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]
Enjoy our video featuring the range of suites and accommodations on Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Europa 2. Also be sure to see, The Avid Cruiser’s Europa 2 Video Review and check out live coverage from Europa 2 this week as Aaron Saunders sails from Istanbul to Kusadasi.
This weekend, Vancouver-based videographer Chris Stanley and I put the finishing touches on our Europa 2 cruise review. The video provides a quick look (5:41 minutes) at Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ newest luxury vessel. If you have trouble viewing the embedded video, click here to view on Youtube. Transcript of The Avid Cruiser’s Europa 2 Video Review VOICEOVER: Embark… [Read More]
“I’ve only seen this once before,” said Frank Neumann, hotel director of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Europa 2. He was referring to the magic happening over our heads as we zipped around the harbor in Syracuse, Sicily, on Zodiacs photographing Europa 2 at anchor. Set against a backdrop that could have come straight out of a Disney… [Read More]
At 8 this morning, Europa 2 docked in Corfu, Greece. We would have the whole day here, departing at 17.00 to cover a distance of 297 nautical miles to our next destination, around the boot of Italy to Syracuse, on the island of Sicily. It was a gorgeous day, although the high temperature would reach only… [Read More]
Today, one of my favorite days on any cruise: a sea day. Europa 2 is making its way from Nafplio, where we enjoyed a tour to antiquity and a beautiful golden sunset yesterday, to Corfu. With no ports of call today, there are fewer decisions to make: to tender ashore or to stay on board,… [Read More]
As Europa 2 approached the Peloponnese peninsula, I woke up with sunrise, which according to the daily program delivered each evening to my suite, was at 6:19 this morning. Sunlight filtered into the room through the sheer curtains pulled across the sliding glass door that leads out onto the spacious veranda. There are heavier curtains… [Read More]
Monday, May 12, 2014 — Our Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt touched down at Athens International Airport on schedule, and at around 6 p.m. videographer Chris Stanley and I were wheeling our luggage into the arrivals hall. We sought out our driver, who we found holding a placard with our names inscribed on it. A quick introduction,… [Read More]