On board MS EUROPA 2 from Hamburg to Lisbon

The highlights of western Europe.

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Western Europe from England to Portugal: between trends, delights and cultural diversity, you will travel along the picturesque Atlantic coast of our home continent – with a variety of highlights in every port.

from Hamburg to Lisbon

Cruise dates:from 02.10.2017 to 15.10.2017 (13 days)
Your ship: MS EUROPA 2
Cruise number: EUX1726

13 days cruise only from € 5,990 per person
incl. travel package from arrival point from € 6,280 per person

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This is a bilingual cruise with English shore excursions. [Read more]

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Mon, 02.10.2017

Individual arrival
Hamburg/Germany, departure 18.00 hrs

Your cruise starts in the port of Hamburg.

Tue, 03.10.2017

Relaxation at sea

Wed, 04.10.2017

Greenwich (London)/England/Great Britain , arrival 13.00 hrs

From the place that determines the world’s time, you will soon reach Europe’s capital of design, culture and lifestyle: London. Experience the British capital with all its highlights, at your leisure or on a visit to the hip district of Camden. Alternatively, set out for the heart of the Anglican Church: Canterbury Cathedral*. For an atmospheric finish, cruise the Thames with the EUROPA 2.

Thu, 05.10.2017

Greenwich (London)

Fri, 06.10.2017

Greenwich (London) , departure 13.30 hrs

Sat, 07.10.2017

St. Peter Port/Guernsey/Channel Islands/Great Britain , 12.00 – 23.00 hrs

Cypresses, bananas and palm trees alongside English cottages and country houses? Only on Guernsey. Explore the spectacular landscape on a guided coastal walk*, an island tour* or in a speedy RIB*.

Sun, 08.10.2017

St. Malo/France , 9.00 – 21.00 hrs

A place like a medieval sea fortress: be inspired by a walk through the old town. Just outside the city lies one of the world’s most famous pilgrimage sites: the monastic island of Mont Saint Michel*. Connoisseurs travel to Cancale* – Brittany’s oyster capital.

Mon, 09.10.2017

Relaxation at sea

Tue, 10.10.2017

Bilbao/Spain , 8.00 – 19.00 hrs

The world’s oldest transporter bridge by Alberto Palacio Elissague. The metro stations of Sir Norman Foster. And, of course, the spectacular Guggenheim Museum* by Frank O. Gehry: Bilbao is a mecca for fans of architecture and art. Nature lovers cruise through the Basque country* in an all-terrain vehicle*.

Wed, 11.10.2017

Relaxation at sea

Thu, 12.10.2017

Vilagarcia/Spain , 7.00 – 18.00 hrs

Narrow alleys and houses in the Moorish style: the coastal town is like something from a painting. From here, you will reach the legendary destination of St. James’s Way: Santiago de Compostela*.

Fri, 13.10.2017

Leixoes (Porto)/Portugal , 8.00 – 19.00 hrs

La Ribeira, Porto’s old town, stretches down to the banks of the Douro as a series of terraces and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a tour and discover the winding streets with their magnificent squares. Alternatively, embark on a river trip with port wine tasting*.

Tiles tell stories. Like the blue “azulejos” in Porto’s Sao Bento station. Definitely worth a look.

Sat, 14.10.2017

Lisbon/Portugal, arrival 12.00 hrs
Overnight stay on board

Sun, 15.10.2017

Transfer to scheduled flight to Germany

* The post-cruise programme and shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.
= at anchor / = golf course

Price specials

Extended fun

Combine this cruise with EUX1727 and save € 1,000 per person (applies to categories 1 – 14).

Clear and simple – our pricing model

¹ Please note that you can choose between a Veranda Suite and an Ocean Suite.

² You pay only the guaranteed price for double occupancy shown here per person. Accommodation will be provided in a Veranda Suite or Ocean Suite in category 1 – 4, subject to availability. If you book a combination of one cruise with another cruise in a guaranteed Veranda or Ocean Suite, no combination discount will be offered and it will be necessary to change suites between the individual cruises. Continuous occupancy of the same suite throughout the cruises is not possible. You will receive your exact suite number at the time of embarkation on board (limited allotment).

More travel information can be found here.

    Included services

    The Cruise Price Includes (Among Other Services)

    • Cruise in the booked category.
    • Fresh fruit and champagne await you in your sui te on your day of arrival.
    • Full board on the ship: welcome cocktail, breakfast, late morning bouillon, lunch, dinner, afternoon coffee and tea with pastries, hot waffles and midnight snack. Individual meal selection also possible.
    • Fresh fruit and vegetable juice available during breakfast hours.
    • A different entertainment programme every day with on-board activities, e.g. interesting courses, conversations, scientific lectures, film screenings, contemporary seminars or sophisticated evening programmes and more.
    • Adventurous Zodiac rides (depending on routes and weather conditions), all landings or tours in the ship’s own Zodiacs or tenders (potential admission fees or guided tours by local tour guides not included).
    • Television in every suite also boasting integrated music programmes, contemporary or classical video and audio programmes, news, weather map, reports, interviews, travel reports, up-to-date travel information, e-mail, Internet (subject to charge) and much more.
    • Mini bar filled with softdrinks and beer in the suite.
    • Bottled water during the shore excursions.
    • Use of on-board facilities and equipment free of charge (subject to availability): auditorium with film screenings and geography lectures, library, board games, entertainment programmes, sauna, fitness areas, golf simulator, tablet PC, snorkelling gear, bicycles and much more. The use of the Internet and services of the OCEAN SPA, the photographers and video producers as well as the boutique merchandise are subject to charge.
    • Your comprehensive EUROPA 2 travel gear including detailed country information, shoulder bag, document bag, luggage tags, travel guide and maps.
    • German ship and cruise managers as well as a German- and English-speaking service crew including travel concierge service, guest relation manager, cruise sales service, tour office, tour guides etc.
    • Harbour fees.

    Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German.
    For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.

    Following programmes we offer in German:




    Entertainment on board

    On each cruise, we present artists from various genres. Among other things, you can look forward to the following programme.


    Famous museums and well-known galleries, art discussions with experts and artists on board: art2sea is a diverse, inspiring voyage into the world of art. In collaboration with WELTKUNST magazine and its editor-in-chief Dr Lisa Zeitz, popular artists provide an exciting look behind the scenes of the international art world.

    Thole Rotermund

    Born in 1967, came into contact with Henri Nannen while still at school. Nannen, the celebrated German journalist and modern art collector who founded the Kunsthalle in Emden, sparked Rotermund's love affair with classical modern art. This set him on his future career path and motivated him to move to Hamburg to study literature and art history. Study trips to San Francisco and Munich followed. He graduated with a master's degree and worked on a number of freelance art projects. In 1997, he took up a post as expert for modern art at the international auction house Villa Grisebach in Berlin. Three years later he returned to Hamburg to set up a dealership, combining his enthusiasm for modern art with professional commitment. He started out as a specialist in classical modern works on paper and has since established his gallery ‘Thole Rotermund Kunsthandel’ – as one of Europe's leading dealerships in modern art. It specializes in water colours and drawings of early 20th century’s artists: These include August Macke, Franz Marc, Paul Klee, Alexej von Jawlensky, Lyonel Feininger as well as Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Erich Heckel, Christian Rohlfs and Emil Nolde. But also the abstract tendencies of the early post-war art as for example Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Eduard Bargheer etc. are represented.

    Besides classical art trade Thole Rotermund offers highly professional advisory services designed to allow collectors to buy or sell artworks with confidence and discretion. Art-historical expertise, an eye for quality and close attention to detail are essential assets in helping to build up, manage and maintain collections both private and public. Thole Rotermund Kunsthandel is represented on the major art fairs in Cologne, Munich, Hamburg and soon New York and enjoys contacts with a strong network of international collectors and museum curators. In addition, Rotermund is member of the board of the „Bundesverband deutscher Galerien und Kunsthändler“ (Association of German Galleries and Art Dealers).

    Already since 2008 Rotermund is a regular guest at the "Gallery on the seas" of the "MS Europa" where in the context of contemporary oriented exhibitions he deliberately sets an accent on classical-modern art.

    Dr. Lisa Zeitz

    Lisa Zeitz is chief editor of Weltkunst and Kunst und Auktionen. After studying art history in Freiburg and Florence, she obtained her Ph.D. in Munich with a thesis on Titian. She worked at AXA Art Insurance in New York, became the representative and CFO of Villa Grisebach Auctions, and later art market correspondent to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. She published an award winning catalogue raisonné of Napoleonic medals together with her father, Joachim Zeitz, and wrote the biography of Werner Muensterberger (1913-2011) who was a collector of African art as well as a psychoanalyst specializing in collectors and forgers: “The Man with the Masks” (in German), Berlin Verlag, 2013. Lisa Zeitz lives in Berlin with her husband and three children.

    Uta Grosenick

    The special field of art historian Uta Grosenick is contemporary art. After her studies she has worked as curator at Deichtorhallen Hamburg, the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn, and was curator at Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg. From 1999 on she has edited numerous anthologies and monographs on art positions of the 20th and 21th century as well as books on contemporary art und individual artists at Taschen and DuMont publishing. Since 2010 Uta Grosenick is managing publisher at art publishing house DISTANZ in Berlin.

    Prof. Dr. Rafael Arnold

    Rafael Arnold was born in Stuttgart in 1968. He pursued Jewish and Romance studies in Heidelberg, Rome and Madrid. He gained his PhD in Heidelberg in 2002. He worked as a professor in Paderborn from 2004 to 2010. Since 2010, he has been the chair of the Romance linguistics department at the University of Rostock. Of his numerous publications, his translations and editions of the complete works of Luís de Camões (1524–1580), Portugal’s national poet, stand out in particular. Rafael Arnold is especially fascinated by his epic work The Lusiads, which celebrates the voyages of discovery by the Portuguese.

    Minjung Kim

    Minjung Kim was born in Korea in 1962. Her paintings demonstrate the luminous power of ink. They feature depths of space that are filled with a sense of wonder, and above all desire – desire for vastness. Minjung Kim sees the vastness in her watercolours as sonic space, and the contours of the hills, which grow ever fainter, as melody. Her watercolours are all similar but also quite different. They radiate a gentle calm, which is meant to be carried over to the observer, too. Minjung Kim removes contrasts without eliminating a sense of antagonism. This is what makes her work so unusual. We don’t simply stand in front of these watercolours and observe them; we are invited to experience them as reality and to become part of this reality ourselves. We almost become an observer within the painting. But, at the same time, the artist keeps us at a distance. We perceive the paintings with understanding and feel the calm as an extension of ourselves – wonderful patterns of light and shade in which anything goes, as long as the mystical calm remains undisturbed. Minjung Kim lives and works in southern France. Her paintings are exhibited in galleries and museums and at art fairs around the world. 

    Axel Rüger

    Axel Rüger was born in Dortmund in 1968. He studied art history in Berlin at the Freie Universität, at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom and at Queen’s University, Kingston in Canada. Rüger worked at a number of museums in Atlanta, Detroit and Washington before being appointed Curator of Dutch Paintings (1600-1800) at the National Gallery in London. During his time in London, Rüger curated international exhibitions such as Vermeer and the Delft School, Aelbert Cuyp and Masterpieces of Seventeenth Century Dutch Portrait Painting.

    In April 2006, Axel Rüger became the director of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Under his leadership a number of large scale projects have been realised such as the exhibitions Van Gogh and the colours of the night, Van Gogh at Work and Munch: Van Gogh; a large-scale research project on and complete new edition of Van Gogh’s letters, the re-display of the permanent collection as well as a new website and a new Multimedia Tour. In 2015 the museum also realised a new 20-million-Euro expansion with a new main entrance. Under Rüger’s leadership the museum has grown to 2.1 million annual visitors.

    Rüger has published on 17th-century Dutch art. Now he lectures on the Van Gogh Museum and museological topics and appears regularly in the media.

    Rupprecht Matthies

    Rupprecht Matthies, an artist born in Hamburg in 1959, studied under Gustav Kluge from 1982 to 1986 at the University of Fine Arts, Hamburg. Rupprecht Matthies is multitalented and has long been known beyond his home city for sculptures and paintings as well as for mobiles and installations.

    He particularly loves words and manuscripts, which he hangs from ceilings as mobiles or attaches to walls. His artworks, which are made from a range of materials, are usually displayed in unexpected places to encourage communication.
    The artist has carried out public and social projects in Erlangen, Dresden, Stuttgart, Munich and the Netherlands. His works have been displayed in cities such as Goettingen, Berlin, Frankfurt, Dresden, Bremen as well as in Denver, Prague, Reykjavik, Mumbai, Pusan and Zurich. Publications such as embrace (2010), offen (2009), Mut (2006) and NA UND! (1999) contain the powerful voice of an artist whose compositions allow the reader to rediscover language and writing.


    Wolfgang Trepper, comedian and cabaret artist

    Wolfgang Trepper comes from Duisburg. After completing business management training in the steel industry, he went on to become Germany’s first full-time manager of a Bundesliga handball team. This was followed by some time spent at Radio Duisburg, where he worked as a presenter from 1997 to 2006 and held the position of managing editor. Trepper began his career as a cabaret artist in 2003. Wolfgang has meanwhile brought 16 solo cabaret programmes to the stage, won six German Comedy Awards and performed 250 times a year around Germany since 2006: guest appearances on TV shows (Genial daneben, ZDF Fernsehgarten, Carmen Nebel and Vier sind das Volk) and on his “own show” as a presenter on Da wird mir übel (ZDFneo) alongside Anastasia Zampounidis, and on Ohne Garantie (ZDF). He frequently performs live at Quatsch Comedy Club and the Wühlmäusen in Berlin and is a regular at the Schmidt-Theater in Hamburg. In 2011, he played alongside Dirk Bach in the musical Kein Pardon by Thomas Hermanns and Hape Kerkeling. Since 2015, he has performed on stage with singer Mary Roos as part of the programme Nutten, Koks und frische Erdbeeren.

    Wolfgang Trepper, comedian and cabaret artist

    Golf - tee time in western Europe

    Thu 05.10 Greenwich (London) – Royal Blackheath Golf Club
    This beautiful English parkland course was created by Tom Dunn in 1892 – just 15 km (9 mi.) from the City of London, the course remains an oasis of calm. The par 70 course offers particularly fast greens and some tricky fairways. A “royal” golfing experience in the traditional English style!

    Sun 08.10 St. Malo – Saint Malo Golf Club
    This course is one of Brittany’s most attractive, with an unusual harmony between the fairways and their unspoilt natural settings. Players are accompanied around the 18 holes by natural water courses, solid granite and centuries-old trees. In between these features, you will be playing on long, undulating fairways with some fast greens.

    Tue 10.10 Bilbao – Ganguren golf club
    This very hilly 18-hole course was created by Jose Maria Olazabal. The Spanish professional had a unique understanding of how to integrate the plateau landscape into his layout to offer players constantly breathtaking views. This course is not just a highlight for passionate golfers, but also an experience for keen photographers!

    Thu 12.10 Vilagarcia – La Toja golf club (additional course)
    This may only be a nine-hole course, but what a course it is! At five of the nine holes alone, the narrow Ria de Arousa estuary follows the fairways to the green, making a game at Toja a very special experience. The fjord acts as an obstacle in places, and you will play over water or the beach depending on the tides. Here too, it is worth packing a camera in your golf bag. Today you will play two rounds of nine holes.

    Fri 13.10 Leixoes (Porto) – Amarante golf club
    Today, golf is a highlight in the truest sense of the word, as this golfing adventure takes place 600 m (1,968 ft) above sea level. The course’s topographical situation has a significant influence on the fairways. Seven par 3 holes and three par 5 holes have been created here that demand all your golfing skills. No surprise when the “playing field” is constantly undulating.

    Golf - tee time in western Europe

    Family cruise

    Holiday time is family time – and particularly relaxing on the EUROPA 2: with plenty of opportunities for parents and children to explore the world together and go their own ways. In addition to a varied on-board programme of games and sports as well as arts and crafts, children and teens on family cruises can take part in excursions* that have been specially designed for them. Our travel concierge will be happy to provide you with recommendations for your personal family excursions*.

    * This service is not included in the cruise price.



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