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MS Europa 2 sets new standard for luxury ships benchmark

Thursday 9th May 2013

The recently launched Europa 2 from Hapag-Lloyd cruises sets a new benchmark for the luxury cruise sector. It has a distinct philosophy – relaxed luxury, emphasising individual choice in a smart casual no-tie ambience – no formal nights, no Captain’s Dinner, no fixed dining – flexibility of choice for the modern professional.

The ship’s design reflects space, style and service. Suites all have large balconies and range from 28 sq metres (301 sq feet) upward with premium quality fittings and bathrooms with separate bath and shower. Public areas have a contemporary feel, modern sculptures and art are everywhere, and throughout are marble and stainless steel finishes. The German crew have impeccable English, and with 1.4 crew per passenger the service is superb.

Europa 2 reflects a very thoughtful design concept, spot-on for this demanding cruise sector. It is also noteworthy for its environmentally friendly fuel-saving hull design, and its radical treatment of waste and ballast water.

Europa 2 has 516 passengers with superb space per guest Original artwork is everywhere on MS Europa 2 MS Europa 2 reflects the best of contemporary design The area around the lifts shows the design style of MS Europa 2 The art and design theme extends to the stairs The stunning pool area has a closable roof The MS Europa 2 imprint is seen throughout the ship A 3D cinema is an entertainment option on Europa 2 MS Europa 2 has a very spacious library The shop offers a wide variety of clothes and jewellery Light and airy open spaces characterise the ship The large side windows give superb views of the sea

Suites on Europa 2 have a visually separate living area, the lead-in Veranda and Ocean Suites similar in size, the former having a large walk-in wardrobe, the latter having a separate toilet and bathroom including a whirlpool bath with window (and blind) overlooking the bed area to the balcony and scenery beyond. Larger suites extend this concept, ranging up to the Grand Penthouse Suite of 78 sq metres and the Owner’s Suite of 99 sq metres with separate rooms, and an indoor jacuzzi with sea view. Butler service is offered in the higher category suites. All include a free mini-bar.

Europa 2 has one of the largest spa areas afloat – over 1000 sq metres with 8 treatment rooms and a variety of spa options. The large fitness studio features high quality equipment, sports hosts, and support from PGA golf professionals. The open pool area on the upper deck has a sliding roof for use when the weather is less clement.

The MS Europa 2 Ocean Suite has a bathroom with natural light A whirlpool bath with a view in an Ocean Suite The Veranda Suite has a specious living area Like all Suites on Europa 2, the Veranda Suite has separate bath and shower Spacious balconies are a feature of MS Europa 2 The Spa Suites are 42 square metres Natural light bathrooms feature in Spa Suites Large bathrooms and separate toilets in Grand Suites Europa 2 Penthouse Suites are 78 sq metres, with jacuzzi Separate living areas in an Owners Suite MS Europa 2 Owners Suites are 99 square metres in size The spa is a large area with 8 treatment rooms

Gourmet cuisine is a hallmark of Europa 2. The 8 themed restaurants focus on international, Asian, Italian, French, and Sushi specialities with ample seating to meet guest choices. There is also a cookery school for guests to enhance their cooking skills.

The 6 bars have a different emphasis – with jazz, piano, and night-life to suit as well as daytime drinks and snacks.

Entertainment on Europa 2 is based around 16 exclusive shows, designed to be non-verbal and suitable for all languages. The theatre offers table service during the shows, and spans two decks towards the bow of the ship.

Europa 2 caters for families – with children under 11 travelling free if sharing a cabin with parents, and with child care every day and a well appointed kids’ club area. Adjoining suites can also be booked for family use.

The Piano Bar is adjacent to the MS Europa 2 reception area The shows are designed for a multinational audience The MS Europa 2 theatre features at-table service International cuisine at the Weltmeere waiter-service restaurant Informal buffet dining at the Yacht Club The Yacht Club restaurant includes an open deck area French cuisine is available at the Tarragon restaurant Serenissima is the Italian restaurant on MS Europa 2 Asian cuisine is offered at the Elements restaurant Disco and night-life are available in the Sansibar MS Europa 2 has its own jazz club bar Children have their own club on MS Europa 2

Report by Barry Peters, Managing Director of Blue Water Holidays

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