Press Release of 10/16/2017

EUROPA 2 Receives the Highest Distinction Once Again, 6 stars-plus in Stern's Guide to the Cruise Vacation 2018

  • Top distinction for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' EUROPA 2, 6 stars-plus and 6 stars for the EUROPA
  • The EUROPA 2 featured on the cover of the 2018 edition
  • Stern's Guide to the Cruise Vacation 2018 e-book and print edition is now available worldwide

In the 29th edition of Stern’s Guide to the Cruise Vacation 2018, the EUROPA 2, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ international luxury ship, took top ranking with the highest distinction, 6-stars-plus for cruise ships worldwide. The EUROPA was also honored in the latest edition with 6-stars. The EUROPA 2 is highlighted on the cover and back of the 2018 edition.

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The most reliable source for almost 45 years Stern’s Guide to the Cruise Vacation keeps track of all the latest and the best about cruise ships, river boats, hotel barges and ports of call. The book is considered one of the leading cruise guide books for the U.S. market. The book is available now in paperback and as a color e-book.

"Having cruised on almost a thousand ships, I can honestly say the EUROPA 2 is one of the most beautiful ships I have ever seen. From the top notch service, to the luxury accommodations, to the superb gourmet food, the EUROPA 2 is in a class of her own,” said Steve Stern.

Over the years, this guide has attracted thousands of satisfied users, taking advantage of Stern’s wide-ranging knowledge and experience of cruise ships and the localities on which they weigh anchor. He is the ultimate authority on luxury travel, also authoring Stern’s Guide to the Greatest Resorts of the World, Stern’s Guide to European River Boats and Hotel Barges and The Indispensable Guide to Foreign Words and Phrases.  Steve has visited every major port of call in the world and personally inspected virtually every ship currently in operation.

For more information on the book:

Stern’s Guide to the Cruise Vacation: 2018 Edition
By Stern's Travel Guides Ltd.
Available at and Barnes & Noble

Hamburg, October 2017

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