Though the price of the ship has yet to be disclosed, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises today released a few more details about MS EUROPA 2, the newbuilding from STX France that is set to join its fleet in Spring 2012. The cruise line is chartering the ship from what is described as a "third-party proprietary company" outside its parent TUI group.
The EUROPA 2 will offer a modern and casual 5-star alternative to the existing EUROPA, that looks to be targeted at a younger demographic.
Among the differences: "modern entertainment will replace the type of entertainment traditionally associated with cruises." As yet, there are no details of what that modern entertainment might be. The ship will offer itineraries that "will particularly fulfil the requirements of guests who are still working and families who are looking for a casual holiday in an elegant ambience at sea."
Equipped with a fleet of Zodiacs, the EUROPA 2 will also be able to offer landings in small harbors and bays off the customary routes.
The EUROPA 2 will have eleven decks and 258 suites accommodating a maximum of 516 passengers to offer the largest amount of space per passenger on a cruise ship. All suites will be veranda suites and have a minimum size of 28 sq.m. Spa, penthouse and family suites complement the accommodation range.
Seven restaurants, including Sushi Bar, two lounges and four bars will offer culinary diversity and a multi-faceted entertainment program. There will be a large fitness and spa zone and a variety of sport- and health-oriented facilities do justice to the current trend towards active holidays and wellbeing.
length: 225.25 m
width: 26.70 m
draught: 6.30 m
max. speed: 21.3 knots
staterooms: 258 (dimension: min. 28 m²)
max. passenger capacity: 516
crew: ca. 360
January 12, 2011