Monday, 28 May 2012

The HANSEATIC and the BREMEN Provide Up-Close Voyages Through Pristine Alaska

• Two expeditions operated in English/ German in summer 2012 and summer 2013
• Spectacular landscapes and wild, unspoilt nature
• Home of bears, whales and bald eagles
Deep fjords, snow-covered mountains, endless forests and shimmering glaciers, make the spectacular landscape of the biggest state of the USA an unforgettable expedition. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises offers two expedition trips through Alaska in Summer 2012 and Summer 2013 on board the MS HANSEATIC and the MS BREMEN. The HANSEATIC, the world’s only 5-star expedition ship and the BREMEN, a 4-star expedition ship, according to the 2012 Berlitz Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships, were created to provide intensive exploration in the most elegant surroundings for a maximum of 184 guests on the HANSEATIC and 164 guests on the BREMEN.
Summer 2012: The HANSEATIC sets sail in July 2012 through the legendary Inside Passage of Alaska, considered one of the most beautiful waterway passages in the world. Guests can experience the following optional excursions on this trip: a glacier flight, a dogsled trip, a boat trip and hike in the rainforest, a helicopter flight over the glaciers and a ride with the historic White Pass & Yukon Route Railway. Guests will encounter Tracy Arms along the route, a secret known only to insiders and perhaps Alaska's most beautiful fjord, with fabulous views of her steep rock walls. The HANSEATIC will also travel through the Kingdom of Bears and Bald Eagles, where guests may be able to catch sight of whales and sea lions in an impressive natural setting. Additionally, an excursion to Tongass National Park will offer guests insight into the flora and fauna of the largest national park in the USA.
Trip Details: From July 14-20, 2012, from Seward/Alaska to Vancouver/Canada, rates for this itinerary start at EUR 6,714/ GBP 4,700/ USD 8,060 per person.
Summer 2013: The BREMEN set sails for Alaska in June 2013, with a shorter trip through the Inside Passage, highlighting more of the Alaskan islands along the route. Guests will be able to observe colonies of fur seals, while kittiwakes and guillemots circle the seemingly endless sky over the solitary waters on this itinerary. Guests may also catch a glimpse of the impressive bald eagle along the route. An optional excursion to Dutch Harbour is also offered, where passengers can visit the oldest Russian Orthodox church in North America. The BREMEN will get close to the wonders of Alaska, in Amalik and Kukak Bays, where powerful brown bears hunt for food. An overwhelming world of ice awaits guests in front of the still active Hubbard Glacier, as well as magnificent landscape views and whale spotting when the BREMEN sails through the Inian Pass. This voyage concludes with two days through British Columbia’s Inside Passage.
Trip Details: From June 19-July 7, 2013, from Nome/Alaska to Vancouver/Canada, rates for this itinerary start at EUR 7,320/ GBP 5,710/ USD 8,790 per person.

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