Cruise ship takes in Desertas and Selvagens

‘Hanseatic Nature’ takes an unusual route to the Canaries

Cruise ship takes in Desertas and Selvagens 1The Diario has a long report on the new ‘Hanseatic Nature’ cruise ship which last Thursday made its maiden visit to Funchal Port. It spent Friday afternoon off the Desertas Islands, and yesterday, on its way to the Canary Islands, made a visit to the Selvagens Islands, where it remained at anchor until early Saturday afternoon.

At 139 metres long and 22 metres wide, the Hanseatic Nature, which launched this year, has a capacity of 230 passengers and 175 crew. Madeira was the first stop on the 13-day cruise, scheduled to end off the coast of Africa, after visiting the Canary Islands and Cape Verde. It arrived in Funchal from Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel Island, in the Azores.

Cruise ship takes in Desertas and Selvagens 3The Bahamian-flagged ship stayed overnight on Thursday, docked on the northern pier of Funchal Harbor, and left for La Palma in the Canary Islands, heading initially towards the Desertas Islands, where it remained for the rest of Friday afternoon in front of Deserta Grande. Apparently the passengers will have landed there for a few hours. Just after dark, the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises ship resumed its progress south, but towards the Ilhas Selvagens, where it arrived on Saturday morning. It remained there until early afternoon, anchored next to Selvagem Grande.

Selvagens stopover unusual

Although cruise ships are not unheard of on these islands, particularly from this Norwegian company, this ‘stopover’ in Selvagens is nonetheless a rare occurrence in the remote Nature Reserve, about 250 kilometres south of Funchal. However, it is perfectly in order to visit the controversial Portuguese islands, which are occasionally claimed by Alternativa Nacionalista Canária (ANC)

Cruise ship takes in Desertas and Selvagens 5Unlike on other occasions when sea conditions did not allow passengers to disembark from cruise ships, Saturdays calm sea in the Selvagens allowed the disembarkation of most of Hanseatic Nature’s occupants. With the ship at anchor in the area where the Navy patrol ship is usually located – about a mile from the coast – all passengers, or at least the overwhelming majority of 198 tourists on board, took the opportunity to set foot on solid ground again. While some let themselves rest by the ‘watchman’s house’, others took the opportunity to climb Selvagem Grande.

In two years ‘Hanseatic Nature’ should return to Madeira. It has already booked a stop at the Port of Funchal for October 18, 2021. It is equipped with the latest technologies that combine comfort and energy efficiency and uses low sulfur Marine Gas Oil as its fuel.

The first two photos are from the excellent sergiocruises website

1 thought on “Cruise ship takes in Desertas and Selvagens”

  1. Funnily enough I personally know a Madeiran marine biologist who is normally stationed in the Salvagems….

    Spain has harped on about laying claim to the islands for years, next they will be wanting Gibraltar!

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