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Hamburg Atlantic Line (German: Hamburg Atlantik Linie) was an ocean
liner and cruise ship operating company established in Hamburg,
West Germany in 1958 by Axel Bitsch Christensen and Vernicos
Eugenides, the latter being the adopted son of Home Lines' founder
Eugen Eugenides. In 1966 the company changed its name to German
Atlantic Line (German: Deutsche Atlantik Linie). Liner services
were abandoned in 1969, after which the company's ships
concentrated solely on cruising. Due to the 1973 oil crisis, German
Atlantic Line closed down in December 1973. In 1991 Dirk
Moldenhauer, the captain of the last German Atlantic Line ship in
service, acquired the rights to the Hamburg/German Atlantic Line
logo and established Hanseatic Tours which used the same livery and
ship names as the German Atlantic Line. In 1997 Hapag-Lloyd
acquired Hanseatic Tours, and their operarations were merged to
those of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. The last Hanseatic Tours vessel, MS
Hanseatic has retained the Hanseatic Tours livery even in
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