Hanseatic Spirit was christened off the island of Heligoland, in Germany, .
The ceremony was led by veterinarian Ulrike Meinfelder, who broke the champagne bottle on the bow of the third ship in the company’s new expedition class.
The professional from the Friedrichskoog seal station assumed the representation of the godmother, who is actually Nemi, a gray seal.
With this baptism at sea, the line assured that it is giving a sign of respect for the marine environment.
The passengers, in this act, surrounded the ship in zodiac boats to participate in the ceremony with residents and visitors of this island.
“For the christening we made a conscious decision about an expedition destination on the doorstep of Hamburg and with Nemi’s symbolic patronage we would like to enter into a long-term cooperation with the seal station,”
-said Julian Pfitzner, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.
August 26 is the maiden voyage of the Hanseatic Spirit, a nine-day voyage that takes the 139-meter-long, 22-wide ship back to Hamburg via Sweden and Denmark.