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MS EUROPA - from Bilbao to Hamburg

Culture and cuisine along Europe's west coast

MS EUROPA - from Bilbao to Hamburg
Cruise EUR1812
12.06.2018 - 26.06.2018 (14 days)
    Cruise dates
    12.06.2018 - 26.06.2018

    With seafood, red wine and chocolates, the charming cities lining Europe’s west coast promise a delightful combination of haute cuisine and cultural treasures. Find the perfect end to your cruise at the legendary event EUROPA’s Best outside Antwerp, which celebrates all things gourmet.

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    Please note that your choosen cruise is conducted in German only. All printed matters are available in German. Nevertheless our crew is fluent in English.
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    Extend your stay with the previous cruise EUR1811 and save € 550 per person (applies to categories 1 – 11).

    The highlights of this cruise

    Picturesque landscapes, world-famous culture and wonderful moments are an irresistible recipe for a diverse cruise that will take you from BILBAO along the Atlantic coastline. The appearance of the gentle hills of ST.-JEAN-DE-LUZ on the horizon heralds the Basque country. Our tip: Visit Place Louis XIV to taste regional specialities and take in the wonderful historical setting. The following morning, the EUROPA will sail up the Gironde to BORDEAUX and will spend two full days in the heart of this wine-producing metropolis. Besides its famous old town – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and popular filming location – life in this city revolves around its famous grapes, be it in a rustic wine bar, the futuristic Cite du Vin or the surrounding vineyards in the Medoc region*. LA ROCHELLE is a treasure trove of historical flair: three medieval watchtowers will guide you to the old harbour where you can try a cafe au lait on the quay or hunt for original souvenirs in the markets. BELLE-ILE, whose beauty has two faces, will shed light on island life in France: whereas the north of the island enjoys rugged beauty with jagged rocks, cliffs and the citadel in Le Palais, the south boasts golden beaches, green meadows and idyllic fishing villages.

    Bienvenue! St. Malo will welcome you to BRITTANY. The imposing fortified walls surrounding the old town invite you to ascend the steps and enjoy fabulous views of the bay regardless of the tide. The monastic island of MONT SAINT-MICHEL* promises an equally fascinating spectacle when the tides change. Wander through the labyrinth of medieval streets in the lower town as you head up to the monastery. With four harbours and the interesting museum La Cite de la Mer, Cherbourg embraces its maritime tradition wholeheartedly. The vibrant city can serve as a starting point for excursions into Normandy and across the enchanting Cotentin Peninsula*. The lush, green meadows and vast areas of marshland will entice you to set out on a long walk and take a detour to Barfleur*, considered by many to be the most beautiful village in France.

    Diamonds, silk, chocolate and waffles – the secrets of art and cuisine have been common knowledge for centuries in Flanders, Belgium. For example, in GHENT you can see trading posts and patrician houses as well as the Ghent Altarpiece, a unique masterpiece which dates back to medieval times. The smell of sweet treats fills BRUGGE* as well. Its picturesque canals and facades reminiscent of doll’s houses will make it seem like time is standing still, and a boat trip will only reinforce this impression. The best way to explore ANTWERP is in the footsteps of its famous son, Peter Paul Rubens. Many of his works can be found in his wonderfully well-preserved home and four of his greatest adorn the altar of the Cathedral of Our Lady. Back on board, Michelin-starred chefs will transform the Lido Deck into a gourmet heaven in the evening. Celebrate into the night with us and EUROPA’s Best before your cruise comes to an end in HAMBURG following one final day at sea.

    * The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to change.

    Your ship - MS EUROPA

    Your most beautiful yacht in the world

    Travelling to the world's most beautiful destinations on board the EUROPA will be an experience in itself: whether you're shaking the captain's hand or going to a dazzling gala evening, enjoy the traditional luxury of a classic cruise in the company of a small group of no more than 400 guests. You can look forward to the highest service and gastronomy standards, which have already been awarded the rating of 5-stars-plus for the eighteenth time in a row by the Berlitz Cruise Guide 2020. You can always rely on our German-speaking crew who, with their discreet attentiveness and eye for detail, will be happy to fulfil your individual wishes.

    Come on board the EUROPA, home of the extraordinary. Dive into a world of moving experiences and exclusive moments. See where state-of-the-art comfort and luxurious cruise traditions meet.

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    Your suites on MS EUROPA

    • 27 m² (290 ft²) Suite with a panorama window
    • 24-hour suite service
    • Visually divided living and sleeping area
    • Bathroom with shower and bathtub
    • Walk-in wardrobe
    • Free mini bar
    Veranda Suite
    • 27 m² (290 ft²) suite with a veranda
    • 24-hour suite service
    • Visually divided living and sleeping area
    • Bathroom with shower and bathtub
    • Walk-in wardrobe
    • Free mini bar
    • Some suites can be booked with connecting doors
    Veranda Suite, barrier-free
    • Barrier-free suite with veranda
    • German-speaking 24-hour service
    • Living area and sleeping area with height-adjustable bed
    • Bathroom with walk-in, barrier-free shower and height-adjustable vanity
    • Wardrobe with sliding doors
    • Free minibar
    Spa Suite
    • 27 m² (290 ft²) SPA Suite with a veranda
    • 24-hour suite service
    • Includes SPA pamper package
    • Bathroom with natural light, ocean view
    • Hydrotherapy shower and whirlpool bath
    • Walk-in wardrobe
    • Free mini bar (incl. a selection of high-quality spirits)
    Penthouse Deluxe Suite
    • 45 m² (484 ft²) Penthouse Deluxe Suite with a veranda
    • 24-hour butler service
    • Private atmosphere on Deck 10
    • Separate living and sleeping areas
    • Bathroom with underfloor heating, two washbasins, shower and whirlpool bath
    • Walk-in wardrobe
    • Free mini bar (incl. a selection of high-quality spirits)
    Penthouse Grand Suite
    • 85 m2 (915 sq ft) Penthouse Grand Suite with a spacious, partly covered veranda featuring a Dedon sofa island
    • Separate living and sleeping area
    • Inviting dining area with a dining table for up to six people
    • Bathroom with heated floor, two washbasins, a floor-level shower, a whirlpool bath and a private sauna; separate guest toilet
    • Spacious walk-in wardrobe
    • 24-hour butler service
    • Free mini bar (incl.  a selection of high-quality spirits)
    Cruise dates
    12.06.2018 - 26.06.2018

    At anchor - If the ship anchors in open water the ferrying ashore will be done with tenders or Zodiacs.

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    Optional bookable
    Tuesday, 12.06.2018

    Scheduled flight from Germany to Bilbao
    Transfer to embarkation point

    Tuesday, 12.06.2018

    Bilbao/Spain, departure 23.59 hrs

    Wednesday, 13.06.2018

    St.-Jean-de-Luz/France , 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

    Thursday, 14.06.2018

    Bordeaux/France, arrival 9.00 hrs

    Friday, 15.06.2018

    Bordeaux/France, departure 21.45 hrs

    Saturday, 16.06.2018

    La Pallice (La Rochelle)/France, 9.00 – 18.00 hrs

    Sunday, 17.06.2018

    Le Palais/Belle-Ile/France , 7.00 – 14.00 hrs

    Monday, 18.06.2018

    St. Helier/Jersey/Great Britain , 8.00 – 22.00 hrs

    Tuesday, 19.06.2018

    St. Malo/France , 4.30 – 22.00 hrs

    Wednesday, 20.06.2018

    Cherbourg/France, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

    Thursday, 21.06.2018

    Honfleur/France, arrival 7.00 hrs

    Friday, 22.06.2018

    Honfleur/France, departure 8.00 hrs

    Saturday, 23.06.2018

    Ghent/Belgium, 8.00 – 19.00 hrs

    Sunday, 24.06.2018

    Antwerp/Belgium, arrival 6.00 hrs

    Monday, 25.06.2018

    Antwerp/Belgium, departure 3.00 hrs

    Tuesday, 26.06.2018

    Hamburg/Germany, arrival 7.00 hrs
    Individual travel arrangements from cruise arrival point

    Pre-cruise and post-cruise programmes for your trip

    The following programmes can be booked.

    Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German and are charged additionally to the travel package. The prices and conditions for these programmes can be found on the German travel details page and are charged additionally to the travel package. For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.

    The following programmes are offered in German:

    Our proven pre- and post-cruise programmes

    Our popular pre- and post-cruise programmes include a broad spectrum of excursions and are usually accompanied by experienced Hapag-Lloyd Cruises tour guides. Recommended for guests who like to share their experiences with a group of like-minded travellers. Explore specially selected highlights of your holiday destination and enjoy the convenience of group travel – we will take care of the transfers, excursions and overnight stays.

    Cruise dates
    12.06.2018 - 26.06.2018

    This journey will delight you with the following program

    You can look forward to the following programme:

    EUROPA's Best

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

    Stella Maris International Vocal Competition

    For the high-calibre Stella Maris International Vocal Competition, international opera houses put forward their talented young singers to take part in three rounds of the classical singing competition on board the EUROPA. The selected up-and-coming young talents demonstrate their abilities in the categories of opera, operetta and lieder. As well as awards presented by the star-studded jury in the form of guest appearances, guests on board the EUROPA also choose their personal favourite to receive the generous audience award.

    More information is available here.

    Cruise dates
    12.06.2018 - 26.06.2018

    MS EUROPA - The world's best moments

    The EUROPA

    Welcome to a ship that sets the global benchmarks for luxury cruises. It may be smaller than other cruise ships, but the EUROPA is miles ahead of the crowd. Enjoy the unrivalled freedom for personal relaxation on a cruise with no more than 400 guests – with plenty of scope for fresh ideas, indulgence and inspiring perspectives. Look forward to the legendary familiarity of a German-speaking crew who, with a crew-to-guest ratio of almost one to one, will attend to your individual wishes. Perfect hospitality, down to the very last detail. You can be sure of an exceptional cruise on board the EUROPA as you travel to the world’s most beautiful destinations and perhaps even discover something about yourself.

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    A home away from home: Every suite is inviting – just like an elegant home, but at sea. Each is equipped with all the facilities you would expect, and designed so that you have plenty of space to yourself. What’s more, the view changes every day.

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    Culinary perfection: Our chefs serve up masterful creations in four restaurants, from classic dishes to uncharted culinary waters. On selected cruises, they will even accept a little assistance - but only from the best in the field, of course. The stars of the culinary world, recipients of Michelin stars or Gault et Millau chef hats, dazzle with distinctive creations and deliver taste sensations that you will rave about for a long time afterwards.

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    To see out the day in style: Five bars promise hours of pleasant relaxation and are the perfect location to see out any day in wonderful style. They are also popular locations for a few of the events that we organise for you on every cruise.

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    SPA & Fitness

    Every cruise on the EUROPA is a journey inside yourself. With our holistic wellness and health concept, you can reconnect with yourself and take time for mindfulness, self-realisation and your health. Innovative exercise programmes and holistic well-being concepts will bring your body and soul together in harmony. You will be in the best possible hands here – for example, in the OCEAN SPA, which offers everything from classic massages to beauty treatments, in one of our fitness classes or with your personal trainer (fees apply).

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    Indulge your curiosity on board with numerous opportunities to experience and enjoy things old and new. Our wide-ranging services allow you to explore the extraordinary and return home feeling truly inspired. Become a true connoisseur through on-board discussions with notable experts and public figures – you might even discover a whole new side to yourself. Soak up knowledge and stories that cannot be found in any book and thrilling on-stage entertainment courtesy of renowned artists from the worlds of music, film and TV, culture and science in a programme unique to every cruise.

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