Time out with distinction: ships that leave no wish unfulfilled

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. 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.

MS EUROPA 2 - The world's best cruise ships

Berlitz Cruise Guide 2020

In the new edition of the Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships 2020 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. Our new expedition ship HANSEATIC nature was named best boutique ship for the first time and awarded a 5-star rating by Berlitz Cruise Guide.


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.
– – Douglas Ward, Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships 2018

MS EUROPA 2 - recognised for its gastronomic concept for the sixth time in a row

Deutscher Kreuzfahrtpreis 2018

The EUROPA 2 was once again awarded the Kreuzfahrt Guide Award in the "Gastronomy" category as part of the annual Cruise Congress at the Cruise Night on 8 November 2018.

Winner of "Best Adventure / Expedition Cruise Line"

Wave Awards 2018

Announced at “The Wave Awards 2018” ceremony, held at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, London, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ was the winner in the category of ‘Best Adventure / Expedition Cruise Line’.

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Hapag-Lloyd Cruises – “Best Expedition Product” and “Best Cuisine”

Kreuzfahrt Guide Award 2018

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.

MS EUROPA 2 - best ship in the "Gastronomy" category

Kreuzfahrt Guide Award 2017

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.

MS EUROPA 2 – best ship in the “Gastronomy” category

Kreuzfahrt Guide Award 2016

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.

MS EUROPA 2 – Tarragon restaurant named “Best Restaurant at Sea”

Deutscher Kreuzfahrtpreis 2016

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”.

Highest rating in the "Spa" and "Luxury" categories

Relax Guide Spa Award 2015

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.

Award in the "Best Route Diversity" category

Deutscher Kreuzfahrtpreis 2015

"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.

Award for themed cruise programme

Sonntag Aktuell Touristikpreis 2015

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.

MS EUROPA 2 - best ship in the "Service" and "Gastronomy" categories

Kreuzfahrt Guide Award 2014

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.

MS EUROPA 2 - best ship in the "Gastronomy" category

Kreuzfahrt Guide Award 2013

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!). The panel of experts named the EUROPA 2 the best ship in the "Gastronomy" category.

* According to Berlitz Cruise Guide 2020.