30/03/2011 2 Comments
The Columbus 2, with a maximum capacity of 698 passengers, is a small ship in the Premium segment, and is due to be sailing for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises from April 2012 onwards. She will offer freedom of movement and diverse facilities on a total of 11 decks, with a generous amount of space per passenger. With a very high proportion of balcony cabins with a standard size of 20 sqm (215 sq ft), the Premium ship provides a very high standard of comfort for this market sector.
With low starting prices the Columbus will be the ideal ship for cruise newcomers. The so-called “Complete Package,” an optional extra, will enable planning as far as extra costs are concerned, including as it does all beverages and a shore excursion package. The family travel concept will incorporate selected voyages during the holiday periods complete with a children’s program, free for the under-15s (if accommodated in a cabin with two adults). New Kids’ and Teens’ Clubs will be fitted on Deck 9 especially during a shipyard overhaul before delivery in April.
The Columbus 2’s four restaurants will offer a diversity of culinary highlights in a casual to elegant-casual atmosphere. Besides the fine dining restaurant Albert Ballin and the Italian speciality restaurant Toscana there will be the Polo Grill, or the Lido Restaurant, in the open air. These are supplemented by three bars: the Ballin Bar, Martinis and the Pool Bar.
Various stages and lounges are available for the entertainment program, in particular the Show Stage on the Pool Deck with irresistible open-air summer events. An impressive feature of the Observation Lounge, located two decks above the bridge, is its all-round panoramic glazing. The Ocean Spa and the large Fitness Section assure full wellness and fitness amenities. A highlight is the Cabanas on the highest deck 11 – there passengers can sunbathe in a very private atmosphere.
May 2013: Europa 2 to set new standards in the Luxury cruise sector
Construction of the Europa 2 is due to commence at St Nazaire on 1st September. The keel laying ceremony will then take place on 7th February 2012 and the ship will leave dry dock five months later for interior fit. The naming ceremony is planned for the spring of 2013.
The newly-built Europa 2 will allow the company to expand its leading role in the luxury segment. All routes will have one thing in common: they are oriented to the requirements of professionals, employees as well as families. In the spring and summer, Europa 2 will offer seven-night, combinable routes to the Western Mediterranean, optionally from Barcelona to Monte Carlo, from Monte Carlo to Malta and from Malta to Venice. In the autumn, cruises will be to the Eastern Mediterranean. The Europa 2 will then spend the winter in the Arabian Sea and in Southeast Asia.
The new ship’s gastronomy and entertainment will cater to the interests of a life-style oriented target group. A spacious Wellness Section with health-related facilities, for example Body Care and Anti-Aging, are designed to keep up with the trend towards active holidays and well-being. Besides family suites, three children’s sections are planned. Nannies will offer day care and a dedicated program for children from 2 years upwards – a new feature in the family concept of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. Entertainment will remain true to the principle of diversity and exclusivity, with production shows, music, theatre, solo artists and open air events.
Seven restaurants will offer culinary delights at no extra charge: Asia, Italy, a Brasserie Grill, a Wine Bistro, Lido, Sushi Bar, Special Dining and Fine Dining are the basic concepts, augmented by gourmet events and four bars.
For further details or advance bookings call Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail us at email@example.com
Photos courtesy of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, Hamburg