Time out with distinction: ships that leave no wish unfulfilled

Dreaming of a cruise of the highest standard? Excellent! Because whichever of our ships you cruise with, thanks to the exclusive comfort on board, you will feel right at home even in the farthest-flung regions. Enjoy the highest standards of service and gastronomy on our 5-stars-plus* ship MS EUROPA. Be our guest on the EUROPA 2 – awarded the coveted distinction of 5-stars-plus* – and experience casual luxury. Set course on the only expedition ship worldwide with 5 stars* - MS HANSEATIC. Or enjoy the sensation of being in a comfortable hotel on our 4-stars-plus* ship MS BREMEN as we steer you towards the most impressive expedition destinations on earth.

The world's best cruise ships

Berlitz Cruise Guide 2016

In the 31st anniversary edition of the Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships 2016 guide, EUROPA and EUROPA 2, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' luxury ships, have defended their pole position and have been awarded the highest distinction as the only 5-stars-plus cruise ships worldwide. The HANSEATIC was ranked as the only 5-star expedition ship globally among the group of "boutique ships".

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It is really EUROPA’s enthusiastic and well-trained crew – who understand the culture of the ship’s sophisticated, well-travelled clientele – and who consistently deliver the fine, warm and unobtrusive service expected.
– Douglas Ward, „The Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships“

Highest rating in the "Spa" and "Luxury" categories

Relax Guide Spa Award 2015

For the first time in its 16-year history, Relax Guide has awarded lilies not only to wellness hotels, but also to cruise ships. The EUROPA 2 received the Relax Guide Spa Award 2015 with top marks (four lilies/20 points) in the "Spa" category, while in the "Luxury" category both the EUROPA and the EUROPA 2 were awarded the highest score of 20 points and four lilies.

Award in the "Best Route Diversity" category

Deutscher Kreuzfahrtpreis 2015

"Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has undertaken lots of pioneering work over the years, especially with its expedition ships and, for example, trips through the Northwest and Northeast passages. The HANSEATIC was the first non-Russian passenger ship to conquer the latter route. But many smaller ports can also be found in the routes of the luxury ships EUROPA and EUROPA 2; they anchor in secluded bays to take guests ashore in the ship's tenders, or surprise with a spontaneous Zodiac ride," says Oliver P. Mueller, editor of the German cruise magazine Koehler Kreuzfahrt Guide, speaking of the award presented to Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

Award for themed cruise programme

Sonntag Aktuell Touristikpreis 2015

The German Sunday newspaper presented the themed cruises programme with the award on the basis of last year’s World Cup Talk cruises held during the FIFA World Cup. This successful format is also to be repeated on board the EUROPA and EUROPA 2 for the 2016 UEFA European Championship.

MS EUROPA 2 - best ship in the "Service" and "Gastronomy" categories

Kreuzfahrt Guide Award 2014

Publishers Bellevue and More presented the top cruise ships with the Kreuzfahrt Guide Award 2014 on the occasion of the 2014 Cruise Congress, the annual industry get-together held on 11 November 2014. The EUROPA 2 was honoured in two categories - the 5-stars-plus ship* achieved the distinction of best ship for both its service and its cuisine.

Double victory for the EUROPA 2 and the BREMEN

Kreuzfahrt Guide Award 2013

Publishers Bellevue and More presented awards to the top cruise ships of the year during the annual industry get-together on 5 November 2013 with the theme "Branche im Aufbruch - Neue Impulse fuer die Kreuzfahrtwelt!" (Sector in upheaval - new impulses for the cruise world!). Hapag-Lloyd Cruises can celebrate a double victory: the panel of experts named the EUROPA 2 the best ship in the "Gastronomy" category, and the expedition ship BREMEN the best ship in the "Routes" category.

MS EUROPA - best cruise ship

Diners Club Magazin Award 2013

The MS EUROPA was voted top for the third time in the "Best Cruise Ship" category by readers of Diners Club Magazin.



* According to Berlitz Cruise Guide 2016.