Editor's note: This ship is no longer sailing as part of the Hapag-Lloyd fleet.
A German-run luxury expedition ship, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' MS Hanseatic attracts a clientele largely from her mother country, with a bilingual crew that caters to both German and English speakers. The 175-passenger vessel covers some of the most remote places in the world, from Antarctica and the Amazon to Easter Island and Spitsbergen, Norway. While some of the landings on shore — usually via Zodiacs or tenders — may require some physical dexterity and braving of the elements, the watchword on board is comfort. Dinners are lavish multicourse affairs that draw on an eclectic range of cuisines, service is generally superb, and the roomy cabins are outfitted with flat screen TVs, DVD players, and Wi-Fi. All Zodiac and tender boat landings are included in the rates, and warm parkas and rubber boots are provided in polar regions.