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* ship MS BREMEN as we steer you towards the most impressive expedition destinations on earth.
In the new edition of the Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships 2018 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.
The EUROPA 2 and EUROPA are both beautiful ships to sail aboard, with an outstanding amount of space per passenger, passageways with high ceilings, a superb range of dining venues and types of cuisine, and attentive, friendly, yet unobtrusive, personal service.
The Deutscher Kreuzfahrtpreis (German cruise line award) 2018 was presented by Oliver P. Mueller, publisher of the Kreuzfahrtträume cruise guide, at Cruise Europe Night. Karl J. Pojer, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, collected the awards in the “Best Expedition Product” and “Best Cuisine” categories on behalf of the company.
On the occasion of the 2017 Cruise Congress, the annual industry get-together held on 9 November 2017 in Hamburg, the Kreuzfahrt Guide Award 2017 was presented to top cruise ships for the ninth time. The EUROPA 2 was named the best ship in the “Gastronomy” category for the fifth time in succession. The expedition ship BREMEN was recognised for its exceptional passages with the “Best Routing” award from the expert jury.
GEO SAISON magazine carried out a survey of around 3,200 passengers and cruise experts to find out who offers the best cruises. The cruise ships were assessed in 28 categories. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises received 27 awards, including Top Cruise Line in the luxury cruises and expedition cruises categories, and Top Cruise Ship for MS EUROPA 2 and MS EUROPA.
On the occasion of the 2016 Cruise Congress, the annual industry get-together held on 16 November 2016 in Hamburg, the top cruise ships were presented for the eighth time with the Kreuzfahrt Guide Award 2016. The EUROPA 2 was named the best ship in the “Gastronomy” category for the fourth time since its launch.
At the Cruise Europe Night held on 9 September 2015, the EUROPA 2 won an award in the “Restaurant” category, winning the prize for best restaurant at sea for its French speciality restaurant “Tarragon”.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.