2017 Berlitz Cruise Guide: EUROPA 2 and EUROPA Awarded Highest Distinction

In the new edition of the “Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships 2017“ guide, EUROPA 2 and EUROPA have been awarded the highest distinction as the only 5-stars-plus cruise ships worldwide. They defend their pole positions as the world’s best cruise ships in their category for the fourth (EUROPA 2) and 17th (EUROPA) time.

Out of a possible 2,000 points, the EUROPA 2 attained 1,860 points and therefore leads the ranking in the category “top 5 small ships with 251 to 750 passengers”. The EUROPA scores second place with 1,852 points. The expedition vessel HANSEATIC has been awarded 5-stars and 1,721 points and the BREMEN received the distinction 4-stars with 1,495 points.

“We are particularly pleased that our luxury vessels EUROPA 2 and EUROPA were able to defend their pole position in this Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ very special 125th anniversary year. Both set global standards in the luxury cruise industry. Our aim is to create unique, individual cruise experiences for our guests. The ratings are very special accolades in recognition of our performance and our standards of quality, both in the luxury and expedition sectors” says Karl J. Pojer, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. “Again, our very special thanks therefore goes to our crew on board the ships such as the mechanics, as well as our team of staff in Hamburg”.

The 32nd edition of Berlitz Cruise Guide 2017 – with its new design and featuring full-color throughout and photographs of every ship reviewed – will be available from October 1st, 2016. Author Douglas Ward and his team inspected a total of 295 cruise ships from large to small and scored them based on criteria such as ship fittings, accommodation, food quality, service, crew, entertainment and the cruise experience.

Reservations: International guests, as well as travel agencies, can now make use of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ new free-of-charge phone numbers when requesting or booking a cruise. United Kingdom: 0800 0513 829, United States & Canada: 877 445 7447 or 800 334-2724, Belgium: 0800 79 421, the Netherlands: 0800 0220 459; all other countries, please call +49 40 30703070 (English-speaking hotline) – or – send an e-mail to salesteam@hl-cruises.comor visit www.hl-cruises.com/contact-services for local agents.

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