A ship as a stage for the extraordinary

Top-class entertainment awaits you on the stages on board. Enjoy concerts and performances by famous artists, face-to-face and in a personal setting. We welcome renowned stars of classical music on board on many of our cruises. Enjoy high-calibre big-band music, the finest dance music, musical melodies and elegant lounge music as well as all types of cabaret artists, readings and theatrical pieces. Exclusive events and selected special cruise formats guarantee unforgettable moments and promise a truly special entertainment programme.

The greats of classical music await you

You can see the creme de la creme of the classical music scene on our cruises: our years of experience and close ties have enabled us to build up an impressive repertoire of classical artists. In partnership with some of the most famous opera houses and partners, we will present magnificent voices, expert instrumentalists and exhilarating ensembles as part of the MS EUROPA Concert Series on almost every cruise. Some surprises are often thrown in, too, because it is not uncommon for international artists to spontaneously join up - providing you with what can only be described as truly unique concert experiences on board and ashore. Additionally, the Ocean Sun Festival and the Stella Maris International Vocal Competition - our successful formats - are held during the year, having become an integral part of the EUROPA's cruise calendar.

As a little taster, we will be welcoming these prominent classical artists (subject to change) on board for the MS EUROPA Concert Series this year.

  • Cruise no. EUR1723: Verbier Festival - David Kadouch (piano), Chad Hoopes (violin), Anastasia Kobekina (cello) in cooperation with Martin Engstroem 
  • Cruise no. EUR1724: ARD prize winner & Friends cruise - Horacio Ferreira (clarinet) und Novus Quartet with art director Christoph Poppen
  • Cruise no. EUR1725: Carsten Wittmoser (bass), Gabriela Herrera (soprano)
  • Cruise no. EUR1800: Juliane Banse (soprano), Christoph Poppen (violin), Dejan Lazic (piano), Thomas Ruge (cello)

The Stella Maris International Vocal Competition is devoted to finding talented young singers in cooperation with famous opera houses worldwide. In this high-calibre vocal contest, world-famous opera houses recommend their up-and-coming stars, who compete against one another in three concert events on board the EUROPA. The classical headliners of tomorrow demonstrate their abilities in the categories of opera, oratorios and lieder to the star-studded jury and the rest of the audience. The audience choose their personal favourite to receive the generous audience award.

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Since 2007, the EUROPA has hosted an annual classical music festival which combines some of the best international musicians as part of the Ocean Sun Festival on the world’s most beautiful yacht. Famous opera singers, virtuoso musicians and well-known conductors create a unique composition of music and the sea, and give you the unparalleled pleasure of experiencing world-class stars up close and personal in the intimate surroundings of our ship. And that is not all: the artists also transform a number of hand-picked venues on shore into concert halls with their masterful performances.

Events on board

Experiencing the extraordinary is on the agenda on the EUROPA. Our events provide the perfect mixture of experience and relaxation on our cruises.

Once a year, the EUROPA's Best gourmet festival promises a special treat on board. When Michelin-starred chefs, winemakers, chocolatiers, fromagers and patissiers serve up their creations on the Lido Deck, you can wander from one gourmet station to the next to taste and feast on what's on offer. Afterwards, enjoy a glittering party on deck. 

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Now one of our classic events: MS EUROPA meets Sansibar. Relax on the beaches of Sylt, feast in the popular Sansibar restaurant amidst the dunes and enjoy an unforgettable party night on board with many famous faces from economics, culture and show business

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Entertainment and knowledge

We are always joined by experts from a wide range of fields who will give you valuable insights into a specific subject area. Focus on your well-being with "Body & Soul" or take part in "Symposium at Sea", our successful series of lectures. Everything revolves around flora in our popular "Garden cruise" format and you can look forward to our new format, "Theatre Festival", from 2018.

Symposium at Sea is a contemporary series of lectures bringing together experts from the worlds of economics, business, politics and culture on selected cruises on board the EUROPA to discuss some interesting current topics with you. Attend fascinating lectures given by the experts, expand your mind with some background knowledge and enjoy lively discussions with well-known personalities.

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Our Body & Soul programme pays special attention to your health. Take part in lectures and courses, which will vary according to each cruise and are offered in conjunction with some well-known partners. Topics such as movement and nutrition will be discussed, relaxation techniques will be taught, the philosophy behind pilates will be introduced or the focus will be on beauty. With Body & Soul, you can devote yourself to a self-aware lifestyle far away from everyday life and you will have the time to give your body the attention it deserves.

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The curtain will rise for the Theatre Festival on board in partnership with well-known German theatres. Various theatres will present works from various genres. Enjoy classic and contemporary productions and interpretations. Meet directors and dramatists who will give you thrilling insights behind the scenes and answer any questions you might have about the dramatic arts.

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On our garden cruises, experts are waiting for you on board the EUROPA to tell you about all of the particularities of the gardening culture of each destination on themed excursions. Even before you leave the ship, our highly regarded experts will prepare you for your upcoming exploration with exciting presentations on the principles of garden design and its historical and cultural context. Join the experts ashore and discover hidden gems, majestic country residences and impressive parks. See the most beautiful, verdant paradises on the planet from a new perspective, from the United Kingdom to the islands in the Atlantic to the faraway coasts of Asia.

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