Press Release of 03/03/2020

MS EUROPA 2: 2021/2022 cruise season can now be booked

  • A total of 27 cruises with five to 94 days on board over 116 pages
  • Premiere destinations: Easter Island, America’s West Coast and Hawaii
  • Exclusive special-format cruises: IN2BALANCE, ART2SEA and FASHION2NIGHT
  • Istanbul and Marmaris back in the programme

Whether it is myths and legends in the Southeast Pacific, or Lange Anna in the North Sea, guests on board Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ EUROPA 2 can enjoy a variety of routes during the 2021/2022 season. The new catalogue published today covers 27 cruises from October 2021 to September 2022 that can be booked now at www.hl-cruises.com.

In addition to popular classics, there are new destinations to choose from: for the very first time, the EUROPA 2 will head to Easter Island and America’s West Coast. Calls at Istanbul and the port city of Marmaris are back in the programme. Say ‘Aloha’ to the four Hawaiian islands that can be visited in February. Fashion lovers will be able to spend five days on board for the FASHION2NIGHT event cruise. Those who have 94 days to spare will be able to combine six cruises and cruise half way round the world. The catalogue for these cruises will be available to order from 3 March 2020 at www.hl-cruises.com/catalogues.

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Since the EUROPA 2 was commissioned in 2013, the renowned Berlitz Cruise Guide has awarded the ship continuously the distinction of 5-stars-plus and named it “the best cruise ship in the world”. During the summer months, European destinations will determine the routes, while during the European winter, the small cruise ship for a maximum of 500 passengers will head to faraway places. Those interested in fashion, art, music and sport will find diverse formats on board the luxury ship that stands for a modern lifestyle and an informal dress code, which are popular among professionals and families alike.
 
Heroes from novels and personal well-being in the South Pacific
This maiden route links the port city of Valparaiso with Tahiti. Robinson Crusoe Island awaits, where a sailor was once stranded, providing the idea for the book Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. After several days of relaxation at sea, 20-metre-high moai statues will greet passengers to Easter Island. Visitors to the island can view cultural sites and lava caves. To round off, a different novel will become the focus: Mutiny on the Bounty. Pitcairn, the only inhabited island of the archipelago, became famous thanks to The Bounty Trilogy. As part of the IN2BALANCE programme, training methods and relaxation techniques of the Far East will complement the on-board programme. In addition, qualified coaches and experts will share their knowledge on the subject of nutrition.
Example cruise EUX2128: From Valparaiso/Chile to Papeete/Tahiti, 19 November to 3 December 2021 (14 days), from €7.390 ($8.870, £6.510), per person, cruise only.
 
Say ‘aloha’ to an amazing adventure
Exotic islands, waterfalls and the vast expanse of the Pacific characterise the route from Fiji’s islands to Hawaii and then on to San Francisco, which features part of the IN2BALANCE format. For the first time, the EUROPA 2 will visit four Hawaiian islands. It’s the perfect opportunity to gain cultural insights and soak up the impressive scenery. In addition, guests will be able to enjoy culinary delicacies in the seven restaurants on board the EUROPA 2. They boast a relaxed atmosphere with flexible mealtimes and a free choice of seating and all meals are included in the cruise price.
Example cruise EUX2203: From Lautoka/Fiji to San Francisco/USA, 12 February to 2 March 2022 (19 days), from €10.990 ($13.190, £9,680), per person, cruise only.
 
Go west – an abundance of art, five countries and the Panama Canal
This maiden route will visit over ten destinations. Metropolises such as Los Angeles and San Diego are contrasted with small idyllic port cities such as Monterey and Santa Barbara. Visiting the Golden Gate Bridge, or taking part in a wine tasting in the Napa Valley are just two examples of opportunities for excursions. The art cruise as part of the ART2SEA format will be accompanied by renowned art experts. In this way, guests will gain insights into the international art business and visit exclusive exhibitions and galleries. The lifestyle concept of the EUROPA 2 is characterised by the specially selected art collection on board. More than 890 original paintings and exhibits, as well as photographs and sculptures adorn the ship’s suites and public areas.
 
The closer the journey gets to Guatemala, the more likely it is that guests will see animals in the wild. The EUROPA 2 has a shallow draught and also boasts a Zodiac fleet. This is how guests can reach destinations that cannot be accessed by the larger ships, allowing for special landings. Weather permitting, the Zodiacs enable passengers to go whale watching along the Baja California peninsula.
Example cruise EUX2204: From San Francisco/USA to Colon/Panama, 2 March to 21 March (19 days), from €11.290 ($13.550, £9,940), per person, cruise only.
 
Times Square, Martha’s Vineyard, Helgoland and Elbphilharmonie
Two legendary cities and two special islands: from New York to Oak Bluffs – the counterpart to the Big Apple. Here, on the largest island in New England, is the oldest functioning carousel in the USA and is where small, pastel-coloured confectioners’ houses line the streets. The IN2BALANCE programme gets underway once the EUROPA 2 crosses the Atlantic: innovative training methods for greater fitness, flexibility and strength are combined with relaxation techniques and concentration methods. Fully relaxed, guests get to experience the island of Helgoland before heading on to the final destination of the port of Hamburg.
Example cruise EUX2207: From New York/USA to Hamburg/Germany, 18 April to 30 April 2022 (12 days), from from €5.490 ($6.590, £4.840, per person, cruise only.
 
FASHION2NIGHT – couture and party
In 2022, the party returns. Every two years, designers, fashion experts and fashionistas meet on board the EUROPA 2. The highlight of the FASHION2NIGHT cruise is the show of renowned designers on board the cruise ship in the port in Hamburg. The pool is transformed into a catwalk. After the incredible night of partying, the cruise with a fashion-focused format will set off from Hamburg to Gothenburg and Copenhagen and return back to Hamburg. The programme also features workshops with fashion experts and a pop-up store where guests can buy exclusive collection items from the designers.
FASHION2NIGHT cruise example EUX2212: From Hamburg via Gothenburg and Copenhagen and returning to Hamburg, 10 to 15 June 2022 (5 days), from €2.990 ($3.590, £2.640), per person, cruise only.

Hamburg, March 2020

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