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First Look: HANSEATIC nature

German Hapag-Lloyd Cruises newest ship has just entered service. The HANSEATIC nature is the first ship in their luxury expedition class.


European tour operator TUI Group’s cruise division contains three divisions: the all German TUI Cruises (a JV with RCCL), the UK focused Marella Cruises and the mostly-German Hapag-Lloyd. While it’s mostly intended for German speaking guests, they do offer English on select cruises for a more diverse clientèle. To cater to both segments, TUI ordered two ships to be built. These adult-only ships are built to Polar Class PC6 which is the highest of all the classes allowing arctic expeditions to be offered.

They partnered with VARD in Norway, a subsidiary of Fincantieri, to design and construct them. Because labor is so expensive in Norway, the hull and superstructure are constructed in Romania. The ship is then towed to
Vard Langsten in Norway for the final outfitting and installation of the technical equipment.

The passenger area span across 7 decks. The bottommost deck accessible to passengers, deck 03, contains the infirmary midships and the marina off the stern.

The next deck up contains passenger areas. Amidships is the the main lounge, HanseAtrium. This area features drinks in the evening and presentations during the day.

There’s a smoking room off to the side.

Past that is the main reception area.

Just beyond that is the specialty restaurant on the HANSEATIC nature, the Hamptons. This features North American cuisine with an emphasis on New England seafood.

The main dining room, called the HANSEATIC Restaurant, seats 180 pax and is open for all three meals.

There’s also 3 pax cabins on the portside, forward.

Deck 05 contains outside and balcony cabins. The aft part contains the casual Lido Restaurant. The area seats 84 indoors and 110 outdoors. This is the ships buffet.

Deck 06 is all cabins with a bow observation platform at the very front.

Deck 07 contains all cabins. The bridge is at the front.

Deck 08 contains the observation lounge forward.

The pool is midships.

Surrounding the pool is the ships main feature, the Glass Balcony.

The spa is located aft.

Deck 09 is just a sundeck with storage for the zodiacs and toys, aft.