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Berlitz Cruise Guide 2014: EUROPA and EUROPA 2 receive top distinction of 5-stars plus

September 17, 2013 Accolades No Comments Email Email

The latest edition of the popular “Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships” has awarded the two sister ships in the luxury sector, the EUROPA and the EUROPA 2 of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, the highest distinction of 5-stars-plus.

This makes both ships global leaders. The expedition ship HANSEATIC was ranked in first place in the top ten “boutique ships” with up to 250 passengers.

Attaining 1,860 points out of a possible 2,000, the EUROPA 2 achieved the highest score. Together with its sister ship, the EUROPA has once again been included in the 5-stars-plus category with 1,851 points. This allowed both luxury ships to claim first and second place amongst the top ten “small ships” with up to 750 passengers. The HANSEATIC improved its score with 1,765 points and, as the only expedition ship to be awarded five stars, is featured in the top ten list of “boutique ships” for the first time. The BREMEN also improved its score with a total of 1,555 points and was awarded the 4-stars-plus rating.

“In the 29-year history of Berlitz ratings, this is the first time two cruise ships are in the exclusive 5-stars-plus-club. No other ships currently achieve such a high standard, which are set by the EUROPA and EUROPA 2 and their crews,” says Douglas Ward at the presentation of the Berlitz award to the management of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. “The EUROPA 2 has also achieved the highest score ever in the history of the book. She offers a great space per passenger ratio, much light through the high windows, an excellent and high-class culinary choice and attentive and unobtrusive service,” explains Douglas Ward.

“We are especially proud to be global leaders in the luxury sector with both ships,” said Karl J. Pojer, chief executive officer of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. “This score is a special distinction for the crews of the EUROPA and the EUROPA 2 who are setting the bar in the sector with their quality and service. It is also a huge ‘thank you’ to the team in Hamburg and a welcome affirmation of our strategy in the luxury and expedition sectors,” explained Pojer.

Author Douglas Ward and his team tested a total of 285 cruise ships around the world and scored them based on criteria such as ship fittings, menus, restaurant quality, service, crew, entertainment and the cruise experience.

Hamburg, September 2013

Karl J. Pojer, Chief Executive of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, and Douglas Ward, author of the Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships, at the presentation of the Berlitz awards with the highest distinction of 5-stars-plus for both ships, the EUROPA and the EUROPA 2.

Karl J. Pojer, Chief Executive of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, and Douglas Ward, author of the Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships, at the presentation of the Berlitz awards with the highest distinction of 5-stars-plus for both ships, the EUROPA and the EUROPA 2.

Julian Pfitzner, Director Product Management EUROPA 2, Karl J. Pojer, Chief Executive of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, Douglas Ward, author of the Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships, and Gabi Haupt, Director Product Management EUROPA at the presentation of the Berlitz awards with the highest distinction of 5-stars-plus for both ships, the EUROPA and the EUROPA 2.

Julian Pfitzner, Director Product Management EUROPA 2, Karl J. Pojer, Chief Executive of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, Douglas Ward, author of the Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships, and Gabi Haupt, Director Product Management EUROPA at the presentation of the Berlitz awards with the highest distinction of 5-stars-plus for both ships, the EUROPA and the EUROPA 2. 

For bookings, inquiries, or to request a brochure, please look for your nearest sales agent in your country at www.hl-cruises.com, link „Contact & Services”

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