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 also announced that it has secured a two-year charter of Oceania Cruises’ Insignia, which will be integrated into Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ fleet as the Columbus 2 beginning in April 2012.
Featuring 349 cabins, the Columbus 2, built in 1998, will accommodate a maximum of 698 passengers. Amenities include a variety of restaurants and bars as well as a spacious spa and wellness area.
In the summer months, the Columbus 2 will cruise the Mediterranean, the Baltic and visit Nordic destinations, with a wide range of combinable voyages from 7-12 days. During the winter months, the Columbus 2 is scheduled to offer world tours.
In a statement from the company, Sebastian Ahrens, Managing Director of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, said: “The Columbus 2 will offer more diversity and comfort sailing alongside the existing Columbus, and the Europa 2 will be the logical evolution and modern interpretation of the standards we have set in the luxury segment of the international cruise market. Both ships will adequately enhance our portfolio, enabling us to serve new target groups.”