Hong Kong To Singapore, Half Off Second Passenger On Hapag-Lloyd’s Top-Rated Europa 2, March 20, 2017

In the Lands of Smiles

South East Asia has many faces. Dive into a fascinating world with metropolises such as Singapore and unspoilt natural beauty, a spiritual past and the rapid pace of the future.

March 20 – April 3, 2017:  14-day cruise EUX1706

Price Special:

1st person from £ 6,280 / US$ 10,310 / € 8,590
2nd person from £ 3,140 / US$ 5,155 / € 4,295

Example category. 1, Veranda/Ocean Suite, cruise-only. Price special available in category 1- 9 and 12, for double occupancy only.

Additionally, each guest receives an on-board beverage credit of € 200.

For further details please call Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

Basic package, 5 courses: £1,430 / US$2,340/ €1,950 p.p.
Additional course (Penang Golf Club): £ 160 / US$ 260 /  € 210 p.p.
Golf & Cruise Voyage
On these exclusive Golf & Cruise voyages Hapag-Lloyd have reserved the best greens in advance and put together attractive basic packages (subject to a charge). Golfers with a handicap of –36 or better can play on these first-class courses alongside our PGA professionals.

Bali to Hong Kong On Board Hapag-Lloyd’s Top-Rated Europa 2: Half Off For Second Passenger, February 6-20, 2017

Pink Sand and Chocolate Hills

Life never stands still in the mega-cities of Manila and Hong Kong. The untouched tropical beaches and natural phenomena such as Pink Beach and the Chocolate Hills stand in contrast to these metropolises.

February 6 – 20, 2017:  14-day cruise EUX1703

Price Special:

1st person from £6,450 / US$10,310 / €8,590
2nd person from £3,225 / US$5,155 / €4,295 

Example cat. 1, Veranda / Ocean Suite, cruise only. Price special available in category 1- 9 and 12, for double occupancy only.

Additionally, each guest receives an on-board beverage credit of € 200.

For further details please call Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

Hapag-Lloyd’s Brand New ms Europa 2 – Your Exclusive Hideaway At Sea – Three Special Offers For November Through February 2014

europa-2-sternAsian Impressions – or – the Arabian Peninsula

Dubai – Dubai, November 25 – December 3, 2013, 8 days, EUX1325
via Abu Dhabi, Doha, Mina Sulman, Bahrain; Khasab, Oman, and Muscat  from £3,644 per person in a Category 1 suite, double occupancy, cruise-only.

Singapore – Singapore, January 4–18, 2014, 14 days, EUX1402
via Phuket, Port Kelang, Malaysia, Ko Samui, Kampong Saom, Cambodia and Koh Kood, Thailand from £6,752 per person in a Category 1 suite, double occupancy, cruise-only.

Singapore – Hong Kong, February 1–13, 2014, 12 days, EUX1403
via Bintulu, Malaysia, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, Sandakan, Malaysia, Boracay, Philippines and Hundred Islands, Malaysia from £5,496 per person in a Category 1 suite, double occupancy, cruise-only.

Special offer for all three cruises:-

o  Upgrade from Category 1 to Category 3
o  Connoisseur Package of £115 per person for beverages and Ocean Spa

Countdown to Europa 2Early Booking Reductions:-

Book by April 28, 2013 and receive 5% off! (EUX1325)
Book by June 21, 2013 and receive 5 % off! (EUX1402)
Book by July 5, 2013 and receive 5% off! (EUX1403)

For further details please call Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises To Release International Brochure For Its New 516-guest Flagship Europa 2 In London This September

For those following the introduction of the world’s most exciting new cruise ship in a decade, our UK clients will be pleased to know that Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is releasing its English-language brochure for its new 40,000-ton Europa 2 on Thursday, September 13, in London. The new ship has been designed to cater not only to the German-speaking market, where Hapag-Lloyd have been particularly strong, but also to the international trade in general.

Now under construction at St Nazaire, in the shipyard that built the Ile de France, the Normandie, the France and the Queen Mary 2, the 516-guest Europa 2 will feature all-balcony accommodations,  some of the most stylish restaurants afloat and a myriad of new features, and will have the highest passenger space ratio of any ship afloat.

The Europa 2 will undertake her maiden voyage from Hamburg to Lisbon between May 11 and 25, 2013, and may also make an inaugural appearance at Southampton in early May on her way from the shipyard in St Nazaire to her delivery in Hamburg – so watch this space for further news.

For further details on any of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ international offerings please contact Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ New Europa 2 Is Floated Out At St Nazaire

MS Europa 2 leaves drydock at St Nazaire

  • Newly-built Europa 2 takes to the water for the first time
  • Beginning of the second construction stage at the outfitting pier

On Friday July 6, four months after the keel was laid, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Europa 2 left the drydock at the STX France shipyard in St Nazaire. In a festive ceremony, the drydock was flooded and the new addition to the Hapag-Lloyd fleet took to the water for the first time. Now that the Europa 2 has left the drydock, the next construction stage has begun – the interior outfitting.

Countdown to Europa 2The new ship has 251 all-balcony suites, eight restaurants and a theatre as well as bars, lounges and public areas. Some 835 shipyard workers are involved in building the new ship – until delivery in April. They will dedicate around 2.5 million hours of labour to the project, and 10,000 tonnes of steel have already gone into the Europa 2. She is expected to be delivered to Hapag-Lloyd Cruises at the end of April 2013 and her 14-day maiden voyage from Hamburg to Lisbon will take place from 11 until 25 May 2013.

The new running mate of Europa will be positioned in the luxury segment as a lifestyle-oriented, casual alternative. Europa 2 will offer a maximum of 516 guests more space per passenger than any other cruise liner,  in all-balcony suites. All the suites have a veranda and a minimum size of 280 square feet. Eight restaurants and six bars offer culinary diversity, and a large spa and fitness area take into account the trend towards health and well-being.

Fur further details on Hapag-Lloyd Cruises please contact Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

Photo courtesy of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, Hamburg

Hapag-Lloyd’s Europa 2, A Truly International Ship, Seems To Find Some of her Roots in the Empress of Britain of 1931

The Elements Asian Restaurant on board Europa 2

The Cathay Lounge on board the Empress of Britain of 1931

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ new Europa 2 may well prove to be one of the most interestingly decorated ships since the Empress of Britain of 1931 and Normandie of 1935. But to keep things in a modern tone, Sebastian Ahrens, managing director of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises said, “We are breaking new ground with Europa 2. She will represent a modern and casual interpretation of luxury cruises in terms of her architecture, her restaurants and her entertainment programme.  Europa 2 will offer an international atmosphere for sophisticated, cosmopolitan customers who still have very demanding professional lives and are looking for the greatest possible degree of individuality in their spare time. We have therefore consciously decided to do without cruise traditions such as the Captain’s Dinner.”

“The ship will be positioned internationally.  English-speaking guests will feel comfortable on every cruise on Europa 2. Most of the entertainment on board does not rely on language. The on-board announcements will be reduced to a minimum and made in German and English at all times,” added Ahrens.

Flexibility and individuality will be found in every detail from entertainment to gourmet cuisine on board Europa 2. The routes of Europa 2 will be geared towards working people and families, with one-week itineraries offered. Personalized service will be heightened, with more than 370 staff members for a maximum of 516 guests, as well as butler and travel concierge services offering unsurpassed quality when it comes to catering to guests’ needs. New standards will also be set with regards to environmental protection – Europa 2 will be the first cruise ship equipped with Selective Catalytic Reduction, which reduce the emission of nitrogen oxides by almost 95 percent.

Shorter Routes, Ideal for Working People and Families

With 7-day combinable cruises to the Mediterranean in the summer and 13-20 day combination cruises to far-away destinations in the winter, Europa 2 will meet the requirements of working people and families with limited holiday time. The ship will call at 123 ports on 26 different itineraries in 2013. Cruises will take guests to the western and eastern Mediterranean and the Arabian Peninsula, as well as Southeast Asia. The size of the ship is a major advantage – with a length of 739 feet and a draught of 20.7 feet, Europa 2 is capable of calling at small, rarely-visited ports such as Bonifacio and Portofino, which is not an option for larger ships. Furthermore, a total of twelve Zodiacs will be carried to take passengers to lagoons and beaches  in remote parts of Southeast Asia where ships can’t dock.

Accommodations On-board, All-Suites

Europa 2 will exclusively offer Veranda Suites with balconies each measuring at least 75 square feet facing the sea, a novelty in the cruise market. In addition, all suites will have a free of charge mini bar, Wi-Fi Internet access (at a charge) and a tablet PC. The 251 suites in seven different categories will measure in size from 301 to 1,066 square feet and will offer their own whirlpools with ocean view in the highest categories. In addition, 16 Spa Suites will have whirlpool tubs and rain showers with steam saunas, providing guests with a private oasis of well-being onboard. For families traveling together, there will be seven family-style suites where parents and children can live in two separate areas, connected by a door and the shared balcony.

Culinary Diversity with Flexible Times and Open Seating

The restaurant concept on board Europa 2will be synonymous with diversity and flexibility – flexible mealtimes, no assigned seating, and plenty of tables for two. There will be eight restaurants to choose from among them, three speciality restaurants with Mediterranean, French and Asian cuisine, as well as a Sushi Bar. The Asian restaurant Elements provides an interesting comparison with Canadian Pacific’s Empress of Britain of 1931, which as the time was advertised in Germany as “das Luxusschiff der Welt” (“The Most Luxurious Ship in the World”). One of the Empress of Britain‘s chief attractions was the Chinoiserie used in her decorations, particularly in her Cathay Lounge, something that stemmed from Canadian Pacific’s Transpacific ocean liner service between Vancouver and the Orient. This is interesting as it was Hapag-Lloyd that took over CP Ships, the former Canadian Pacific Steamships, in 2005.

The Tarragon French restauramt on board Europa 2. No extra charge to dine here.

All restaurants will be included in the cruise price (excluding beverages). On special occasions, guests can book the private dining room, allowing them to dine in a very personal atmosphere. There will also be an on-board cooking school, equipped by Miele, where professional chefs will provide guests with unique insights. In addition to the eight restaurants, six bars are to be found on-board.

Entertainment with Exclusive Productions & Performances

The entertainment programme will reflect the modern concept Europa 2. The theatre will have modern stage technology and a large LED wall extending across two stories – a novelty on a relatively small ship. For the first time for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, the entertainment programme will feature spectacular productions, performances and light shows. The shows will have no adaptation of shore programs, but instead will be exclusively performed aboard Europa 2. Two different shows per week will be offered, ensuring plenty of variety. Passengers who spend 14 days onboard will see four different shows. International guest artists will further enhance the entertainment program. Many shows do not start simultaneously, allowing guests to enjoy more than one show nightly.

Wellness and Fitness: 1,000 Square Metres/ 10,000 Square Foot Spa

Guests will also find diversity and plenty of space in the wellness area of Europa 2, which will boast 1,000 square metres/ 10,000 square feet. Treatments ranging from massages, to facials, to Thalasso therapy will be offered in the eight treatment rooms at the Ocean Spa. The extensive sauna landscape grants every guest more space to relax than any other ship of this class. In addition, passengers can book a Personal Spa experience and enjoy the private sauna and whirlpool facilities, as well as massage beds and comfortable relaxation furnishings, by the hour or the day, in an intimate atmosphere. The on-board facilities also include a large fitness area with fitness and cardio equipment, as well as a room where Pilates and Spinning will take place. Upon request, a Personal Trainer is available to counsel guests on their workout, and sports hosts are available to organise shore excursions, for example, bicycle tours or Nordic Walking.

Child Care Available For Toddlers Two And Older

Young cruise passengers are sure to enjoy themselves in the Kids and Teens Club, compiled by qualified child care specialists. For the first time in the German market, child care will now be available for toddlers two and older on board Europa 2 (subject to charge). There will be a special area for the infants called the “Knopf Club,” equipped with cots, changing tables and a lounge furnished with cuddly toys, by the renowned manufacturer Steiff. Steiff is a German-based plush toy company known for its high quality for over 100 years. Children aged 4-10 years old play in the adjacent Kids Club, and children 11-15 years old meet in the Teens Club, where table football, video game consoles, or the disco will await them. Children eleven and under will travel free of charge on board Europa 2, when accompanied by two full-price cruise guests. Shore excursions for children, teenagers, or the entire family are offered on all family cruises.

For more information on Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ exciting destinations and itineraries visit www.hl-cruises.com. For bookings or brochure requests please call Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

Keel-Laying Takes Place Today for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ New Europa 2

europa-2The next construction stage of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Europa 2 began with her keel laying today at the STX Europe shipyard in St Nazaire, France, with the lowering into the dry dock of new ship’s first block. Sebastian Ahrens, managing director of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and Laurent Castaing, general manager of STX France, each placed a coin on the block. The coins were welded into the block and will accompany the ship on all her future voyages. This tradition is believed to bring good luck to new ships. The first block has a length of 11.8 metres and is 8.6 metres high and weighs 400 tonnes.

Concurrent with the start of construction in the dry dock, thenew ship’s  suites are being manufactured in the shipyard’s cabin factory. Then, at the beginning of July, the Europa 2 will take to the water for the first time so that work on her interior can be initiated at the outfitting pier. A total of 835 shipyard workers are involved in the construction of the new ship. Until  delivery in the spring of 2013 the shipyard workers will dedicate over 2.5 million hours of labour to the project.

For more information on Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ exciting destinations and itineraries visit www.hl-cruises.com. For bookings, enquiries or brochures please call Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

First Steel Cut at St Nazaire for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ MS Europa 2

europa-2Yesterday, the first steel was cut for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Europa 2, marking the official beginning of her construction. The cruise line’s managing director Sebastian Ahrens  gave the start signal at the STX shipyard in St Nazaire, where ships such as the Normandie, the France and the Queen Mary 2 were built. With the MS Europa 2, to enter service in the spring of 2013, Hapag-Lloyd will further advance its pioneering role in the luxury sector.

A total of 835 shipyard workers will be involved in the project, with an estimated 2.5 million hours of labour dedicated to the new ship’scompletion. “After an intense planning stage, we are very pleased to be taking this decisive step towards the extension of our fleet with the first steel cut,“ said Mr Ahrens.

With individual parts of the ship being manufactured in different shipyard halls over the coming months, the keel laying will take place in the spring of 2012, and commissioning in the spring of 2013.

The Europa 2 will enhance the luxury segment of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, offering a modern and informal interpretation of the existing Europa, the only cruise ship to be awarded with the highest “5-stars” plus ranking in the Berlitz Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships.

The Europa 2 will have eleven decks and will offer 258 suites. She will have a maximum capacity of 516 passengers and will boast more space per passenger than any other cruise ship in the world. Spa Suites, Penthouse Suites and family suites will complement the range of accommodations on board.

Seven restaurants including a sushi bar, two lounges and four bars will enhance the ship’s culinary diversity. Guests will also enjoy a wide range of on board entertainment, a large wellness and spa area, and numerous sports and health-oriented offerings.

For more information on Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ exciting destinations and itineraries visit www.hl-cruises.com. For bookings, enquiries or brochures please call Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

Of Teddy Bears and Land Rovers : Brand Co-operation at Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises have recently announced marketing partnerships and brand co-operation with Land Rover, makers of the famous on- and off-road vehicles, and Steiff, makers of the famous line of teddy bears.

Under the agreement with Land Rover, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises will decorate a number of Land Rover off-road vehicles in black, white and orange Hapag-Lloyd Off-road Adventure livery, to emphasize adventures at sea in their top-rated expedition ships MS Hanseatic and MS Bremen. These vehicles could be driven by company managers or sales representatives or even in some cases used to pick up or deliver customers to airports when joining an expedition cruise.

Meanwhile, the agreement with Steiff is part of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ campaign to attract more family business to the line’s two new cruise ships, the MS Columbus 2, to be introduced in April 2012,  and MS Europa 2, to be built at St Nazaire and introduced in 2013. Children will be catered for in a brand co-operation with Steiff, the world’s oldest maker of teddy bears, and in particular, a new bear, Captain Knopf, will be introduced to take advantage of this.

Not only that, but the bears will be backed up by a program of children’s books. On board ship, meanwhile, children will be looked after in three different age groups, something different from what is offered in the existing MS Europa, which caters to only two age groups.

For further information on Hapag-Lloyd Cruises please call Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk

Photos courtesy of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Chief Visits London

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Sebastian Ahrens, managing director of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises in Hamburg and a graduate of Cambridge, was in London last week for a presentation of the line’s expedition ships Bremen and Hanseatic at the Royal Geographical Society, as well as a UK press briefing and interviews. The presentation was made by David Fletcher, a member of the Royal Geographical Society, and Trixi Lange-Hitzbleck, both of whom are Hapag-Lloyd expedition leaders.

The travel trade press was also in attendance and reported as follows:

Travel Trade Gazette says Hapag-Lloyd Cruises to focus more on the UK market

Travel Weekly gets a reaction from Hapag-Lloyd chief over UK agents’ habit of rebating

Seatrade Insider meanwhile revealed that Hapag-Lloyd Cruises will go more international with its newest ship, the Europa 2, with announcements in both English and German. Hapag-Lloyd presently operates the five-star-plus Europa, rated the best cruise ship on Earth (or should we say water?) for eleven years in a row by the Berlitz Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships, and the top-rated expedition ships Bremen and Hanseatic, as well as the 420-berth Columbus, which will complete her last season in the Great Lakes in 2011.

In spring 2012, the Columbus 2, presently operating as the Regatta in the summer cruise trade to Alaska,will replace the present Columbus and in 2013 the line will introduce the Europa 2, which will be built by STX France, formerly Chantiers de l’Atlantique, at St Nazaire. The same yard delivered the Crystal Serenity in 2003 and the Queen Mary 2 in 2004.

For further information on any Hapag-Lloyd cruise or to discuss possible ship visits please call Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk