|Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is happy to announce the arrival of their 2012 EUROPA international brochure, featuring eight picturesque itineraries that offer travel to Oceania, the Far East, Italy, Great Britain, Norway, the Baltic Sea, the Adriatic Sea and the Seychelles. The 2012 programs also feature advanced excursion bookings, making voyages even more personalized, and an array of themed cruises featuring golf and two very popular classical music events.
The EUROPA, the only cruise ship awarded 5-stars-plus by the Berlitz Cruise Guide 2011 and known for its unique itineraries and worldwide destinations, will be visiting over 20 countries in 2012, as part of their international (German/English) itineraries. Highlights for travel on the EUROPA include an exotic South Sea cruise with stops in the islands of Samoa and Fiji, a Far East adventure with stops in Thailand, Malaysia and Myanmar, 6-14 day European summer and autumn itineraries through Italy, Ireland, Great Britain, Germany, Norway, and Denmark, trips along the Baltic Sea with stops in Poland, Sweden, Russia and picturesque travel in the Indian Ocean with stops in Oman, Seychelles, Madagascar and Mauritius.
Launch of the Travel Concierge
Making the 2012 EUROPA itineraries even more appealing, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises will enhance their shore excursion concept with the launch of the travel concierge services, offering advanced excursion bookings alongside cruises booked for the 2012 season and beyond. Whereas the concierge desk on board will still fulfill requests for individual outings during a cruise, EUROPA guests will now have the option to have their desired shore activities prearranged in a tailor-made excursion package – designed as shore arrangement during the cruise as well as pre or post cruise.
Whether it’s swimming with the dolphins, a New Zealand trip including five-star accommodation or other desired adventures - giving guests the freedom to prearrange custom-made shore activities will enhance the personalized experience of the EUROPA.
Themed cruises: music and golf
Following the major success in the last years, the classical music events, Stella Maris and the Ocean Sun Festival, will once more feature international artists with broad repertoires and a high reputation on board the EUROPA. Whereas the Stella Maris concept brings the world’s most talented up-and-coming young singers together from the best opera houses in the world competing on board, the Ocean Sun Festival showcases the world’s most renowned classical music performers in the most prestigious classical music festival at sea.
The designated Golf & Cruise program aboard the EUROPA combines an exclusive golf experience aboard and ashore. At the modern golf simulator and video coach passionate golfers can test their skills on over 30 international golf courses. Ashore the golf group, escorted by a PGA golf professional, tees off at distinguished, challenging golf courses set in beautiful landscapes. The Golf & Cruise package includes all tee-times, one-on-one training, luggage service, lectures by the PGA pro, a golf gift set and much more. Besides the designated Golf & Cruise itineraries, a 365-day-golf pro is available on every EUROPA cruise, offering personal coaching and arranging for private tee-times on land throughout the year.
2012 Trip Details and Highlights
Cruise around the British Isles featuring Golf:
From Kiel/Germany to Hamburg/Germany: July 5 - 19, 2012
Itinerary Highlights: Loch Ness, UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site Edinburgh
South Seas Cruise:
From Honolulu/Hawaii to Noumea/New Caledonia: January 18-February 4, 2012
Itinerary Highlights: Kayak tour around the island of Nawi, hiking in the Waisali rainforest
From Ho Chi Minh City/Vietnam to Rangoon/Myanmar: March 9-23, 2012
Itinerary Highlights: Angkor Wat in Cambodia, high tea at the legendary Raffles Hotel, a private flight to the city of pagodas Bagan
Music Cruise to Norway featuring Ocean Sun Festival:
From Kiel/Germany to Kiel/Germany: August 12-24, 2012
Itinerary Highlights: visit to Bryggen, hiking to Storsaeter waterfall
Music Cruise Indian Ocean featuring Stella Maris Festival:
From Dubai/U.A.E. to Port Louis/Mauritius: November 7-25, 2012
Itinerary Highlights: Teatime at Emirates Palace and Grand Mosque in Muscat, UNESCO World Heritage Site Vallée de Mai National Park (Seychelles)