Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is preparing for the future, with an order for two state-of-the-art luxury expedition cruise ships that will debut in the spring of 2019. Built by Norwegian shipyard VARD, they will replace the line’s existing expedition vessels, Bremen and Hanseatic. Capable of carrying up to 230 guests apiece (or 199 guests in Antarctica), these… [Read More]
If you’re accustomed to cruising only on luxury cruise ships operated by U.S. cruise companies, you’ll find Hapag-Lloyd’s Europa 2 full of surprises. Expect a European-ambience on board, with emphasis on the company’s Germanic roots; a drop-dead gorgeous vessel, with lots of space; eight dining venues — all at no extra charge; Europeans (mainly Germans) serving you in the… [Read More]
If you feel comfortable budgeting $300 to $1,000 per day per person and you want the best, look to the luxury cruise players for your cruise.
I’ve put together five photo slideshows with extended captions that relate an experience that is almost as good as being on board Europa 2.
My colleague at USA Today’s Cruise Log posed an interesting question today: Are Crystal and Seabourn the world’s best cruise lines? His post, inspired by the results of a Travel & Leisure reader survey, is getting good engagement with lots of comments and varying opinions. I encourage you to join the discussion. My opinion? Well, thanks… [Read More]
Last week, we reported about Hapag-Lloyd’s new ship, Europa 2 (see Hapag-Lloyd Cruises To Get A New Europa & Oceania’s Insignia). More details emerged today. Europa 2 will feature veranda suites, measuring just over 300 square feet, spa suites, penthouse and family suites. The ship will have seven restaurants, including a Sushi Bar, two lounges and four… [Read More]
Hapag-Lloyd is getting a sister. Europa 2 will offer a modern and casual luxury alternative to the existing Europa. Scheduled to being sailing in 2013, the new vessel will feature 258 staterooms, with a maximum passenger capacity of 516. Europa 2 will sail 7-day Med cruises in the summer months and warm-weather destinations in the winter months. The company… [Read More]
In an earlier post, I promised to give a verdict to the question: Is Hapag-Lloyd’s Europa the world’s best cruise ship, as some guide books have proclaimed? There’s no question that Hapag-Lloyd’s flagship has the makings of a best-in-category ship. As noted before on Avid Cruiser, Europa is ranked 5 Stars Plus by the Berlitz… [Read More]