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The EUROPA 2 Officially Delivered To Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

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Impression of EUROPA 2, coutesy Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

Impression of EUROPA 2, coutesy Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

On Friday April 26, 2013 at a formal ceremony, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises took delivery of the modern and casual luxury ship EUROPA 2 from the STX France shipyard in Saint Nazaire. Dr Wolfgang Flägel, Managing Director of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and Laurent Castaing, General Manager of STX France, signed the takeover protocol. Captain Friedrich Jan Akkermann will navigate the newest member of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ fleet across the world’s oceans.

After a 20 months construction period, the management of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises took delivery of the EUROPA 2. After signing the acquisition papers, Dr. Flägel said: “Today is a special day for us. By adding the EUROPA 2 to our fleet, we are acquiring the latest generation of cruise ship, which embodies an entirely new type of luxury cruising at sea. I am certain that we will raise the bar with the EUROPA 2 in the luxury cruise sector.”

After the signatures and flag change on deck had taken place, Laurent Castaing handed over a large canvas portrait of the EUROPA 2 to Captain Akkermann. In recent weeks over 1,000 of the shipyard’s employees worked to complete the cruise ship. Amongst other materials, 20,000 lbs. of steel have been used, around 186 miles of  cable and 247,570 square feet of carpet were laid.

A rendering of the completed EUROPA 2 at sea.  Courtesy of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

A rendering of the completed EUROPA 2 at sea. Courtesy of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

The EUROPA 2 is a modern and casual luxury ship, which does away with cruise traditions such as the captain’s dinner. With up to 516 guests, the EUROPA 2 will provide the greatest space per passenger of any cruise ship in the world. The ship features exclusively suites with verandas and a minimum area of 301 sq. ft. Eight restaurants and six bars are dedicated to serving up culinary diversity, and a large spa and fitness area accommodates the well-being trend on cruises. Its’ flexible route concept will appeal to professionals and families in the luxury sector in particular.

The ship will be christened in Hamburg on May 10, 2013, as part of the port’s anniversary celebrations. The EUROPA 2 will then embark on a 14-day maiden voyage towards Lisbon.

4 Responses to The EUROPA 2 Officially Delivered To Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

  1. Kalle Id

    May 1, 2013 at 1:21 am

    I don’t generally find luxury cruising very appealing, but I must say the EUROPA 2 seems magnificient. The interior decor stads apart with it’s tasty understatement and the concept of casual luxury is immensely appealing.

  2. Peter Kohler

    May 2, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Impressive. Handsome. And I fondly remember the superlative service and cuisine of the 1966 EUROPA on a cruise around the British Isles back in 1981, her final year. But my goodness, Hapag-Lloyd needs to get with it in terms of their on-board smoking policy… it, too, seems to date to the 1980s with smoking permitted in cabins, cabin verandas, deck areas and sections of many public rooms. Yuck. Count me out until they enter the 21st Century or, at very least, comply with current EU policies.

  3. Kenenth Eden

    May 3, 2013 at 6:16 am

    Ah, the smoking policy – seems cruise lines regulate their own, some have limited areas for smoking, others do not allow it at all. and a good number of them have designated cigar lounges I have observed to be mostly empty. I doubt the policy or lack of one has anything to do with country of origin or being a member of the EU.

    Two things that bothered me, while sailing in the CELEBRITY REFLECTIONand CELEBRITY SILHOUETTE a designated on deck smoking section was aranged, cute, faux wicker chairs, and table, located port side, on Deck 5, almost below our concierge cabin on deck 9. This litle area on DEeck 5 wastucked into a nook on deck provided by the shape of the Captains Club wall. Well, the smoke drifted to our balcony, not the real problem.

    Here is the real problem: ships bunkering of fuel with the oilers fueling the ship, right out from the smoking area, with NO SMOKING signs all over the barge. Just a great spot for that deal to take place.

    There were smoking areas up on deck 14 pool bar, which I never saw.

    Oh, and the smoking area on Deck 5 Had bar service!

    So, with all the hoopla over safety, why on earth have smoking where the ships were bunkering fuel?

  4. Kalle Id

    May 3, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Ah, I had not taken a look at Hapag-Lloyd’s smoking policy. The Germans do seem to be heavy (and inconsiderate) smokers and with Halo’s smoking piolicy I guess that’s no EUROPA 2 for me. (Although I have to point out to Ken that according to the EUROPA 2 brochure, smoking is no longer allowed in cabins).

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