Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ newest ship EUROPA 2 was named in a ceremony in Hamburg coinciding with the port’s 824th anniversary on May 10, 2013. From May 9th to 12th, 2013, more than a million people are expected to be at one of the largest maritime festivals in the world.
At around 7:00 pm local time, the EUROPA 2 embarked on a twilight voyage – with the city of Hamburg as its backdrop – sailing to her christening site near the riverside district of Blankenese. Godmother Dana Schweiger (entrepreneur and former model) officially gave the new ship her name at 9:36 pm. “I christen you the EUROPA 2 and wish you and your crew good voyages and safe returns, and may there always be enough water beneath your keel,” said Dana Schweiger.
Dr Wolfgang Flägel, Managing Director of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises: “This is a special moment for our company and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved for their commitment. I am certain that the EUROPA 2 will raise the bar in the luxury sector with its modern interpretation. We wish the ship and her crew safe journeys and enthusiastic passengers.”
After a fireworks display, observing tradition, the godmother presented the neck of the bottle to EUROPA 2 Captain Friedrich Jan Akkermann.
The fully-booked, 14-day maiden voyage departs on May 11 from Hamburg and will sail to Lisbon via Amsterdam, Antwerp, Honfleur, La Rochelle, Bordeaux, Bilbao and Leixoes (Porto).
EUROPA 2 Stats:
Cruise Line: Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
Launched: 6 July 2012
Year Built: 2013
Passenger Capacity: 516
Gross Tonnage: 39,500
Length: 225.25 m
Beam: 26.7 m
Speed: 21 knots
Outside Cabins: 258
Builder: STX Europe (St. Nazaire)
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