ms Europa

ms Europa Review and Specifications

Specifications of ms Europa

Year built1999  /  Age : 19
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderKvaerner Masa-Yards (Helsinki, STX Finland)
OwnerHapag-Lloyd AG
OperatorHapag-Lloyd Cruises
Speed21 kn / 39 kph / 24 mph
Length (LOA)198 m / 650 ft
Beam (width)24 m / 79 ft
Gross Tonnage28890 gt
Passengers-to-space ratio64
Decks with cabins7
Last Refurbishment2017

Current itinerary of ms Europa

ms Europa current cruise is 10 days, one-way from Cape Town to Buenos Aires. The itinerary starts on 10 Dec, 2018 and ends on 20 Dec, 2018.

Date / TimePort
10 Dec 18:00      Departing from Cape Town, South Africa   
20 Dec 08:00      Arriving in Buenos Aires, Argentina   

Review of ms Europa

MS Europa cruise ship was launched in 1999. The vessel is operated and owned by the German 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 Hamburg-based cruise company, subsidiary of Hapag-Lloyd AG (shipowner) - currently ranked world's 5th largest container shipping line in terms of fleet capacity. Until 2017, HL Cruises was fully-owned subsidiary of Europe's leading travel group TUI AG.

The 28,890-ton, 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 shallow draft and can dock in spots where large ships cannot. MS Europa cruise ship was designed as 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 stern of ship.

ms Europa cruise ship (Hapag-Lloyd)

Service level is 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 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 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.

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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.

ms Europa cruise ship (Hapag-Lloyd)

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 the 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 library with Internet access. The swimming pool is rarely crowded (20×75-meter) and partly covered with 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, Photo shop, 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 are 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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ms Europa Itineraries

The below listed ms Europa cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Hapag-Lloyd Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 Nov 04 18 days, one-way from Dubai to Port Louis Dubai
2018 Nov 22 18 days, one-way from Port Louis to Cape Town Port Louis
2018 Dec 10 10 days, one-way from Cape Town to Buenos Aires Cape Town
2018 Dec 20 17 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Valparaiso Buenos Aires
2019 Jan 06 19 days, one-way from Valparaiso to Papeete Valparaiso
2019 Jan 25 17 days, one-way from Papeete to Auckland Papeete
2019 Feb 11 17 days, one-way from Auckland to Melbourne Auckland
2019 Feb 28 25 days, one-way from Melbourne to Hong Kong Melbourne
2019 Mar 25 16 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Singapore Hong Kong
2019 Apr 10 15 days, one-way from Singapore to Dubai Singapore
2019 Apr 25 11 days, one-way from Dubai to Piraeus Dubai
2019 May 06 10 days, one-way from Piraeus to Palma de Mallorca Piraeus
2019 May 19 13 days, one-way from Palma de Mallorca to Lisbon Palma de Mallorca
2019 Jun 01 14 days, one-way from Lisbon to Hamburg Lisbon
2019 Jun 15 13 days, round-trip Hamburg - Hamburg (On the trail of patricians and tsars) Hamburg
2019 Jun 28 13 days, round-trip Hamburg - Hamburg (Royal prospects for your summer cruise) Hamburg
2019 Jul 11 4 days, one-way from Hamburg to Kiel Hamburg
2019 Jul 15 18 days, one-way from Kiel to Hamburg Kiel
2019 Aug 03 1 day, round-trip Hamburg - Helgoland (Magical moments for connoisseurs) Hamburg
2019 Aug 04 14 days, round-trip Hamburg - Hamburg (The indescribable beauty of Norway) Hamburg
2019 Aug 18 15 days, one-way from Hamburg to Kiel Hamburg
2019 Sep 02 12 days, one-way from Kiel to Hamburg Kiel
2019 Sep 14 4 days, one-way from Hamburg to Kiel Hamburg
2019 Sep 18 11 days, one-way from Kiel to Hamburg Kiel
2019 Oct 14 14 days, one-way from Hamburg to Monte Carlo Hamburg
2019 Oct 29 10 days, one-way from Monte Carlo to Piraeus Monte Carlo
2019 Nov 08 8 days, one-way from Piraeus to Paphos Piraeus
2019 Nov 17 10 days, one-way from Limassol to Dubai Limassol
2020 Mar 21 22 days, one-way from San Francisco to Miami San Francisco
2020 Apr 12 15 days, one-way from Miami to New York Miami
2020 Apr 28 11 days, one-way from New York to Hamburg New York
2020 Nov 27 7 days, one-way from Dubai to Abu Dhabi Dubai
2020 Dec 05 13 days, one-way from Dubai to Klang Dubai
2020 Dec 19 14 days, one-way from Singapore to Sanya Singapore
2021 Jan 04 15 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Pulau Komodo Island Hong Kong
2021 Jan 19 17 days, one-way from Benoa to Sydney Benoa
2021 Feb 07 14 days, one-way from Melbourne to Tauranga Melbourne
2021 Feb 22 20 days, one-way from Auckland to Hilo Auckland