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Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ HANSEATIC has successfully navigated the Northeast Passage. Again.
The morning of September 7, 2016, the MV HANESATIC navigated through the Northeast Passage for its second time, after its first voyage in 2014. The HANESATIC became the first non-Russian cruise ship to navigate the legendary sea route.
After sailing 5,542 nautical miles, the expedition vessel arrived in Nome, Alaska on September 10 to end its cruise. The voyage departed from Tromso, Norway on August 16 and made its first call in Murmansk, Russia. After cruising through the Barents Sea and the Arctic Ocean, the ship stopped at anchor in Novaya Zemlya and Franz Josef Land before embarking through the Kara Sea to Severnaya Zemlya. Other stops along the way include Siberia, Wrangel Island and Chukchi Island.
The cruise departed at max capacity with a fully booked roster. The crew organized 20 landings and tours with the 14 Zodiacs on-board. During excursions, guests saw walruses and polar bears. In total 86 polar bears were seen from the bridge, including a sighting of 16 in one sitting, with mothers and babies.