On Oct. 18, 2017, crowds gathered around the Romanian port of Tulcea for the keel laying ceremony of the HANSEATIC inspiration—the second of two new expedition ships for Hapag-Llyod Cruises.

The exterior of the ship will be constructed in Romania before the HANSEATIC inspiration is sent off to Norway for work on the interior fittings and passenger cabins. When complete in October 2019, the HANSEATIC inspiration—like its sister ship, the HANSEATIC nature—will accommodate up to 230 guests, with the exception of Antarctic cruises which will carry up to 199 cruisers.

The HANSEATIC inspiration will take its maiden voyage in October 2019 with plans to eventually sail all over the world, including in Michigan’s Great Lakes, which will be a return to the area for Hapag-Llyod Cruises after many years.

Interested clients can see an overview of the two ships’ expeditions in a preview that was unveiled in August 2017. Final bookings will be taken starting at the end of January 2018 when the first official brochure is published.

For more information, visit hl-cruises.com.