In the 31st edition of the Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships 2016 guide, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ luxury ships the Europa and the Europa 2 have been awarded the highest distinction as the only 5-stars-plus cruise ships worldwide. The line’s expedition ship Hanseatic was ranked as the only 5-star expedition ship globally among the group of “boutique ships” and the Bremen received the distinction of a 4-stars-plus rating.
Both the Europa and the Europa 2 lead the rankings in the category “top 5 small ships” with 251 to 750 passengers and are global leaders. The Europa has achieved the award for the 16th consecutive year, while it is the third consecutive year for the Europa 2, which achieved the highest score among all ships rated. The Hanseatic has retained its 5-star rating as the only expedition ship globally, while the Bremen received the distinction 4-stars-plus.
|Veranda Suite aboard the ms Europa|
The Berlitz Cruise guide staff tested a total of 270 cruise ships from large to small and scored them based on criteria such as ship fittings, accommodation, food quality, service, crew, entertainment and the cruise experience.
The Europa and Europa 2 embody two very different luxury concepts. The Europa embraces traditional luxury while the Europa 2 contemporary luxury.
|ms Europa 2 at sea|
The line’s flagship the Europa offers guests “a stylish cruise in a small group of no more than 400 guests.” The Europa 2 carries a maximum of 500 guests looked after by 370 crew members and offers "All the promises of a yacht and the serenity of a small resort … [in] the highest level of casual luxury,” according to the cruise line’s website.
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