Hapag Lloyd recently announced that it's adventurous cruise ship, the Hanseatic Inspiration, would be returning to North America in the year 2023 to cruise the Great Lakes once again. After many hurdles caused by the travel industry's pandemic slump, ourselves and many others were overjoyed to learn that Hapag Lloyd would finally be making a comeback.
The cruise line is known for its immersive German-speaking -- but English-friendly -- adventures that offer voyagers the chance to travel in places many other ships can't. Aboard the Hanseatic Inspiration, cruisers are given an intimate experience filled with culinary and natural excursions. Only carrying up to 230 passengers, the ship is one of the smallest vessels among our Great Lakes cruise lines. With its small size and a uniquely European feel, the Inspiration is one of the greatest new ways to explore the Great Lakes, providing an easy entry point for European travelers and a fresh point-of-view for those that've already cruised the lakes.
For their 2023 return, the line plans to offer a total of five cruises across the Great Lakes and North America. Sailing from May to early July, voyagers will have the chance to visit popular Great Lakes destinations like Chicago, Toronto, and the famous Mackinac Island while traveling in fashion aboard the Hanseatic Inspiration. The Great Lakes cruises individually range from 10 to 15 days, allowing for plenty of time to take in the wonders. With excursions like whale watching from a rigid inflatable boat and carriage rides across scenic islands, these cruises are sure to impress new and experienced travelers alike.
While many other lines have made their return in 2022, Hapag Lloyd's 2023 return is wonderful news for Great Lakes travelers looking for a one-of-a-kind cruise. At Great Lakes Cruises, 2023 already has us excited for the future of the lakes! Learn more about our upcoming 2022 and 2023 cruise itineraries.