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Specifications of ms Europa
|Year built||1999 / Age: 22|
|Builder||Kvaerner Masa-Yards (Helsinki, STX Finland)|
|Building cost||EUR 133 million (USD 157 million)|
|Owner||TUI AG (via TUI Cruises GmbH)|
|Speed||21 kn / 39 kph / 24 mph|
|Length (LOA)||198 m / 650 ft|
|Beam (width)||24 m / 79 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||28890 gt|
|Decks with cabins||7|
ms Europa Itineraries
|Date||Itinerary||Departure Port||Price from|
|2021 Aug 14||1 day, one-way from Heligoland Islands to Hamburg||Heligoland Island Germany|
|2021 Sep 30||15 days, one-way from Hamburg to Palma de Mallorca||Hamburg|
|2021 Oct 15||13 days, round-trip Mallorca - Mallorca French classics and la dolce vita||Palma de Mallorca|
|2021 Oct 28||15 days, one-way from Palma de Mallorca to Santa Cruz de Tenerife||Palma de Mallorca|
|2021 Nov 12||20 days, one-way from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Cape Town||Santa Cruz de Tenerife|
|2021 Dec 02||16 days, one-way from Cape Town to Port Louis||Cape Town|
|2021 Dec 18||18 days, one-way from Port Louis to Male||Port Louis|
|2022 Jan 05||20 days, one-way from Male to Benoa||Male|
|2022 Jan 25||19 days, one-way from Benoa to Melbourne||Benoa|
|2022 Feb 13||19 days, one-way from Melbourne to Auckland||Melbourne|
|2022 Mar 04||19 days, one-way from Auckland to Papeete||Auckland|
|2022 Mar 23||18 days, one-way from Papeete to Acapulco||Papeete|
|2022 Apr 10||17 days, one-way from Acapulco to Miami||Acapulco|
|2022 Apr 27||18 days, one-way from Miami to Santa Cruz de Tenerife||Miami|
|2022 May 15||12 days, one-way from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Bilbao||Santa Cruz de Tenerife|
|2022 May 27||11 days, one-way from Bilbao to Kiel||Bilbao|
|2022 Jun 07||12 days, one-way from Kiel to Hamburg||Kiel|
|2022 Jun 19||16 days, round-trip Hamburg - Hamburg Irish coasts and Scottish highlands||Hamburg|
|2022 Jul 05||12 days, one-way from Hamburg to Travemunde||Hamburg|
|2022 Jul 17||14 days, round-trip Travemuende - Travemuende The home of the Vikings||Travemunde|
|2022 Jul 31||12 days, one-way from Travemunde to Hamburg||Travemunde|
|2022 Aug 14||14 days, round-trip Hamburg - Hamburg Highlights of the British and Irish coasts||Hamburg|
ms Europa Review
Review of ms Europa
The 1999-built cruise ship MS Europa is owned by TUI Group (since July 2020) and operated by the German travel company Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. In the company's history, this is the 4th ship named "Europa".
History - construction and ownership
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises (Kreuzfahrten) is a Hamburg-based passenger shipping company and premium travel brand owned by TUI AG (shipowner) and managed by its subsidiary TUI Cruises. Between 2017-2020, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises was fully owned by Hapag-Lloyd AG (German-Chilean shipping company, one of the world's oldest), currently ranked the world's 5th largest container shipping line in terms of fleet capacity.
The shipowner TUI AG (Hanover Germany-based) is a British-German multinational currently ranked the world's largest leisure and travel company. It was founded in 1923 and until 2002 was named "Preussag AG". TUI Group's companies specialize in hospitality and tourism services worldwide, with a portfolio including passenger airlines, cruise shipping, package vacations, hotels and resorts, travel agencies, retail shops.
The 408-passenger cruise ms Europa was awarded "best cruise ship in the world" by Berlitz and Ward-Ranking for twelve subsequent years. MS Europa is extremely quiet and no vibration is felt onboard. The propellers and the electric motors are hung in pods beneath hull which improves efficiency by pulling, and not pushing the Europa cruise ship through water. The 650 feet long vessel has a shallow draft and can dock in spots where large ships cannot. MS Europa cruise ship was designed as a streamlined luxury vessel. Her design is compared to other luxury ships' design, such as Silversea Silver Shadow. MS Europa is one of the first featuring ABB Azipod propulsion system, which reduces vibrations towards the stern of the ship.
Service level is a major factor for MS Europa high rankings. The ship claims highest ratio staff-to-passenger in the industry - 280 multi-lingual, young staff serves 400 guests. The primary onboard language is German, English is second. Most of the guests are German. The British, American and Australian passengers are few.
Cruise itinerary program
MS Europa itinerary program is based on Asia and Europe cruise deals to popular destinations like Southeast Asia (with departures from Singapore and Hong Kong), Middle East (from Dubai), Baltic Sea and Mediterranean (from Germany, Kiel, and Hamburg), with Suez Canal repositioning transits. The Europa cruise ship offers all-inclusive deals and is often ranked as the most expensive passenger ship in the world.
MS Europa has a total of 204 cabins (152 with their own veranda) in 10 grades. MS Europa was designed as a luxury ship, and all her cabins are suites. The largest MS Europa suites spread on 915sq.ft, the smallest – on 291. All suites have separate sleeping and living places, feature walk-in wardrobes, mini-bars stocked with mineral water, soft drinks and beer, all complimentary and replenished regularly along with the fresh fruit and champagne. All suites provide flat-screen TVs, comfortable seating area, complimentary TV network (Cruise Net) with private e-mail, selection of movies and music on demand, plus Internet, for an additional charge. The bathrooms are marble-tiled with full-size bathtubs, glass-fronted showers, and cabinets to stock personal items. High-end toiletry, slippers, and thick cotton robes are provided.
Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks
All guests are served single seating in the large panoramic Europa Restaurant and can order à la carte, served by both chef de rang and a waiter. No additional charge is needed for the specialty restaurants: Restaurant Dieter Muller (serving modern dishes), Italian Venezia and Euro-Asian Oriental. Lido Café is suitable for casual dining. There are no long lines. Service is attentive and beverages are brought to the tables. The buffet stations provide a variety of salads, cheeses, cooked foods, and desserts. Pasta and grill specials are presented at lunch and dinner. Club Belvedere features afternoon tea from premium leaves’ extensive selection, served in individual pots with cakes and sandwiches. Also there, classical music recitals take place.
Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport
In 1999, when MS Europa was built, it had a casino, but because it was rarely used, a year later was taken out, and now this space is used for cocktail parties and meetings. Europa Lounge is the place for entertainment and lectures. MS Europa also features other bars and lounges (Pool Bar, Piano Bar, Havana Bar, Sansibar, Clipper Lounge, Auditorium, Atrium), as well as a library with Internet access. The swimming pool is rarely crowded (20×75-meter) and partly covered with a dome. A hot tub is situated nearby.
Europa passengers can also enjoy a fitness room, golf simulator, tennis court, shuffleboard, and driving range, as well as a deck for the guests who like nude sunbathing. The ship features a kids’ playroom (Kids' Club) and Teens' Club, though it is a real adult ship. MS Europa Ocean Spa is not big, but it’s well-equipped and offers full services’ menu, makeup and hair stylist, solarium and sauna. Other amenities include an Art Workshop, Photoshop, boutique, gallery, and promenade.
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Europa cruise ship was one of the first passenger vessels with ABB Azipod propulsion system, which reduces vibration towards the stern. She is the namesake of the new ms Europa 2 ship (2013).
MS Europa ship primarily serves German-speaking passengers but is also well known to travelers around the world. The reason is the Berlitz travel guides on cruising. Berlitz cruise guidebooks rank ms Europa as the best luxury cruise liner in the world. She is the only one with a five-plus star rating for more than a decade.
The HL's Europa cruise ship offers sophisticated theme cruises. The list of themed itineraries features culture (arts, literature, music cruises, "Ocean Sun Classical Music Festival" /an annual event at sea), science, family cruises, food and wine cruises. Golf Cruises are another set of themed voyages, on which Europa's guests can benefit from the company of top PGA golf instructors from Germany.
After its drydock refurbishments in May 2007, the ship received new SPA Suites. The wellness area in the Ocean Spa was completely redesigned.
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