Posted June 21st, 2004, 11:39 PM
Anyone know anything about this ship? Am planning a Nov 2004 South Pacific cruise. The trip is being marketed by Smithsonian and Intrav -- also being marketed in Germany. Thanks!
I then found it was also being marketed by www.lifelonglearning.biz which is a division of Intrav. But, if you look on the Intrav site, the trip does not show.Very interesting. They seem to market a lot of cruises on HANSEATIC actually. The site is quite basic and I have to wonder if perhaps it is new and under construction (I came across a few "under construction" disclaimers there).
Assuming the trip is a "go" (they have all kinds of disclaimers re minimum number of participants), I will post a trip review.I'll be very interested to hear about it; I haven't heard much about HANSEATIC since RSSC stopped marketing her.
Any more info you can give would be great. I wonder if we will be the only Americans aboard struggling in a sea of German, of which we know not a word.Sorry I haven't got much more info unfortunately. Personally if I were going on her I'd try to learn a little basic German, just as I would if I were going to travel in Germany. (My mother tongue is English and my second language is French.) I don't know about the passengers (though many Germans speak English of course) but the crew should be able to handle English-speaking passengers well.
maybe it would be cleverer to book this trip directly at Hapag-Lloyd in Germany (if possible)I'm not sure how that would be done. However, I noticed in the latest issue of Cruising & Beyond (an English newsletter from our German friend Raoul Fiebig) that Hapag-Lloyd has increased the number of bilingual sailings on EUROPA, HANSEATIC, and C. COLUMBUS. Hapag-Lloyd Kreuzfahrten's MD is quoted as saying, "One of the biggest secrets in US tourism are Hapag-Lloyd ships". I can't say that anyone but Hapag-Lloyd is to blame for that but personally I'm glad to see them becoming interested in the US market again.
Hapag-Lloyd has a U.K. site www.hapaglloydcruises.co.uk and were I so inclined I don't see why I could not book with themI linked that above actually. I still can't figure out whether that is Hapag-Lloyd's site (or rather, their UK GSA's site, if they have a GSA in the UK) or just a travel agency site from the UK.
It's a done deal. We have booked this trip.Congratulations! Hope you have a wonderful trip.