All passengers onboard Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ 5-star-plus luxury ship, Europa 2, can enjoy an endless selection of spirits and wine: 19,000 bottles of wine with 450 various cuvees.
Europa 2 also boasts the biggest gin collection at sea with 37 different gins. Her bar menu offers 50 different cocktails, of which 10 are non-alcoholic. For champagne lovers the ship presents 24 types of champagne with 12 champagne brands.
Roland Brenner, the sommelier onboard Europa 2, organizes wine tastings in ship's Grande Reserve. He puts together various collections of wines as there are so many to choose from. Brenner shared that there was no limit to the new ideas and creativity that could come into play. He said they often added regional and local wines to their list, depending on cruise destinations.
A wine tasting costs EUR 80 per person. However, gin tastings are the rather unique chance offered onboard. Passengers are invited to know all about gin – its various categories, its origin and its ingredients. Nowadays, it is a typical British distillate, but vacationers will learn that its origin is in the Netherlands: juniper distillates were noted there from around 1600. Five or six different gins are usually sampled at a gin tasting.
The beverages onboard Europa 2 are offered at reasonable prices. Alcoholic drinks are not included in cruise fares. Quality wines are available starting at EUR 17, but the most expensive wine is Romanée St. Vivant Domaine Romanée Conti, Burgundy (France, 2008) at EUR 1,030 per bottle. Cocktails, such as a Mojito or Long Island Iced Tea, are priced at EUR 5,30. A draft beer starts at EUR 1,60.
As an introductory offer for Hapag-Lloyd's international guests, the line has introduced its ‘onboard beverage credit’ for non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks of up to EUR 200 per person per voyage (depending on the length of sailing).