Hapag-Lloyd Cruises: Great Moments, Truly Exclusive
October 17, 2016
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, are world renowned providers of luxury and expedition cruises, offering four ships, each with their own unique character, hundreds of destinations, on-board and land programs, attractive travel combinations, short trips and long voyages for travel enthusiasts.
The EUROPA 2, the youngest member of the fleet, was christened in Hamburg in May, 2013. She is a modern and casual luxury ship, dispensing with formal cruise traditions such as the captain’s dinner. In September 2016, the EUROPA 2 was rated ‘THE WORLD’S BEST CRUISE SHIP’ by the 2017 “Berlitz Cruise Guide” for the fourth consecutive year.
Additionally, The EUROPA – offering traditional luxury – also received the highest rating for the seventeenth consecutive year, by the same guide since its commissioning in 1999. The two expedition ships HANSEATIC (5-stars*) and BREMEN (4-stars*) set off on a course of discovery to explore the best kept secrets of nature and culture – the 14 (HANSEATIC) resp. 12 (BREMEN) on-board Zodiacs allow landings on pristine shores. Both expedition ships have been awarded the highest ice class for passenger ships (E4) and are suited for up-close expeditions into polar regions. International voyages (bilingual English/German) are offered on the EUROPA 2 and the HANSEATIC; the EUROPA and the BREMEN offer cruises in German only. Recently, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has announced the exciting news of two new build state of the art luxury expedition vessels, which will be commissioned in spring and fall 2019.
* according to the Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships 2017
MS EUROPA 2 – Freedom That Takes You Places
Lifestyle, luxury and no more than 500 guests: welcome to a truly special ship! The EUROPA 2 combines the highest standards with special moments and relaxation, giving you the freedom to make your dreams come true – in style, unforced and personal. Luxury ever since has meant a veritable explosion of culinary highlights, a top-class range of wellness and fitness services, exceptional on-board entertainment and fascinating shore activities and the freedom to be yourself.
Carrying no more than 500 guests, the EUROPA 2 offers the highest level of personal space and individually-tailored service. Or to use more technical parlance: the space-to-passenger and also the crew-to-passenger ratios here are outstanding. At the same time, thanks to its manoeuverability and shallow draught, the ship is also able to call at smaller ports – an important prerequisite for the enormous diversity of routes from which you can choose. We call it the freedom that takes you places: the flexibility of a yacht, combined with the relaxing comfort of a small resort.
Of appeal to discerning, cosmopolitan guests – couples, families and solo travellers alike – EUROPA 2 has been built combining the very best of contemporary, modern design concepts, while providing every amenity expected of a truly luxurious cruise experience.
The EUROPA 2 is an all suite/all balcony ship with a minimum total area of 35 sq.m accommodation including balcony. In addition, all suites have a free-of-charge mini bar, Internet access and a tablet PC. The 251 suites in eight different categories, measure in size from 28 – 99 m²/ 301-1,066 ft², and offer their own whirlpools with ocean view in the highest categories. In addition, 16 Grand Ocean Suites have whirlpool tubs and rain showers with steam saunas, providing guests with a private oasis of wellbeing on board. For families travelling together, there are seven family style suites, where parents and children can live in two separate areas, connected by a door and the shared balcony.
The restaurant concept on board the EUROPA 2 is synonymous with diversity and flexibility – flexible mealtimes, no assigned seating, and plenty of tables for two. There are seven restaurants to choose from among them, three speciality restaurants with Italian, French and Asian cuisine, as well as a Sushi Bar. There is also an on-board culinary school, equipped by Miele. In addition to the seven restaurants, six bars are to be found on-board.
The entertainment programme reflects the modern concept of the EUROPA 2. The theatre has modern stage technology and a large LED wall extending across two stories – a novelty on a relatively small ship. The entertainment programme features spectacular productions, performances and light shows as well as international guest artists. The shows do not rely on language.
Guests also find diversity and plenty of space in the wellness area, which boasts 1,000 m²/ 10,764 ft². Treatments ranging from massages, to facials, to Thalasso therapy are offered in the eight treatment rooms at the OCEAN SPA. The extensive sauna landscape grants every guest more space to relax than any other ship of this class. In addition, passengers can book a Personal SPA experience and enjoy the private sauna and whirlpool facilities, as well as massage beds and comfortable relaxation furnishings, by the hour, or the day, in an intimate atmosphere. The on-board facilities also include a large fitness area with fitness and cardio equipment, as well as a room where Pilates and Spinning take place. On request, a Personal Trainer is available to counsel guests on their workout and sports hosts are available to organise shore excursions, for example, bicycle tours or Nordic Walking.
With a high number of 7-day combinable cruises, the EUROPA 2 meets the requirements of working people and families with limited vacation time. The size of the ship is a major advantage – with a length of 225 m/ 739 ft and a draught of 6.3 m/ 20.7 ft, the EUROPA 2 is capable of calling at small, rarely visited ports such as Bonifacio and Portofino, which is not an option for most larger ships. Furthermore, a total of twelve Zodiacs are on-board, to take passengers to lagoons and beaches, for example, in remote parts of Southeast Asia where ships cannot dock.
On-board beverage credit: For our international customers, an on-board beverage credit of up to € 200 will apply to each guest, depending on the length of the cruise.
Reservations: International guests, as well as travel agencies, can make use of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ free-of-charge phone numbers when requesting or booking a cruise.
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