This is our number-one aim. We know that the best feeling comes from the best quality – and this is what we guarantee on each of our routes. Our luxury cruise ships EUROPA and EUROPA 2 are the only cruise ships to receive the coveted distinction of 5-stars-plus in the latest edition of the renowned Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships 2020. Our new expedition ships HANSEATIC nature, Hanseatic inspiration und Hanseatic spirit combine great adventures with utmost comfort: The HANSEATIC nature was named best boutique ship for the first time and awarded a 5-star rating by Berlitz Cruise Guide.
With their shallow draught, excellent manoeuvrability and great flexibility, our luxury and expedition ships offer all the benefits of a yacht and mean that we can keep developing route concepts that allow you to explore different climates, oceans and countries. Our unique routing around the world means that you can combine multiple cruises for even more adventure.
This is something that only first-rate, consistently attentive service can achieve. Our crew-to-guest ratio of almost 1:1 enables us to provide a personalised experience that you won’t find anywhere else.
Each of our cruises accommodates a maximum of 500 people, who experience unforgettable moments on board in the comfort of an intimate atmosphere. Our range of cabins and suites and the generous amount of space on board means that you will feel at home anywhere in the world.
On board every ship you’ll find culinary highlights inspired, created and prepared by top chefs. We have brought in the most creative stars of their field to transform the very best ingredients into perfectly devised works of haute cuisine.
As well as taking you to exclusive destinations, we also take you on inspiring journeys with fascinating themed evenings, panel discussions, readings, shows and concerts with famous names from the worlds of culture, science and entertainment.
We allow you to create your own custom cruise with a choice of activities on board and ashore, plus carefully selected pre- and post-cruise programmes. The travel concierge on board our ships will provide expert advice and assistance.
Exploring new shores also means assuming responsibility. When it comes to environmental friendliness, there is rarely one all-encompassing solution. This goes for our ships, too. We combine a variety of smaller- and larger-scale measures to continuously improve our environmental performance. These range from design modifications that help reduce consumption to technical solutions that decrease air emissions as well as various measures within our daily operations. Read more
When the first “pleasure cruise” took place almost 130 years ago, it marked the start of a unique story for Albert Ballin. We have stayed true to our inexhaustible pioneering spirit to this day and can look back on a wealth of experience. Our past also helps us to always do what is right for the future and to be leaders in our industry.