Hanseatic Inspiration


A luxury cruise ship offering new and exciting features allowing one to experience the polar climates in a totally different magnitude

At a Glance

  • A new vessel from Hapag Lloyd, featuring a state-of-the-art stabiliser system and PC6 ice class, the highest rating for a passenger ship

  • 120 Cabins and Suites are light and airy, with large windows and a decor that mirrors the beautiful ocean waters

  • A large observation deck and lounge afford superb views, with permanently mounted binoculars and 180° view

  • The deck track at the bow provides superb views of the wildlife and ice breaking

  • Onboard experts are on hand to discuss sightings or experiences, and evening lectures and presentations are hosted in the HanseAtrium

  • Please click here to see the deck plan

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Antarctic weather is a lesson in extremes. Antarctica is the world’s coldest, windiest and driest continent. During the summer months the winds abate considerably and the weather is surprisingly comfortable, averaging between 20 and 50F. Summertime also means 18-24 hours of sunlight which allows life to flourish for a brief summer period. Long days also allow extensive exploration by small ship cruise to Antarctica. Antarctic weather allows for a short season of cruising from November to March each year.

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“Hapag Lloyd rightly prides itself on service: the international crew are superb and nothing is too much trouble. The food is absolutely incredible and I challenge any passenger to return without a few extra pounds, in spite of all the fitness options aboard the new ship, the Hanseatic Inspiration.”

“I was just aboard the Inspiration’s twin, the brand new Hanseatic Nature. The bright and open spaces, modern amenities and sweeping views from the balconies that come with every cabin make it possible to take in the spectacular scenery no matter where you are on the ship.”

“Staff man the deck and bridge (also open to passengers!) constantly so they can alert you to passing whales, gigantic icebergs and anything else of interest. In addition to lectures that bring the wildlife and history into sharper focus, pre-dinner recaps bring the wonders of each day to a thoughtful and illuminating close.”

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The newest offering from Hapag Lloyd Cruises, the Hanseatic Inspiration is a sleek, well-equipped vessel with the highest PC6 ice class, 120 cabins and three restaurants. Glass balconies and a deck track at the bow enhance the viewing experience.

The latest vessel in the Hapag Lloyd family, the Hanseatic Inspiration boasts 120 cabins and suites, with three restaurants, a spa and a fleet of Zodiacs for shore trips. Spend your days breaking through ice and getting onto the water in a Zodiac, and your evenings looking out at the shimmering ocean from a glass balcony, cocktail in hand. Dine on Peruvian and Japanese cuisines and soak in the ocean landscape from the warmth of the Finnish sauna.

The 120 cabins of the Inspiration are split across Cabins, Junior Suites and Grand Suites, each sharing the same attention to detail and elegant decor. Simple, minimalist lines and white linens are given a taste of the sea with muted blues and greens that echo the serene landscape visible through the large windows. Each room comes complete with binoculars, Nordic walking poles, air-conditioning, a coffee machine and complimentary mini-bar, while the Suites feature separate living areas, a steam sauna and butler service. Ranging from 21m² to 71m², the cabins and suites are light, airy and offer exceptional views of the passing landscape.

Boasting a large Observation Deck with permanently mounted binoculars and an Observation Lounge on the lower deck with 180° view, the Hanseatic Inspiration has been well-thought out to enhance your experience of the Antarctic landscapes. A deck track at the bow offers front row seats while the PC6 ice class rating, the highest for a passenger ship, makes breaking through the ice as easy as possible. Equipped with a state-of-the-art stabiliser system the vessel offers the smoothest possible journey, even when faced with the choppy waters of Drake Passage. From the international cuisines of the main restaurant to the Japanese and Peruvian dishes of the speciality restaurant and the al fresco dining of the bistro, Hanseatic Inspiration has a wealth of dining options, alongside two bars and 24-hour cabin service.  After an excursion in a Zodiac, relax in the Finnish sauna with its ocean view, or unwind by the pool.  Continue to enjoy the views of the ocean as you work out in the well-equipped fitness centre or indulge in a massage at the spa.

Head ashore on the ship’s Zodiac or discover nature up close on the ocean, snowshoe hike across the ice or take out a kayak, stand-up paddleboard or snorkelling equipment from the Marina (available only on certain itineraries). Onboard lectures and presentations bring to life the wildlife and landscapes that surround you as you cruise on the Hanseatic Inspiration.

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The 120 cabins and suites of the Hanseatic Inspiration are split between Outside Cabins, Panoramic Cabins, French Balcony Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Junior Suites and Grand Suites. Ranging from 21-71m², they are light, elegantly furnished and draw inspiration from the ocean in their calming, serene colours and curved lines. Rain showers and a heated wall in the bathroom are ideal for warming up and drying wet clothes after an excursion, while the passing view can be enjoyed without leaving the comfort of the cabin.

Outside Cabin

At 22 square metres/ 237 square feet the Outside Cabins feature a large window that floods the space with light, a seating area and ensuite bathroom with rain shower. As in all the cabins, they have a coffee machine, Nordic walking poles, binoculars, complimentary mini-bar and flat-screen TV.

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Panoramic Cabin

With 21 square metres/ 226 square foot of space, the Panoramic Cabins enjoy the facilities of the other cabins – coffee machine, complimentary mini-bar, TV, ensuite bathroom with shower, Nordic walking poles and binoculars – but with a floor to ceiling window to enhance the viewing experience from the room.

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French Balcony Cabin

Ranging from 21 square metres/ 226 square feet to 23 square metres/248 square feet, the French Balcony Cabins share the amenities and features of the Outside Cabin but with the addition of an opening door to the outside, with a French Balcony.

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Balcony Cabin

At 27 square metres/ 290 square feet, including outdoor space, the Balcony Cabins share the amenities and layout of the other cabins but benefit from a small balcony, ideal for sitting out with a morning coffee to watch the icy waters float by.

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Junior Suite

With 42 square metres/ 452 square feet of space, including the private balcony, the Junior Suites feature separate living, sleeping and dining areas and a steam sauna in the shower area. A private balcony completes the spacious room, while large windows create a seamless link between the inside and the exceptional landscapes outside. A stay in the Junior Suite comes with butler service and table reservation in the main restaurant.

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Grand Suite

The spacious, 71 square metres/764 square foot Grand Suite features separate living, sleeping and dining areas, with a large private veranda. Complete with freestanding bath and steam sauna in the shower area, the bathroom is light and airy with access to the veranda. A stay in the Grand Suite comes with butler service, table reservation in the main restaurant and free choice of the Zodiac group.

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Three restaurants and two bars offer a host of dining and socialising options, from the romantic surrounds and Japanese/Peruvian dishes of the speciality restaurant to the outside deck of the Bistro and the bar of the Observation Lounge.

Fitness & Wellness

The ship offers an Ocean Spa, Finnish sauna,  pool area with bar and fitness area.

Deck Space & Glass Balconies

The Hanseatic Inspiration has more open deck space than any other expedition ship and glass balconies over the ocean, perfect for dolphin and whale watching.

Observation Deck and Lounge

Enjoy 180-degree panoramic views from the terraced Observation Deck which also offers permanently mounted binoculars.


Nature/inspiration walk

Sit or stand on the new deck track at the bow which puts you in the front row for wildlife sightings while at sea.



While the specific activities available from the vessel will differ depending on the route and itinerary they may include Zodiac rides, shore landings, camping, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and snowshoe hiking.  Subject to departures and weather conditions.


Hanseatic Inspiration Deck Plan

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