The 42,000 ton, 500 guest Europa 2, lauded as the most stylish and highly rated ship since her introduction in service in 2013, has been bought outright by the TUI group, it was announced today.
Prior to this, the superlative ship was on a long term charter arrangement to TUI and sailed as the flagship of its Hapag-Lloyd Cruises subsidiary.
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises will continue to own and operate the ship. They have confirmed to me that there will be no changes to previously announced itineraries for 2015; the Europa 2 is scheduled for a short season in Scandinavian waters in spring, prior to starting a string of alternating, seven night Mediterranean sailings through the summer.
Unlike other Hapag-Lloyd Cruises ships, which are mainly marketed to German passengers, there has been a conscious attempt from the start to make the Europa 2 more of a multi lingual ship, with a targeted ratio of around forty per cent of English speaking passengers on each cruise.
With no less than seven restaurants, the all balcony suite ship comes complete with the largest standard suite balconies of any ship afloat. With her clean, stunningly modern interiors, the Europa 2 quickly garnered huge praise from right across the travelling fraternity.
All things considered, it looks like a very interesting full season for the great ship..
As always, stay tuned for further news.