Inspiration steel cut
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.