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 15 days, one-way from Hamburg to Villefranche-sur-Mer. Prices start from USD 6990 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 11 Sep, 2018 and ends on 26 Sep, 2018.

Date / TimePort
11 Sep      Departing from Hamburg, Germany   
13 Sep 07:00 - 17:00     Honfleur, France   
14 Sep 08:00 - 18:00     Saint-Malo, France   
16 Sep 08:00 - 18:00     Gijon, Spain   
18 Sep 08:00 - 07:00     Lisbon, Portugal   
20 Sep 08:00 - 20 Sep     Malaga, Spain   
22 Sep 08:00 - 08:00     Valencia, Spain   
24 Sep 08:00 - 22:00     Sete, France   
25 Sep 08:00 - 18:00     Toulon, France Riviera   
26 Sep      Arriving in Villefranche-sur-Mer, Nice, France   

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.

ms Europa cruise ship (Hapag-Lloyd)

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 Jun 12 14 days, one-way from Bilbao to Hamburg Bilbao
2018 Jul 09 17 days, one-way from Kiel to Hamburg Kiel
2018 Aug 11 14 days, one-way from Travemunde to Hamburg Travemunde
2018 Aug 29 13 days, round-trip Hamburg - Hamburg (Glamour and glory on the Baltic Sea) Hamburg$5990
2018 Sep 11 15 days, one-way from Hamburg to Villefranche-sur-Mer Hamburg$6990
2018 Sep 26 4 days, one-way from Villefranche-sur-Mer to Monte Carlo Villefranche-sur-Mer$1990
2018 Sep 30 10 days, one-way from Monte Carlo to Barcelona Monte Carlo$4490
2018 Oct 10 13 days, one-way from Barcelona to Piraeus Barcelona$5990
2018 Oct 23 11 days, one-way from Piraeus to Dubai Piraeus$3730
2018 Nov 04 17 days, one-way from Dubai to Port Louis Dubai$8990
2018 Nov 22 17 days, one-way from Port Louis to Cape Town Port Louis$8990
2018 Dec 10 10 days, one-way from Cape Town to Buenos Aires Cape Town$3360
2018 Dec 20 16 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Valparaiso Buenos Aires$10990
2019 Jan 06 18 days, one-way from Valparaiso to Papeete Valparaiso$8720
2019 Jan 25 17 days, one-way from Papeete to Auckland Papeete$7990
2019 Feb 11 16 days, one-way from Auckland to Melbourne Auckland$8990
2019 Feb 28 24 days, one-way from Melbourne to Hong Kong Melbourne$10441
2019 Mar 25 15 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Singapore Hong Kong$7591
2019 Apr 10 14 days, one-way from Singapore to Dubai Singapore$6261
2019 Apr 25 11 days, one-way from Dubai to Piraeus Dubai$3259
2019 May 06 10 days, one-way from Piraeus to Palma de Mallorca Piraeus$4266
2019 May 19 13 days, one-way from Palma de Mallorca to Lisbon Palma de Mallorca$6071
2019 Jun 01 14 days, one-way from Lisbon to Hamburg Lisbon$6166
2019 Jun 15 12 days, round-trip Hamburg - Hamburg (On the trail of patricians and tsars) Hamburg$6251
2019 Jun 28 13 days, round-trip Hamburg - Hamburg (Royal prospects for your summer cruise) Hamburg$6166
2019 Jul 11 4 days, one-way from Hamburg to Kiel Hamburg$2081
2019 Jul 15 18 days, one-way from Kiel to Hamburg Kiel$8541
2019 Aug 03 1 day, round-trip Hamburg - Helgoland (Magical moments for connoisseurs) Hamburg$1036
2019 Aug 04 14 days, round-trip Hamburg - Hamburg (The indescribable beauty of Norway) Hamburg$6641
2019 Aug 18 15 days, one-way from Hamburg to Kiel Hamburg$7116
2019 Sep 02 12 days, one-way from Kiel to Hamburg Kiel$5311
2019 Sep 14 4 days, one-way from Hamburg to Kiel Hamburg$1891
2019 Sep 18 11 days, one-way from Kiel to Hamburg Kiel$4741
2019 Oct 14 14 days, one-way from Hamburg to Monte Carlo Hamburg$7876
2019 Oct 29 10 days, one-way from Monte Carlo to Piraeus Monte Carlo$4171
2019 Nov 08 8 days, one-way from Piraeus to Limassol Piraeus$3791
2019 Nov 17 10 days, one-way from Limassol to Dubai Limassol$3031
2020 Mar 21 22 days, one-way from San Francisco to Miami San Francisco$9491
2020 Apr 12 15 days, one-way from Miami to New York Miami$7496
2020 Apr 28 11 days, one-way from New York to Hamburg New York$4218
2020 Nov 27 8 days, round-trip Dubai - Dubai (A voyage into the Arabian past - and future) Dubai$3601
2020 Dec 05 14 days, one-way from Dubai to Singapore Dubai$4646
2020 Dec 19 16 nights / 17 days, one-way from Singapore to Hong Kong Singapore$8864
2021 Jan 04 16 nights / 17 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Benoa Hong Kong$7116
2021 Jan 19 20 nights / 21 days, one-way from Benoa to Melbourne Benoa$8541
2021 Feb 07 16 nights / 17 days, one-way from Melbourne to Auckland Melbourne$7591
2021 Feb 22 26 nights / 27 days, one-way from Auckland to San Francisco Auckland$11391