On board MS EUROPA from Hamburg to Hamburg

Short break in the North Sea

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Look forward to some special moments when the EUROPA sets sail for two treasures of the North Sea. Leave your footprints in the sand on the long beaches and dunes of Texel before wandering through the artistic city of Antwerp. Finally, the metropolis on the Elbe awaits you to mark the port’s anniversary: watch the fireworks finale** from your box seat and help us to celebrate an unforgettable night. This short cruise will certainly leave you wanting more.


from Hamburg to Hamburg

Cruise dates:from 04.05.2016 to 08.05.2016 (4 days)
Your ship: MS EUROPA
Cruise number: EUR1608

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This cruise is operated in German. For individual programmes kindly ask our travel concierge.
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Highlights of this cruise

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the old town of Brugge* and Plantin-Moretus Museum* of book printing
  • Pure nature on the North Sea island of Texel
  • Fascinating cultural city of Antwerp
  • On-board party to mark the 827th Hamburg Port Anniversary
  • New port: Texel/Netherlands

Itinerary

Wed, 04.05.2016

Individual travel arrangements to cruise departure point
Hamburg, departure 18.00 hrs

Hamburg
Arrive earlier and visit the Hanseatic city of Hamburg*.

Thu, 05.05.2016

Texel/Netherlands, 13.00 – 18.00 hrs

Texel/Netherlands
At almost 23 km long, this is the largest of the West Frisian Islands and will show you its most beautiful side during a scenic journey*. Views of dunes as far as the eye can see, the historic lighthouse and the charming centre, Den Burg, promise a day of varied experiences. The island has a storm to thank for its natural spectacle: when the waves broke through the chain of dunes in 1851, they left behind a saltwater lake that now provides a habitat for seabirds. Take a tour* and immerse yourself in the secrets of the De Slufter nature reserve. You can also find out about the coastal wildlife in the Ecomare information centre*, which provides fascinating information about the Wadden Sea and the North Sea. Get close to its most prominent residents, young seals, through the glass of the underwater aquarium.

Fri, 06.05.2016

Antwerp/Belgium, 8.00 – 17.00 hrs

Antwerp/Belgium
In this small Flemish coastal city, you will be tempted by diamonds, fashion and the smell of waffles. Walk from the Grote Markt with its impressive town hall to the medieval Vlaeykensgang, or admire the art collection in the former home of Rubens*. The artist himself illustrated many of the books that were printed in the only remaining book printing works from the Renaissance: visit the Plantin-Moretus Museum* and take a look at the world’s oldest printing presses. In romantic Brugge*, the world appears to have stood still for centuries. Be fascinated by Michelangelo’s Madonna in the Church of Our Lady, and a canal trip* will surely be enough to create a place in your heart for this city of medieval gables and towers.

Sat, 07.05.2016

Hamburg, arrival 21.00 hrs**
Overnight stay on board

Hamburg
In the evening, the world’s most beautiful yacht will arrive for one of the highlights of the Hamburg Port Anniversary: enjoy the fireworks finale** to the 827th birthday of Hamburg’s port from the comfort of the Lido Deck. Wave to the numerous visitors enthusiastically celebrating along the piers and look forward to an exhilarating party that is certain to provide an exuberant atmosphere once again. The next morning, you can head home or remain in Hamburg* to get to know the metropolis on the Elbe even better – for example, on a tour of the port.

Sun, 08.05.2016

Hamburg
Individual travel arrangements from cruise arrival point

* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.
** The exact departure time and mooring place will depend on the plans for the port anniversary. Subject to changes.

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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:

EXTENSION – HAMBURG AT YOUR OWN PACE

Family cruise

On this family cruise, your loved ones will have their very own on-shore programme. Experienced supervisors ensure that special kids’ and teens’ excursions provide an exciting way to explore new places for all junior cruise passengers aged 4 and up. Naturally, we also offer family excursions* tailored to let you and your children explore together. Back on board, the children and their supervisors complete their eventful day by eating together in the Lido Café. If required, a babysitter* can look after your little ones afterwards. To allow you to sleep in peace, we also offer a lie-in service on days at sea: nannies will pick up your children at 8.00 hrs and take them for breakfast. And on days with shore excursions, adjusted supervision times allow you to take part in excursions* without your children.

Details of kids’, teens’ and family excursions can be found in the itinerary under the respective ports.

* Subject to a charge.