MS Europa 2 is the newest member of the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises fleet. Launched in May 2013, it was ranked by Berlitz in 2014 as the best cruise ship in the world and also received the highest distinction (6 stars plus) in the 2017 edition of Stern's Guide to the Cruise Vacation. The ship features a spacious and contemporary design, holding just 500 guests when at full capacity. The atmosphere onboard MS Europa 2 is relaxed yet luxurious, aiming to focus less on the traditional rituals of a cruise holiday and more on creating an unforgettable and unique experience for guests.
The ship features all-suite accommodation, with four different types of suite to choose from. All suites are spacious and have separate living and sleeping areas, a veranda, 24-hour room service, a champagne welcome, state of the art technology and a Nespresso coffee machine.
The itinerary for Europa 2 encompasses the Western Mediterranean, Eastern Mediterranean, Asia and the Arabian Peninsula, with the majority of its sailings lasting around seven days at a time. If guests wish to stay onboard for longer, then there is the option of combining multiple seven day sailings to create a longer cruise holiday.
Once in port, there are numerous additional shore excursions available. From tailor made explorations, to guided tours there are plenty of options to cater for varying individual preferences. If you choose to go exploring on your own, then the knowledgeable travel concierge service will be happy to provide you with expert tips and advice about the local area. If you wish to extend your holiday, there is also the option of adding pre-cruise and post-cruise programmes onto your voyage.
There are seven restaurants onboard the MS Europa 2, serving up a wide variety of delicious, mouth-watering cuisine. There are no set dining times or seating arrangements giving you the option to eat whenever it best suits you.
At Restaurant Weltmeere, you can enjoy a menu of international dishes, including plenty of vegetarian options. Sample traditional French delights at Restaurant Tarragon or indulge in traditional Italian antipasti at Restaurant Serenissima. If you’re in the mood for Asian cuisine, head to Restaurant Elements where you will be served wonderful Chinese specialities. Alternatively, try Sushi Restaurant Sakura for authentic Japanese rolls, nigiris, makis and more. If you can’t make up your mind then the al fresco Yacht Club Restaurant boasts an extensive buffet, with additional grilled to order delicacies.
In between meals you may wish to grab a snack or a light refreshment. The Pool Bar provides the perfect setting for this, serving up breakfasts, wraps, juices and other snacks throughout the day.
For all of the wine lovers out there, the Grande Reserve presents the chance for guests to participate in wine tasting in one of two specially climatised rooms. Private sessions can be arranged for up to 12 people and guests will have the chance to sample some of the finest wines on the market, acquired from wineries from all around the world.
You’ll never be short of evening activities onboard the MS Europa 2. Enjoy a Cuban cigar in the quiet Herrenzimmer bar, dance the night away in the beach-themed Sansibar or relax with some music at the Jazz Club or Piano Bar. If you wish to soak up the sea views then the Belvedere Bar boasts some spectacular scenery and a place to unwind.
The onboard theatre provides great evening entertainment for guests with top class performances created by well-respected professionals from the show business industry. As well as spectacular shows, guests can also expect to experience live music performances in a wide range of genres ranging from jazz to Latin to pop and even classical.
If you wish to catch a film, then the onboard 3D cinema plays nightly movie screenings. For something that tickles your funny bone, there are regular comedy shows, or for something a little more serious, why not attend a reading performed by talented actors, actresses and authors.
Treat yourself to some therapeutic indulgence and spend time at the Ocean Spa. Relax with a revitalising massage, try out a skin treatments designed just for men or rejuvenate your skin in one of the hot saunas or steam baths. The spa also offers hairstyling, manicure and pedicure treatments.
Keep your body glowing after a day at the spa and head over to the fitness studio. Take classes in Pilates, yoga and spinning or participate in miha bodytec or HYPOXI training programmes. The fitness centre is fully equipped with plenty of weight and cardio equipment and there will always be a sports host on hand to answer any questions you might have.
Take a dip in the large onboard pool, followed by a well-deserved rest on one of the many sunloungers - you can even reserve a luxurious daybed for the ultimate relaxation experience. Whilst on the pool deck you can expect to receive waiter service from the Pool Bar and if the weather starts to look a little cloudy then the glass roof can be closed over to keep you warm. In the evening, the pool deck plays host to open-air cinema evenings, as well as parties and events.
The MS Europa 2 is family friendly and provides kid clubs and childcare services to keep your little ones entertained during their holiday. The Knopf Club looks after two- to three- year-olds, the Kids’ Club four- to ten-year-olds and the Teens’ Club eleven- to fifteen-year olds. The Children’s Programme Ashore also takes kids on their own shore excursions if you wish to spend a little time to yourself.
For the adults, there are a series of onboard enrichment lectures and excursions, as well as a gallery space which houses collections by various contemporary artists. Listen in wonder as the onboard lecturers discuss specialist subjects relating to your personal cruising experience; art, architecture, history and politics are just some of the subjects touched upon.
If you’re a gourmet lover then you’ll enjoy the Europa 2 Cooking School. The school holds culinary lessons lead by professional chefs, who will teach you how to cook up a storm once you return home. As well as cooking skills, you will also learn about finishing touches and how to assemble the dishes in an imaginative manner.