The legends of the Amazon: where native peoples live hidden in the rainforest; where toucans, howler monkeys and cicadas add their voices to the wildlife chorus; and where the plants explode in a riot of colour. Behind every bend of the river, new facets of the evergreen jungle await you. Only a small expedition ship like the HANSEATIC and its Zodiacs will allow you to explore this paradise at close range. Travel deep into winding waterways for what could be the greatest adventure of your life.

***This is a bilingual cruise with English shore excursions***
*** The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage***

Highlights


Manaus - the capital of the state of Amazonas, on the banks of the Negro River in northern Brazil, is a major departure point for the surrounding Amazon Rainforest. East of the city, the dark Negro River runs side by side with the brown, muddy Solimões River in a phenomenon called the Meeting of the Waters, which converge to form the Amazon River.

The Amazon’s legendary reputation precedes it as one of our planet’s last, yet threatened, paradises. Its wonderful diversity, which must be protected, is far more overwhelming than any description can convey. How far will your impressive expedition take you? To be exact, 4,000 km – from Iquitos in Peru to the mouth of the river at the Atlantic. The small HANSEATIC is perfect for exploring this incomparable ecosystem. Its shallow draught allows you to explore even the upper reaches of the Amazon, which could not be more diverse: over 40,000 identified plant species flourish in the Amazon and form the planet’s largest rainforest – we can only guess at the number of species yet to be discovered. Depending on the weather conditions and currents, the Zodiacs will be constantly in use, taking you down beautiful side branches to discover pristine natural beauty and hidden villages.
Pay a visit to Libertad and the Yagua natives to gain fascinating insights while surrounded by manioc and pepper trees. The markets of Leticia also show life in harmony with nature – the scents and colours of spices and tropical fruits enchant the senses. Away from the hustle and bustle, some people are still said to live in complete isolation. Much more visible is the diverse animal kingdom, for example, in Panelas. Whether on deck or in a Zodiac – this cruise constantly presents you with marvellous sights, for example, on the Rio Jutai. Here, the cries of parrots echo over the water from the orchid-covered jungle trees, providing musical accompaniment to the dance of countless butterfly species. On a night-time Zodiac ride through the rainforest of Cuxiu Muni, the flitting fireflies seem almost like stars fallen from the tropical night sky. The bright eyes of the caimans, which you might be lucky enough to spot in the darkness, provide another very special natural spectacle.
The jungle metropolis of Manaus will show you the close relationship between nature and culture on the shores of the Amazon. This is where the past and present meet. The city’s history and opera house* bear witness to the time when this former centre of rubber made its fortune. On an aerial tour above Manaus*, these impressions will intensify as the jungle and city merge.
The famous Meeting of the Waters is a natural paintbox: the clay-yellow Rio Solimoes mixes with the “black” Rio Negro – water level permitting, the HANSEATIC will explore its riverbanks in particular detail. In this designated conservation area, you will ride out in the Zodiacs to get up close to the wealth of flora and fauna. This continues in Pagodao, where the wildlife chorus heralds natural diversity.
Canacari will take your natural experiences to a very special level. With the Zodiacs, you will travel through floating water grass and past the world’s largest water lilies with leaves 3 m in diameter. At the middle point of the Amazon, Parintins is the epitome of flourishing city life. During the “Bumba-meu-boi”, dancers in colourful costumes are accompanied by intoxicating music as they tell the legend of the resurrection of a bull. Wonders of creation Around every bend, the Amazon seems to have something to surpass your previous experiences: for example, swim and bathe as though in the Caribbean on the fine white beach of Alter do Chao. Spend a few hours here doing absolutely nothing, and look forward to the diversity yet to be discovered. More than 400 mammals call the Amazon home, including sloths, giant otters and water buffalo. One exotic example is the pink dolphins, which might pop up around the Zodiac when you reach Guajara. Toucans, hummingbirds, macaws and hoatzins are just some of the more than 1,000 species of birds that will cause a real sensation.
Your on-board experts will be happy to tell you which of the over 3,000 different species of fish live in the Breves Channels. They will draw your attention to the wonders of the nearby shores on this impressive daytime passage – from the art of the stilt buildings in the hidden settlements to the natural discoveries of Alexander von Humboldt.
You will reach Belem wishing this cruise would never end. And even if this is where you disembark, your memories of this paradise will stay with you forever.

Cat 1: Guaranteed Outside Cabin

$ 10790 USD pp
approx 22m2 All cabins and suites are ideally situated – facing outward with a view of the world’s oceans. The perfect location to prepare for your next destination. The large panoramic windows allow you to enjoy the best views the ocean has to offer. When the ship enters the next harbour, the forward-view camera sends images directly to your flat screen. Share your impressions with people at home using the wireless Internet connection in your cabin and your on-board e-mail account.

Cat 2: Amundsen Deck

$ 11990 USD pp
approx 22m2 - Amundsen Deck All cabins and suites are ideally situated – facing outward with a view of the world’s oceans. The perfect location to prepare for your next destination. The large panoramic windows allow you to enjoy the best views the ocean has to offer. When the ship enters the next harbour, the forward-view camera sends images directly to your flat screen. Share your impressions with people at home using the wireless Internet connection in your cabin and your on-board e-mail account.

Cat 3: Exploer Deck

$ 13850 USD pp
Cat 1 approx 22m2 - Explorer Deck All cabins and suites are ideally situated – facing outward with a view of the world’s oceans. The perfect location to prepare for your next destination. The large panoramic windows allow you to enjoy the best views the ocean has to offer. When the ship enters the next harbour, the forward-view camera sends images directly to your flat screen. Share your impressions with people at home using the wireless Internet connection in your cabin and your on-board e-mail account.

Cat 4: Marco Polo Deck

$ 14430 USD pp
Cat 1 approx 22m2 - Marco Polo Deck All cabins and suites are ideally situated – facing outward with a view of the world’s oceans. The perfect location to prepare for your next destination. The large panoramic windows allow you to enjoy the best views the ocean has to offer. When the ship enters the next harbour, the forward-view camera sends images directly to your flat screen. Share your impressions with people at home using the wireless Internet connection in your cabin and your on-board e-mail account.

Cat 5: Explorer Deck

$ 15000 USD pp
approx 22m2 - Explorer Deck All cabins and suites are ideally situated – facing outward with a view of the world’s oceans. The perfect location to prepare for your next destination. The large panoramic windows allow you to enjoy the best views the ocean has to offer. When the ship enters the next harbour, the forward-view camera sends images directly to your flat screen. Share your impressions with people at home using the wireless Internet connection in your cabin and your on-board e-mail account.

Cat 6: Bridge Deck

$ 16730 USD pp
approx 22m2 - Bridge Deck All cabins and suites are ideally situated – facing outward with a view of the world’s oceans. The perfect location to prepare for your next destination. The large panoramic windows allow you to enjoy the best views the ocean has to offer. When the ship enters the next harbour, the forward-view camera sends images directly to your flat screen. Share your impressions with people at home using the wireless Internet connection in your cabin and your on-board e-mail account.

Single Occupancy Amundsen Deck

$ 16970 USD pp
approx 22m2 - Amundsen Deck All cabins and suites are ideally situated – facing outward with a view of the world’s oceans. The perfect location to prepare for your next destination. The large panoramic windows allow you to enjoy the best views the ocean has to offer. When the ship enters the next harbour, the forward-view camera sends images directly to your flat screen. Share your impressions with people at home using the wireless Internet connection in your cabin and your on-board e-mail account.

Single Occupancy - Marco Polo

$ 20430 USD pp
Cat 1 approx 22m2 - Marco Polo Deck All cabins and suites are ideally situated – facing outward with a view of the world’s oceans. The perfect location to prepare for your next destination. The large panoramic windows allow you to enjoy the best views the ocean has to offer. When the ship enters the next harbour, the forward-view camera sends images directly to your flat screen. Share your impressions with people at home using the wireless Internet connection in your cabin and your on-board e-mail account.

Cat 7: Bridge Deck

$ 23640 USD pp
approx 44m2 - Bridge Deck All cabins and suites are ideally situated – facing outward with a view of the world’s oceans. The perfect location to prepare for your next destination. The large panoramic windows allow you to enjoy the best views the ocean has to offer. When the ship enters the next harbour, the forward-view camera sends images directly to your flat screen. Share your impressions with people at home using the wireless Internet connection in your cabin and your on-board e-mail account.

MS Hanseatic

Vessel Type:

Length: 403ft

Passenger Capacity: 175

Built:1991

 

Aboard the M/S Hanseatic you will discover your very own personal expedition. Due to the background five-star service, you will enjoy your holiday to the maximum and it will become an unforgettable experience.

The Hanseatic was built in 1991 in Finland. It weighs 8380 tons and has a draught of 4,90 meters only. It is a small and versatile ship used for expeditions but at the same time it offers more than average space for its 175 passengers. On its expedition-cruises extraordinary destinations such as Antarctica, Greenland, Micronesia or the North Western Passage are to be found on the itinerary. Apart from these, destinations as Norway, the Baltic Sea, the North Sea or the Mediterranean Sea are also attractive to the Hanseatic for their more individual smaller ports, off the tourist track. The itineraries are designed in a very individual and respectful manner.

Atmosphere on board

The Hanseatic is an attractive cruise ship for the explorer type of tourist. Moreover, it offers a five star standard to its guests. During the day the dress code on board is casually sporty and ashore mainly comfortable and appropriate to the destination visited. Only for the occasion of the Captain's dinner a formal dress code would be recommended. Most of the guests belong to the middle to advanced age-groups. The Hanseatic is less attractive to families.

Living aboard

During the day meals are offered within an open seating. In the evening dinner is served in the main restaurant. There is enough capacity in the main restaurant for all guests at once. The excellent culinary offer fulfills the standard of a five star service. Each cruise of the Hanseatic is accompanied by specialized lectors who will be happy to answer all your questions on the current itinerary. In exciting and interesting presentations you will gain all important background knowledge on the visited destinations in the Darwin Hall. Once reached the destination you will shipped out in individual Zodiacs with a small group only. This will offer you a chance to experience the wonders of our nature in the most possible individual way. There a sauna, a gym and a sun bed to be found aboard the Hanseatic. On deck there is a temperature-regulated pool which is filled with sea water. Moreover, there are bicycles onboard that you can use free of charge for individual excursions in the destinations.

Cabins

All cabins are comfortable and designed elegant. The average size of 22 square meter (suites 44 square meter) offers enough space for the guests. There are exclusively outside cabins. All cabins are equipped with a television with satellite program and a possibility to send and receive emails. Your mini bar will be topped up with non-alcoholic drinks free of charge on a daily basis.

 

 

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