Hapag-Lloyd Commissions Europa 2

German-small ship operator Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has welcomed the latest addition to its fleet of luxury ships with the arrival of the new MS Europa 2. The newly-constructed vessel was christened by US-born entrepreneur and godmother Dana Schweiger during the 824th Hamburg Port Anniversary near the riverside district of Blankenese.


Constructed at St. Nazaire in France, MS Europa 2 offers more onboard space per guest than any other cruise ship at sea. 251 suites across 7 categories measure in size from 28 to 99 square meters with luxurious fittings and amenities, with the highest categories featuring private ocean-view whirlpools. Families can avail of the family-style suites, with separate living areas connected by a door and the shared balcony.


8 restaurant concepts, including specialty Asian, French and Italian outlets, mark a departure from traditional cruise ship dining with flexible mealtimes, no assigned seating and tables for 2. The 6 onboard bars provide varied ambiances for enjoying beers, wines and signature cocktails. The ship will also house a cooking school with equipment from luxury kitchen appliance manufacturer Miele.


MS Europa 2’s entertainment options will reflect her modern concept, with a large 2-deck high LED wall and spectacular theatre productions, performances and light shows exclusive to the ship. A focus on wellness centers around the Ocean Spa, where guests can be pampered over facials, massages and Thalasso therapy, while Pilates and spinning classes will take place at the large fitness area. Younger cruisers will be occupied with activities at the Teens Club, Kids Club and the Knopf Club, specially designed for infants with cots, changing tables and toys from renowned German plush toy maker Steiff.


Spending summer in the Mediterranean, the ship will sail a series of combinable 7-day itineraries before cruising further afield to the Middle East and Southeast Asia for winter on 13- to 20-day sailings, visiting a total of 123 ports. Her small size allows calls to rarely-visited ports such as Bonifacio and Portofino, where the 12 Zodiac boats carried onboard take passengers to explore remote lagoons and beaches.


Headquartered in Hamburg, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises operates a fleet of 5 small vessels catering primarily to the German-speaking market. Sailing luxury and expedition cruises around the world, the line is looking to grow its market share in English-speaking countries, competing against rivals Oceania Cruises, Seabourn Yacht Club and Silversea Cruises.


For more information, visit www.hl-cruises.com.

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