· New interior design for the Lido Café
· Redesign of the Penthouse Grand Suites
· Fully comprehensive renovation of the bathrooms on Deck 9
· Installation of a new in-room communication system
The focus of the works carried out on Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ EUROPA during her 13-day shipyard stay was a complete facelift of the interior design of the Lido Café, which now boasts a new design of shades of beige and dark blue. Furthermore, the bathrooms on Deck 9 were gutted and redesigned according to the latest standards. Here, light-colored virgin stone and granite create a modern ambiance. The two Penthouse Grand Suites, each measuring 85 square meters/ 915 square feet, were also overhauled and fully renovated in the living and sleeping areas, as well as in the bathrooms. Beyond this, a new communication system was installed in all of the suites.
A total of 330 shipyard workers, technicians and engineers were involved in the comprehensive renovations on board. The complete shipyard list consisted of several hundred items. Twenty-four containers and three trucks delivered the required spare parts, furniture and carpets to the shipyard with a view to the implementation of the envisaged works. In total, 2,000 square meters/ 21,528 square feet of new carpet were fitted on the EUROPA, and 5,600 litres of paint were used to provide the ship with a makeover both on the inside and on the outside.
The new communication system Media4Cruises by Siemens ensures state-of-the-art infotainment in all of the suites. Besides the features already available in the past such as video and music on demand, television, access to the latest news, weather forecasts as well as information on the ship and the itinerary, it boasts additional services, e.g. the posting electronic greeting cards. The system is very user-friendly and also offers guests convenient Internet access using their own smartphones and tablet PCs.
MS EUROPA, the flagship of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, is the only cruise ship in the world to be awarded the highest rating, 5-star-plus in the new 2012 edition of the renowned Berlitz “Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships.”