Hapag-Lloyd orders third expedition ship

A rendering of the Hanseatic Inspiration.
A rendering of the Hanseatic Inspiration.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises signed a contract for a third expedition ship for delivery in 2021.

The 230-passenger ship will be called the Hanseatic Spirit and will be Hapag-Lloyd's first adults-only vessel.

It will be based on the design of the Hanseatic Inspiration and Hanseatic Nature, which are due next year.

TUI Group, the parent of Hapag-Lloyd, gave the green light in May for the order based on solid first-half results at the German luxury and expedition line.

"By investing in the new Hapag-Lloyd Cruises ships, the TUI Group is underlining its strategy for this cruise segment and the importance of our luxury brand to the group portfolio," said Hapag-Lloyd CEO Karl J. Pojer.

Financial terms weren't disclosed. Each of the two previous ships have an estimated cost of $155 million.

The ship will be built by Fincantieri's Vard subsidiary in Norway and the interior design will be overseen by Oceanarchitects.


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