on Tanna as the “lighthouse of the South Seas“ back in his time. From Port Resolution, you can start out on a hike to the crater* where, from a safe distance, you might experience its natural “fireworks“. You can immerse yourself in the exotic rites of the archipelago when you reach Malakula with the Zodiacs for the first time, an island on which more than 30 languages are spoken. On Ambrym Island, you will be mesmerised by the magic of the Rom dance and unveil the secret of the sand drawings. Insights into the tranquil town of Luganville can be gained during the expedition stopover on Espiritu Santo. Visit the open-air market and see the astounding and fancy artistic craftwork before enjoying unique paradisiacal moments on the bright white Champagne Beach.
Wed 19-Mar-2014 Relaxation at sea
Thu 20-Mar-2014 – 22-Mar-2014 Fiji (Suva, Leleuvia , Yasawa Islands )
Fiji – The Treasury of Paradise
Radiant bloomage, dense primeval forests, turquoise water and impressive rituals – Fiji is the epitome of the South Seas. Near the capital city Suva, you can experience the traditions of the Bequa firewalkers*. When we visit the village of Togalevu, the inhabitants will provide evidence of their mystic power and walk across glowing coal. Fiji’s main island Viti Levu is an exotic Garden of Eden made up of jungle, waterfalls and river valleys which you will explore in the course of a drive across the spice island*. After swimming, snorkelling and relaxing on the beach of Leleuvia, more days brimming with unforgettable expedition experiences lie ahead of you.
Sun 23-Mar-2014 Mamanuca Islands – Lautoka/Fiji, arrival 22.00 hrs. Overnight stay on board
The HANSEATIC sets course for the remote Yasawa and Mamanuca Islands for the very first time – genuine insiders’ tips on which you still encounter the authentic South Seas feeling. With the manoueuvrable Zodiacs, you will land where humans usually rarely leave their footprints. Fine sandy beaches and secluded bays with crystal-clear water, the profuse vegetation of tropical forests and colourful coral reefs that entice you to go snorkelling – enjoy the perfect farewell to discoveries under the South Seas sun that will warm your heart for a long time.
Mon 24-Mar-2014 Disembarkaiton.

* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore activities listed here are in the planning stage and are subject to changes.

A change in itinerary may become necessary on this expedition on the Amazon. The captain will decide on the best possible alternatives depending on the local conditions.

5% early booking discount if booked before August 8, 2013! ²

Category

Cabin Type

Prices per person

1

Two-berth, outside, guaranteed cabin

$8,720

2

Two-berth, outside

$9,790

2

Two-berth, outside, single occ.

$13,570

3

Two-berth, outside

$11,500

4

Two-berth, outside

$11,940

4

Two-berth, outside, single occ.

$16,580

5

Two-berth, outside

$12,380

6

Two-berth, outside¹

$13,700

7

Suite¹

$19,270

8

Sofa bed in cat. 3

$7,480

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SmallShips.travel | Bremen | Ushuaia-Callao Feb 28 2014

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Expedition Chilean Fjords: In the Land of a Thousand Contrasts
Ushuaia-Callao
MS Bremen February 28 – March 18, 2014 – Voyage 1404 Snow-covered peaks and blue mountain lakes; bizarrely elevated granite towers and narrow waterways; the largest birds and the smallest deer in the New World, greater rheas and pudus – discover an incomparable fauna and flora on this expedition through Chile’s magnificent contrasts.

Date Destination
Fri28-Feb-2014 Embarkation of the MS Bremen in Ushuaia/Argentina, departure 19.00 hrs
Sat01-Mar-2014 – 07-Mar-2014 Chile’s fjord world (passage through the Beagle Channel, passing the Garibaldi Glacier, passage through the Strait of Magellan, Punta Arenas, Isla Magdalena , Puerto Natales, cruising through the Chilean fjord world, passing the Pio XI Glacier)
Chiles’s Wonder World
Roaring waterfalls plunging into quiet mountain lakes, monumental glaciers rising into the blue sky, and the Andean condor flying majestically over his kingdom – the Chilean fjords are one of the most spectacular natural landscapes in the world. The vast and intricate labyrinth of channels and islands seems to have been specifically designed for the small, manoeuvrable BREMEN. Depending on the local conditions, you can look forward to many Zodiac rides during which you will experience the archaic beauty of Chile especially intensively. As soon as you enter the Beagle Channel, fantastic perspectives of the shimmering blue glacial tongue of the Garibaldi Glacier will be revealed to you. Sea birds and fur seals romp around in the vicinity of the mighty ablation zone on the edge of the glacier. You will follow the route of the first person to sail around the world through the famous Strait of Magellan and numerous channels to Punta Arenas. From there, a hike in Magellan National Park* takes you to the heart of a unique flora with Lenga and Coigue trees. On the Isla Magdalena, you will gain fascinating insights into the habitat of Magellanic penguins. In narrow waterways like the Smyth or the Kirke Channel, the BREMEN takes a lot of time to provide enthralling expedition experiences before you enjoy a further highlight after setting out from Puerto Natales – Torres del Paine National Park* is an unforgettable spectacle of creation. Granite rocks, the famous Torres, arise amidst glistening waterfalls, extensive forests and shimmering aquamarine mountain lakes. You may encounter some greater rheas, flamingos and Magellan geese here. Alternatively, you can enjoy wonderful panoramic views during a horseback ride to Milodon Cave*. The BREMEN will also make the most of her advantages as an expedition ship as she continues her voyage through the Chilean fjords. Sailing through channels such as the Union, the Sarmiento and the Inocentes Channel, you will approach an overwhelming wonder of nature: the Pio XI Glacier. It is the largest glacier in the southern hemisphere and one of only a few glaciers in the world that are still growing. Over 6 km wide and up to 75 m high, the bluish white shining ice masses of its ablation zone are a truly magnificent sight.
Sat08-Mar-2014 Puerto Chacabuco (Aisen)
You will also experience impressive moments in Puerto Chacabuco during a hike through the Aiken del Sur Park* with its dense forests and crystal-clear lakes.
Sun09-Mar-2014 Castro/Chiloé
Magnificent Nature and Proud Cities 
Sublime bays and long sandy beaches – find out for yourself why the island Chiloé is known as an insider tip. The wooden churches of the town of Castro are listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, as are the typical houses built on stilts which you can admire on an island tour*. If the weather is good, you will enjoy a fantastic view of the volcanoes on the mainland.
Mon10-Mar-2014 Puerto Montt
One of these, the snow-topped Volcán Osorno, rises majestically into the sky not far from Puerto Montt. From this small town, you can take in the sights of Chile’s landscape of lakes* during a spectacular excursion or see the impressive Petrohue Waterfalls from the perspective of the Andean condor during the sightseeing flight over volcanoes and lakes*.
Tue11-Mar-2014 Valparaiso, arrival 18.00 hrs
Unique photos can also be taken in Valparaiso. The ”little San Francisco“ extends across a great number of hills, the slopes of which are covered with colourful houses. From here, you can set out to explore Santiago de Chile* – a cultural melting pot and pulsating metropolis with millions of inhabitants.
Wed12-Mar-2014 Valparaiso, departure 18.00 hrs
Thu13-Mar-2014 Isla Damas , cruising off the coast of Isla Chanaral
After landing with the Zodiacs on the small Isla Damas (subject to official approval), you have the opportunity to discover the habitat of Humboldt penguins, cormorants and turkey vultures. You can continue your intensive animal and bird observations in front of Isla Chanaral and look out for the numerous sea birds, sea lions and otters while cruising off the coast of the island.
Fri14-Mar-2014 Puerto Caldera
The beach Bahía Inglesa in the small town of Puerto Caldera promises unadulterated relaxation before you set out to marvel at an artefact that the UNESCO has listed as a World Cultural Heritage Site.
Sat15-Mar-2014 – 16-Mar-2014 Relaxation at sea
Mon17-Mar-2014 Paracas (Pisco)/Peru
Depart from Paracas on a flight over the mystical lines of Nazca*, which are over 2,000 years old. To the present day, there are different theories concerning the origin of the monumental animal images and geometric figures which can only be seen completely from the air. The animal paradise Islas Ballestas* is similarly impressive, and its abundance of species including fur seals, sea lions, Peruvian boobies and Inca swallows will bid you a dazzling farewell.
Tue18-Mar-2014 Callao (Lima)/Peru, arrival 7.00 hrs.  Disembarkation.
Category Cabin type

Price in USD $

 1 Two-berth, outside – Deck 3

$9,310

 2 Two-berth, outside – Deck 4

$10,100

 3 Two-berth, outside – Deck 4

$11,270

 4 Two-berth, outside – Deck 5

$12,060

 5 Two-berth, outside – Deck 5

$12,740

 5 Two-berth, outside, single occupancy. Decks 3-5

$15,300

 6 Two-berth, outside, with balcony, Deck 6

$15,030

 7 Two-berth suite, outside, with balcony, Deck 7

$17,570

8 Two-berth, outside, guaranteed cabin

$8,270

9 Additional Bed for third person

$6,090

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SmallShips.travel | Bremen | Callao-Belem March 18 2014

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Expedition Panama Canal and Orinoco: Rich Diversity Between Two Oceans
Callao-Belem
MS Bremen March 18 – April 7, 2014 – Voyage 1405 Thousands of years old advanced civilisations and the secrets of the jungle. Indio traditions and the Caribbean attitude towards life. Traces of colonial times and the tracks of exotic animals. On this expedition you will travel between two oceans to the experience the contrasts of South America. Connected with one another they form a unique lifeline – the Panama Canal will make your explorer heart leap for joy.

Date Destination
Tue 18-Mar-13 Embarkation of the MS Bremen in Callao (Lima)/Peru, departure 17.00 hrs
Wed 19-Mar-2014 Salaverry, from 13.00 to 19.00 hrs
On the trail of ancient advanced civilisations 
Impressive relics of extinct civilisations characterise the start of your expedition when, after setting out from Salaverry, you will explore the Dragon Temple Huaca and Chan Chan*. Here you will follow the trail of the Chimu culture – this UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, built around 1300, is probably one of the largest cities in the world to be built with clay. The two temples of the highly developed culture of the Mochica, which you will discover in the Moche Valley with the Pyramid of the Sun and of the Moon*, date back to an even earlier period. Built from millions of clay bricks, the Pyramid of the Sun is regarded as the largest solid building on the American continent, whereas the Pyramid of the Moon is famous for its radiant paintings and frescoes. Precious cultural objects which are followed by the precious treasures of nature.
Thu 20-Mar-2014 Relaxation at sea
Fri 21-Mar-2014 Isla de la Plata/Ecuador
On the small Isla de la Plata, on which Sir Francis Drake is once said to have buried his silver treasure, a very diversified wildlife has its habitat. During a guided tour of the National Park you can observe i.a. dolphins and frigate birds as well as masked and blue-footed boobies.
Sat 22-Mar-2014 Esmeraldas, from 8.00 to 18.00 hrs
The city of Esmeraldas has a particular Caribbean flair. From here you will depart on a Flight to Quito – the highest-located cities in the world*. You can walk to a height of almost 3,000 m above sea-level through the impressive old part of the city, the colonial centre of which was the first site ever to be accepted in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list. Alternatively, on an excursion Coffee and Bananas from Ecuador* you can learn interesting facts about the “export hits“ of that country.
Sun23-Mar-2014 Relaxation at sea
Mon24-Mar-2014 Gulf of San Miguel/Panama
The green heart of Panama is the Darien Jungle in the Gulf of San Miguel. Traditional boats bring you right into the largest coherent rainforest in Central America. In the seemingly impenetrable thicket jaguars, tapirs, pumas and aras can be found. The animals share their habitat with the Choco Indians who live in widely scattered villages in the jungle. You will get to know their traditional everyday life more closely on your excursion.
Tue 25-Mar-2014 Day excursion through the Panama Canal
The experience Panama Canal 
And suddenly it lies ahead of you – a myth full of history and stories, and the absolute highlight of your cruise – the Panama Canal. The unforgettable daytime passage with the BREMEN leads you for more than 80 km past savannas, green rainforests and wild mangrove forests. Based on their wide knowledge the experts on board will explain this technical masterpiece to you which is at present being considerably widened. Look forward to spectacular and intensive moments.
Wed 26-Mar-2014 San Blas
Before you reach the archipelago of San Blas the Kuna Indians will welcome you with their artistically decorated molas.
Thu27-Mar-2014 Cartagena/Columbia, from 8.00 to 17.00 hrs
Caribbean flair 
One of the most beautiful cities in South America awaits you – walk through Historic Cartagena*, and marvel at the picturesque old city with its magnificent facades dating from colonial times. On the other hand a Canoe Ride through the Mangrove Forests around La Boquilla* will bring you deep into Columbian nature to see the abundant bird life there
Fri 28-Mar-2014 – 29-Mar-2014 Relaxation at sea
Sun 30-Mar-2014 St. George’s/Grenada, from 12.00 to 17.00 hrs
Exotic Caribbean fragrances welcome you to St. George’s on the Spice Island of Grenada* – two-thirds of the nutmegs sold throughout the world come from here. Sunny leisure hours are promised on the tour With the Catamaran to the Grand Anse Bay*, on which you can snorkel and swim to your heart’s content.
Mon 31-Mar-2014 – 02-Apr-2014 Expedition on the Orinoco/Venezuela with Zodiac rides
Pure expedition experience in the Orinoco Delta 
The BREMEN allows herself three exciting and flexibly organised days to explore the unique ecological system of the Orinoco with you. Climb into the Zodiacs, and discover the narrow branches of the fourth-largest river in the world. In pristine nature you can observe toucans, parrots, flamingos and hummingbirds, listen to the cries of the howler monkeys and, with any luck, sight perhaps even the rare Orinoco crocodile. In addition, in concealed, initially villages you can immerse yourself in the secluded life of the inhabitants.
Thu 03-Apr-2014 – 04-Apr-2014 Relaxation at sea
Sat 05-Apr-2014 Ile Royale/Iles du Salut/French Guiana
Finally the BREMEN will head for a small paradise that belongs to France. The Ile Royale and its neighbouring island Ile St. Joseph belong to the overseas department French Guiana. In the former penal colony you will enjoy the freedom of choosing the finale of your high-contrast expedition completely according to your wishes.
Sun 06-Apr-2014 Relaxation at sea
Mon 07-Apr-2014 Belem/Brazil, arrival 5.00 hrs (depending on the tide).  Disembarkation.
Category Cabin type

Price in USD $

 1

Two-berth, outside – Deck 3

$9,540

 2 Two-berth, outside – Deck 4

$10,540

 3 Two-berth, outside – Deck 4

$11,600

 4 Two-berth, outside – Deck 5

$12,630

 5 Two-berth, outside – Deck 5

$13,540

 5 Two-berth, outside, single occupancy. Decks 3-5

$15,930

 6 Two-berth, outside, with balcony, Deck 6

$15,960

 7 Two-berth suite, outside, with balcony, Deck 7

$18,820

8 Two-berth, outside, guaranteed cabin

$8,640

9 Additional Bed for third person

$5,920