Tomorrow morning, I walk five minutes from my apartment in Helsingborg, Sweden, to the catch the local bus, which will take me to the central train station, where I’ll pay about $25 to get to Copenhagen International Airport, about an hour away. The train stops directly underneath the airport so that all I need to do is go up the escalator, and I’m practically at the check-in desk for my flight. Such is the convenience of traveling in Scandinavia.
I may be getting to the airport using public transport, but once I reach Athens, Greece, I’ll be living lavishly. Tomorrow night, my head hits the pillow at Hotel Grand Bretagne, an esteemed property in the Luxury Collection Hotel. The next morning, on Tuesday, I board the uber-posh Europa 2. It’s my third time on the vessel, although one of those times was for an overnight only.
Hapag-Lloyd, which operates this beautiful ship, invited me and videographer Chris Stanley on board to film the vessel so that readers of Avid Cruiser could have a better idea of all that this luxury ship has to offer. In the interest of full disclosure, Hapag-Lloyd covered our air and all accommodations, including on board Spa Suites and the pre-cruise hotel night in Athens, in exchange for the videos that we will produce.
I’ve written a few stories from my previous experiences on Europa 2. You’ll find a couple of those at the links below.
I’ll also be reporting live from Europa 2 this week on our sister site, Live Voyage Reports.
While I am cruising the Mediterranean, Aaron Saunders will be reporting live from Australia, where tomorrow (Monday) he will step aboard Silver Discoverer in Broome, for a 12-day expedition cruise that will take him to Bali. Be sure to check out Aaron’s daily reports, which you’ll find on Live Voyage Reports.
Speaking of Silver Discoverer, I interviewed Silversea’s Kristian C. Anderson last week. Kristian is Silversea’s senior vice president and general manager of the Americas. That’s a big title, but basically it implies that Kristian is a guy in the know when it comes to trends in the luxury cruise segment — especially when it comes to Silversea.
Listen to our conversation, and learn about a few special offers that may nudge you to cruise Silversea: Catching Up With Silversea’s Kristian C. Anderson: 20 Years Of Luxury, Success With Expeditions, Special Savings & More.