In­spi­ra­tion steel cut

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HAPAG Lloyd has cut the first steel for its new Hanseatic

in­spi­ra­tion ship in a cer­e­mony at a Vard ship­yard in Ro­ma­nia.

In­spi­ra­tion will be the sec­ond new­build ex­pe­di­tion ves­sel from the line and is slated to launch in 2019 with Hanseatic na­ture.

As part of the of­fi­cial cer­e­mony in Tul­cea, Tu­dorel Topa, svp and yard di­rec­tor general depart­ment Vard ( pic­tured) pre­sented the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ man­age­ment team with a sym­bolic steel sil­hou­ette of the Hanseatic in­spi­ra­tion.

“The de­mand for ex­pe­di­tion cruis­ing is three times higher than sup­ply and so with our two new­builds we shall be ide­ally pre­pared for the fu­ture and also sat­isfy the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket­place,” said Karl J Po­jer, ceo of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

In­spi­ra­tion will cater for up to 230 guests or 199 pax on Antarc­tic cruises, and will hold the high­est ice class for pax ships.

She will sail in the po­lar re­gions as well as warmer des­ti­na­tions such as the Ama­zon and the South Seas.

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