Hapag-Lloyd Cruises fleet
Review of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
This page contains information on Hapag Lloyd Cruises ships schedules and itineraries (news, itinerary changes). Here we offer you Hapag Lloyd cruise line's review and company history, sail dates, prices, destinations information, departure ports and ports of call by vessel.
Hapag Lloyd Cruises
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is based in Hamburg, Germany, member of one of the oldest shipping companies in the world and 100%-owned subsidiary of Europe's leading travel group TUI AG (Hanover). It's also the result of a merger between two of the oldest steamship companies in Germany, Hamburg-Amerikanische Packfahrt-Actien-Gesellschaft (Hapag) and Norddeutscher Lloyd (NDL) in 1970. Both companies were created in the 1840s to carry freight and passengers between Germany and the US. As a product, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises offers higher-end luxury travel deals, featuring:
- A small fleet with itineraries as short as 7 nights and up to as many nights as one could think about. Passengers are attracted to ships’ relaxed atmosphere as there are no black-tie dinners. Food is excellent and various international dining venues are offered. The ports of call are exotic and accessible only to smaller vessels.
- Hapag-Lloyd's cruise ships are top-of-the-line and offer in-port and on-board experiences ranging from expedition to luxury. All vessels are budget-wise, as fares are on the high side, but each features a different personality and specialty.
- The best known Europa offers a formal luxury experience as it travels around the world with few if any repeated itineraries. Both Hanseatic and Bremen are expedition ships with the highest given to passenger ships E4 ice ratings. They travel to the Antarctic and Arctic, as well as other exotic regions. Bremen is classed as a four-star ship, while Hanseatic boasts five stars and has upgraded enrichment and cuisine in addition to larger cabins.
- The launch of the first Hapag-Lloyd new-build since 1999 was a real excitement for the line. Europa 2 debuted in May 2013, aiming at the ultra-luxe market and younger and more active target audience. Families are catered to with kids facilities appealing to youngsters, from toddlers to teens.
- Regardless of the vessel, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises predominantly attracts well-heeled, German-speaking passengers from Austria, Switzerland and Germany. Most of them are repeaters and travel all ships of the line.
- Each Hapag-Lloyd ship appeals to its own niche - Hanseatic to active adults who prefer pampering on expeditions, Bremen - to adventure-minded cruisers, by featuring quality onboard experience at a moderate price. Europa, the most traditional in Hapag-Lloyd fleet, tends to draw passengers who want a classic luxury experience.
- The last one, Europa 2, draws on top-notch features of Europa. She is the line's most contemporary and chic ship, featuring dynamic art and sophisticated entertainment that ranges from a jazz club to a kitchen studio for cooking courses. Its appeal is to younger, less luxury-minded cruisers, including families.
- The all-suite Hapag-Lloyd Cruises ships Europa and Europa 2 provide the largest space-per-guest ratio of any cruise ships currently sailing. All Europa 2 staterooms have balconies. The Hapag-Lloyd company has also dedicated ms Europa 2 as the "bilingual" ship of the line, reaching an international passenger base with enhanced activities geared to English-speaking guests.
Itinerary of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
Currently, Hapag-Lloyd offers a wealth of "high-end luxury" cruises for well-heeled travelers. The line's signature destinations are the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, as well as Caribbean, Asia, Australia, plus expedition itineraries to Antarctica and Alaska (Northwest Passage).
The current Hapag Lloyd cruise ship fleet includes the following vessels:
- ms Bremen (1990, Arctic-Antarctica expedition ship)
- ms Europa (1999)
- ms Europa 2 (2013)
- ms Hanseatic (1991, Arctic-Antarctica expedition ship)
Northwest Passage cruises 2011-2012
Hapag Lloyd was the world's first cruise line with a Northwest Passage Cruise itinerary. In 2011, MS Bremen was the world's first ever cruise ship crossing the Passage from Kangerlussuaq Greenland to Nome Alaska. In 2012, MS Hanseatic made a full transit with a 25-days itinerary leaving from Nome AK (on August 14) and ending in Reykjavik Iceland (on September 7).
Hapag Lloyd cruise itinerary changes
In 2016 (October and November) the Europa 2 ship will visit Cuba for the first time. Two cruises will stop at the Cuban ports Havana (city tour), Santiago de Cuba (city tour), Cienfuegos, Isla de la Juventud. Both scheduled itineraries are one-ways, leaving on:
- October 24, 2016 - 12-day from La Guaria (Venezuela) to Havana
- November 6, 2016 - 13-day from Havana to Colon (Panama)
- In mid-July 2016, Hapag-Lloyd became one of the three cruise ship companies (together with Disney Cruise Line and AIDA Cruises) that have banned Faroe Islands (a Danish territory) as destination part of their North European itineraries. The boycott is due to the island nation's traditional mass slaughter of pilot whales each year. The protected by Denmark gruesome practice of killing whales is called “Grindadrap Grind". Locals use motor boats to drive a pod of whales into a harbor. The defenseless animals are dragged to the shallow water and brutally slaughtered by locals armed with knives (16-19 cm / 6 8 inch long) while their families cheer them on. The killing party even rip out baby whales from their mothers. Faroe Islands have population of about 50,000 and kill each year over 1,000 pilot whales. You can see the cruise ship schedule of Torshavn - Faroe Islands' most visited port.
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