Press Release of 03/21/2016

EUROPA 2 cruise brochure 2017/2018: a variety of new, special-format cruises and premiere ports

  • 22 premiere ports, e.g. Messina/Italy and Stanley/Falkland Islands
  • New special-format cruises: IN2BALANCE 
  • Maria Höfl-Riesch – Director of Sports & Fitness EUROPA 2
  • For the first time: private pre- and post-cruise programmes

The 2017/2018 season will see the EUROPA 2, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ five-star-plus* luxury cruise ship, embark on fascinating and varied routes around the globe. In addition to a number of premiere ports, guests can also expect the new cruise format IN2BALANCE, which focuses on the relaxation techniques of the Far East. In 2017, three-time German Olympic champion Maria Höfl-Riesch, whose fitness programme BE.YOU. is available exclusively on the EUROPA 2, will become ‘Director of Sports & Fitness EUROPA 2’. Also private pre- and post-cruise programmes on shore will allow guests to extend their holidays. 

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Premiere ports
In 2017/2018, the route plan for the EUROPA 2 will include 22 maiden calls. For the first time, the 500-passenger luxury ship will be stopping at ports such as Messina in Italy, Port Canaveral in the USA, Puerto Chacabuco in Chile and Stanley on the Falkland Islands.

Private pre- and post-cruise programmes
Holiday experiences can be extended by a few more days with guests arranging to visit ports of departure and arrival on their own: in the coming season, they will have the opportunity to explore on a more personal basis, privately as a couple. The excursions will be accompanied by a local tour guide, who will attend to guests’ specific interests and wishes.

Maria Höfl-Riesch, Director of Sports & Fitness EUROPA 2
Three-time Olympic champion Maria Höfl-Riesch is offering the BE.YOU. fitness programme only to guests on board the EUROPA 2. BE.YOU. training is tailored to each individual guest and is supplemented by a body analysis and nutrition plans. Maria Höfl-Riesch, who will add her expertise to Hapag-Lloyd Cruises in the coming season in her new role as Director Sports & Fitness EUROPA 2, will join four cruises and train alongside the guests.

Cruise example, BE.YOU: From Benoa (Bali) to Laem Chabang (Bangkok), 12.03 – 27.03.2018 (13 days), from €7,790 ($9,350, £5,690) per person, cruise-only. More information online at:

Special-format cruises: fashion, art, contemporary issues and relaxation
Enthralling discussion topics, contemporary trends in fashion and art, or new perspectives and ways to view the world: the EUROPA 2 special-format cruises focus on themes that reflect the interests of the ship’s target group. The fashion2sea cruise is centred around fashion and style – and a famous designer will present his/her collection on board. Famous museums and well-known galleries, talks and art discussions with experts will provide inspiration on the art2sea cruise. In talk2christiansen, Sabine Christiansen invites well-known international politicians, Nobel Prize laureates, entrepreneurs, best-selling authors and figures from public life to discuss contemporary issues – tailored to the respective cruise destination.

The IN2BALANCE cruise format is new for the 2017/2018 season. On selected cruises, coaches and trainers will present innovative training methods and the relaxation techniques of the Far East such as yoga in all its variations, burn-out prevention, t’ai chi and shiatsu. Guests will also learn of the latest research into nutritional science. IN2BALANCE will take place on six cruises in the coming season.

Cruise example, IN2BALANCE: From Nassau to Miami, 8.11 – 23.11.2017 (13 days), from €6,890 ($8,270, £5,030) per person, cruise-only. More information online at:

Cruise example, fashion2sea: From Monte Carlo to Lisbon, 10.07 – 19.07.2017 (9 days), from €5,190 ($6,230, £3,790) per person, cruise-only. More information online at:

Cruise example, art2sea: From Hamburg to Lisbon, 2.10 – 15.10.2017 (13 days), from €5,990 ($7,190, £4,380) per person, cruise-only. More information online at:

Hamburg, March 2016 

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Press contact: Moritz Krause, Corporate Communications Manager Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, Tel: +49 40 307030-391, E-Mail: press(at)

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