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Hapag-Lloyd Cruises: Europa 2

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Europa 2 Review

The ms Europa 2 is the newest ship in the Hamburg-based Hapag-Lloyd Cruises fleet—having entered service in May 2013. The all-suite, all-balcony luxury ship holds a maximum of 516 passengers and 370 very dedicated bilingual crewmembers. When it entered service, the ship had the highest space per passenger ratio of all any ship sailing. As the Europa 2 makes its way around the world, passengers can book a segment for as few as seven nights up to as many as nights they want—or can afford. This ship is not for those on a strict, limited budget.

Great effort is being made to market Europa 2 to the English-speaking market: all onboard announcements and printed materials are in both English and German, and all crews are bilingual. Due to its compact size the Europa 2 has the ability to call at smaller ports (as well as the large ones) that might be off the beaten sea lanes. The ship offers eight dining venues—including three internationally themed restaurants: Italian, French and Asian—as well as the aft Yacht Club, which offers sumptuous buffets at breakfast and lunch. There is also a very popular waffle stand adjacent to the pool, which can add a few calories to the trip. However, the added pounds can always be burned off in the large, well-appointed gym and spa. A theater provides nightly entertainment featuring a roster of international performers. A highly dedicated team helps passengers book custom excursions when the ship pulls into port.

Relaxed/casual is the vibe onboard. There are no black-tie dinners or toga nights. Men can wear nice pants and collared shirts to dinner, with perhaps a blazer. Women can wear casual chic outfits and feel completely comfortable.

Hamburg-based Hapag-Lloyd Cruises comprises two luxury ships (Europa and the Europa 2), one upscale ship (Columbus 2), and two expedition ships (the luxury ship Hanseatic and the upscale Bremen). Catering to a largely German speaking clientele, the company is working to attract more English-speaking passengers on the line's newest ship, Europa 2. All officers and staff are bilingual, as are all onboard announcements and printed materials. The all-suite Europa and Europa 2 offer the largest space-per-passenger ratio of any ships currently sailing. Further, all cabins on the Europa 2, which entered service in May 2013, have balconies. Only Columbus 2 carries more than 520 passengers; its capacity is 698.

This small fleet calls at ports on all seven continents, with itineraries as short as seven nights and up to as many nights as one could imagine. Some passengers have taken up virtual residency on the luxury liners, attracted to the relaxed atmosphere (there are no black-tie dinners or toga nights), excellent food in a variety of international dining venues, and variety of ports of call accessible only to smaller ships. There are extensive programs for young children as well as teens, and a variety of activities for all ages both onboard and ashore. The Hapag-Lloyd non-expedition ships circle the globe, and passengers can join as they wish, joining any available itinerary segments. Not so with the expedition ships, where passengers must sign on for the whole itinerary. With over 100 years in the cruising industry, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is carving out quite a nice little luxurious niche for itself—all around the world.

What You Should Know


  • Calls at interesting, smaller ports as well as popular larger ones
  • Cuisine is sumptuous and excellently prepared, and cooking classes appeal to the culinary minded
  • All cabins include the use of both a PC and tablet computer


  • Because of its size, the ship can't offer the variety of onboard experiences as a giant cruise liner
  • There's no casino or fancy extras like rock-climbing walls (though there is a substantial gym)
  • Unlike some luxury ships, this one doesn't linger in port for more than a day
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 370
  • Entered Service 2013
  • Gross Tons 40,000
  • Length 739 feet
  • Number of Cabins 251
  • Passenger Capacity 516
  • Width 87.6 feet

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