More than ice MS Hanseatic • MS Bremen expedition cruises

More than ice

The Antarctic:
more than an adventure

Simply breathtaking. Marvel in a whole new way: with the small HANSEATIC and BREMEN expedition ships, you will experience the fascinating aspects of the sixth continent at close quarters. Majestic, lofty glaciers spread out between steep mountain chains all the way to the sea. The magnificent spectacle of enormous tabular icebergs. A diverse animal kingdom that will leave nature lovers astounded. Wherever possible, the Zodiacs (rubber boats well suited to expeditions) will take you to the heart of this glittering wonderland – perhaps several times a day. This is so much more than an adventure: this is the journey of your life.

Immerse yourself in the fascinating Antarctic!

More than a region

More than a region

The experience is what we aim for, and each one opens up a new chapter of the Antarctic: glacial islands, deep fjords, gigantic wildlife colonies and ice-covered waterways in a legendary region. Experience wildlife and nature up-close – on the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands. Embark on the journey of a lifetime and get your first glimpse of this treasure chest nature has to offer …

South Georgia

Glaciated mountain summits and deep fjords herald this unique wildlife paradise. Several times a day, the Zodiacs (rubber boats well suited to expeditions) will provide you with very special opportunities to observe the wildlife. The island is home to up to 200,000 creatures, including enormous colonies of king penguins, fur seals and elephant seals. In the former Grytviken whaling station, the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton recalls the bravery and adventure of times gone by.

Falkland Islands

Just as moving as the history of the British overseas territory, the abundant bird life becomes apparent as soon as the Zodiac takes you to the rocky coastline. With more than 60 different species – including rockhopper penguins, Magellanic penguins and albatrosses – this is an eldorado for ornithologists! During natural history walks along the coast, your experts will provide fascinating information about the head-high tussock grass and the Victorian houses in Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands.

South Orkney Islands

For researchers, the Antarctic is an enormous natural laboratory – and that includes this largely glaciated island group. Enjoy the pure fascination of the drifting icebergs which, with any luck, you will see off Signy Island, for example. The bizarre blocks that have broken off the shelf ice and their huge archways shimmer a mystical shade of blue in the icy polar light. And the HANSEATIC and BREMEN will pass close by – simply breathtaking!

Antarctic Sound and Weddell Sea

Unforgettable moments are guaranteed when crossing the Antarctic Sound and the water is suddenly parted by the fluke of a majestic whale. The deck becomes your box seat for unique natural spectacles in one of the Antarctic’s most impressive passages. In the Weddell Sea, home to spectacular icebergs, you will feel the impact of complete silence. The ice crunches and cracks around the ship’s reinforced bow. How far can the HANSEATIC and BREMEN sail?

South Shetland Islands

Towering basalt rocks, bizarre volcanic rock and black volcanic beaches lend the Antarctic’s largest island group an archaic beauty. Delve into this geological history book. You will never forget your first impressions as the HANSEATIC and BREMEN call at Deception lsland, for example. Thanks to their shallow draughts, the ships can sail directly into the flooded caldera of the extinct volcano. Cliffs up to 50 metres (164 ft) high at the sides, a black, steaming beach in front – and you at the heart of the experience.

Antarctic Peninsula and outlying islands

Where weather and ice dictate the route, only a genuine expedition ship like the HANSEATIC and BREMEN can guarantee the full Antarctic experience – for example, when you first set foot on the Antarctic mainland near Paradise Bay only to be greeted by icebergs as high as houses and snow-capped peaks. The imposing glacier cliffs, such as those of Neko Harbor, provide a unique soundscape. One of the most impressive shipping passages in the world is the Lemaire Channel: mountains up to 1,000 metres (3,280 ft) high line the strait of water and seem to be almost within reach.

More than just an encounter:
diverse wildlife

Over the course of their evolution, millions of sea birds, thousands of penguins and countless whales and seals have adapted perfectly to the Antarctic – thanks to an immense supply of krill in this region. Your expeditions with the HANSEATIC and BREMEN will bring you particularly close to these fascinating creatures.

Hunter of the seas: the seal

Hunter of the seas: the seal

Seals are everywhere, in the sea, on ice floes and on beaches: fur seals, Weddell seals, leopard seals – to name but a few. Elephant seals will play an important role in your sightings. Ashore, their size – up to five metres (16 ft) long and four tonnes in weight – makes it difficult for them to move. But in the sea, these colossal creatures are true record holders: they can dive to a depth of up to 1,400 metres (4,593 ft) and remain underwater for almost two hours.

Penguins – Antarctic characters

Penguins – Antarctic characters

With their wings remodelled as fins, penguins are ideally suited to life in water. Their “underwater flight” allows them to hunt their prey and flee from enemies. They only come on land to breed and moult. Hundreds of thousands of king penguins await you in South Georgia. There are an estimated 7.5 million pairs of chinstrap penguins on the Antarctic Peninsula. Meanwhile, gentoo penguins announce their presence with a call reminiscent of a donkey.

Whales – heights of fascination

Whales – heights of fascination

During your expedition, whales will often make their presence felt with spouts of water. Some species can be identified by the direction of the water cloud: the sperm whale blows to the front and left, while the blue whale blows high into the air. The humpback whale is an impressive specimen – up to 15 metres (49 ft) long and 45 tonnes in weight – but is outdone by the fin whale at over 25 metres (82 ft) long and more than 70 tonnes. In addition to baleen whales, you will also witness toothed whales such as the orca.

Ornithological heaven

Ornithological heaven

Most species of polar birds spend the majority of the year at sea. In the short Antarctic summer, they head for land to breed on the few ice-free areas. This includes the petrel. With their wingspan, some are reminiscent of the albatross, which has undoubtedly appointed itself the king of the polar skies: with a wingspan of up to 3.5 metres (11 ft), they are one of the largest birds that are able to fly.

The expeditions have been arranged at times when the circle of life promises particularly fascinating sightings.


  • Return of the whales
  • Mating season, nest-building and egg deposition of the Adelie, rockhopper, macaroni, king and chinstrap penguins
  • Egg deposition of the giant petrel


  • Egg deposition and breeding season of the wandering albatross
  • Breeding season of the giant petrel, cape petrel and king penguin
  • Cubbing season of the Antarctic fur seal
  • Breeding and upbringing season of the Adelie, chinstrap and macaroni penguins
  • Upbringing season of the gentoo penguin, blue-eyed cormorant and Weddell seal


  • Cubbing and upbringing season of the leopard seal
  • Upbringing season of the Antarctic fur seal
  • Breeding season of the wandering albatross and king penguin
  • Upbringing season of the blue-eyed cormorant and giant petrel
  • Breeding and upbringing season of the Adelie, chinstrap and macaroni penguins


  • Breeding season of the wandering albatross
  • Breeding and upbringing season of the king, Adelie, chinstrap and macaroni penguins
  • Upbringing season of the Antarctic fur seal

These monthly lists are based on past experience and may vary from year to year.

More than just close:
unforgettable experiences

More than just close: <br>unforgettable experiences

Where no ports are available, Zodiacs (rubber boats well suited to expeditions) are the only way to reach the shore. Get to within touching distance of pristine nature in the company of our experts, who will be happy to share their knowledge and bring you even closer to the Antarctic wonderland.

With your newly acquired knowledge, the Antarctic will seem even more impressive. Each expedition will therefore be accompanied by up to five experts with different specialisations. Skilled lecturers and discussion partners on board, they are also informative guides when ashore.

Biologists and geologists, glaciologists and historians, they will inspire you with their fascinating talks and background knowledge – be it the story of the Antarctic’s origins, the physical wonder of the ice, the breeding behaviour of the penguins or how whales breathe. Our experts’ inexhaustible wealth of knowledge will allow you to delve even deeper into the wildlife and the various regions you will encounter on your expedition.

Up to 14 Zodiacs are available to take a maximum of 175 guests to the most beautiful parts of the Antarctic. With their 36 h.p. engines, they are not just a means of transport, but also floating observation decks.
The specially trained Zodiac drivers are familiar with variable ice conditions and will allow you to thoroughly explore the secrets of this isolated natural paradise. Circumnavigating towering icebergs, you will enjoy unique perspectives of rugged glacial cliffs with deep-blue crevices. At other times, the engine will be switched off so that you can watch seals and whales appear right before your eyes.

The Antarctic wonderland is as exciting during the day as it is mysterious at night. Surrounded by the almost complete silence of the ice and under the starry skies of the Antarctic, you will feel the power of creation and the magic of the polar region in an incomparable way.

On each of our 18-day Antarctic cruises, you will have the opportunity to enrich your expedition with an unforgettable night camping at selected locations. From landing with the Zodiac to putting up your own tent and spending the night in in this icy world, an authentic polar explorer experience awaits you from the evening until the next morning.

Booking details and participation requirements can be found here

More than just a ship

The ice is a defining element of your expedition. Thanks to the highest ice class for passenger ships, the small, manoeuvrable HANSEATIC and BREMEN expedition ships will even take you through thick fields of ice – and with the highest level of safety.

More than just a ship
More than just a ship
More than just a ship
More than just a ship
More than just a ship

The ships easily shift broken pack ice to the side and, if necessary, can sail through a solid ice cover of around half a metre thick. The otherwise infinite silence is filled with crunches and cracks. An explorer’s symphony composed by nature.

In this spectacular frontier, all itineraries for the HANSEATIC and BREMEN focus on spontaneity. Each day, the course is reset depending on the local conditions. The captain and his team have a wealth of experience in the Antarctic. Together with their feel for great expedition moments, they will provide you with unforgettable impressions. If, for example, whales should suddenly appear and begin to circle in the stunning polar light, the ship will follow them for a while. After all, natural spectacles cannot be postponed until the next day – and yet they become almost a daily feature when on board.

More than just responsibility

Expeditions open your eyes to the beauty and unique quality of nature, and heighten your awareness of the need to protect these sensitive habitats. This particularly applies to the polar regions. For this reason, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises commits itself to a responsible relationship with nature – among other things, as a member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO).

Modern environmental technology, regular maintenance and modernisation are just some of the measures employed by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises to conserve nature. All ships have seawater desalination technology for the treatment of water, biological sewage treatment plants and waste incineration facilities. The underwater paint is free from TBT. Our operations are also sustainable: during lay times in European ports, we use fuel with a low sulphur content of a maximum of 0.1 %. Emissions are also reduced through efficient route management. We do not push vessels to go as fast as possible, reducing consumption by around one third in the process. These examples demonstrate our appreciation for environmental protection, which will allow future generations of explorers to be amazed by the wonders of the world.

We also consider it important to treat vulnerable ecosystems such as the Arctic and Antarctic with the respect they deserve. For years, we have been replacing crude oil with eco-friendlier diesel and have a strict code of conduct. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is an active member of IAATO (International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators), a voluntary association of Antarctic tour operators to promote ecologically sustainable tourism while also benefiting from the experiences of all members. This inspires many of our guests to get involved in environmental protection themselves. One option is to offset the CO² emissions of your cruise. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises offers this in conjunction with the climate protection organisation atmosfair. Calculate the amount you would like to donate to non-profit-making climate projects to offset your cruise – and we will cover 25 %. More information at:

... for travellers

  • Do not tread on delicate mosses, lichens and grasses and do not harm the traditional habitat of wildlife, both on land and in the water.
  • Do not throw anything overboard or onto the land.
  • Maintain the specified minimum distance from wildlife and never touch any creatures.
  • Do not smoke when in nature.
  • Do not enter protected areas or research stations without prior consent.
  • Do not remove any rocks or other natural artefacts.
  • Please follow the instructions of your expedition leader and always stay close to your group.

... for tour operators

  • We will discuss the code of conduct with our officers, crew members and guests.
  • We will provide an expert guide familiar with the area for every 20 guests.
  • We will ensure comprehensive and sensitive preparation while on board.
  • We will use only environmentally friendly ships that are suitable for the polar region.
  • We will maintain an anti-throwaway mentality on board.

Start the journey of your lifetime

Write a new chapter in Antarctica discovery history: on unusual routes where the weather and ice determine the course day after day.

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