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Hapag-Lloyd Adds Deluxe And Premium Ships

Posted on Monday, January 10, 2011 by

Oceania Cruises MV INSIGNIA at Portofino, Italy. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2008.

Top rated German-based cruise line Hapag-Lloyd will be adding one new ship each to its deluxe and premium cruise fleets. A brand new 516 passenger vessel, the EUROPA 2, has been contracted by an associated company with Hapag’s owners, TUI, to be built over 20 months with construction to begin in September of 2011 at St. Nazaire-based STX. EUROPA 2 will operate on a 12 year charter to Hapag, offering weekly summer Mediterranean cruises and long distance winter voyages in addition to the current “five plus star” rated EUROPA.  Additionally, in April 2012, Hapag will charter Oceania Cruises 698 passenger INSIGNIA as the COLUMBUS 2, to sail in conjunction with the current COLUMBUS on European-based three star(premium) cruises.

10 Responses to Hapag-Lloyd Adds Deluxe And Premium Ships

  1. Kalle Id

    January 11, 2011 at 2:17 am

    Good news that Hapag-Lloyd are expanding! It seems to me that the EUROPA 2 will be somewhat less luxurious than the current EUROPA, at least if her previously reported size of 30 000 GT still holds and she’ll carry 516 passengers, as this means her passenger/space ration will be notably smaller as that of the EUROPA.

    But why such boring names? Apparently EUROPA 2 and COLUMBUS 2 are the actual planned names of the ships. What happened to all the other traditional Hapag and NDL names? I admit mane of the old names might be politically unsensitive these days, but there’s still plenty of good names to choose from, HAMBURG and BERLIN immediately springing into mind.

  2. Deck Cadet

    January 11, 2011 at 2:22 am

    I was a cadet on the ship. Working conditions in comparison to modern vessels are without comparison. ms “Deutschland”is the only German ship, which has class.

  3. Nils

    January 11, 2011 at 3:04 am

    Nice to see Hapag-Lloyd operate more ships, but hopefully they will not stick to those utterly unimaginative names. After all, their history is full of classic names.

  4. Kenneth Eden

    January 11, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    I don’t think anyone wants a Kronprizen Wilhelm !!! or such. Maybe Frau of the Zees.

  5. Justin Higner

    January 12, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    “Germania” or “Amerika” are nice names for the other ships currently in their fleet. It’s high time they expand, and it would be nice to harken back to various decore from their ships from 100 years ago, especially from Albert Ballin’s Big Three–Imperator–Vaterland–Bismark (later Berengaria—Leviathan–Majestic after World War One). The Imperator, for example, had such things as her two-story high Pompeiian pool–the grandest pool ever put to sea, period! Grand-old companies can alway dip into old ideas that worked before–why not now? The spa and fitness facilities can be a Hapag trade mark yet again! Plus, repeat-guest rates are great for their advertiseing too. There are still those who fondly remember the Europa of the 1980’s, but should now use the interiors of the Europa of 1930 as a main inspiration for 2012.

  6. dick

    January 13, 2011 at 9:08 am

    What does this all say about the financial status of Oceania cruises. Must agree, hopefully these names are provisional. Enough of MIEN SCHIFF 1 and 2, OCEAN VILLAGE 1 and 2, SEADREAM 1 and 2, etc.

  7. Kalle Id

    January 13, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Dick: Oceania are acquiring two 1200 pax newbuilds (MARINA and RIVIERA) and they’re chartering out one older 800 pax ship (INSIGNIA). All in all they’re still increasing their passenger capacity from 2400 to 4000. So probably not a sign of bad finances so much as there not being enough demand to fill five ships. Plus it’s been reported elsewhere that the INSIGNIA’s charter agreement is for only two years, which to me at least says Oceania are biding their time to see if there will be further need for her in their fleet.

  8. Kalle Id

    January 13, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Forgot to mention in the above message for those who haven’t noticed yet, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ press release on the matter includes a drawing of the EUROPA 2, which seems to be shaping into a very neat, sleek little ship: http://www.hl-cruises.com/redwork/do.php?layoutid=100&node=262729&language=2&pmid=346

  9. Kenneth Eden

    January 14, 2011 at 5:59 am

    Oceanias Insignia holds 684 pax double occupancy, crew compliment 400, same for Regatta and Nautica. Marina and Riviera will each hold 1258 double occupancy, crew compliment 800 per ship.

    Apollo a major financial l group, owns Oceania cruises, as well as Regent Seven Seas cruises. Major enhancements are being made to the three remaining Oceania ships, and major refitting has nearly been completed on the Regent ships. I will not attempt to delve into the finances – go to Oceania Cruises and find it if you are interested.

    Azamara is owned by Royal Caribbean, and they cram 800 passengers onto the sister ships to the Regatta, Insignia and Nautica, and the pax/crew ratio is poorer than that on Oceania, which enjoys one of the best pax/crew ratios at sea. I love Oceania, have sailed several times, and will sail Marina later in the year.

    There seems to be so many options for other lines to have one of these former Rennaisance ships. Princess, Azamara, Hapag Lloyd – all that rag on about the “Vista” ships, well, take a look at the 8 R ships. Must be excellent ship builds, they get a lot of use.

  10. John

    January 19, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    As in Columbus More of the Same and Europa Same as the Other One? No need to revive the names of past ships that are now a humiliation to Germany. How about Rhineland, Magalena, Orinoco, Cap Polonio, Hamburg, Resolute, or possibly something untried such as a German or Austrian artist or composer? It can’t be that hard to come up with something appealing. The names selected for such magnificent ships from a line with so much history are a bit of a travesty. Rendered so generic as to be Carnival-ish.

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