This 500-passenger luxury ship from Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' has a boutique hotel-like ambiance, and every stateroom is a suite with a full balcony. Europa 2 is also family-friendly, with activities for kids and teens, a relaxed dress code, shorter cruises, and the largest passenger-to-space ratio of any ship at sea. Extra touches include the in-suite espresso maker and a cellphone that can used aboard the ship. Happy-Lloyd is a Germany-based line, so all communications are done in both German and English.
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Real Cruise Documents: As some lines eye digital check-in, Hapag-Lloyd does things the old-fashioned way, providing everything you need in a snappy, orange fabric clutch that includes two branded leather luggage tags.
Waffle Time at the Pool: It's only a bit of an overstatement that these steaming, fragrant, vanilla-scented homemade treats are worth the price of passage alone. Don't skimp on the fresh strawberries.
Bicycles: Explore ashore on two wheels with bikes that are available free of charge.
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High-Tech Touches: You'll always feel connected, thanks to Internet access through your TV and a tablet in each suite for use on board.
Family-Friendly Adjoining Cabins: The kids can crawl into adorable bunk beds stocked with stuffed animals while parents get their own spacious and comfortable quarters (and some privacy).
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Who It's Best For
Well-Heeled Families: All ages are accommodated on this luxury ship, especially appreciated by those who enjoy a European ambiance and welcome the opportunity to mingle with international shipmates.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
Smoking Is Permitted on Balconies: Although smoking is prohibited throughout the interior of the ship (with the exception of the ship’s cigar bar), your next-door neighbors are free to light up on their balconies.
It's Only Semi-Inclusive: Unlike other luxury lines, Europa 2 does not include wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, or bottled water in its fares (though gratuities and restaurant surcharges are included).
Judi Cuervo is a New York-based contributor to ShermansCruise whose work has also appeared in Bridal Guide and Gotham.
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Europa 2 at a Glance
- Line: Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
- Number of Passengers: 500
- Ship Size: Medium
- Launch Date: 2013