Fincantieri’s subsidiary Vard delivered “HANSEATIC spirit”, third ship in a new series of luxury expedition cruise vessels for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' Hanseatic SpiritFincantieri’s subsidiary Vard, one of the major global designers and shipbuilders of specialized vessels, delivered “HANSEATIC spirit”, third ship in a new series of luxury expedition cruise vessels for Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

With her close to 16,000 gross tons and 138 meters long, “HANSEATIC spirit” follows sister ships “HANSEATIC nature” and “HANSEATIC inspiration”, both delivered in 2019 in Norway. Each ship is tailored to allow passengers to access remote regions, ranging from the Arctic and Antarctic to the Amazon.

“HANSEATIC inspiration” accommodates a maximum of 230 passengers. The vessel, like the others of the series, mixes quality with environmental care alongside energy efficient hull design and technology.

“We are proud to welcome the HANSEATIC spirit as the newest member of the fleet. I am delighted that we have been able to work successfully with the VARD shipyard in a challenging period to complete this build and we can now showcase a state-of-the-art expedition fleet with three small and maneuverable 5-star expedition ships. I have great respect for everyone involved and would like to extend my thanks to them all,” said Julian Pfitzner, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

General Manager for the Business Unit Cruise in VARD, Attilio Dapelo says: “I’m really impressed of all co-workers at VARD and Fincantieri, the team from Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and all involved in this project. To build a ship like this, is quite a challenge. In addition, we’ve been faced with tremendous additional pressure due to COVID. Despite all this, thanks to an excellent and solution-oriented cooperation, we have succeeded to get HANSEATIC spirit finalized and delivered. It is a beautiful vessel which earns its name Spirit.”

(Vard, Hapag Lloyd Cruises)


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