Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has officially christened its second of three new luxury expedition ships, Hanseatic Inspiration at a ceremony in Hamburg on the River Elbe on 11 October 2019.
The youngest person to circumnavigate the globe single-handed, Laura Dekker, was chosen to be Godmother, who took part in the traditional champagne bottle smashing on the ships bow. Around 230 VIP guests were invited to the naming ceremony by Hapag- Lloyd Cruises.
The 230-passenger Hanseatic Inspiration was transformed into a stage itself, as eleven state-of-the-art, high-powered projectors showcased a twelve-minute multimedia show on the ship’s exterior, taking the audience on a virtual journey through the destinations the ship will visit.
Karl J. Pojer, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, said: “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. The second ship in our new expedition class is a further milestone in our company’s history. With these three new ships, we are positioning ourselves in the exclusive five-star expedition segment – as already demonstrated by the Hanseatic Nature.”
Laura Dekker, Godmother to Hanseatic Inspiration, said: “Naming the Hanseatic Inspiration against the wonderful night-time backdrop of the port of Hamburg was a very special moment for me. I’m sure that this expedition ship will more than live up to her name and take her guests on many inspiring cruises to show them the wonders of nature up-close.”
Hanseatic Inspiration departed Hamburg on 12 October 2019 before arriving in Antwerp on two days later to begin her maiden voyage. The 15-day cruise will visit Tenerife with stops in La Coruna, Lisbon, Casablanca and Madeira, among others.