Monday 14th October 2019, 9:25am
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises held the naming ceremony for its Hanseatic Inspiration last Friday night in Hamburg.
Inspiration is the second of three new Hapag-Lloyd expedition ships, with the vessel named by godmother Laura Dekker, the youngest person to ever circumnavigate the globe single-handed.
The event saw the new ship transformed into a gigantic screen, with 11 high powered projectors using the vessel as a backdrop for a multimedia show taking the audience on a virtual cruise through some of the destinations the ship will visit – including icy landscapes, whales, penguins, jungles, birds and other landscapes.
“Today’s naming ceremony has given our guests a taste of the expedition cruises which they can experience on the Hanseatic Inspiration from now on,” said Hapag-Lloyd Cruises CEO, Karl Pojer during the event.
The three-strong HapagLloyd expedition fleet sees the company “positioning [itself] in the exclusive five-star expedition segment,” according to Pojer.
The vessel cruised to Antwerp over the weekend, and departs today on a 15-day inaugural voyage to Tenerife via La Coruna, Lisbon, Casablanca and Madeira. Inspiration carries a maximum of 230 guests, or 199 on Antarctic cruises and circumnavigations of HapSpitsbergen, served by about 175 crew members.
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises earlier in the month announced that from Jul 2020 its entire fleet would cease the use of heavy fuel oil, and instead use low-pollutant marine gas oil fuel on all routes.
Source: Cruise Weekly