Hapag-Lloyd Cruises cancels new ship naming ceremony

The naming ceremony for new Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ expedition ship Hanseatic Nature has been cancelled.

A showcase event planned in London three days later as part of its maiden voyage has also been dropped as a result.

The 230-passenger vessel is the first in a range of new-builds for the German company.

The Tui-owned line said: “Unfortunately the handover of the Hanseatic Nature in our requested five-star standard, is likely to be delayed, bringing uncertainty to our plans.

“Regrettably, as a result, we have to cancel the naming ceremony of that had been scheduled to take place in Hamburg on April 12.

“By cancelling the time-intensive naming ceremony we are now focusing on the preparations for the maiden voyage planned to depart on the following day. Also this schedule will be challenging.

“This planning uncertainty thus also forces us to cancel the media and sales event planned for London.”

A spokesman added: “Please be assured that this was not an easy decision for us to take, as truly, we would have enjoyed showing you our new expedition ship at this occasion in London.”


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