Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Gets Top Ratings Yet Again in the Berlitz Guide to Cruising 2012: MS Europa Retains Her Lead

The ratings for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises have been improved upon in the Berlitz Guide to Cruising 2012:  and MS Europa has retained her lead position

•     MS Europa remains the only ship with 5-star-plus award
•     MS Bremen has received 4-stars-plus for the first time

MS Europa, the flagship of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, is the only cruise ship in the world to be awarded the highest rating 5-stars plus rating in the new 2012 edition of the renowned Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. The expedition ship Bremen received an even better rating than in previous years and was awarded 4-stars-plus for the first time.

With 1852 out of a maximum of 2000 points, the Europa received the highest rating of all 285 ships tested. The Hanseatic scored 1746 points, making her the only expedition ship to be awarded five stars. The second Hapag-Lloyd Cruises expedition ship, the MS Bremen, was upgraded and received the award 4-stars-plus for the first time with 1553 points.

Author Douglas Ward and his team tested a total of 285 cruise ships from all over the world, assessing criteria such as ship furnishings, quality and diversity in the restaurants, service and crew, entertainment and cruise experience. In this year’s edition of the Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships, they are once again awarding the rating 5- stars-plus to only one ship: MS Europa. Douglas Ward states the outstanding culinary creations of starred chef Dieter Mueller as being the reason for this decision and adds: “Europa has stood the test of time, and looks almost new. “

Sebastian Ahrens, managing director of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, comments, “The very good ratings of our ships confirm that the consistent investments in and further developments of our range of products and services are worthwhile. Certainly, it is primarily the recent and comprehensive shipyard works on the Bremen that have contributed to our expedition ship being awarded an additional ’plus’.“

Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships by Douglas Ward, 720 pages, paperback, is also available as an application for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

For more information on Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ exciting destinations and itineraries visit the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises web site. For bookings, inquiries, or to request a brochure, please call Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

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