Hapag-Lloyd ship will offer two special 2014 expedition cruises
The first expedition will sail May 10-27, cruising to the Primorye region in Southeast Siberia, which only opened to foreigners in 1991. Visitors to this remote region will be met with hidden lakes, nature reserves, small islands, native flora, and unique local culture. Embarking from Shanghai, the cruise will stop in Pusan, South Korea; Sibera; and Rishiri, Japan, before ending in Otaru, Japan.
From July 28 to August 15, the Hanseatic will then sail roundtrip from Nome, Alaska, to explore Wrangel Island in the Chukchi Sea and the Chukchi Peninsula. Both destinations are rarely visited, and Wrangel Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as a refuge for polar bears, walruses, seals, and other species.
The Hanseatic is one of the few ships in the world that will explore both the east and north coasts of the Chukchi Peninsula, which is located on the most northeastern tip of Russian Siberia. The cruise will also visit Russia’s Provideniya, Lorino, Kolyuchinskaya Bay, Kolyuchin Island, Cape Vankarem, Cape Deschnyow, Big Diomede, and Yittigran Island.