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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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’S Best 2013 in Antwerp- An extraordinary culinary event

Oh, what I wouldn’t give to have sailed on this voyage… over 30 well known chefs, winegrowers, chocolatiers, fromagiers and pâtissiers from all over Europe recently gathered together on Hapag-Lloyd’s Europa for an onboard culinary event. EUROPA’S Best 2013 brought together the shining stars of the culinary world (see the participant list below) in Antwerp for a demonstration of creative and unique dishes such as “braised cheek and ravioli of veal on a bed of vegetable strips …

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Hapag-Lloyd Cruises launches its 2014/2015 international expedition cruises brochure

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises announces the arrival of their 2014-2015 expeditions brochure, offering eleven itineraries operated in English and German. The small and beautifully appointed expedition ships, MS HANSEATIC and MS BREMEN will be traveling to Siberia, the Chukchi Peninsula and Wrangle Island, Antarctica, the Chilean Fjords, Cape Verde, the Amazon, Alaska, and the Northwest Passage in 2014-2015. The HANSEATIC, the world’s only 5-star expedition ship and the BREMEN, a 4-star plus expedition ship, were built to provide intensive …

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Gourmet event on board the MS EUROPA, the only 5-star-plus cruise ship in the world

Numerous Michelin-starred chefs, winegrowers, chocolatiers, fromagers and pâtissiers joined together on board the world’s only 5-star-plus-cruise ship (according to Berlitz Cruise Guide 2013), in order to treat guests to extraordinary culinary creations at this year’s EUROPA’s Best. As part of EUROPA’s cruise from Lisbon to Hamburg, more than 30 top gastronomic participants embarked the ship in Antwerp, where they converted the Lido deck into a gourmet paradise. MS EUROPA chef Stefan Wilke welcomed the gastronomic elite on …

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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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Exceptional gourmet offerings on board the EUROPA 2

Guests on board Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ EUROPA 2 will experience top-class culinary variety as soon as she sets sail for her maiden voyage from Hamburg to Lisbon on May 11, 2013. The gourmet concept on this new, modern, luxury cruise ship provides seven different restaurants for passengers to choose from, including a sushi bar and three speciality restaurants. Additionally the “Speisezimmer” restaurant can be booked for private dining. For guests who feel like cooking themselves, and getting to …

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Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Presents the Adventure Routes: The Amazon, The Chilean Fjords, Antarctica, The South Seas, New Zealand, Madagascar

-All photos courtesy of Hapag-Lloyd Ready to take an adventure cruise in the lap of luxury?  Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has just released their 2013-2014 expeditions brochure, which offers 12 itineraries that are operated in English/German.   The line’s adventure ships will be traveling to Alaska, Spitsbergen, Iceland, Greenland, The Northwest Passage, The Amazon, The Chilean Fjords, Antarctica, The South Seas, New Zealand, Antarctica, Africa and Madagascar. Hapag-Lloyd has  two small, beautifully appointed expedition ships, the MS HANSEATIC and the …

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Start of the next construction stage for the EUROPA 2: keel laid

On Thursday, March 1, 2012, the next construction stage of the EUROPA 2 began with the keel laying. At the STX Europe shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, the first block of the ship was lifted into the dry dock. Sebastian Ahrens, Managing Director of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and Laurent Castaing, General Manager of STX France, each placed a coin in the block. The coins were welded into the block and will accompany the ship on all future cruises. This …

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