Guests aboard the upmarket ship will be able to experience the Caribbean lifestyle, music and charm of colonial cities when the 5-star-plus rated ship calls at Havana, Santiago de Cuba, Cienfuegos and Isla de la Juventud.
The small ship will call on several Cuban ports during its autumn itineraries. The island, known for its Caribbean way of life and white sandy beaches, is also famous for its striking colonial style and the hospitality of its inhabitants.
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In addition to visiting Cuba, guests will be offered a host of other memorable experiences including a cable-car ride through the tropical jungle in Marigot Bay, a ride in a semi-submarine in Gustavia and a kayak tour on the Great River on Aruba.
Fares for the 12-day cruise start at $8,870 per person for the cruise only, according to the cruise line. Airfare to and from the ports, as well as other charges, are additional. More information is available here.
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Fares for the 13-day cruise start at $9,470 per person for the cruise only. More information is available here.
Because Hapag-Lloyd is a German cruise line, its ships are not affected by the U.S. trade restrictions with Cuba. However, despite the easing of restrictions on travel to the island nation by the United States, U.S. citizens must still obtain the proper visa if they wish to sail to Cuba. More information is available here.
Three of the four ships of the Hapag-Lloyd cruise line, including the Europa 2, have been given 5-star-plus ratings by the 2016 Berlitz Cruise Guide. In its 31st edition, the guide awarded the Europa 2 and sister ship Europa the highest distinction as the only 5-star-plus cruise ships worldwide.
Both the Europa 2 and the Europa lead the rankings in the category “Top 5 small ships” with 251 to 750 passengers and both ships are global leaders. The Europa 2 achieved the highest score among all the ships rated and held the 5-star-plus rating for the third consecutive year. The Europa has achieved the award for the 16th consecutive year.
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