The sister ship of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ highly rated Europa, Europa 2, recently left the drydock of STX France’s shipyard, four months after the laying down of her keel. The dock was flooded in a festive ceremony and Europa 2 took to the water for the first time. The next construction stage is now underway – completion of the interior at the outfitting pier.
She is due to be delivered to Hapag-Lloyd Cruises at the end of April 2013 and her maiden voyage departs from Hamburg on May 11, arriving at Lisbon on May 25. Even now, nine months ahead, there are only a few vacant cabins vacant for this cruise so you’ll need to get in quick to secure a spot.
The new ship will feature 251 generously proportioned all-balcony suites, including 16 Spa Suites that will have whirlpool tubs and rain showers with steam saunas. For families travelling together, there will be seven family-style suites where parents and children can stay in two separate areas connected by a door and shared balcony. There will be eight restaurants, six bars, a modern theatre, a Miele cooking school and a massive, 10,000 sq ft spa and wellness centre. Will there be a nude sunbathing deck, a laEuropa, we wonder?
Europa 2 will be a more casual, ‘lifestyle-oriented’ alternative to her 5-star-plus sister Europa. There will be more entertainment in terms of production and light shows; facilities for children from babies to teens; and children aged 11 and under will travel free of charge when accompanied by two adults. Shore excursions for children, teenagers, or the whole family will be offered on all family cruises.
The accent on dining will be flexibility – flexible mealtimes, no assigned seating and plenty of tables for two. Among the eight restaurants are three specialty restaurants offering Mediterranean, French and Asian cuisine, as well as a sushi bar.
And just in case you were wondering, all crew on board Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ ships speak German and English (among other languages) fluently.