The Cruise Ship That Let’s You Visit Germany, While Seeing America
Hapag-Lloyd’s MV Europa, the 408 passenger, all-suite flagship of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, celebrated its fifth birthday in 2004. Europa is primarily a German ship, whose reputation has spread among sophisticated travelers in many countries. As a result, Hapag-Lloyd has announced that it has begun extending its bilingual sailings on Europa in 2004, and more in 2005, to accommodate the growing interest from the U.S. market.
The Europa attracts people who don’t want the most of everything; they want the best of everything. Passengers on penthouse decks are served by personal butlers 24/7. Europa’s penthouse deck has ten deluxe suites, which each measure 53 square yards, and two 101 square yard penthouse grand suites, each with its own sauna, whirlpool, guest lavatory, and a dining table for six. The other 192 outer suites measure at least 32 square yards; most have their own balconies. Prices start at 5,500 to over 8,500 Euros (our suite cost 6,900 Euros, about $10,000 per person) for an 11-day cruise from Philadelphia to Nassau. (Airfare to and from one’s home city is not included.)