Relaxation at sea
In which suite category can I enjoy the butler service? Is there always a golf pro on board? Here you can find answers to these and many other questions about life on board our ships. You can also find out more about the service and equipment on board our ships.
Joining and leaving the cruise at intermediate points
We will be pleased to enquire of the local authorities whether it is possible for you to join or leave the cruise at an intermediate point. Please note that we cannot offer refunds for unused days at sea. Please use the following form for your enquiry.
Please note that it is not always possible to join or leave the cruise at intermediate points. If we are at anchor (indicated in the catalogue by an anchor symbol after the port of call), we cannot guarantee the transportation of your luggage, since we do not dock directly at the pier in these locations and take our guests to shore by tender boat or in the Zodiacs.
In the event of a change in course at short notice – due, for example, to causes beyond our control (such as the weather or a medical emergency) – you will be responsible for any additional costs incurred in order to reach or leave the ship.
For this reason, please allow sufficient time at the place of embarkation or disembarkation for you to be able to respond flexibly to any changes.
SPA and Wellness
You will find our "OCEAN SPA" on board the EUROPA and EUROPA 2. Please refer to our programme of the day for opening times.
The HANSEATIC and the BREMEN do not offer a spa as such. However, both ships have a sauna, outdoor pool and a fitness room. The HANSEATIC also has a whirlpool and a steam sauna.
Use of the sauna and steam bath on our luxury ships MS EUROPA and MS EUROPA 2 is free of charge.
Our expedition ships, MS HANSEATIC and MS BREMEN, also offer a free sauna. Please refer to the displayed opening times.
You will find your personal bathrobe in your cabin or suite.
Services will be charged to your on-board account. You can then settle the account at Reception at the end of your cruise.
Reservations are only possible once you are on board. To arrange appointments, please come and visit us on the first day of your cruise for a consultation.
Yes, there is a hairdresser on board. It is not possible to make a reservation before the cruise. You are welcome to arrange your appointments on the first day of your cruise.
Beverages on board
On board our luxury ships MS EUROPA and MS EUROPA 2, you will find a free mini bar in every suite stocked with refreshing non-alcoholic beverages and beer. In higher categories, the mini bar additionally includes a selection of high-quality spirits.
On board our expedition ships, MS BREMEN and MS HANSEATIC, we offer a free mini bar in every cabin or suite restocked daily with refreshing non-alcoholic beverages. In the suites, you can additionally enjoy a selection of fine spirits free of charge.
On all our ships, coffee and tea specialities plus a bottle of champagne to welcome you are also included. In addition, we provide bottled water for shore excursions.
Language on board
The on-board language on EUROPA and BREMEN is German. On EUROPA 2 the on-board language is German and English, as well as on selected cruises with HANSEATIC.
In the event of any health problems, our ships have a ship’s hospital equipped with modern medical facilities which is under the direction of an experienced ship’s doctor. Please refer to the consultation times displayed on board.
There is a basic inventory of medications on board. We ask our guests to bring adequate quantities of any medications they require with them.
A fee is charged for medical treatment in accordance with the valid German medical fee schedule (GOA). You will receive a separate invoice for the treatment and medications to be sent to your health insurance company for the settlement of costs.
Service in cabins and suites
On MS EUROPA and MS EUROPA 2, standard-sized cases can easily be accommodated under the bed.
On board MS BREMEN, you can also slide your case under the bed; the gap between the floor and the bed is 33 cm/ 13 inches.
Both the EUROPA and the EUROPA 2 offer a laundry, dry cleaning and ironing service (subject to charge).
On board the EUROPA, the ironing service is included in the cruise price of guests staying in the Penthouse Deluxe Suites, the Penthouse Grand Suites and the SPA Suites.
On board the EUROPA 2, the ironing service is included in the cruise price of guests staying in the Owner Suites, the Penthouse Suites and the Grand Ocean Suites.
The HANSEATIC offers a laundry, dry-cleaning and ironing service. Please contact your cabin stewardess.
The BREMEN offers a laundry and ironing service. Please contact your cabin stewardess. Unfortunately, it is not possible to offer a dry-cleaning service for your clothes.
A butler service is available to guests staying on the Penthouse Deck (MS EUROPA) and in the Owner Suites, the Grand Penthouse Suites and the Penthouse Suites (MS EUROPA 2).
Amongst other services, the butler will take care of unpacking and packing your luggage, serve meals and beverages in your suite, iron your clothes and much more.
Our expedition ship, MS HANSEATIC, also offers that extra something special with a butler service. If you cruise in a cabin of Category 6 or in a suite of Category 7, you will be able to enjoy the benefits of this service.
Weddings on board
A wedding ceremony is possible on board our ships if we are consulted in advance. This is, however, solely a wedding ceremony and it is NOT a legally recognised marriage.
Regular ship operations, moreover, always take top priority – and as a result, changes may be made to the timings at short notice. Guests will therefore need to be flexible on the required day.
To ensure your ceremony will be one you remember for ever, please discuss your requirements with us in advance so that we can agree the arrangements to meet your wishes.
For our small guests
On our luxury ships, MS EUROPA and MS EUROPA 2, even your children will not miss out.
If we have four or more children on board, two childcare specialists will join the cruise and organise a varied programme of activities. Childcare is offered for children aged two years and older on MS EUROPA 2 and four years and older on MS EUROPA.
On advertised family cruises, we offer kids’, teens’ and family excursions. Look for our Cap’n Knopf in the price section for further details.
For the purpose of supervised playing on board our luxury ships MS EUROPA and MS EUROPA 2, there are special rooms for children in the Kids’ Club (four to ten years) and the Teens’ Club (11 to 15 years). These can sometimes also be accessed outside of the supervision hours and are equipped for the relevant age groups.
During supervision hours, our youngest guests can look forward to lots of fantastic games, sports and creative programmes. On board the EUROPA 2, for example, we offer musical workshops, group cookery courses or even fencing lessons.
The menus are designed with children in mind; after an eventful day, children eat together with our childcare specialists.
There is an ample provision of high chairs on board our luxury ships. Please feel free to ask our staff in the restaurant for assistance.
Means of payment on board
For the sake of simplicity, we have chosen a cashless payment system on board our ships. The on-board currency is the euro
We accept travellers’ cheques (EUR and USD), the German debit card (EC card) and the following credit cards: MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and Visa.
Simply sign bills for drinks and tobacco products in the lounges and bars as well as bills for tailoring, laundry services, the boutique, shore excursions, photo services, telecommunications, OCEAN SPA (MS EUROPA and MS EUROPA 2) and the hospital, as required, during the cruise. These will then be charged to your on-board account.
You can establish the status of your current account at any time through the Media4Cruises communication system (on MS EUROPA and MS EUROPA 2) or via your TV screen (MS HANSEATIC and MS BREMEN). Alternatively, enquire at Reception. You can then simply settle the entire account at Reception at the end of your cruise. Alternatively, you can also pay using the means of payment listed above or in cash.
Please note that there are only limited facilities for changing foreign currencies on board. There are small sums available at Reception.
You can exchange currencies in the bureaux de change at the various ports of call or at the airport.
Naturally, you can also exchange money as required prior to the start of the cruise. Depending on the destination region, euros or small-denomination dollar notes will be accepted.
When the ship is at anchor, there is no pier available and the ship will drop anchor in open water. Passengers will be transferred ashore in tender boats or Zodiacs.
It is not possible to carry wheelchairs in the tender boats. Nor can it be guaranteed in advance that you will be able to bring your own electric wheelchair ashore in every harbour.
Especially in rough seas, our colleagues will be ready to assist and ensure your safe transfer from the ship to the tender boat.
Entertainment on board
On board our luxury ships MS EUROPA and MS EUROPA 2, you can look forward to a wide variety of entertainment.
On our expedition ships, MS HANSEATIC and MS BREMEN, we focus on selected lectures suitable for each cruising area.
The evening programme on our ships generally takes place in all public areas on board. Please refer to the programme of the day to find out the location of the programme you desire.
Smoking on board
All suites WITHOUT a veranda are non-smoking suites! In the interest of all passengers, we also kindly ask you not to smoke in any of the suites. Smoking is permitted on the veranda. In all areas where smoking is permitted, please use the ashtrays provided.
MS EUROPA 2
In the interest of all passengers, we kindly ask you also not to smoke in the suites. Smoking is permitted on the veranda. In all areas where smoking is permitted, please use the ashtrays provided.
Smoking is strictly prohibited in all cabins without a balcony. In cabins and suites with a balcony (Categories 6 and 7), windproof ashtrays will be handed out on request if guests wish to smoke on the balcony.
Smoking is not permitted in any of the cabins or suites.
Smoking is permitted in the following areas:
- Sansibar (cigarettes, cigars and pipe) until 31.12.2015 / thereafter in the outdoor area only
- Havana Bar (cigarettes, cigars and pipe)
- In the outdoor areas of the decks and in the smoking area of the Lido terrace / PLEASE NOTE: not, however, under the magrodome
MS EUROPA 2
- Port side of the Yacht Club Restaurant terrace
- Smoking area of the outdoor area of the Sansibar (interior area of the Sansibar is non-smoking)
- Cigars, cigarillos and pipes may only be smoked in the Herrenzimmer and in the outside area on the starboard side of the Sansibar
- All external decks, with the exception of the magrodome area, are smoking zones
Smoking is not permitted in any of the cabins or suites, the restaurant or in the Panorama Lounge. There are designated smoking areas in the BREMEN Club and on the Lido Deck. However, smoking is not permitted in the BREMEN Club during meal times. In the interest of all guests, we also kindly ask you as a general rule not to smoke pipes, cigarillos or cigars in public areas.
Smoking is not permitted in any of the cabins or suites, the Marco Polo Restaurant or in the Bistro Lemaire. There are designated smoking areas in the Observation Lounge and in the Explorer Lounge, although smoking is not permitted in these areas during events and nor is the smoking of cigarillos, pipes or cigars permitted in the Observation Lounge.
A range of cigarette brands is available for you to purchase on board our ships. Depending on the cruising area, these may also be offered duty free.
On the BREMEN and HANSEATIC you will also find a small selection of cigars.
In the Havana Bar on the EUROPA and in the Herrenzimmer on the EUROPA 2, you will find a large selection of tobacco products.
On board our luxury ships MS EUROPA and MS EUROPA 2, you can hire golf bags for a fee.
On the EUROPA, bags of the ALPHA brand are available to hire with clubs of different lengths for ladies and gentlemen.
On the EUROPA 2, bags of the company TaylorMade are available to hire with clubs of different lengths for ladies and gentlemen.
It is not possible to make a reservation. The hire cost is € 20 per day.
We will be pleased to assist you to coordinate shore excursions with the golf package. Depending on the lay time and duration of the golf programme, please let us have a written request for an individual shore excursion.
Your golf package includes first-class support from multiple-award-winning PGA golf professionals. We offer a range of gold services including baggage service, shoe shining and golf club cleaning. Transfers between the golf course and the ship with a German- or English-speaking tour guide plus green fees and trolleys are likewise included. Warm-up on the driving range including balls, if time permits, and a small traditional regional snack after the 9th hole.
On board, individual training is possible using the golf simulator/video coach. In addition, you can use the TaylorMade fitting station to ensure that your clubs are the right fit and are welcome to attend the lectures given by our PGA golf professionals.
Golf & Cruise voyages enable all players with a DGV (German Golf Association) handicap of 36 or less to play on courses all over the world.
There is a golf pro in attendance on every cruise on the EUROPA and EUROPA 2. the golf pro will be happy to assist you on the golf simulator/video coach or to make individual arrangements ashore.
Dress code on board
We offer our guests the following information concerning the dress code when on board the ships in our fleet:
There is no set dress code on board the EUROPA. Guests wear casual clothing for the daytime. For the evening, gentlemen wear a suit or jacket and matching trousers and ladies opt for corresponding attire.
In the Lido Cafe, we also recommend informal attire for dinner. For especially festive occasions, formal dress is favoured. Among other criteria, the number of gala events depends on the itinerary.
Generally, the following applies:
1 gala evening on short cruises of up to four nights
2 gala evenings on cruises of up to 15 nights
3 gala evenings on cruises of 16 or more nights
For excursions or private trips ashore, clothing should be particularly comfortable and practical as well as suited to the route you will travel. Sturdy footwear is recommended and flat shoes are indispensable when on board the ship and ashore
MS EUROPA 2
There is no set dress code on board the EUROPA 2. However, we would like to recommend smart-casual clothing for evening wear in the Restaurant Weltmeere, Tarragon, Grande Reserve, Elements and Serenissima restaurants: gentlemen may wish to wear a jacket or a summer suit - a tie is not necessary.
There is no set dress code on board the MS EUROPA 2 during the day.
MS HANSEATIC and MS BREMEN
The atmosphere on board during the day is casual. For the evening, we recommend casual-elegant attire. Only for the two captain's dinners (welcome evening and farewell evening) do we recommend a suit or jacket and matching trousers for gentlemen, and a suit or trouser suit for ladies. We request that guests should not enter public areas or restaurants in swimwear or beach attire.
For your excursions or private trips ashore, clothing should be particularly comfortable and practical as well as suited to the route you will travel. Sturdy footwear and flat shoes are indispensable when on board the ship and ashore. You might also wish to bring beach sandals or alternative sandals suitable for coral reefs. To ensure that you are protected from water spray on Zodiac rides and during landings, we recommend that you bring along waterproof trousers - in particular for expeditions in the polar regions. A protective waterproof bag is recommended for your camera equipment.
Special information for the BREMEN: the ship has no tender boats of its own, which means that guests will disembark in the Zodiacs when the ship is at anchor. It is always worth bringing waterproof trousers for these occasions.
On our expedition ships, rubber boots in sizes 33 to 52 are provided on a loan basis for wet landings in the Antarctic and Arctic. When cruising in the Arctic and Antarctic, please note that rubber boots must be washed in a rubber boots washer when leaving or boarding the ships.
Depending on the cruising area, parkas are also provided on board the expedition ships (and at times also on the EUROPA) for loan throughout the entire cruise. The parkas are available in American sizes S–XXXL and are not available for purchase.
Bicycles on board
The use of bicycles is dependent on official authorisation and the cruising area.
Around 10 to 12 bicycles are available on board MS EUROPA.
MS EUROPA 2 offers 14 high-quality mountain bikes. These are not available for individual hire but are instead hired out solely in association with escorted bicycle tours. In addition, there are city bikes available (16 bicycles) which can be hired individually free of charge.
On the EUROPA 2, we offer bicycle tours with our ship’s own professional bike guide. The difficulty levels vary from destination to destination. The tours are conducted with a maximum of 14 high-quality mountain bikes (hardtail, SLX components, suspension fork). This assumes, however, that the authorities in the port or destination, as well as the weather conditions when we drop anchor, allow us to bring the bikes ashore in the tenders.