The luxurious Hapag-Lloyd Cruises ship EUROPA 2 is ready to set sail for new and familiar waters. The premieres include Japanese ports such as Ishigaki and Tokyo, other cruising areas include Oceania, the Western Mediterranean, Western and Northern Europe, the Canary Islands, South America and the Caribbean. Guests with an interest in fashion and art will be in their element with fashion2sea and art2sea while the IN2BALANCE team will help sports enthusiasts find their inner harmony.
The ship, which was again awarded a 5-stars-plus rating in the Berlitz Cruise Guide 2018, will be heading to Japan for the first time. During two voyages guests onboard the EUROPA 2 will be able to discover asia at its best. The itinerary for the “Fascinating Japan” voyage will take guests to tranquil temple gardens and bustling metropolises and reveal volcanic springs and mystical islands as the ships sails from Hong Kong to Tokyo. The “Far East dream destination” voyage, promises to be a journey with unforgettable highlights including Halong Bay and its 3,000 islands, inspiring cultural treasures and exciting discoveries in Toba (on the Shima Peninsula), Naha (the largest city in the Japanese prefecture of Okinawa) and Ishigaki (Japan’s southernmost city).
Fashion2sea, an entire cruise dedicated to fashion, returns in Summer 2019. During the “Metropolises with style” voyage the EUROPA 2 will travel from Lisbon to Hamburg, visiting cities with true style. Exclusive collaborations with renowned designers, glamorous fashion shows, new collections, a pop-up store, a beauty lounge, make-up workshops, and a fashion dinner are all trademarks of this well-established fashion format at sea. Highlights will include a stop in La Coruna, from where guests can visit the famous pilgrimage site of Santiago de Compostela, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also on the list are the narrow alleys and half-timbered houses in the seafarers’s town of Honfleur, one of the most appealing places in Normandy.
Guests on board the special art2sea cruise “Springtime awakens in Italy” can experience la dolce vita and pursue their interest in art as they sail from Monte Carlo to Civitavecchia/Rome. The focus of this cruise is on old masters and modern art. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is offering this cruise for art lovers, in partnership with the renowned art magazine Weltkunst. On board, guests can look forward to lectures and discussions with knowledgeable experts, while ashore there will be guided visits to galleries, exhibitions and museums such as the world-famous Uffizi Gallery in Florence.
On selected cruises, renowned experts and trainers will present innovative training methods and the relaxation techniques of the Far East. The latest findings in nutritional science will also be revealed. The team of coaches includes the three-time Olympic champion and two-time world champion Maria Höfl-Riesch, Olympic and world champion Fabian Hambüchen, sports scientist and health expert for sustainable lifestyle change and healthy living Dr. Michael Despeghel, top chef, author and former nutrition coach for the German national football team Holger Stromberg and the most successful female boxer of all time, Regina Halmich. On board, guests train with the coaches from the IN2BALANCE team to improve their fitness, flexibility, strength and concentration.
These and other voyages can be booked through your preferred travel agent or online at www.hl-cruises.com.