Press Release of 05/23/2016

MS EUROPA 2: Sail the South Seas this winter with triple Olympic champion Maria Höfl-Riesch

  • The BE.YOU. fitness concept, developed exclusively for the EUROPA 2
  • Maria Höfl-Riesch on board
  • Top chef Michael Hoffmann cooks together with guests
  • 17-day Cruise route: from Colon to Tahiti

When the EUROPA 2 sets sail to the South Sea islands in November and December this year, Olympic champion Maria Höfl-Riesch will be on board to train one-to-one with guests. Maria has developed the BE.YOU. fitness concept exclusively for this Hapag-Lloyd Cruises luxury ship. Top chef Michael Hoffmann is also on board this South Sea adventure, which is set to be both a sporty and culinary highlight.

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Fine, sandy beaches, countless diving sites and exotic natural surroundings – the South Seas are one of the world’s most dreamed-of destinations. The EUROPA 2 begins its journey along the Panama Canal, which is approximately 80 km (49 mi.) long, before turning towards French Polynesia. While the guests relax on the white sandy beaches ashore, the perfect counter-programme awaits on board – a workout with triple Olympic champion Maria Höfl-Riesch. The holistic BE.YOU. fitness concept starts with an analysis of personal physical performance and is adapted individually to the results. The South Sea winter 2016 cruise is one of the chosen routes when Höfl-Riesch will guide training sessions personally. The sporting icon will also hold talks on the topics of fitness and motivation.

Alongside sporting challenges with the famous trainer, the cruise guests will be treated to culinary delights. Renowned chef Michael Hoffmann will also be joining guests on board. Best known as the former CEO and proprietor of the restaurant Margaux in Berlin (2003 – 2014), Hoffmann uses his vegetarian cuisine to set new standards in terms of the sustainability and ethics of cooking. On the route from Colon to Tahiti, Hoffmann will host a culinary school to offer guests an exclusive insight into his concepts, whilst presenting them with the opportunity to prepare dishes with him. Michael Hoffmann is already familiar with the EUROPA 2 – together with his team of chefs, he developed a vegetarian menu for the luxury ship.

South Sea cruise on MS EUROPA 2: From 18 November to 5 December 2016 (17 days) from Colon to Tahiti via Isla de Coiba/Panama, Taiohae/Nuku Hiva/Marquesas Islands/French Polynesia, Atuona/Hiva Oa/Marquesas Islands/French Polynesia, Rangiroa/Tuamotu Islands/French Polynesia and Moorea/Society Islands/French Polynesia. From € 9,360 per person, cruise-only, ($8,360, £5,400).

Further information on this cruise can be found at:

Hamburg, May 2016

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

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