Golf cruises with the EUROPA 2: Improve technique on board and play on the most beautiful courses in the world

Going on a cruise, improving your golf technique and playing on the most beautiful courses in Europe: guests can do all this on the golf cruises with the EUROPA 2 in 2014. Two PGA professionals will accompany the golf cruises and support the guests on board with training on the simulator, as well as with shore excursions to the most beautiful courses on the cruise route. Golfing for Kids & Teens is now available on the EUROPA …

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Europa 2 visits New York

My friend Kay Showker recently visited Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ ultra-luxury ship Europa 2. Kay is a  New York- based author of The Smart Traveler and author of 15 travel guides. Here is her report. “We are proud of our extravagant space,” noted Karl Pojer, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises who was in New York last week with the Europa 2 on her first visit to New York. At an 85.0 space-to-passenger ratio — the highest of any cruise ship …

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Hapag-Lloyd- EUROPA 2 Culinary School

Hapag-Lloyd’s EUROPA 2 (a 5-star+ cruise ship) offers, as one of it’s many on board amenities, workshops with the Miele Culinary School.  Classes are designed to complement destinations; that is, guests can learn about the cuisine they will be experiencing in a very hands on way as they prepare and present them.  Lessons focus on special delicacies, like sushi, truffles or foie gras, with special pizza baking sessions on family cruises. On special “Connoisseurs of Cuisine” cruises, …

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New Entertainment On Board the World’s Highest Ranked Cruise Ship, the EUROPA 2

The entertainment program on board the modern and casual luxury ship, the EUROPA 2, which has been awarded the highest distinction of “five-stars-plus” by the 2014 Berlitz Cruise Guide, continues to offer new innovations for guests. Three stage shows created exclusively for the EUROPA 2 by the Berlin production company “Phase 7” are currently running in the on-board theater which covers two floors/decks. These shows combine spectacular lighting effects, video and software art with music, dance and …

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Hapag-Lloyd’s Art Collection Onboard the EUROPA 2

For art connoisseurs, a voyage aboard Hapag Lloyds’ luxury ship the EUROPA 2 is an experience for the senses.  All works in the EUROPA 2 art collection were compiled by curators from International Corporate Art (ICA), and artists and gallery owners are onboard every voyage to discuss the words with guests.  An art tour is also held on every cruise. The contemporary focus of the more than 890 art pieces onboard matches the design of the ship, and includes works by Gerhard Richter, Ólafur Elíasson, David …

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Inspiration at sea – Art collection on board the EUROPA 2

On the EUROPA 2, art lovers and connoisseurs can discover a range of various artworks in the public areas and suites. There are 890 original pieces of art on board in total, some of which were created as part of extra contract work for the casual luxury ship from Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. Art was conceived to be an integral component of the new ship design, and it interacts harmoniously with the architecture and technology. The art concept on …

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EUROPA 2, the changeling: still high luxury, but with a difference

Story and Photos by Lillian Africano Special to AllThingsCruise Almost everything I had loved on Hapag-Lloyd’s EUROPA, I found on its sister, Europa 2. And some of the things I didn’t love, have gone away on this sleek and very modern new ship. Yes, the luxury is there, the elements that earned EUROPA the highest possible marks in Douglas Ward’s Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships, often referred to as “the cruise industry bible.” What …

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Hapag-Lloyd’s Europa 2 is a game-changer

For many years, the Europa — operated by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises — has been ranked as the best cruise ship in the world by Douglas Ward, who edits the Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships and is considered perhaps the foremost cruise ship authority in the world today. There has been lots of anticipation for its sister ship, the Europa 2, which was just christened in Hamburg, Germany. Here is a first look… By Kevin Griffin The …

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EUROPA 2 Christened in Hamburg May 10th

In line with the motto “Great moments. Truly exclusive.” the newly- built EUROPA 2 was christened in celebratory and stylish fashion by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises on  May 10, 2013 during the 824th HAMBURG PORT ANNIVERSARY. Godmother Dana Schweiger smashed the champagne bottle against the bow of the ship near Blankenese, Hamburg. The special invitees on board experienced the new ship while attending numerous events with celebrity guests. At around 7:00 pm the EUROPA 2 embarked on a twilight …

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The EUROPA 2 is now in service!

On Friday April 26, 2013 at a formal ceremony, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises took delivery of the modern and casual luxury ship EUROPA 2 from the STX France shipyard in Saint Nazaire. Dr Wolfgang Flägel, Managing Director of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and Laurent Castaing, General Manager of STX France, signed the takeover protocol. Captain Friedrich Jan Akkermann will navigate the newest member of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ fleet across the world’s oceans. After a 20 months construction period, the management of Hapag-Lloyd …

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